Personal safety

Team member safety

Safety is a core value that is foundational to our strategy, and every Eastman team member is expected to apply a zero-incident mindset approach to safety — for themselves and those around them. In alignment with our basic safety expectations, all team members are responsible and accountable for our safety performance, regardless of their role or title. These commitments and expectations include: 

  • Operate with a zero-incident mindset and always take time to do the job safely, which includes stopping any process or work an employee deems unsafe. 

  • Follow all procedures and training that have been established, including area and site-specific procedures and safety rules, Eastman process safety ground rules, and Eastman life-critical processes. 

  • Raise concerns if current procedures are not adequately written to ensure the highest safety standards. 

  • Drive toward a team-level zero-incident mindset by having a positive and proactive attitude toward workplace safety, actively identifying and eliminating hazards, and suggesting improvements.  

  • Watch out for the safety of co-workers, contractors and visitors.

  • Accept the responsibility to know and always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). 

  • Report all job-related injuries or illnesses and near-miss incidents in a timely manner. 

  • There are opportunities for employees to participate in development, implementation and review of Eastman health and safety programs. 

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Contractor safety


Our safety policy also addresses contractor safety. Company safety and health expectations are communicated to contractor employees and include Eastman site-specific safety rules, hazard information and the emergency response procedures for the site. 

Contractor safety programs and safety performance are included as elements of the selection process. Each site has a preselection process or criteria in place to ensure that potential contractors meet Eastman safety requirements. Contractors are also required to maintain health and safety training programs, including documentation of the programs and methods to evaluate the effectiveness of these training activities. 

At least annually, Eastman site management reviews contractor safety performance, including injury and illness incidence rates. Contractor health and safety assessments are conducted and documented, and follow-up actions take place to assure implementation of corrective action.