Safety is, and always will be, our number one priority. We encourage all employees and contractors to maintain a diligent focus.
We prioritize effective project planning, adherence to all operating procedures, recognition of potential hazards, proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and personal accountability. We use a number of leading indicators at all of our sites, including a focus on near-miss identification and reporting so we can prevent more serious injuries from happening in the future. While our total recordable incident rate (TRIR) is significantly below the chemical industry average in the United States, we continue to focus on cultural and leadership assessments as well as priority site reviews. We use the definition of recordable incident established by the United States Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).
While we saw a decrease in the number of total injuries from 2015 to 2016, there was unfortunately an increase in the total number of lost work days due to severe incidents.
We conduct a thorough evaluation of every incident, including “high potential near misses,” to understand the root cause of such incidents and assess how we may implement measures to avoid similar safety risks in the future across our global operations. Throughout the years, these incident learnings and our strong safety culture have kept us an industry leader in safety performance and we will always focus on continuous improvement to achieve our goal of zero incidents.
Outstanding Safety Performance
Managing Safety Performance Training
We continue to invest in our employees through training in a variety of topics including safety.
We recently conducted several two-day workshops to teach practical safety leadership skills to frontline supervisors, managers and other individuals. The sessions taught both “what to do” and “how to do it,” while providing tools to best manage safety performance and increase employee engagement. Participants learned and were able to practice tangible tools that they can use every day to manage through words and actions, including management by walking around, leading by example, reinforcing positive behaviors, creating stump speeches and more. This training program was initiated in North America in 2016 with the participation of more than half of the frontline leaders and it will be expanded to our global facility leaders in the next two years.
Improving Access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Maintaining an adequate inventory of the required PPE in various sizes, and having it readily available, is an important element of an effective injury prevention program.
The easier it is for employees to obtain the necessary PPE, the more likely they will be to perform their tasks safely. Several of our facilities in Europe have taken steps to improve employee accessibility to various types of PPE by installing dedicated vending machines that distribute these supplies. Through this solution, PPE is available at any time of the day and night by swiping an employee badge or by entering a personal access code. In addition to safety-related benefits, the vending machines provide direct and controlled availability of proper PPE and industrial consumables at the point where they are needed, delivering savings on consumption and improvements in productivity.
Manufacturing facilities that set an example with excellent SH&E performance are recognized with admission to the President's Club. These sites have operated with no recordable safety incidents in 3 years or 2 million person hours receive this prestigious honor. We continue to set a high standard for safety at all of our operations worldwide, and congratulate our colleagues for achieving this milestone.
Our highest recognition of excellence is the Chairman’s Award, which is presented to manufacturing sites that operate for more than 4 years without a recordable safety incident, environmental non-conformance or significant process safety event while earning positive SH&E audit results. Recipients include: Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Jiangxi, China; Port Dickson, Malaysia; Ravenna, Italy (purification solutions); and Valmez, Czech Republic.