FMC 2013 Sustainability Report - page 11

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
With strong senior management commitment
and employee involvement, safety vigilance is a
constant … and our effort is yielding results. Our
2013 safety results are the best in our history with
a 35 percent reduction in injuries from 2012.
Embracing TH!NK. SAFE.
Shaping thinking and actions is a cornerstone of
TH!NK. SAFE., the campaign we launched in 2012 to
elevate safety awareness in all aspects of employees’
lives. In 2013, to build on our momentum and keep
safety messages fresh and top-of-mind, we routinely
distributed highly visible posters, tabletop displays
and door hangers throughout our facilities. These
materials were translated into multiple languages to
enable employees worldwide to have a more precise
understanding of the initiative. The materials visually
complement the prominent “safety share” ideas that
employees exchange at the start of every meeting.
To heighten the impact of our safety messages, we
produced three TH!NK. SAFE. videos featuring first-
person accounts by FMC employees. In dramatic
portrayals of the difference that “one moment”
makes, individuals described how, in a split second,
a lack of attention to safety led to hazardous and
sometimes fatal outcomes. As a means to further
stimulate employee safety engagement, we asked
employees to tell their story through a safety video
campaign. Employee teams from nearly every FMC
location submitted creative and impactful safety
videos that were shared across the corporation
Based on focus group and survey results, we found
that our emphasis on safety is leading to behavioral
changes. People are more careful, deliberate and
attentive to the details that can make a difference in
avoiding an injury. This safety focus contributed to a
reduction in injuries and places us well on our path
towards our 2015 goal of a Total Recordable Incident
Rate (TRIR) less than 0.37.
In the area of process safety, FMC has been
evaluating and benchmarking other companies’
process safety programs as we work to enhance our
own. In 2014 we plan to publish internal standards
based on American Chemistry Council’s (ACC)
Reducing Our Total
Recordable Incident Rate
Safety-related ideas that employees
exchange at the start of every meeting
2011 2012 2013
Total Recordable Incident
Rate (TRIR)
0.73 0.59 0.41
Lost Workday Case
Incidence Rate
0.28 0.18 0.11
Work-related fatalities
Number of significant
process safety incidents*
(defined as ACC tier 1 & 2)
new process safety code. FMC did not experience
significant process safety incidents in 2013.
Answering the Green River Challenge
We are undertaking additional safety initiatives that
target the unique challenges of FMC’s largest site –
our Green River trona mining, soda ash, bicarb and
caustic production facilities. In 2013 we assessed
the actions that most frequently led to injuries and
began work on communications and other mitigation
programs to prevent reoccurrence.
The assessment revealed that both above and below
ground there was a need for extra focus on identifying
“line of fire” before and during tasks. Other key
components involve keeping eyes on path and task,
and concentrating on equipment – with surface
activities needing to focus on using the correct tools
for the task and mining operations conducting pre-
shift inspections.
FMC site teams expanded formal and informal
discussions about high hazard situations and other
safety considerations. These topics are raised
during small working group sessions, line manager
meetings with staff, in one-on-one conversations
as executives walk through the facility and during
structured quarterly dialogues with the business
president on progress and plans. To supplement
site-wide communications, we developed a quarterly
safety newsletter that is mailed to everyone’s home
to fully extend the safety education process. The in-
home engagement also encourages greater safety
conscientiousness among family members.
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