Avient's commitment to the health and well-being of our employees, our customers, and our neighbors is second to none. It runs deep in our culture, our values, and our beliefs. Our record of excellence in safety performance, established over many years, sets the standard within our industry.* But we don’t stop there. Avient's safety performance ranks us among the safest manufacturing companies in the world, companies who are members of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) who put Responsible Care into practice every day.
Avient is focused on its goal of zero recordable injuries and our ongoing desire to integrate safety into all aspects of our operations. Progress toward this goal is measured at the Business Unit and regional levels, and progress toward zero recordable injuries is communicated globally and linked to a number of recognition mechanisms. A zero recordable injury goal reflects Avient’s focus on the People aspect of our 4P sustainability cornerstones. In 2018, we achieved the best performance in our history with a recordable incident rate of 0.51. Until that number is zero, we have more work to do.
To ensure operational health, safety, and well-being, Avient has several policies and guidelines in place. They include our:
- Sustainability Promise, which outlines our commitment to meeting the needs of the present without compromising future generations’ ability to meet their needs.
- Responsible Care® Policy, which outlines our overarching commitment to the ACC’s Responsible Care® Guiding Principles.
- Safety & Health Policy, which focuses on providing a safe and healthy workplace for our associates through the building of an actively caring culture.
- Environmental Policy, which help to ensure enduring operations, that contribute positively to our associate’s well-being and the well-being of the communities in which we operate.
- Security Policy, which focuses on protecting the security of our people and all information related to our operations.
From these policies we create our corporate standards, which set the expectations in each of these areas. Businesses adopt these standards and convert them into site specific procedures. Each site has an active safety committee which is used as a mechanism to voice issues, communicate changes, prioritize activities, and investigate incidents and develop corrective actions.
*Rubber and Plastics Industry Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.