• Accidents on industrial sites may cause injury to employees, contractors, or members of the public adjacent to those sites, especially in the context of major releases of chemical substances.
  • Accidents involving employees or third-party individuals on Solvay’s sites are generally linked to a failure of safety management relating to risks at the workplace.
  • Accidents involving contractors include falls during work at height, in construction and maintenance activities, use of tools, and interaction with equipment during maintenance, as well as accidents due to non-compliance with work permit procedures.
  • Risks of causing injury to neighbors or the public are mostly a consequence of major process accidents at manufacturing sites or during transport activities.

Prevention and mitigation

Occupational safety is the highest priority in managing the activities of Solvay. The Group has a long track record of good safety performance, and has made significant progress by sharing good practices.

  • Safety results are considered monthly both at Executive Committee and GBUs level.
  • The Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) department implements a management system entitled “Solvay Care Management System (SCMS)”, integrating all Solvay requirements for HSE and fulfilling the international standards ISO14001 and OHSAS 18001. A new version of the benchmarks will be released in 2017.
  • The HSE department supports sites and GBUs by collecting, validating, and distributing return on experience, lessons learned bulletins on typical accident scenarios and consequences. It is also part of external research, and academic and inter-company developments to identify new safety approaches: ICSI (Institut pour une Culture de Sécurité Industrielle), EPSC (European Process Safety Centre) and CEFIC (European Chemical Industry Council) initiatives.
  • Some actions in 2016: the first Solvay Safety Excellence Plan 2015-2016 to boost safety performance (being reviewed for the 2017-2018 period). The plan focuses on: defining clear expectations at management level, defining customized action plans through site and GBU roadmaps, and generating a safety excellence mindset. The most familiar initiative of this plan is the eight "Solvay Life Saving Rules", which address the eight most dangerous work-related activities (such as working at height).