Risk description

  • A major accident such as a fire, explosion, or loss of containment may result in 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

Occupational safety and process safety are priorities. The Group has a long record of good safety performance and has made significant progress by actively sharing good practices.

Occupational safety: 

All fatal and life-altering accidents are preventable. Despite the continuous decrease of the number of medical treatment accidents (MTA) on its sites, Solvay has reached a plateau in terms of the number of high severity incidents (fatalities and life-altering accidents).

The focus is now on the engagement level as a means of keeping people safe and save lives. The main Solvay engagement activities are the following: Safety Days, Safety Leadership Visits, Behavior Based Safety, Best Practice Sharing, and Personal Safety Objectives.

Solvay implements the “Solvay Life Saving Rules” (SLSR) which cover the activities which, when not performed safely, can and have resulted in fatalities and life-altering injuries within the Group.

Moving off the plateau requires an enhanced approach to Safety Leadership. In 2017, Solvay developed a “Safety Climate Assessment”, based on the Dov Zohar methodology, to determine the maturity level of the safety culture at site level.

Solvay initiated a collaborative process to develop a shared perception of life-threatening activities covered by the “Solvay Life Saving Rules”, with the goal of developing a common risk mitigation approach across all Solvay sites.

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

Process safety management: 

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

2017 main actions

Process Safety:

  • 78% of all sites have had a process hazard assessment in line with Group requirements within the last five years (2017 target – 70%; 2020 target – 100%),
  • No high-risk situations (Level 1 risk sheets) older than one (1) year

Occupational safety:

  • Progressive implementation of the “Safety Climate Assessment” in the sites,
  • Common mitigation measures (minimum requirements) for Solvay Life Saving Rules defined. Refinement and roll-out during the first half of 2018 at all Solvay sites,
  • Evaluated different approaches to Safety Leadership. The selected approach will be introduced in 2018, beginning with senior leadership in the Industrial Family.