Health, safety and environment policy & values

Elementis places great emphasis on protecting people and the environment from harm. The Board considers that compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, and the effective management of health, safety and environmental (“HSE”) issues, are critical to the long-term success of the Group. In addition to legal and regulatory compliance, attention to these aspects of our business, including stewardship of our products through their life cycle, also makes good business sense to minimise the costs associated with poor performance and the risk of damage to reputation and brand. It is the policy of Elementis to promote honest, ethical and lawful conduct by all employees, officers and directors of the Group in all aspects of the business.

Elementis has a well established health, safety and environment (‘HSE’) management system that is aligned with international standards which includes: corporate policy, annual objectives, internal and external auditing, incident reporting and investigation, metrics, management review and emergency preparedness. 

Safety and environmental compliance is a key priority and, as a chemicals manufacturer, our facilities are subject to many regulations and managed to an even higher standard. Of our 18 operating facilities, 5 have achieved ISO 14001
certification, 3 have achieved OHSAS 18001 certification and our other sites are managed to similarly high standards. An example of where we have gone beyond regulatory requirements is at our principal chromium facility in Castle Hayne, North Carolina, which has achieved the comprehensive performance based criteria to be accredited in the STAR programme. This accomplishment is the highest recognition level under US OSHA’s voluntary protection programme, which recognises employees and employers who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health. Elementis manages HSE risks to a high standard and this will continue to be one of the Group’s main priorities.

To view our performance in HSE matters, please see our Corporate responsibility report in the panel on the right.

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Elementis' 10 Life Saving Rules

All our employees have 'Stop Work Authority' if they see unsafe working conditions.

 

 

  • Summary of the Group’s HSE policy

    • Elementis conducts business globally with the highest concern for the health and safety of our employees, contractors, customers, neighbours and the general public and for the environment in which it operates;
    • Elementis seeks to identify and eliminate occupational health hazards, is committed to providing a safe workplace for all employees and strives for zero injuries as part of the Group’s continual improvement process;
    • Elementis operates facilities to minimise impact on the environment. The Group views compliance with all applicable legal requirements and other codes of practice as its minimum standard. The Group’s sustainable development strategy requires that the businesses work proactively to reduce emissions, minimise waste from Group processes, conserve valuable natural resources and ensure responsible product stewardship up and down the supply chain;
    • Elementis recognises the importance of communication with all interested parties and is committed to open dialogue with its neighbours, contractors, customers and the general public about Group operations; and
    • The Board and senior management of Elementis are committed to this policy and continually monitor performance to ensure its implementation.
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