The Chlorine Institute’s (CI’s) Health, Environment, Safety and Security (HESS) Issue Team has the long term goal of zero releases, injuries and process safety incidents that occur in all of its North American chlorine production, packaging and sodium hypochlorite manufacturing member facilities for the performance indicators program. This information is collected annually for all Institute mission chemicals: asbestos - friable, chlorine (Cl2), hydrochloric acid (HCl), hydrogen chloride – anhydrous (AHCl), mercury (Hg), potassium hydroxide (KOH), sodium hydroxide (NaOH), sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) and sulfuric acid (H2SO4).
The EHS metrics are based on U.S. regulatory definitions and criteria as established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) along with their regulatory interpretations as appropriate. Specifically, the information collected is as follows:
Member awards and recognition are based on both annual and multi-year milestone achievements in personnel safety, process safety and combined personnel/process safety. Process safety awards are based on a facility achieving zero RQ releases or RMP incidents involving any CI mission chemical.
The purpose of the CI Safety Awards Program is to:
The injury and incident data submitted annually is summarized and issued in an annual report to CI members. Information regarding OSHA recordable injury rates, the number of RQ releases and the number of RMP incidents for each facility is made available to the membership in a transparent data summary for purposes of benchmarking with industry peers.