Sustainability report 2020 FINAL - Flipbook - Page 73
Occupational health & safety risk and emergency management
A comprehensive assessment of risks related to our operations and products is prerequisite to our business
processes. A local and global emergency organization is in place to ensure comprehensive emergency
management and response.
To support incident prevention, Archroma operates an “observation” program in order to identify
opportunities for improvements which can then be distributed across all sites. We have found this
approach particularly successful identifying actions for continuous improvement, and this is also
monitored on a monthly basis.
We take initiatives to reduce safety and health risks in the production, storage, distribution and usage
of our products and in the disposal of waste. In order to manage the risks associated with chemical
manufacturing, process hazard analyses are conducted. Each manufacturing site and standalone laboratory
has its own risk profile, particular to the manufacturing processes and chemicals used at that site.
The primary hazards are fire/explosion, chemical properties and personal injury. This risk portfolio is
updated annually, or ad hoc when an additional manufacturing process is initiated on the site.
Each manufacturing site has a Safety and Environment Officer (SEO), who reports on a monthly basis to the
global Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Manager. Individual goals are set for each site. There are three
safety pillars: prevention of incidents, training and safety audits.
To support training, every site has a comprehensive training program that has been developed specifically
for that site and focused upon specific knowledge improvement requirements. Broader training topics
for the organization are conducted by regular webinars. These cover more general topics, which maintains
the awareness within the organization towards our current safety performance and allows experience
sharing, and all employees to participate in safety topics.
In FY2020, we instituted safety training via online tools for all employees equipped with computers and
mobile devices, and physical onsite training for those with no online access.
Site safety audits against the guidelines are conducted on a 3-year program. These audits are conducted
over one week by internally qualified safety experts at a frequency of 8 to 10 sites per year. The audits are
conducted against 25 comprehensive guidelines which describe all safety processes, the transportation,
storage and use of all materials. Any corrective action plans are set and monitored against a specific time
frame. Due to the pandemic we have switched to remote safety audits supported with live camera at the
General health improvement initiatives are managed on a local level at the sites. No global initiatives have
been conducted during the reporting period.
To manage the global pandemic we have issued global guidelines and precautions measures.
We have also activated all local emergency teams and they are constantly in closed contact with the
company's Global COVID-19 crisis team.