In addition to the safety of our employees, families, and contractors, we value the safety of our neighbors in the communities where we operate. We recognize the need to have strong process safety management systems in place and continuously improve those systems.
A Process Safety Leadership Team and a management review system monitors process safety systems across our chemical operations. A Process Safety Technical Team made up of key technical contacts from each of our chemical manufacturing sites meets regularly to share process safety information and identify and promote good practices. Monsanto has adopted the safety metrics recommended by the Center for Chemical Process Safety which track the number and severity of releases of hazardous chemicals. In addition, we track process safety metrics for action tracking follow-up, mechanical integrity, management of change and process safety training.
In an effort to better understand and continuously improve employees’ and contractors’ understanding of process safety, we periodically employ a consulting firm to use a process safety cultural survey tool across all of our chemical manufacturing sites. The survey is given to all employees and contractors in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Bahasa Indonesian, Bahasa Malay, Flemish, and Hindi languages. The survey enables us to compare ourselves to internal and external benchmarks. The survey results provide us with an opportunity to identify areas for improvement in clarity of goals, responsibilities, procedures, equipment, process safety reporting, safety values, worker empowerment and process safety training.
All of the sites participating in the survey have analyzed their results and put in place action plans for areas of improvement.
This article was excerpted from Monsanto’s 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report. The full report is available on Monsanto.com.