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Safety excellence plan in detail

All global business units (GBUs) and sites have defined their dedicated HSE roadmaps and have implemented a range of good safety practices, in particular:

  • Best practice sharing,
  • Reporting of “near misses” and analysis of those with a high potential for severity,
  • Safety Leadership training for site managers,
  • Leadership safety visits by GBU Management team members,
  • Campaign to prevent hand injuries (50% of Medical Treatment Accidents),
  • Safety days.

More emphasis will be placed in 2018 on Safety Leadership, with the goal of making safety not just a group priority, but a personal value shared by all. To increase “Safety Leadership”, specific training actions will be designed, together with a positive “Safety Climate Assessment”. Management will play an active and visible role.

Life Saving Rules initiative

Solvay Life Saving Rules were selected after studying the root causes of fatal accidents during the past 40+ years within the Group.

  • Working at height: protect yourself and your tools from falling when working at height.
  • Working on powered systems: isolate and de-energize mechanical and electrical equipment before starting work.
  • Line breaking: obtain authorization before starting to open lines or vessels.
  • Working in confined spaces: be sure that atmospheric conditions are continuously monitored and a safety attendant is standing by before entering a confined space.
  • Working in an explosive atmosphere: do not enter any area that has a potentially explosive atmosphere with objects that could generate a spark or ignition.
  • Lifting: do not stand or move under or in the vicinity of a lifted load.
  • Excavation: stay out of the line of fire of excavators, trucks, and non-stabilized earth.
  • Traffic: respect all traffic rules.

Clear management expectations


leadership safety visits in 2017

The Leadership Safety visits Initiative is well established. Every GBU or Function Management Team member is committed to carrying out four site visits per year. During visits, top management team members convey Solvay’s safety values to employees. The main goals of the visits are:

  • to engage everyone in safety dialogue: assessing employees’ risk awareness and identifying barriers to working safely, share risk perception and convey expectations;
  • to react immediately if an unsafe situation is observed, especially regarding deviations from the Solvay Life Saving Rules.

Risk awareness: critical task analysis


sites with a Critical Task Analysis

Solvay developed the Critical Task Analysis methodology to help sites to assess and prioritize risks at the workplace. This methodology includes severity calculations based on measurable physical values or equipment types and factors:

  • that increase the probability of accident occurrence (e.g. lack of lighting);
  • for protective measures that decrease the severity of consequences (e.g. Personal protective Equipment);
  • for preventive measures that decrease the probability of accident occurrence (e.g. specific training).

The Critical Task Analysis has been deployed at approximately 70 sites.