The organizational dimension

The Arkema group has implemented safety management systems in its facilities. Implementation of these systems is subject to different requirements such as the AIMS audit (Arkema Integrated Management System) and the REX feedback program on incidents. 

Safety, environment and quality – AIMS, the all-in-one audit

The Arkema Integrated Management System (AIMS) combines in a single audit all the audits performed by the Arkema group in relation to safety, the environment and quality. It combines the requirements specific to the Arkema group and to relevant norms (ISO 9001, ISO 14001 et OHSAS 18001).

This all-in-one method has a two-fold benefit – it reflects the corporate culture of the Group and provides a consistent framework for all its safety management processes.

This integration is logical. For the site personnel it is natural to reason simultaneously in terms of safety, quality and the environment.
Kevin Pecqueur, Responsible for the AIMS protocol

In order to obtain external certification, the AIMS audits are performed by mixed teams which include auditors from the Arkema group and auditors from a third party certification organization. AIMS audits are conducted every three years and follow-up audits every year.

All of the facilities of the Arkema group in France will now be audited on the basis of this new method. In the US, the first audits based on this system were conducted in 2011 and in China in 2012.

In 2013, 58% of the Group’s sites had an AIMS audit.

The target by 2020 is for 100% of the sites to have had an AIMS audit

Specialized safety audits

Every year the Arkema group performs a multitude of audits outside the framework of AIMS :

  • Operational safety audits: construction site audits, pre-start-up reviews, simplified AIMS audits for smaller sites, operational safety audits about topic such as mechanical integrity or explosive atmospheres (ATEX).

 

  • Process safety audits: among the various components, these include fire protection, post-incident audits, etc.
Two men are verifying sluice gates
  • Service provider and logistics audits: transportation firms and outside warehouses are inspected and evaluated. These audits are performed in addition to other audits conducted by third parties such as the Safety & Quality Assessment System (SQAS) or the Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI). Some packaging is also assessed.

 

  • Safety support: this action is provided to some sites and is designed to share the support team’s assessment of its accident history and HSE (Hygiene Safety Environment) with the facility’s management. An action plan is then defined and its actions monitored.

Feedback program

The REX feedback plan organizes the exchange of experiences related to incidents in order to prevent their re-occurrence. This exchange is performed at a company-wide level and involves all the different networks (geographical, activities and technological). In the event of a significant incident, these networks are used to issue a safety alert and to implement a corrective actions plan on all sites of the Group where such an incident might occur.