HMC Commitment to World Class Safety

As a leading company for Polypropylene, we conduct our business in a manner to ensure that the safety and health of employees, contractors, customers and the community is our first priority.

HMC benefits from close collaboration and information sharing regarding safety management and protocols with our joint venture associates PTTGC and LyondellBasell. For many years we have operated using the LyondellBasell GoalZERO safety approach, which means we are dedicated to a world class safety standard with zero injuries, zero incidents and zero accidents.

At HMC, we are committed to our employees safety, providing a safe and healthy work environment and ensure that all of our colleagues get home safely every day.

We have achieved through a risk-based HSE Management System designed to ensure compliance, continual performance improvement and open communication with all stakeholders regarding health, safety and environmental issues.

We have interviewed Mr. Siridech Kumvongdee, President; Mr. Vasun Subanake, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Operational Excellence; and Mr. Sarakorn Yoonton, Department Manager, Health, Safety and Environment.

Siridech Kumvongdee

Q: What measures are required in the workplace to minimise workplace injuries?

At HMC, it is starting with a common belief and mindset of everyone that “all incidents and injury are preventable, and we will work and return home safely every single day”.

Leadership commitment and being a safety role model; are recognised as the most effective approach to drive the safety excellence at HMC.

A genuine relationship to safety of the entire HMC family is seen as the foundation of all achievements in this area. A person doing something at-risk is not a confrontation to avoid, but an opportunity to care, share concern, coach, learn, and build a relationship.

Systematic Hazard identification and assessment (TRA), hazard prevention and control, and an effective Permit to work (PTW) system; are developed, implemented, and reviewed regularly to ensure the highest level of protection against all incidents and injuries.

The promotion of an authentic safety awareness and mindset through a systematic health and safety competency development process and practice, together with a meaningful safety recognition and award program; are the critical success factors in driving a total elimination of workplace incidents and injuries at HMC.

Q: Please describe Process Safety Management in the corporate context of HMC.

At HMC, Process Safety Management (PSM) is central to our manufacturing and operational excellence. It is about keeping hazardous substances in dedicated containments such as pipes, tanks and vessels so they do not cause harm to people or the environment.

PSM starts with designing and building projects and is implemented throughout the life cycle of our facilities to ensure they are operated safely, maintaining safety barriers and ensuring good operating practices, we are also implementing our process safety (PS) transforming approach which has a more consistent focus on how people interact with these processes and practices.

PSM provides the technical basis of our safe operation. Leadership and people are key to the success of PSM – our focus is to build capability at all levels of the organisation.

Q: What factors are important for effective Process Safety Management?

Protecting people life and environment are at the top of every effort HMC has pursued in making an effective PSM. Meanwhile, the sustainability of our business and protecting the assets are also the core focus of maintaining the integrity of our PSM processes and practices.

HMC process safety excellence is not just the lack of incidents, it is a purposeful creation of our transforming PS culture.

The robust and effective PSM must then be backed up by a transforming PS organisation. HMC process safety excellence is not just the lack of incidents, it is a purposeful creation of our transforming PS culture.

This is a culture of learning from near misses and errors, remaining vigilant and curious, looking for warning signs – latent conditions, weak signals and error traps, and intervening constructively to work safe every single day or shift.