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Environment, Health & Safety

     

Dedicated to the Highest Standards

 

We are dedicated to the highest standards of health and safety practices and realize our corporate responsibility to the environment. Our goal is to establish an outstanding record of leadership and strong corporate citizenship. We come to work each day with a focus and dedication to work smart, work safe and take care of each other.

Our customers and neighboring communities can be assured that we have established environment, health, and safety (EHS) programs and that we are working to reduce the impact of our facilities and products on the global environment.  At our manufacturing locations, we continue to look for ways to improve our processes through increased recycling, waste reduction, and energy savings. We are also working to secure International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 certifications at various locations. The certification process involves the identification of environmental aspects and impacts associated with our plants and the establishment of targets for continuous improvement. We have certified sites in Spain, United Arab Emirates, Germany and United Kingdom, with additional sites currently undergoing the process.

Our activities are coordinated through an EHS Management System that has been audited and certified by a third-party registrar for meeting the requirements of the American Chemistry Council, the gold standard for the industry. The management system serves as the framework for Grace's global EHS activities.

Our main goal is having everyone work, think, and be safe. We have consistently achieved total injury rates well below the average for the chemical industry. What the figures show is that Grace employees around the world make safety a priority each and every day.

Environment Health and Safety Policy

The Health and Safety of our employees and their families, our customers, and the communities in which we work, and the protection of the environment, are among Grace's most critical concerns. It is Grace policy to conduct business in compliance with company standards and all applicable health, safety, and environmental laws.

While safe behavior is ultimately the responsibility of each of us, Grace will provide a safe and healthful workplace and will ensure that safety and environmental issues are incorporated in the planning and execution of the company's business.

Our Safety Philosophy

  • All injuries can be prevented.
  • Working safely is a condition of employment for all employees.
  • Management must be the leaders in preventing injuries by providing a safe work environment, training and immediate follow-up on any unsafe conditions or actions.
  • Everyone is responsible for preventing injuries to themselves and others.
  • All operating exposures can be safeguarded.
  • Training employees to work safely is essential.
  • Prevention of personal injuries is good business.

Safety Record

Grace Safety Record 2008-2014 

NOTE:
Cases and rates are determined according to U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration criteria.


 

Responsible Care® Commitment

Grace is proud to participate in the American Chemistry Council Responsible Care® initiative. We pledge to operate our business according to the following Guiding Principles (PDF).

Please visit www.americanchemistry.com for more information and to learn about the commitment we have made.

Environmental Performance

Grace conducts its businesses and operates its facilities in a safe, healthy and environmentally sound manner with a focus on meeting community, state and federal regulations.


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2013

2014

Regulatory Citations705103
Regulatory Penalties$25,325 $172,500 $25,900 $2,895 $0
Reportable Releases (see Note)1821192313


 

NOTE: Reportable releases include releases to the air, water or land that exceed a government established reportable quantity, or are otherwise reportable by law, regulation, or permit condition.