Industry-leading health and safety record
A key tenet of how we conduct our business is to protect the health and safety of our employees, contractors and the communities where we operate.
Our GoalZERO approach means we are committed to operating safely with zero injuries, zero incidents and zero accidents. We are committed to our employees and their safety, and to ensuring that all of our colleagues get home safely every day.
Notably, our injury rate in 2019 of 0.21 was 66% lower than the industry average of 0.62. In the United States, our manufacturing facilities achieved the lowest injury rate in our history. Worldwide, 17 sites achieved more than 1 million safe working hours in 2019. However, no injury is acceptable and we strive to continuously improve our safety performance.
Embedding our GoalZERO safety culture at the A. Schulman sites we acquired in late 2018 continued to be a focus in 2019. Since the acquisition, the injury rate at these facilities has dropped by more than 50% compared with the previous year. This was due to a strong commitment by both our existing and new employees, training, instilling our Health, Safety and Environmental Management Systems and Operational Excellence standards, and the leadership of LyondellBasell safety mentors.
Our health, safety and environmental policy states that we:
- Aim to achieve zero injuries and incidents
- Provide a safe, healthy and secure work environment for employees and contractors
- Maintain a risk-based management system that is designed to ensure compliance with applicable legal and other requirements and promote continual performance improvement
- Provide stewardship of our processes and products, practice pollution prevention and optimize resource use across all stages of the product life cycle
- Communicate openly with all stakeholders on relevant health, safety and environmental issues
In recognition of our innovative practices and leadership in the areas of health, safety, environmental and security in 2019, the American Chemistry Council named LyondellBasell the 2020 Responsible Care® Company of the Year.
Additionally, we were recognized once again by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers annual Safety Awards. In 2019, nine LyondellBasell facilities were recognized for their efforts in maintaining a superior level of safety in the petrochemical manufacturing and refining industries.
Distinguished Safety Award for exemplary level of safety performance:
Chocolate Bayou, Texas
Elite Gold Award for exhibiting a superior level of safety performance and program innovation:
Houston Refinery, Texas
Elite Silver Award for exhibiting excellent safety performance and program innovation:
Corpus Christi, Texas
Victoria, Texas Morris, Illinois
Lake Charles, Louisiana
For more information on our health and safety efforts, see GRI 403 on pages 55-58 in our 2019 Sustainability Report.