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PROCESS SAFETY KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCY

All of SABIC’s manufacturing affiliates that undertake hazardous operations have implemented fully compliant, industry-best-practice process safety standards. These standards are based on the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Process Safety Management and the European Union’s chemical accident prevention (Seveso) requirements. 

SABIC has developed a range of programs to enhance process safety knowledge and leadership in partnership with Texas A&M University’s Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center. By the end of 2018, some 69 SABIC process safety and process engineers have completed or are enrolled in the developing -level course of this extensive program.

IMPROVING RISK DISCOVERY AND MANAGEMENT

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SABIC’s manufacturing affiliates have implemented fully compliant, industry-best-practice process safety standards.

Risk discovery and risk-based decision making are cornerstones of our approach to process safety performance, which is critical to managing risks associated with rapid manufacturing growth, operation of new and aging assets, and the EHSS education of a growing workforce.

SABIC continues to develop and implement programs to enhance risk discovery.

As part of SABIC’s process risk management systems, we are further adopting a “layer of protection analysis” gap assessment methodology, which allows us to systematically evaluate engineering options to demonstrate risk.

By the end of this year, all sites have completed the facility-siting studies to evaluate risks and consequences of potential explosion, fire, radiation exposure, and toxic-chemical-release incidents.

In alignment with global custom, SABIC has decided to adapt its process-safety-metrics reporting to the leading and lagging indicators recommended by international standard API 754, thereby enabling international comparison. SABIC is performing to the best standards in the industry.

ENVIRONMENTAL RELEASES AND EMISSIONS MANAGEMENT

We make it a priority to reduce environmental emissions, and have set a goal to eliminate all accidental releases of hazardous substances into the environment. As we do with safety issues, we also identify and analyze the root cause of incidents, and share what we learn with SABIC manufacturing affiliates to ensure best practices across our operations.

2018 the total number of hazardous-substance release incidents decreased from 35 to 29. The total volume of hazardous substances released, also decreased by 15 percent.

Total Number of Hazardous Substance Accidental Release Incidents

SECURITY MANAGEMENT

To enhance global security and protect our employees, assets, information, products, and the environment, we have updated a number of our policies and programs. We implemented a new standardized security-risk-assessment methodology and tools. In addition, our information technology and operational technology security specialists worked with our global Security Center of Excellence to introduce optimized cyber security requirements.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT

SABIC’s emergency and crisis management program is designed to ensure effective emergency response and crisis management.

This year, we revamped our corporate crisis management process to integrate it into SABIC’s global business. We enhanced our crisis management by prioritizing crisis management risks and conducting exercises to ensure we are prepared for any risk. Beyond these steps, we delivered a global unified crisis management leadership training, and we launched the SABIC Crisis Management App to support the global crisis management process.

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