Nothing is more important to us. We strive to be leaders in health and safety, safeguarding anyone that could be affected by our activities.
Everybody needs to return 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. SHE always will be a top priority for Innospec with our three core objectives being that:
- 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.
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 2018
* defined as a learning event that did not cause harm but had the potential to cause injury or loss; the more reported and addressed the lower the risk of a future incident.
- Process Safety
Process safety management plays a central role in the prevention of major accident hazards. Our system includes:
Process Safety Standards
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.
- 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.
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 2018, the Executive Team made six visits to the following sites: Barcelona, Spain; Castiglione, Italy; Pleasanton TX, US; Herne, Germany; Vernon and St Mihiel France.
- Behavioral Safety
In 2012, we introduced an objective for all sites to implement behavior safety training and it has been a key part of our local delivery strategy ever since. All sites have a year-on-year objective to develop and maintain an ongoing behavioral safety training program focusing on:
- Actively promoting hazard identification and personal safety risk assessments by operational and maintenance personnel
- Reinforcing the ‘safety comes first’ principle
In 2017 we developed and launched new corporate behavioral safety improvement program: ‘Journey to Zero Harm’.
- Journey to Zero Harm
Building on the excellent existing behavioral safety activities at our sites, the program sets out Innospec’s expectations in a clear and consistent message and provides the tools to help everyone focus efforts on achieving our goal of zero harm to people, environment and our assets. The program consists of five elements:
During 2018 we trained 1,328 employees, 4,426 interactions were completed and 36, 452 60 Second Checks took place. We saw an increase in both near misses and accidents. We view near misses as an opportunity to prevent future accidents. Our Journey to Zero Harm (JTZH) program, 60-second checks, encourages employees to proactively look for any potential health and safety risks. Since the launch of JTZH, we have seen the quality of near miss reporting improve, allowing us to address issues raised early before they result in harm or loss.