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Environmental Performance

Trinseo takes environmental, health, and safety (EH&S) performance very seriously. Since the first day of the company’s formation in 2010, leaders across Trinseo have emphasized that EH&S performance is one of the company’s top priorities.

Leadership is highly engaged in EH&S activities, setting the right tone, maintaining high expectations, and recognizing positive EH&S results. For example, each biweekly meeting of the Trinseo Leadership Team begins with a report on EH&S performance. Senior leadership is actively involved in the reporting and investigation of every reportable safety incident, as well as giving recognition awards for those work groups with excellent EH&S records. 

Trinseo executive leadership sets stretch targets each year for improving EH&S/Responsible Care® performance around three key metrics: safety incidents (injuries and illnesses), incidents of loss of primary containment (spills and leaks), and process safety incidents (including fires and explosions). 

Established each January, the annual EH&S targets, along with financial targets, are measured throughout the year and reported in quarterly updates to employees, as well as on Trinseo’s Intranet. 

For every incident, Trinseo conducts a thorough root-cause analysis, takes corrective action when needed, and shares learnings globally to improve performance. It’s this approach, along with a comprehensive set of company standards, management systems and an audit program, that has enabled Trinseo to outperform the industry in these areas

As a global company, Trinseo is committed to operating in a sustainable manner, including being a good neighbor locally and globally, helping to find solutions to issues around the world. As a plastics producer, Trinseo is engaged via our partners, Plastics Europe and American Chemistry Council (ACC).

Trinseo is a member of the World Plastics Council (WPC), a coalition of leading plastics producers committed to accelerating cooperation and alignment at an international level to deliver improved outcomes for the common benefit of society, consumers, and the plastics industry.

In addition, Trinseo is a supporter of the Marine Litter Solutions Coalition, the plastic industry’s initiative for the protection of seas and oceans, as well as Operation Clean Sweep, an industry initiative that strives for zero pellet loss.

Recordable Injuries

Consistent with guidelines published by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Figure 2 summarizes the recordable injuries per 200,000 hours worked that have occurred at Trinseo facilities, compared to other manufacturers. Unlike many others in the chemical industry, Trinseo includes contract employees in its reporting of recordable injuries. Recordable injuries include all injuries to workers (unless the injury is clearly not work-related) in which a worker requires medical treatment, is restricted by a doctor from certain duties (i.e., lifting objects), or misses work under doctor’s orders.

Injury Rate Comparison Trinseo
  • Data for the first point is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2014 (U.S. only).
  • Data for the second and third points are for American Chemistry Council member companies for 2014.
Injury Rate Comparison Trinseo
  • The injury rate is defined by OSHA rules as injuries per 200,000 hours worked, and is about the same as percent of employees injured in a year.
  • Trinseo count is global and includes contractors.

Loss of Primary Containment

LOPC refers to spills and leaks of chemicals. Specifically, this performance metric includes the following: spills of any material other than water or a smaller spill that causes injury, affects the community, or is reported in the news media.

Loss of Primary Containment Trinseo

  • Internally defined metric
  • Essentially spills of greater than 100 lbs

Process Safety Incidents

An incident is considered to be a PSI if it consists of one or more of the following: any explosion or fire with over $25,000 in damage; any large acute chemical release of a flammable or toxic chemical; and any small chemical release causing serious injury. Figure 6 summarizes Trinseo’s PSI incidents. 

Process Safety Incidents

  • Criteria same as American Chemistry Council
  • (API-RP- 754)