Our employees’ personal wellbeing is of utmost importance to us that it takes precedence over everything else.
At Emery Oleochemicals, we consider safety, health & environment (SH&E) as our top priority. Each and every plant in our global operation has detailed SH&E policies, strategic tasks and targets based on industry leading benchmarks, such as ISO, OHSAS, and local regulatory requirements.
We are aware of the risks our operations can bring and the responsibilities we have in ensuring a safe workplace. It is a work ethic that has a long track record, starting from pioneering practices in the early1970s, and including Henkel’s “Principles and Objectives of Environmental Protection and Safety” published in 1995. In 1997, SH&E standards were made mandatory and worldwide SH&E audits began.
quality assurance in EMERY
In 1994, both our Cincinnati and Telok Panglima Garang sites achieved the ISO 9002 Certification for “Model for quality assurance in production, installation and servicing”. A few years later, the ISO 14001 Certification for our sites would signal the addition of environmental responsibilities.
Emery Oleochemicals has in the last seven years received various prestigious awards in environmental management, including the Eagle Award (2011 & 2012, Cincinnati), Biggest Break Through Award (2012 & 2013, Cincinnati) and the TÜV Plant Safety Award (2011, Düsseldorf).
Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), on the other hand, are standards to ensure the health and safety of all employees at the workplace, by investing in employee education, training, health and wellness, and establishing plant safety standards. This includes engagement with external authorities – i.e., fire and police departments and other emergency responders.
In Cincinnati, we reached the milestone for one million hours worked with zero lost time accidents in November 2013; in June 2015, we reached two million hours – a first time accomplishment for our North American site. The size of the facility does not in any way determine its outlook on the importance of site safety; Loxstedt, a facility manned by fewer than 100 employees, prides itself on a strong safety track record as well.
Key health and safety metrics for the company in 2013 saw a positive reduction of Total Recordable Injury Rates (TRIR) by 60%.