We partnered with terminals in our supply chain as part of ongoing efforts to continually improve Responsible Care performance and share best practices.
Our Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI) terminal inspection program, a core part of terminal safety, relies on partnerships with terminals to take our Responsible Care efforts even further. In 2018, we worked closely with Methanex global terminals on a variety of activities to find solutions that will close safety gaps and optimize the effectiveness of safety measures. Some highlights included:
- Nine terminals in the Asia Pacific region joined our safety/Responsible Care recognition program, demonstrating increased engagement with safety cultures. As part of this program, we gave out 10 Responsible Care Awards. (See highlight below about two ideas that earned recognition.)
- We supported four European terminals in implementing improvement actions and engaged another four terminals to complete the Methanex Terminal Pre-screening Assessments (TPSAs). The assessments are aimed at identifying opportunities to improve safety practices.
- In Latin America, as part of our Terminal Best Practice Exchange Program, two loading master supervisors spent a week sharing best practices with our Responsible Care team and local loading masters at the Cabo Negro terminal in Chile. This work will be replicated in 2019 with loading masters from Chile going to Brazil.
- We worked closely with our terminals in North America to address safety inspection/audit findings. We also conducted a Responsible Care assessment for a new terminal. This part of our process allows Methanex to ensure the systems, safety culture, and practices, along with fire protections and emergency response protocols, meet the expectations of Methanex’s Responsible Care approach.
In Asia-Pacific, we gave 10 awards to staff at our partner terminals for contributing ideas that improve safety and foster continuous improvement.
Our Logistics Service Providers (LSP) Recognition Award in the Asia-Pacific region is given to staff who contribute valuable safety improvement ideas at their respective terminals. In 2018, nine terminals from our Asia Pacific network participated, including six terminals from China, two from Korea, and one from Japan.
One award recipient devised a magnetic door plate that affixes to truck doors during loading operations. The plate functions as a warning sign for drivers to make sure they don’t enter the cabin or operate the truck before loading finishes and all hoses are disconnected.
Another operator came up with the idea of making an inexpensive device that makes it safer for operators to retrieve pigs from pipelines. (A pig is a device used for pipeline maintenance operations such as cleaning and inspection.)
A third award recipient proposed adding lighting at a terminal, at an elevation that would increase visibility for ships during low tide.