Health & Safety
In spite of our goals and efforts to prevent injury, injury rates rose.
Office-related injuries increased our awareness of ergonomic hazards in office environments.
An office environment may seem like a safe place to work, especially compared to work involving equipment and hazardous products. However, in 2018, office injuries that resulted in time off work and medical interventions reminded us of the hazards present in office settings. The injuries, which included ligament strains and an ankle fracture, were related to work at computers.
A worker’s personal and work life can be significantly affected by injuries occurring in an office setting. Like hazards in any work setting, hazards for office workers require awareness and action to identify and prevent. Furthermore, potentially harmful circumstances in office environments can often remain hidden from view, including repetitive tasks such as using a computer mouse.
To increase awareness and prevention of office hazards in both corporate and manufacturing settings, we have ergonomic programs to prevent musculoskeletal injuries, as well as a MoveSafe initiative to promote frequent and safe movement. We also share with office workers hazard-assessment and mitigation practices related to their work setting.
Our safety message to all team members is the same, regardless of their work setting. Awareness of hazards to health and safety crosses all roles and types of work.
Personal responsibility and initiative from leadership, team members, and contractors are critical in taking timely action to keep everyone safe.
We hosted a workshop, Enabling Egypt’s Process Safety Journey, the first of its kind in the region.
In 2018, we hosted Egypt’s first-ever workshop on process-safety management (PSM) in order to share safety standards and practices with this region. Process-safety management is about managing the hazards in the physical infrastructure of our plants (i.e., the toxic, flammable, and explosive potential of the materials we use and the high pressures used to maintain our manufacturing process).
The event was attended by over 300 people, including top leaders and representatives from Egypt’s oil, gas, and petrochemical industries. Entitled “Enabling Egypt’s Process Safety Journey,” the workshop was a collaboration with the Egyptian Petrochemicals Holding Company (ECHEM), our joint venture partner in Egypt and a subsidiary of the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum. Keynote presentations addressed the fundamentals of process safety and the role of leadership in PSM. In break-out sessions, participants developed action plans on topics ranging from university curricula to leadership engagement.
To build on the event’s momentum, we have committed to supporting and organizing an annual PSM conference in the region. Methanex will also support a monthly PSM forum and advise ECHEM and the Ministry of Petroleum on ways to define their own PSM roadmap.
Every Methanex facility around the world engaged in health promotion efforts.
Methanex undertakes global health-management initiatives to provide employees at all our locations with health programs that meet the highest standards. In 2018, our Global Health Network launched the Global Health Standard to direct Methanex’s global health programs, and each region participated in a variety of health promotion efforts.