One of our core values is that ‘we do it right.’ and this includes a culture of safety awareness to protect our people, contractors, customers, neighbors, and the environment.

The Right Culture

Nouryon has leading management systems in place to drive continuous improvement in safety, but we also believe that safety needs to be embedded in our culture at every level. To increase awareness and strengthen our safety culture, we proactively report on leading parameters such as:

  • Near misses - an event which had no impact but had the potential to result in injury, ill-health, or damage to assets or the environment.
  • Hazards - any condition or situation that could potentially harm people, products, or the environment.

In addition, Nouryon uses a Behavior-Based Safety (BBS) program at all locations to identify unsafe behaviors and spark behavioral change of employees and contractors to reduce potential hazards in the workplace. These observations are performed regularly and in a structured way based on the location’s observation strategy. Once a year, Nouryon also organizes a company-wide Safety Day to promote safety awareness and strengthen its global safety culture.

Our Life-Saving Rules

The purpose of Nouryon’s Life-Saving Rules are to prevent a fatality or serious injury to our employees, contractors, or visitors by ensuring a safe work environment and safe behavior.

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People safety

It is our belief that every injury is preventable, and we uphold an ambition to have zero injuries in the workplace. We have succeeded in reducing the number of incidents considerably over the years and our Total Reportable Injury Rate (TRR) ranks in the top quartile of American Chemistry Council members.


Process Safety

Nouryon has developed a Process Safety Management (PSM) framework for all operations to help prevent and manage any incidents involving operations at our factories. In 2019, we continued to raise awareness and improved reporting of the process safety indicators, such as a loss of primary containment (LoPC), which we reported in our 2019 Sustainability Report.

Product Safety

We use a product stewardship approach to ensure that product safety is considered throughout the value chain – from raw material extraction, research and development (R&D), manufacturing, transport, marketing, and application all the way through to end-of-life and/or recycling. We aim to deliver value to Nouryon and our customers by ensuring regulatory compliance in every region where we operate, and to continually develop safer and more sustainable solutions to the market.

Priority Substance Program

Our industry-leading and multiple award-winning Priority Substance Program has a track-record of allowing Nouryon to promote the use of safer and more sustainable products and to manage potentially harmful substances in advance of legislation, future-proofing our products against changes in regulations.

The program reached a milestone in 2018 when we completed our review of all substances identified in our risk assessment. We screened approximately 2,500 unique substances used for our products as part of the program, resulting in detailed analyses of more than 70 substances and various changes to our products and formulations. The program is now considered to be fully embedded in the company, forming part of normal operational activities in the key functions that control raw materials used in our formulations.

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