Safety is at the core of everything we do at Celanese. We take our responsibility to protect ourselves, one another, our worldwide communities, equipment and facilities very seriously. Since Celanese became a publicly traded company in this country in 2005, leadership has purposefully transitioned the company's safety approach from site-developed, site-specific processes to that of a global, best practice-driven approach, complete with corporate-level guidelines. We have taken processes that work well at specific sites, documented them as best practices and adopted them accordingly worldwide.
The current expectation for safety begins with a strong commitment from our leadership, and this idea is reinforced by engaged, proactive employees who are committed to helping all workers return home in the same condition they previously arrived.
Keeping employees safe
In 2007, Celanese formalized the Employee Engagement Process that was adopted as part of our global Integrated Management System (IMS). IMS processes promote consistency, common expectations and employee engagement across all occupational processes. This system applies to all employees in Celanese businesses across the globe.
Process safety means safe facilities and safe communities
Process safety is the proactive control of risk associated with releases of such hazardous chemicals and energy sources as fires, explosions and toxins. Our singular belief is that all process safety incidents are preventable. In 2007, Celanese expanded the scope of our facilities' process safety management system elements by 40 percent, and the company also required all manufacturing sites to establish a Responsibility and Accountability plan to encompass each of the system's 21 elements. The current result is stronger, more thorough methods which ensure the safety of our plants, equipment and the communities in which we operate. Global training standards that develop competency at all levels of the organization are key in advancing process safety measures. More than 300 students are trained annually in such safety techniques as processing hazards and consequence analysis via internal programs. We continuously monitor our safety, environmental and process safety compliance to identify opportunities for improvement through regular internal audits by Celanese technical experts, third-party entities and our own EHS team. Additionally, we have a mature management review procedure, process safety leading and lagging metrics program and a specific lessons learned process, all of which help to drive constant improvement in areas of process safety.