Workplace Safety

Safety is first and foremost at every Responsible Care® company. For more than 34 years, CIAC members have been creating workplaces which are as healthy and safe as possible through initiatives such as SHARE (Safety, Health, Analysis, Recognition and Exchange network). SHARE brings together CIAC member company health and safety professionals who are committed to measuring, tracking and continuously improving performance, with the goal of achieving zero workplace injuries and illnesses.

Process Safety

To protect their workers, the public and the environment, all CIAC member companies must have comprehensive process-safety management systems in place and adhere to standards established by the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering. Any gaps between a company's management system and the standards must be assessed, and action plans developed and implemented to raise the company's process safety to the acceptable level. A comprehensive examination of a company's process-safety management system is a fundamental component of the Responsible Care triennial verification process.

Process Safety Incidents (Based on Severity)

Note: CIAC's classification criteria for process safety incidents was amended in 2016 to become aligned with the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) thresholds. As a result, some metrics may appear skewed including and following the 2016 year. Once sufficent data has been collected using the new incident tiering system, only data representing the current incident classification criteria will be used.

Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

What CIAC members are doing to promote workplace and process safety

Since 1990, CIAC members have reduced the number of injuries and illnesses at their facilities by 83 per cent. And they aren’t stopping there. Member companies are expanding their efforts and extending their safety programs to contractors and other service-providers to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the business of chemistry.

As part of the SHARE meetings and review of health and safety performance, CIAC identified slips, trips and falls as significant cause of injuries, especially during winter months. This led to the mandatory use of winter cleats at several facilities that have seen a dramatic drop in injuries since this practice was put in place and shared with other member companies.

BASF Canada wins Canada’s Safest Employer Award

BASF Canada received Canada’s Safest Employers Gold Winner award in the Chemistry Sector for 2019 at a gala in Toronto in October. Judges pointed to BASF Canada’s Exposure Reduction Process, a behaviour-based safety program. This program has empowered employees at all levels with the organization to become more involved and engaged in reducing exposures for themselves and others in the workplace.

NOVA Chemicals: Goal ZERO

NOVA Chemicals remains deeply committed to Goal Zero, i.e. zero injuries and incidents in the workplace, and believes that all work-related illnesses and injuries can be prevented. In 2018, planning for company-wide implementation of the RC 14001 management system, which combines the Responsible Care Framework with ISO 14001, was launched. This work was further supported by enhancing their Responsible Care governance structure to create functional Strategy Teams designed to leverage learning and safety improvement opportunities and develop program strategies to drive improved operating performance outcomes.

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