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Acting as a responsible manufacturer is a major part of our social responsibility. True to our commitment to "Responsible Care®", we are resolutely committed to continuous and permanent progress in terms of safety, and health protection, as well as operational excellence in the management of our units.

Personal safety

We consider protecting the health and safety of its own employees and those of its subcontractors as a core value and believes that every occupational accident is preventable.

Behavior plays a critical role in preventing and managing risks. That is why a core aspect of our safety process is the development of a common safety culture that raises everyone’s awareness of his or her responsibility and the importance of his or her personal behavior.

To develop and implement this safety culture, we rely on various tools: training programs ("Safety in Action", "The Essentials"), mini-audits, self-observation methods (the "SafeStart" program) and behavioural analysis allowing for continuous improvement in accident prevention.

Safety indicators in progress

Thanks to its efforts to improve safety, Arkema has succeeded in reducing the frequency of accidents at its facilities

Frequency of accidents with and without time off work (per million hours worked)
(Group’s own personnel and subcontracted personnel working on the Group's sites)

In 2020, the total recordable injury rate (TRIR) was 1.0. This puts Arkema among the best in its sector and confirms the very strong safety improvement dynamic underway in recent years, driven largely by firm employee commitment.

The Group’s 2025 target is to achieve a TRIR below 1.0.

Production facilities and process safety

We manufacture a wide range of products in complex and diverse processes all over the world.

When designing new production units or upgrading existing ones, we conduct risk analyses and ensure that best practices in industrial safety are applied.

Procedures and technical means (simulation tools, network of experts) are implemented to facilitate the systematic identification of hazards and risks, prioritise them, and enable the application of preventive and corrective measures. The ultimate aim is to reduce the probability and consequences of accidents, particularly on SEVESO II-classified sites or the equivalent (facilities which have a major industrial risk due to the quantity or type of product manufactured).

We measure our process safety performance through the PSER (process safety event rate). In 2020, the PSER is 4.0.

The Group's objective is to reach a PSER of less than 3.0 by 2025.

Safety in storage and transport

The Group carefully analyzes the industrial risks associated with all of its production, transportation, loading/offloading and storage processes and pays particular attention to both internal and external feedback concerning incidents, accidents and best industrial risk management practices.

We ensure that the products it manufactures safely are also stocked and transported safely throughout the world. It ensures that best practices related to logistics, packaging and transportation are applied and in compliance with regulatory requirements.

Stricter requirements for materials storage

In line with our policy of continuous progress and following feedback from recent events outside the Group, in 2020 we reviewed our process for selecting external warehouse facilities (via logistics service providers, subcontractors or freight forwarding agents) and standardized practices Group-wide based on the most demanding criteria

Cybersecurity

In the area of cybersecurity, the Group has adopted a policy of increasing the protection of its corporate and industrial information systems worldwide. To roll out this safety policy to all employees, the Group-wide “i-Safe” awareness program, launched in 2018, is based on best cybersecurity practices. Ten of these, known as “the Golden rules”, are deployed gradually via team meetings that extend to all employees. The first topics covered in these meetings were prudent use of USB flash drives and email, data protection, vigilance in the face of potential attacks, safe business travel, and vigilance on social media.