SCGC has a policy to conduct business in a socially responsible manner, which includes considering the impacts of all stakeholders and undertaking activities with the utmost safety, as well as promoting understanding through training beginning on the first day of employment, scheduled review training, and when transitional changes are affecting the operation. Additionally, SCG Chemicals has implemented a management standard system that is compliant with international standards, including ISO 45001, TIS 18001, Process Safety Management (PSM), yearly internal audits, and external audits conducted in accordance with applicable rules at least once every three years. At present, approximately 90% of SCG Chemicals' subsidiaries are certified to operate under an international safety standard system.
Process Safety Management
SCGC integrates Process Safety Management (PSM), a world-class approach for streamlining safety management under the supervision of foreign specialists. Since 2012, the system has been integrated into domestic businesses, and it was expanded to overseas businesses in 2019 to reach the goal of "zero accident" to assure worker safety and no anomalous events during the production process. This instills trust in the plant's safety management system in the surrounding communities.
SCGC establishes a management approach by including Corporate Safety Principles, Life Saving Rules, and Corporate Safety Standards as guidelines for the uniform application of safety procedures. Furthermore, the Company fosters the development of a safety culture inside the organization and assists in ensuring one another's safety through the Safety Observation Program, which engages everyone to ensure safety of employees and business partners.
For safety management outside the organization, SCGC implements the Goods Transportation Safety Standard and the Motor Vehicle Safety Standard to ensure that the transportation of raw materials or the Company's goods, as well as the usage of motor vehicles for Company business, do not adversely affect or cause losses to third parties. Two-way cameras and GPS systems have been installed in raw material or freight transport vehicles, and their use transmits data to the Logistic Command Center, which automatically alerts drivers, transport operators, and vehicles used for company business to high-risk behaviors such as shoulder parking, using a phone while driving, exceeding the speed limit, and driving for four hours without stopping to prevent accidents.
Contractor Safety Management
SCGC places a high emphasis on the safety of its business partners, and it is one of the goals of workplace safety, which is to achieve injury and illness free operation. The Company establishes the Contractor Safety Management as a guideline for managing business partner safety, which encompasses a broad range of activities, including business partner selection, comprehensive training on safety, health, and potential assessment, safe standard operation, and post-operational evaluation. These safety standards are stipulated in procurement contracts and are overseen by the Corporate Contractor Safety Committee.
Emergency Planning and Response
SCGC implements emergency planning and response at the corporate level to identify guidelines and appropriate practices for preparing the response to accidents or crises that may arise due to the Company's business activities. The outcomes of the risk assessment of the production process and other pertinent data are utilized to develop a pre-incident plan that enables effective planning, preparations, and response.
The SCGC's emergency planning and response guidelines are designed to safeguard lives and ensure safety in the event of an emergency and mitigate adverse effects on the environment and surrounding communities. The aforementioned standards are also linked to the Company's crisis management plan and continuity management plan, ensuring that the Company can continue to operate its business in a continuous manner.
SCGC has resources necessary to respond to the Company's emergencies and has worked in tandem with relevant agencies, including the government, private sector, and neighboring companies. The Company encourages and contributes to the formation of emergency support groups to bolster the capacity and potential for emergency response. Additionally, the Company has encouraged and supported surrounding communities and schools in developing community emergency plans and conducting emergency drills to ensure that communities and schools understand, are confident in, and are capable of managing emergencies that may occur in the community or the effects of external events in an effective manner.
Occupational Health Management
Health risks can be induced by exposure to hazardous chemicals throughout the production process, which can directly affect the workers' health. To strengthen the workers’ quality of life, SCG Chemicals implements the Industrial Hygiene Management System (IHMS) that begins with the Similar Exposure Group, the Exposure Rating, and the Individual Health Risk Assessment (HRA) to prioritize risk levels. This system determines control measures to reduce or maintain risk levels within acceptable levels.
The risk level defined by the HRA is used to guide the development of measures to control exposure to risk factors through medical surveillance, such as annual health examinations, biological monitoring, which will result in control of occupational diseases, proper health surveillance, and the development of a health care system. The system analyzes and collects data related to health risk assessment and physical examination findings. SCG Chemicals believes that the system and processes in place will contribute to the sustainable reduction of health risks for employees and their partners.
Over the last five years, the rate of illnesses and occupational illnesses has remained zero.