我们优先考虑有效的项目规划、对所有操作程序的遵守情况、潜在危险的发现、个人防护装备 (PPE) 和个人问责制的正确使用。我们在所有厂区使用大量先行指标，包括关注未遂事件的确定和报告，以便我们能够防止以后发生更严重的损害。尽管我们的总可记录事故率 (TRIR) 明显低于美国的化学行业平均水平，但我们仍然继续重视文化和领导能力评估以及优先考虑的厂区审查。我们使用美国职业安全&与健康管理局 (OSHA) 确定的可记录事故的定义。
We have remained consistent in the occurrence rates of total recordable incidents and lost time. We did not experience any employee or contractor fatalities in the listed years.
We conduct a thorough evaluation of every incident, including "high potential near misses," to understand the root cause of such incidents and assess how we may implement measures to avoid similar safety risks in the future across our global operations. Throughout the years, these incident learnings and our strong safety culture have kept us an industry leader in safety performance and we will always focus on continuous improvement to achieve our goal of zero incidents.
In 2018, we undertook a project to refresh our approach to process safety management so that we may better track our performance and identify opportunities for improvement in our program. In accordance with this effort, we have revisited and updated our approach for how we categorize Tier 1 and Tier 2 process safety events to ensure we report such events as accurately and transparently as possible. Previously, these classifications were considered only for incidents that were reported according to our internal definitions for environmental nonconformances, recordable injuries or significant process safety events. However, we realized a more thorough and accurate approach should also take into account other process safety events that were less significant than those originally considered, which resulted in updates to the historical Tier 1 and Tier 2 classifications.
Last year, we experienced three Tier 1 events and 10 Tier 2 events. The Tier 1 events included a material release from a relief valve, a release within a process area and a process fire. There were no injuries as a result of these events. The majority of Tier 2 events were related to incidents including chemical releases, most of which were captured within secondary containment, minimizing the impact to the environment. To provide an additional level of focus in our process safety management program, we introduced a series of leading performance indicators that we believe will help us prevent future incidents. These indicators track on-time completion of our process hazard analysis plans as well as closure of corrective actions from events and process safety audits.
USA Benefits Team launches successful well-being program
We know that paying attention to our employees’ overall health and wellness can contribute to our goal to keep our employees safe. With that in mind, we launched our You Matter well-being program at USA-based facilities.
In the program’s first year, more than 50% of our USA employees participated in activities ranging from biometric screenings and health risk assessments to mindfulness activities and exercise challenges. The program has brought positive changes to participants’ overall health by helping them better manage stress, increase their physical activity and improve their sleep habits. We are proud that the New England Employee Benefit Council has recognized the You Matter program with a Best Practices Award for design and communication.
Wuhai construction project completed without a recordable incident
The critical role of safety in our culture is exemplified through our safety efforts during construction of our new fumed silica manufacturing facility in Wuhai, China.
From the start of the project to its recent completion, safety was a key focus for our teams. We completed the project having achieved nearly 1.6 million work hours without a recordable injury amongst our employees and contractors. In 2018 alone, nearly 750,000 work hours were completed injury-free. This performance is attributed to strong safety management and implementation, which included a high level of risk assessment, detailed safety plans and contractor supervision, optimization of construction resources, and thorough safety training. The safety culture of zero incidents has been deeply rooted in the minds of all personnel and has helped demonstrate our commitment to safety to the surrounding community and our industry peers.
2017 年，我们推出了为期 2 天的讲习班，重点关注全球 700 多名领导者的实践安全领导能力。该计划于 2016 年在北美地区启动，并于 2017 年扩展到南美地区，预计到 2018 年年底将延伸至我们的整个全球网络。该计划为一线领导者提供一系列针对员工敬业度的工具和指导方法，包括询问技巧的使用、案例研究和实践练习，这些工具和方法经证明能够达到出众的安全结果。讲习班重点关注多个话题，例如领导者发挥的关键作用、亲自考察厂区的重要性、解决不当行为以及表彰并加强积极措施。