Health & safety

At Stolt-Nielsen, safety for people and the environment is our number-one priority. Our safety culture goes beyond compliance.

It is essential that everyone understands their personal responsibility for ensuring a safe working environment and contributes to Stolt-Nielsen’s zero harm commitment across every one of our operations.

Our robust safety processes include regular, specialised training, health and wellbeing support services, channels for reporting concerns, and ongoing incident management and measurement. The management team and the Board review our performance on a quarterly basis to ensure we are meeting or exceeding the latest industry standards.

We require everyone at Stolt-Nielsen to be committed and vigilant when it comes to health and safety, and we are proud of every employee’s dedication to upholding our standards.

Health and safety key statistics


Lost Time Injury Frequency in 2021, down from 0.89 in 2020


Total Recordable Case Frequency in 2021, down from 2.34 in 2020


Serious incidents in 2021, for the second consecutive year

Specialist training

Regular training is at the heart of our commitment to maintaining safety standards across all our operations. Our aim is to not only avoid incidents and injuries, but also to promote a culture of risk awareness where everyone is educated and motivated to ensure Stolt-Nielsen is a safe and healthy place to work.

Alongside in-house training on operational safety and minimising personal injuries, we hold routine external exercises to help staff prepare for and respond to different incident types. This includes conducting large-scale simulations with local authorities and response organisations.

We have also designed programmes to support the mental health of our seafarers – including helplines for seafarers and onshore employees, online sessions that can be delivered remotely to our employees and digital training portals for self-managed learning.

Our Stop Work Authority Programme

The ‘Stop Work Authority’ programme has been in place since 2014. It empowers everyone at Stolt-Nielsen to put a stop to work that appears unsafe. As part of their induction, all staff receive training on using this authority and everyone is given an information card (available in 18 languages) to remind them of the processes for taking action and raising concerns.

Maintaining our assets

It is critical that our assets are well designed, safely operated, inspected regularly and properly maintained to prevent accidents and any other technical failures or breakdowns. For us, asset safety starts at the early design phase and continues throughout each asset’s lifecycle, including investing in the latest technology and equipment to ensure our standards remain up to date and, wherever possible, ahead of the curve. We continually review procedures, refine our training and introduce improvements – such as automation – to reduce risks to our employees and maintain our assets and performance.

Health & Safety Report 2021

Stolt-Nielsen and all our businesses report yearly on our commitment to maintaining rigorous health and safety standards across all our operations, and to achieving our goal of zero harm to people and the environment.