Behavioural and process safety are extremely important for Croda. The safety of our employees and neighbours is, and always will be, of paramount importance. Through our focus on safety, we will directly contribute to the following UN SDG targets:
SDG 3.4, SDG 3.9, SDG 8.8
A core principle at Croda is that all employees should expect to return home at the end of their working day without having been harmed in the workplace.
In 2015, we set an OSHA total recordable injury rate (TRIR) target to be in the top quartile of chemical manufacturing companies – a measurable improvement towards our aim of zero harm at work. This required improving from 0.8 recordable injuries per 200,000 hours worked to below 0.6 and, importantly, this would result in a 25% reduction in work-related cases.
- OSHA Total Recordable Injury Rate of 0.73, excluding COVID-19 and including acquisition impact
- Human Performance safety programme developed
- Process safety incidents now reported against SASB Process Safety Indicators, with a newly devised system for data collection and reporting in line with the criteria of the SASB.
Case study: Human Performance programme
Following the launch of our ambitious 2030 safety target, having an OSHA Total Recordable Injury Rate in the top 10% for the chemical industry, in 2021 we launched our Human Performance programme. Founded on a unique set of principles and designed specifically for our business, this new approach to safety focuses on maximising learning opportunities regarding safety, whenever our people interact, and at all levels within the organisation. This new programme creates opportunities for meaningful conversations about how work is carried out, the real risks people face, and empowers all employees to get involved and provide solutions, enhancing team interactions including individual safety conversations, group meetings and incident investigations.
Process safetyFor companies that store, use and produce hazardous materials, safe and effective management is critical. Our process safety management system is based on standards and guidance from the UK Health and Safety Executive together with best practices from regulators and industry bodies worldwide. As part of our process safety management system, all process risk reviews on manufacturing sites are subject to regular periodic reassessment by a team that includes specialists from our Safety, Health and Environment function and external experts.
We also contribute to and in some cases hold leadership responsibility for several industry associations and best practice groups, including Responsible Care® initiatives aligned with national chemical industries associations.
Extending our measuring and reporting to cover all likely incidents, going beyond the standard approaches, we established the performance measure of Process Safety Incident Rate that records all types of incidents, such as demands on relief streams and plant control systems, rather than purely losses of containment. This internal measure was created as other external benchmarking conventions focussed on losses of containment and did not take the holistic view of process safety we felt was needed. However, to enable global benchmarking with other organisations, we will also measure incidents using established external indexes from the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).
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