Goal Zero Safety Award
In January 2013, HMC Polymers was once again recognized for exemplary Safety performance: achieving one year of zero recordable injuries. This achievement represents 1.5 million safe man-hours worked across all plant and office locations!
Along with our major shareholders, PTT and LyondellBasell, HMC is dedicated to continuously improving process safety and the personal safety of our employees, contractors and communities. For all joint venture partners, nothing is more important.
Our high safety standards are the result of ongoing activities and programs at all sites designed to maintain a strong safety process and operating culture. HMC has a continuous Operational Excellence program in which key staff from all levels and functions conduct HSE audits on a bimonthly basis.
The actions from these audits are then tracked to closure at the highest level within our company to maintain our safety procedures and further reduce the probability of safety incidents.
HMC utilizes the HAZOP (hazard and operability studies) protocols and conducts HAZOP revalidations every 5 years. HAZOP is a structured and systematic examination of planned or existing processes or operations in order to identify and evaluate problems that may represent risks to personnel or equipment, or prevent efficient operation of our plants.
HAZOP revalidations were completed for PP Lines 1 and 2 in year 2011. A revalidation of the PDH plant HAZOP was completed in Q4 2012 and a revalidation of the PP Line 3 HAZOP will be conducted in 2013.
In addition, HMC has implemented a number of contractor and turnaround management initiatives focused on maintaining a high level of HSE performance from the contractors with whom we do business. They include:
- A contractor management procedure
- Minimum HSE standards and audit criteria for contractors
- Procurement procedures to require a satisfactory HSE audit score before engaging a contractor
- Incentive/penalty language has been incorporated into the HMC standard contract (3-CM-001)
- Evaluation of all primary contractors selected for 2013 turnaround
- An HSE turnaround master plan – competed in Q4 2012
The successful implementation of these HSE programs together with the high level of daily focus and commitment from all HMC staff has been directly responsible for this excellent achievement in safety.
HMC Polymers' management congratulates all employees for their contribution to the excellent safety record in 2012 as acknowledged by the LyondellBasell Goal Zero award. In receiving this recognition, the challenge and commitment is always to maintain and extend the high standards already set for workplace safety and in particular, to maintain our Goal Zero performance throughout the PDH/PP turnarounds in May 2013.
Goal Zero is a value, meaning that HMC will never allow the safe and responsible operation of our facilities to be compromised for any competing priority. Every HMC employee has the power and the responsibility to achieve a perfect performance – one task at a time, one day at a time, one project at a time.