This is something we work on every day: building a culture of safety and accountability, where every employee is empowered to be a safety leader.
Maintaining the health and safety of our employees is a critical component of our corporate philosophy and is supported through all levels and all functions of the organization. We are committed to driving safety excellence across our global operations through our Journey to Zero vision and our Make Safe Happen initiative.
Even in challenging times, which we have seen with the fire that impacted our Rouen facility in fall 2019 and in 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic, our employees are committed to “Make Safe Happen.”
While the training, risk assessment and personal protective equipment programs we have in place are critical, the commitment of our employees and their care for each other, our customers and neighbors continue to make a positive impact on our safety performance.
For our latest safety and security performance data, refer to the Sustainability Scorecard on our website.
The Journey to Zero: zero accidents, zero errors and zero harm drives safety into the forefront of everything we do. To increase knowledge, awareness and accountability for ensuring safety and doing the right thing, we launched the Make Safe Happen strategy to promote safety empowerment and awareness globally. Global colleagues, executive and senior leadership and key stakeholders contribute to safety messaging and awareness. The program is designed to equip everyone at Lubrizol to be a leader in our effort to improve workplace health and safety.
As a member of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), Lubrizol subscribes to the principles of Responsible Care®. The ACC created the Responsible Care Management System (RCMS), which requires third-party certification of our Health, Safety, Environmental and Security (HSES) management systems across all business activities. With continual improvement a fundamental goal, implementing RCMS provides a framework to take our company above and beyond prior HSES accomplishments.
Beginning in 2017 Lubrizol elected to certify all of our US facilities to the RC14001:2015 management system standard.
Although ACC required certification is currently only for U.S.-based operations, we've implemented best practices at all facilities around the world. Some countries where our facilities exist require third-party certifications, and we either have or will be meeting those requirements. For countries where there is no requirement, we began internal second-party audits following the 2009 completion of the U.S. sites.
At Lubrizol, protection extends far beyond closed gates, locked doors, and security badges. You'll find our approach to be not only comprehensive but proactive and measurable. We are proud of the commitments made, and efforts taken to keep Lubrizol safe and secure. Highlights include:
Process safety involves preventing releases of hazardous materials that could result in serious injuries or fatalities to employees or neighbors, as well as harming the environment. Lubrizol works hard to prevent process safety incidents at every facility by:
through Responsible Care®
Following the guiding principles
of the American Chemistry Council’s
Responsible Care® initiative
Working with customers to achieve their environmental goals
Continually striving to reduce our worldwide injury and process safety incident rates