Safety is the number one core value at Kraton. We strive to achieve an injury-free workplace by making safety an integral part of our culture and incorporating it into every aspect of our operations. We empower employees to take ownership of safety at the local and global level. Our global Health, Safety, Environment and Security (HSES) network develops guidelines to help employees maintain safe working conditions at all our sites, and we continuously refine those best practices.
Kraton Corporation and its subsidiaries (Kraton), will conduct business in a manner that promotes a safe and healthful workplace for our employees and contractors, respects the environment and helps ensure that we will continue to be a valued member of the communities in which we operate.
We believe that Health, Safety, Environmental and Security (HSE&S) performance is a primary measure of our company's success. We are committed to being an industry leader in HSE&S performance through the following guiding principles:
- We operate our facilities in a manner that protects our employees, contractors, environment, and the communities where Kraton facilities are located.
- We expect 100% regulatory compliance; 100% of the time.
- We support our customers and service providers to help ensure that Kraton products are handled, transported, and processed in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.
- We communicate openly and honestly with our employees, contractors, members of our community, and other stakeholders.
- We focus on good corporate citizenship, giving due consideration to the responsible use of resources during all stages of our product life cycle.
- We strive to continuously improve HSE&S performance to achieve an injury and incident-free workplace.
Safety PerformanceKraton is committed to continuously improving our safety performance, which includes learning from incidents and near misses, and implementing process and procedural safeguards to prevent future incidents. This continued focus on safety resulted in our HSES performance ranking among the top percentile when compared with known industry benchmarks. We will continue to enhance our processes and procedures to achieve a zero-incident workplace.
Kraton monitors and tracks every incident. We conduct in-depth reviews of all reportable incidents and significant near misses, in addition to a formal root cause analysis with corrective action when warranted. We then distribute a lessons learned safety review to remind everyone throughout the company of safety awareness opportunities.
We also implemented Life Saving Principles, which are 10 HSES guiding principles that reinforce our core value of safety and provide specific connect points to daily activities at our sites. These Life Saving Principles are posted at each site and are directly supported by Kraton’s top leadership.
We strive to ensure that our sites conduct operations in a manner that protects the safety of our people and the environment. Risk analysis is a major factor in preventing safety and environmental incidents. To ensure safe operations, all Kraton sites perform hazard and operability studies regularly. Every day, our operators use our Life Critical Procedures, permitting and risk assessment processes to check their work area, take care of coworkers, contractor and equipment and alert production management of any potential issues. Their assessments are the basis for risk mitigation and control.
Environmental StewardshipKraton is committed to continuously improving the environmental stewardship of our operations. Over the past few years, we substantially reduced our environmental footprint. This includes significantly reducing our environmental impact by decreasing energy use in our plants, switching to cleaner-burning fuels, improving spill and leak prevention and enhancing wastewater treatment.
Between 2014 and 2016, we reduced greenhouse gas emissions from our operations by 22 percent. This was mainly accomplished by replacing the Belpre plant’s coal-fired boilers with natural gas-fired boilers and using more biomass instead of heavy fuel oil at our plants.
As we work towards a vision to increase resource efficiency and minimize waste generation,
we continue to implement effective waste reduction programs, especially in regards to eliminating leaks and spills, using our byproducts for fuel and improving quality, and production consistency.
Responsible Care ®Kraton is a member of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), and our CEO signed the Declaration of Support for the Responsible Care Global Charter. Responsible Care is the chemical industry’s world-class environmental, health, safety and security performance initiative designed to ensure the business of chemistry is safe, secure and sustainable. Kraton embraced this initiative, and we are committed to ensuring our global operations meet the highest HSES standards. Together with our stakeholders and in partnership with our industry, we are working to address challenges and develop solutions that make a positive difference for our employees and the environment.