At Solenis, the management commitment to safety is clearly evident.
Every global town hall event held by the CEO starts with a discussion on safety, risk trends and areas to focus on for improvement. And the company stops production globally so that all employees can participate in the discussion.
"Creating an atmosphere where employees truly feel they are supported by leadership cements the vision that safety is truly the most important thing we do each day," says Kyle Cutsail, North America EHS manager.
The management team holds Safety Days – one-day meetings about EHS topics – for those in its commercial and supply chain units.
At its North American plants, the supply chain group has Safety Impact Group Meetings in which it brings workers to different sites to review best practices and to perform mini safety audits.
And each facility has employee-led safety committees that focus on safety and risk reduction. Because of the employee knowledge of safety, when employees visit customer sites they can share safety ideas and problem solve risks.
By empowering them to make key decisions and be a part of program growth, we create a program we take pride in and speaks to everyone individually," Cutsail says.
Before Solenis will hire contractors, the company reviews the contactors' safety records and programs and, after hiring them, performs periodic safety audits.
"The Solenis name is synonymous with safety in the eyes of our customers, and we call it our ante to play the game," Cutsail says.
To remain on top of safety, Solenis benchmarks itself against other chemical companies, looking for new opportunities for safety and to share its own programs.
5,000 employees/30 EHS professionals
Chemical manufacturing, pulp and paper, specialty and water treatment