Chlor-alkali Industry Review 2017/2018 - new digital version

Safety Initiative

 

In 2014, the Euro Chlor Safety Initiative was launched, following stagnating and declining performance indicators. This resulted in several activities like the quarterly Safety Newsletter and discussion of incidents in all technical meetings. The latest such initiative was a workshop on incident sharing and lessons learned. More details on this can be found below. The informative poster (shown to the right) was also launched at this event, aiming to highlight the key features of the safety initiatives.

In 2016 and 2017, several member companies were visited by Euro Chlor experts to foster networking between members, obtain a better understanding on what members expect from Euro Chlor and facilitate the sharing of process incidents. This has led to better participation in the technical workgroups, an increased number of shared incident reports (shown below), more frequent requests for support and much more.

Several ideas on how the Euro Chlor secretariat can support the members in improving their safety performance were mentioned and these will be followed up within the technical committees.

Note on graph below: Number of initiatives reported to Euro Chlor falls short of the number actually occurring. Therefore a revitalised safety initiative is essential (July 2018 data).

Safety poster

Incident reporting & experience sharing workshop

 

On 12-13th of June 2018, Euro Chlor held a successful Safety Workshop on incident reporting and experience sharing.

With 27 participants from 14 member companies, the workshop covered why incident reporting and learning from these incidents is important, based on the experiences of two of the members present.

The event also involved group work on a theoretical incident, designed to help attendees identify root causes and mechanisms to share learnings both within their companies and the wider Euro Chlor community. No chlorine valve or piping, membrane, knock-out vessel or measurement instrument remained unstudied!

Sharing knowledge from incidents, and the lessons learned, is one of the cornerstones of Euro Chlor’s safety advice. Feedback from the event has identified that more work is needed to encourage incident reporting, using digital media and a task force dedicated to process safety issues and incident reporting. Ton Manders, Euro Chlor’s Technical Director, praised the hard work of all participants, commenting that “it was encouraging to see people with different backgrounds working together to find safety solutions”.

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Process incidents

 

Process incidents and losses doubled in 2017 compared to 2016, from 2.16 to 4.31 incidents per million tonnes of chlorine produced. This is the highest number for the last 16 years. As yet there are no clear reasons for this but this is being critically evaluated.

The Euro Chlor Safety Initiative continues to work on the improvement of incident and best practice sharing to improve the safety performance of our entire sector.

Occupational Safety

 

In 2017, Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) for member company personnel improved quite remarkably (from 2.0 to 1.4) compared to 2016, whilst the LTI figure for contractor staff worsened (from 1.8 to 2.1).

Euro Chlor members are ‘aiming for zero’, so there is still a lot of work to be done. This is reflected in our Safety Initiative, which is detailed elsewhere in this section.

It is should be noted that, since 2011 this LTI rate per million working hours only includes incidents directly related to chlorine industry specific items.

Time dedicated to HSE training

 

This indicator, introduced during the second phase of Euro Chlor’s Sustainability Programme, which runs from 2011-2021, monitors the proportion of working time spent on the formal training of member company operators in the fields of health, safety and environmental protection (HSE).

Over the last few years, this figure stabilised around 1.5%, but this year we have seen a decrease to 1.1%.