Nothing is more important to us. We strive to be leaders in health and safety, safeguarding anyone that could be affected by our activities.
It is our duty to ensure that everybody returns home safe at the end of the working day. The safety of employees, communities and everyone involved in the manufacture, use or disposal of our products is our number one priority. We set high standards for process and occupational safety, which is managed by our network of Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) professionals throughout the business. Our three core SHE objectives are:
- No-one gets hurt
- We don’t annoy our neighbors
- We leave only the gentlest footprints on our environment
We have focused on understanding how the behavior of individuals contributes to safety culture. By integrating our learning from years of experience, investigations and advice from external safety experts, we have everything in place to provide the safest possible working environment. Our management systems, audits and safety reviews by senior leaders have all contributed significantly to our outstanding safety performance. We collect and evaluate incident data from any accidents and near miss incidents to ensure that we reduce risk for the future. Our focus, strong culture of safety is reflected in our performance highlights:
As a member of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), Innospec subscribes to the principles of the Responsible Care® Management System.
Through our efforts we have established a strong culture of safety within our organization, and this is reflected in our performance.
Our Performance and Key Highlights 2020
- Process Safety
Process safety management plays a central role in the prevention of major accident hazards. Our system includes:
Our Process Safety Standards are focused fundamentally on the control of critical hazards. They have been tailored to help us maintain a consistent basis of safety for all our processes. Our standards are reviewed continually against best practice. We amend and add new procedures wherever necessary, following any incidents that occur in the chemical industry.
Process Safety Standards:
- Risk assessment: Identifying hazards and necessary critical control measures.
- Safe operation: Ensuring critical control measures are built into operational procedures.
- Management of change: Evaluating and eliminating the risk that a change may have on the integrity of existing critical control measures.
- Safe maintenance: Maintaining the integrity of critical equipment and process controls.
- Accident, incident, near miss investigation: Identifying the root cause of events and sharing learnings across the organization to reduce the chance of recurrence.
- Emergency response: Minimizing the impact of any emergencies that occur.
- Competency: Training and assessing our staff to ensure competence before carrying out the activities required.
Compliance with the Process Safety Standards is monitored through the process safety audits, carried out by our Corporate SHE team. These audits measure a site’s compliance against the corporate standards. This includes an assessment of the level of implementation, operational employee awareness and their contribution to the sites PSS’s performance and critical control measures. These audits have evolved over the years to keep up with best practice and, in 2019, a new ‘Deep Dive’ approach was introduced. This new approach focuses on a number of potential Major Accident Hazard scenarios as selected by the auditing team, to establish the robustness of the process safety management system. Process Safety Performance Indicators (PSPIs).
Our PSPIs are monitored at a site level and are used to determine the effectiveness of all programs and activities targeted at reducing process safety incidents. The Executive Team and CEO discuss all sites’ PSPIs at their quarterly RESPECT meetings and use the information to identify any areas that need further support or education.
Process Safety Leadership
Introduced in 2010, our Process Safety Leadership program involves the Executive Team undertaking personal on-site visits. These visits are specifically focused on process safety and are in addition to our longstanding corporate process safety auditing program. They demonstrate at local level the Executive Team’s commitment to the prevention of incidents and accidents. In early 2020, we carried out four face to face audits at our Castiglione site in Italy, St Mihiel site in France and our Pleasanton and Midland sites in the US.
After March 2020, our ability to carry out audits was interrupted by the travel restrictions caused by the pandemic which prevented the completion of further face-to-face audits. Instead, sites provided evidence of their internal self-audit which was then reviewed by our Corporate SHE team. During the year a virtual audit protocol was developed that focuses on the implementation of the Process Safety Standards. All manufacturing facilities will be audited in 2021 by Corporate SHE either face-to-face or virtually if travel is still not permitted.