Safety, health & environment
SAFETY, HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT
Safety, Health & Environment are our highest priority at INEOS. Ensuring the highest levels of health and safety is the duty of everyone across the company, wherever they work. It is a responsibility that we take extremely seriously.
No. 1 Priority SHE is our No. 1 Priority across all our sites wherever we operate
SAFETY 3 key areas of safety: process safety, behavioural and human factor safety & product safety
ISO QUALIFIED 100% of our sites are ISO 9001 certified, 50% are ISO 14001 on environment and 33% are ISO 50001 on energy efficiency
PRINCIPLES 20 INEOS safety principles
OSHA 0.2 OSHA score of 0.2 (2018) compared to 0.15 for best in class
IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY of everyone at INEOS to ensure the highest standards of health and safety in everything that we do. Our commitment to safety starts at the top, with the Executive Board of each INEOS business being responsible for safety performance. All employees and contractors receive extensive safety training, participate in safety teams, contribute to incident learning, and suggest ongoing improvements in safety standards and procedures.
Each INEOS business is measured on its adherence to the principles and on its performance against specific safety targets.
The INEOS safety principles define what is expected of all our employees, contractors and businesses on a day-to-day basis. Each INEOS business is measured on its adherence to the principles and on its performance against specific safety targets. Safety performance is also linked to our employee bonus scheme, which further helps to embed a safety culture. We focus our attention on safety in both the processes we apply and the behaviour we expect.
Systems and operational procedures have safety built in to ensure the plant and equipment is being operated properly. Any changes in processes or procedures are subject to a risk assessment and, if necessary, a hazard study to analyse any potential safety risks or impacts. We have strict emergency procedures and if required, a plant can be shut down completely until an issue is fully resolved.
Everyone has responsibility for ensuring a safe working environment for themselves and their co-workers and speaking up about safety issues is encouraged. We also support near miss reporting so that we can learn from these, and put in place corrective action to ensure that incidents can be avoided.
The success of our business depends on ensuring a safe environment for our staff and the wider community around each of our sites, which is why safety is our highest priority.
EXCELLENCE IN SAFETY, HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE
EXCELLENCE IN SAFETY, Health and Environmental (SHE) performance is a top priority for INEOS. We aim to meet or exceed all legislative requirements in these areas. We set annual performance targets and are committed to continuous improvement in all aspects of our operations.
At INEOS we create a culture that reinforces our SHE performance. We aim to minimise the impact our facilities have on local environments and especially our neighbours. This means working in close partnership with community groups and key stakeholders to ensure that we are a responsible neighbour and partner.
Efficiency is absolutely central to our business. As a producer of commodity chemicals the efficiency of our processes has a significant impact on our profitability. We have a clear focus on reducing energy and material inputs and a clear priority to minimise waste. This means that we can minimise costs as well as reduce environmental impacts.
Our approach to safety is equally rigorous and is focused on three key areas, which cover activities both inside and outside our facilities:
Process Safety which involves continual safety improvements to existing manufacturing processes, as well as designing new processes.
BEHAVIOURAL/ HUMAN FACTOR SAFETY instilling a safety culture among all our employees to ensure INEOS is a safe place to work.
PRODUCT SAFETY ensuring that INEOS products are used, handled, stored and disposed of responsibly by our customers.
INEOS GROUP SAFETY PERFORMANCE
WITHIN ANY of our activities from plant construction to process operation, risk is a known factor that can be managed.
To achieve our objective of “zero injuries”, INEOS requires all employees and contractors who work under our control to adhere and contribute to the ongoing development of our strict safety, health and environmental standards and procedures.
By making safety, health and the environment an integral part of our business we encourage a culture of continuous improvement across all activities in all locations.
INEOS Group safety performance
OSHA recordable rate per 200,000 hours for employees and contractors
CUSTOMER AND PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP
ALL CHEMICALS SHOULD be handled responsibly. INEOS works with our customers to ensure that they have the information, procedures and facilities to receive, store, and use our products safely.
The European Union regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) ensures that companies like INEOS manage the risk associated with their products and provide customers with the information they need to handle them safely. INEOS’ commitment to the principles of responsible care means that we often go far beyond REACH in the stewardship we apply to our products.
INEOS Nitriles is a good example. The business carries out a comprehensive technical and safety audit of each potential customer before deliveries commence. This check ensures that equipment, safety protocols and procedures meet our stringent standards and we work together to be sure deliveries can be received, stored and handled safely.
Our Safe Handling Guides and training videos help customers maintain the highest safety standards and our specialist technical teams are on hand to offer advice and support.
To ensure safe transport of our products, all Nitriles customers must use approved logistics service providers. We also audit safety standards at all of the major transport hubs that our products pass through, such as ports, terminals and warehouses.
INEOS Nitriles also holds Product Stewardship Conferences, in the US and in Europe, bringing customers together to review the latest developments in safety. These conferences are done at the request of sales representative from any country and then gathers all involved delegates. During such events, customers can also be invited to take a tour of the nearby INEOS facility to see safety work in action therefore, adding real value to our ongoing partnership with them.