Eastman has a comprehensive occupational health and safety management program led by the company’s global health, safety, and environment (HSE) organization. The program aligns to Responsible Care® standards and includes a corporate safety policy that covers all employees and contractors at all Eastman facilities. It is governed by the company’s chief legal officer, who has oversight for global HSE and reports quarterly to the board of directors' Environmental Safety and Sustainability (ESS) Committee.
Overview of safety policy and programs
Eastman’s administrative policy for employee health and safety and supporting operating procedures and risk management programs outline the company’s processes to identify, evaluate and mitigate potential health and safety risks and process hazards in planned or existing facilities. The company uses industry-standard reporting mechanisms for employees to report incidents and near misses. The company also has policies and processes in place for preventative maintenance, housekeeping, completing incident investigations and implementing corrective actions. The policy also includes the following managment expectations and accountability.
Management expectations and accountability
- Opportunities for employees to participate in development, implementation, and review of health and safety programs including emergency plans/programs, non-privileged incident investigations, safety committees, training, inspections, personal protective equipment (PPE) hazard assessments, and behavior-based safety programs, and more.
- Employee health assessments, exposure assessments, and medical surveillance programs
- Safety data monitoring to continuously evaluate health and safety performance, analyze and report, determine trends, and identify areas for improvement.
- Investigation of incidents/injuries in a timely manner
- Health and safety training including documentation and evaluation. All employees must receive training on appropriate safety expectations, notably the Corporate Safety Policy and site/organization-specific safety policies and procedures. Ongoing refresher training is implemented at intervals deemed appropriate based on roles/responsibilities as well as applicable laws, regulations and site management.