Culture of safety

Two employees wearing PPE and standing outside an Eastman plant talking to each other.

Committed to safety

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 our 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

Our administrative policy for employee health and safety and supporting operating procedures and risk management programs outline Eastman’s processes to identify, evaluate and mitigate potential health and safety risks and process hazards in planned or existing facilities. We use industry-standard reporting mechanisms for team members to report incidents and near misses. We also have policies and processes in place for preventative maintenance, housekeeping, completing incident investigations and implementing corrective actions. The policy also includes the following management expectations and accountability. 

An Eastman employee inspecting a product while wearing eye protection goggles.
Two employees wearing PPE and standing outside an Eastman plant talking to each other.

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, 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.