Risk description

A major accident such as a fire, explosion, or loss of containment resulting in possible fatalities, life-altering injuries, harm to the environment, or harm to local communities

Any fatality or life-altering injury not related to a major accident

Prevention and mitigation actions

Solvay’s approach to occupational safety is evolving. While the group has seen a consistent reduction in the number of people who are injured in our facilities, it has have averaged one fatality per year during the past few years.

In 2018, Solvay focused on fostering an environment at our sites whereby all employees work together to ensure they go home safe at the end of each day.

Occupational safety:

Solvay’s Safety Excellence initiative focuses on employee engagement across the entire company and includes the following measures:

  • Safety Days;
  • Leadership safety visits;
  • Behavior Based Safety Programs;
  • Lessons Learned Bulletins (targeting all Medical Treatment Accidents (MTA), as well as Near Miss and First Aid incidents of interest);
  • Best Practice Sharing;
  • A personal safety objective for each employee.

In 2017, Solvay developed a “Safety Climate Assessment” tool based on the Dov Zohar methodology to determine the maturity level of individual sites’ safety culture. Several sites have started to use the tool. In 2018, the Group organized safety leadership and risk awareness workshops and different communication/presentation sessions in the GBUs and in sites.

Solvay introduced the Solvay Life Saving Rules (SLSR) in 2015. The SLSR cover those activities (e.g. Work at Heights, Line Breaking, etc.) that, when not performed safely, have resulted in either a fatality or a life-altering injury. This year, we initiated a collaborative process to further define the risks and which mitigation measures to apply. This collaborative effort produced minimum requirements for the SLSR. These minimum requirements will ensure that we have a shared understanding of the mitigation measures necessary to effectively manage the risks linked to activities in which the SLSR apply. We expect all sites to be compliant with the requirements by the end of 2019.

Safety results are reviewed monthly by GBUs and at the Executive Committee level.

Process safety management:

Solvay applies a preventive risk-based approach founded on systematic process safety risk analyses and management of change processes.

2018 main actions

Occupational safety:

  • Minimum requirements for three highest priority Solvay Life Saving Rules (SLSR) implemented at all sites;
  • Safety leadership and safety culture workshops in the GBUs and at the sites;
  • Medical Treatment Accident Rate: 0.54.

Process Safety:

  • 83% of all sites have had a process hazard assessment in line with Group requirements within the last five years (2020 target – 100%);
  • No high-risk situations (Level 1 risk sheets) older than one year.