Health & Safety

No Harm

The health and safety of our employees, partners and local communities are paramount to the Group. We aim to be a globally recognised leader in health and safety and to achieve “No Harm” in all our operations. 

In collaboration with all partners and stakeholders, we will continue to develop our people, systems and processes to manage risks, build resilience and achieve continuous improvement in safety and sustainability performance.

We are determined to further enhance the safety culture and systems across all our operations and influence cultural change with our contractors to prevent incidents. In 2022, we achieved zero worker and contractor fatalities, a positive step to realising our “No Harm” goal.

Our process of shared incident information across the Group, including shared corrective and preventative actions and positive confirmation of actions, strengthens our mitigation of risks, further supported by recognised investigative techniques to address and mitigate causes through corrective and preventative actions, for significant actual and potential incidents.



SELF Safety Culture Programme

Our SELF safety culture programme, which stands for “Safe, Engage, Lead, Focus,” is being progressively rolled out throughout the Group in support of our goal of “No Harm.” The programme instils awareness of our personal reasons for making safe choices.

SELF was developed by our team of qualified facilitators experienced in safety behaviour with guidance from a clinical psychologist. The programme focuses participants’ reasons for being safe at work and at home, exploring existing thoughts and behaviours within their control and influence.

Safety and Sustainability Strategic Blueprint

The Group’s health and safety strategy is guided by the Safety and Sustainability Strategic Blueprint which identifies the critical success factors for delivery.

The Blueprint focuses on four critical success factors: improving health and safety, building value through sustainability, managing risk and quality assurance, and enhancing business resilience. These four success factors are instrumental to achieving the Group’s “No Harm” goal, which is supported by the following initiatives:

  • Promoting a generative safety culture;
  • Group-wide safety culture programmes;
  • Enhancing lead indicator reporting;
  • Customising training programmes and audits that target high risk activities;
  • Delivering systems and processes to support assurance through organisational governance activities; and
  • Embedding a continuous improvement culture.

Both Sime Darby Motors and Sime Darby Industrial have also achieved and are maintaining ISO 45001 (OHSAS 18001 replacement) for identified key operations in 2022, enabling the move beyond compliance to value creation within operations.

Safety Performance

The Group’s health and safety policy covers all employees and other external stakeholders.

Since FY2021, the Group has used Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR) as its primary injury performance metric. TRIFR is considered a more comprehensive metric than Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) as it provides a more complete view of the injury risk profile by recording more than those injuries resulting in lost day/s.

For the past three years, both LTIFR and TRIFR have reduced at a Group level, driven by decreases in both indicators for both our Motors and Industrial Divisions. 

We have recorded zero fatalities, for both employees and contractors, during FY20, FY21, and FY22.

Safety Performance Chart


Supporting Our Employees’ Well-Being

Sime Darby places the well-being of its employees — including mental health — above all else. We support our employees in dealing with mental health challenges by offering professional psychiatric, psychological and counselling sessions to employees in need of such services.