Our safety management focuses on prevention. However, safety-critical events cannot always be avoided. We use SPIRIT, our new IT sustainability reporting system, to register all groupwide incidents relating to safety, health and the environment. The reports are evaluated and measures taken. Where other divisions and sites could learn from incidents, reports are compiled and submitted to corporate entities with similar risk potential.
Since 2016, employees in Germany have been able to use the idea management system to quickly and easily report safety-critical situations. As a result, hazards can be avoided at an early stage before they lead to an accident. Safety-critical situations are also reported in all our other regions and recorded across the Group.
Every WACKER site has its emergency response plan detailing cooperation between internal and external emergency response teams and the authorities. Once a year, the plant fire departments at our largest sites, Burghausen and Nünchritz, conduct emergency drills coordinated with the local fire and emergency services. These drills provide a practical opportunity to rehearse a large-scale emergency response. Afterward, the exercise is analyzed to identify and eliminate any weak points. Training drills are regularly carried out at our major foreign sites, too, such as Charleston (USA) and Zhangjiagang and Nanjing (China).
Not only do WACKER’s plant fire departments train fire departments from the local area – they also invite the fire departments of other companies and municipalities to WACKER sites, where they can prepare their response to accidents involving hazardous goods. If necessary, we support local fire departments during large-scale emergency responses. Our plant fire departments were called out in this way five times in 2015 and 21 times in 2016.
TUIS: Accident Assistance
The German chemical industry established its Transport Accident Information and Emergency Response System (TUIS; German-language webpage only) in 1981 to provide assistance in the event of chemical accidents. WACKER was involved in this network right from the start. Today, TUIS comprises some 130 chemical companies, along with their plant fire departments and specialists (chemists, toxicologists, production experts, etc). Public services, such as fire departments, police and disaster control agencies, can contact TUIS for telephone consultation services or request specialized equipment or assistance from experts. TUIS is part of the German chemical industry’s contribution to the Responsible Care® initiative. WACKER’s TUIS experts can be called on to assist with accidents involving our products anywhere in the world.