Occupational Health & Safety

We continue to pursue excellence in occupational health and safety to better protect our employees, contractors, neighbors and the environment from hazards.

People Safety

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).

Process Safety

We are committed to building and operating our manufacturing facilities according to stringent standards in order to decrease the risk of process safety events (PSEs). While only two of our facilities are required to meet the strict compliance requirements of the Occupational Safety Health Administration's (OSHA) Process Safety Management (PSM) regulations, our program includes all of our manufacturing operations worldwide. We analyze root causes to prevent future incidents, and we report our PSEs using the widely known Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) definitions.

We continually benchmark and evaluate other manufacturing companies’ process safety programs and investigate best practices in order to improve our own programs. Support for these activities comes at the highest level with the Process Safety Executive Steering Team that meets regularly to review current issues, discuss program enhancements, and provide leadership and support for the process safety program. 

We have made good progress towards our goal of designing, building, operating and maintaining our facilities with zero PSEs. Similar to the way in which we view all safety and environmental incidents, each PSE is analyzed to understand its root cause. To help ensure incidents occurring at a given facility are not repeated at another, we share lessons learned and corrective actions throughout all of our facilities worldwide.