Health, Safety, Environment & Security (HSES)

Health, Safety, Environment & Security (HSES) Policy

At Ecovyst, we are fully committed to ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of our employees, our contractors, our customers, our community, and the environment.

We strive for ethical and responsible working conditions that safeguard our neighbors and guide us toward a more sustainable future. We are dedicated to doing the right things and taking personal responsibility to better protect the environment and reduce our footprint.

Our HSES Policy and our procedures focus on safety, personal accountability and HSES performance. Specifically, we maintain our policy and procedures to monitor and control health, safety, and environmental risks and compliance with applicable state, national, and international health, safety, and environmental requirements. We focus on continual improvement and voluntarily participate in Responsible Care®, RC 14001® and ISO 14001.

In late 2022, we instituted a Health and Safety Commitment Charter for employees to sign at the beginning of 2023. This charter sets expectations for health and safety performance across the organization.

Working Towards a Common Goal

“Ecovyst really inspires that desire that I have to achieve better, whether it’s our business goals or safety goals, it keeps me on my toes and keeps me going every day.”

Learn More about how our Culture of Safety improves the lives of our employees.

HSE Perfect Days

At Ecovyst, we strive to make every day an HSE Perfect Day. We intend to complete each day without any significant safety injuries or environmental incidents. In 2019, we instituted our HSE Perfect Days process to measure our progress toward that goal and to drive continuous improvement in health, safety, and environmental performance.

We define an “HSE Perfect Day” as a day without any:

  • OSHA recordable injuries;
  • First aid cases requiring professional assistance;
  • Level 1 or greater environmental releases;
  • Deviations from environmental permits and/or HSE legal requirements;
  • HSE Notices of Violation; and/or
  • Deviations from Life-Saving Behaviors.

As an organization, we have set annual Perfect Day and Total Recordable Incident Rate goals and targets that link to performance and drive accountability.

Ecovyst’s Ecoservices and Advanced Materials and Catalysts businesses achieved “HSE Perfect Days” of 93% and 97%, respectively, in 2022, for a combined score of 90%. That is, across all sites for all days in 2022, 90% of the days were “HSE Perfect Days”! In fact, we are especially proud of our Conshohocken, PA R&D site and our Ecoservices Portland, OR plant for achieving 100% Perfect Days in 2022.In addition, Ecovyst had no Level 3 Releases for the seventh year in a row.

Our combined company-wide Perfect Days Performance scores across all of the Ecovyst locations increased from 84% in 2019 to 90% in 2022.

Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR)

Our unwavering goal is to make every day an HSE Perfect Day and to achieve Best-in-Class safety performance. In our 2019 Sustainability Report, we had set a goal to achieve top quartile TRIR performance in the chemicals industry by the end of 2020. In 2020, we accomplished our goal by achieving our lowest TRIR of 0.11 in a decade, which placed us in the American Chemistry Council (ACC) Top Quartile for safety performance. As of year-end 2021, Ecovyst’s safety performance was solid with a Total Recordable Incident Rate of 0.11 running well below ACC’s Top Quartile benchmark of 0.34.

Although we experienced an increase in TRIR performance to 0.42 in 2022, which put us in the ACC Second Quartile of 0.35 to 0.77, we have implemented and continue to implement actions to enhance our safety performance. We have added significant resources to our Health and Safety support staff to work with operating sites to improve our safety performance. In addition, we introduced new and improved training, employee health and wellness, and process safety program components. In 2022, we hired two additional process safety engineers and appointed an employee health and wellness coordinator.

Learn more about our commitment to safety in our 2022 Sustainability Report.

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Our HSE Management Systems

We have a comprehensive HSE management system that promotes continual improvement of HSE performance. This approach includes a “Plan-Do-Check-Act” system to evaluate risk, plan for improvements, implement controls, monitor processes, and make corrections or other improvements.

Our HSE management system is aligned with the ISO14001 and chemical industry RC14001® standards and reflects the commitments as established in our HSE Mission and Guiding Principles.

For over 16 years, our HSE management system has been certified to international standards. We continue to enhance our Plan-Do-Check-Act improvement process using these strategies.

Ecovyst Principles: Behavioral Safety and Process Safety

We have global operating processes in place to protect our employees, the community, and the environment. We have robust systems to control processes, and any changes to those processes are reviewed before implementation to ensure the safety and well-being of all personnel.

Specifically, we have implemented Ecovyst’s 20 Behavioral Safety and Operational Safety Principles to help prevent workforce incidents and injuries, as well as to preserve asset integrity and avoid loss of containment.

While only a few of our plants in the United States are subject to the OSHA Process Safety Management (PSM) Program or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Risk Management Program (RMP), we apply Best Practices across all of our facilities worldwide—going above and beyond local requirements to ensure the safety of our employees and the community.

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Embracing Sustainability and Delivering Meaningful Environmental Stewardship

Protecting the environment through our activities is at the forefront of Ecovyst’s mission. It is our goal to reduce emissions across all of our facilities. Our functional teams work in conjunction with each other to develop environmental improvement opportunities by finding synergies between manufacturing, engineering, and the supply chain. The capital improvement process resulted in multiple energy recovery solutions generated by these and other initiatives.

As an operations organization, we are focused on reducing our environmental footprint, including cleaner air and safer water. We have established 2025 and 2030 fuel and power usage, energy management, and waste reduction goals, which we have translated into annual goals and targets in our drive to deliver measurable reductions.

Since 2016, we have had zero (0) Level 3 environmental releases from any of our locations. Level 3 releases are our classification of releases that have significant off-site impacts. It is our goal to continue to have no Level 3 releases from our sites causing significant adverse impacts to the environment in 2023 and beyond.

We also are working towards a robust water management program and have a 2025 goal to implement water balances and a 2030 goal to implement recommendations from those water balances.

We strive to reduce waste through process improvements and through the identification of beneficial new uses for our co-product material. We set a goal of reducing hazardous waste generation rates by 40% in 2025 and by an additional 10% in 2030.

Examples of our Environmental Management System in Action

We know that it is critical to have a robust environmental management system in place. Here are a few examples of ours at work:

  • Across our facilities, we have completed environmental impact assessments that include an evaluation of energy efficiency impacts, waste, and recycling opportunities.
  • The management of change (MOC) process evaluation tool, called eMOC, has significant considerations for the environmental impacts of process and operational changes. As a result, our capital improvement processes include evaluations of the HSE impact (including any impact on workers, the environment, and the community) of any process modifications. In addition, these processes include the management of information regarding improvements, including sustainability-related improvements, that directly benefit the environment.
  • The transportation risk assessment process evaluates the potential for environmental impacts and improvement opportunities based on the mode of transport and type of materials. We use this process to develop and implement evaluation and performance criteria for third-party relationships.