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AICM Forum on chemical MNCs lead safety and security in China on CHEMSS 2017



September 19, AICM hosted a Forum, ‘How chemical MNCs lead the chemical safety and security in China’ in CHEMSS 2017 to talk about how chemical MNCs implement safety and security in China as a leading role. 5 AICM company directors participated as panelists and shared how chemical multiple national companies improve and implement chemical safety and security in China in the perspective of data protection, anti-counterfeiting activities, EHSS, Transportation safety,  process safety, Responsible Care and collaboration with external partners.


In Feb 2017 the State Council Office issued the Safe Production Notice of the 13th Five – Year Plan. The document focuses on improving the responsibility system, to enhance the overall level of safe production, effective prevention. AICM, representing the leading international chemical companies in China, is always positively support the governmental policies and actively practices through the industry’s code for safe and responsible chemical management, including support and collaboration with national level SAWS and local level with the chemical parks. This panel was to with international and Chinese peers on how to conduct the safety and security code and practice.


Chemical safety and security is a multi-partnership efforts from different stakeholders. Mr. Lim Yoke Loon, President of Dow, Greater China talked about how can chemical companies work with governments and others partners. He said: ‘The challenges chemical industry faces requires not only doing our job well within the fence, but also broader partnership and collaboration with external stakeholders, so that our industry will operate against a higher and broadly recognized standards as well as smarter and science-based regulations to meet societal expectations. At Dow, we have been working with State Administration of Workplace Safety since 2006 to build up the capacity of Chinese safety regulators, emergency responders and safety engineers of SMEs to deal with hazardous chemicals and processes.’


EHSS (Environment, Health, Safety and Security) is the principle and core value for many chemical MNCs aim to match best in class standards, to conduct operations “Beyond Compliance,” and to inspire this mindset in every working staff. This is fully endorsed by SABIC. ‘SABIC believes EHSS ownership & commitment should be at all levels and is committed to maintaining the highest standards throughout the organization, extending to all entities, divisions and partners. It is closely related to everyone and is indeed everyone’s shared accountability and EHSS Excellency can only be achieved through teamwork. ’ Mr. Li Lei Vice President, North Asia, SABIC


Dr. Alasdair Jelfs, AICM Chair & Managing Director of Merck Holding (China) Ltd talked about the importance of cyber security in Industry 4.0 and its influence to chemical safety and security. Security is an intelligence driven element of risk-management processes, prevention and crime based risk-identification. By introducing Merck’s experience on data protection and security program, Dr. Jelfs elaborated how chemical MNCs can translate and share advanced operations and practices with the local in this field. ‘Our security approach helps creating a secure and safe working environment, protecting innovation and operations and does establish a basic security setup. The underlying internal regulation is the so called Site Security Standard, which is a very technical document that provides corporate guidance for the sites and subsidiaries. It is crucial to protect Merck’s assets and fulfill social, compliance, and commercial responsibilities, as well as to maintain day-to-day functions.’ Commented by Dr. Jelfs.


Chemical safety is to handle chemicals in a safe manner, minimizing the hazard to public and personal health, and to regulate security at certain chemical facilities. Transportation safety is crucial to chemical industry as more than half of chemical accidents happened in China are during transportation Dr. Brad Morrison, Senior Vice President, Operations & Site Management, Greater China, BASF introduced how BASF has been actively working with industry associations and peers to promote transportation safety in China and shared best practices with industry associations in China and government departments. Talking about Process Safety, Dr. Morrison said that understanding the behavior of chemical substances under the processing conditions is critical to ensure safe production including runaway reactions, emission data and exposure potential. To develop robust Management of Change procedures, based on an expert understanding of the material properties is important to prevent accidents during both manufacturing and plant maintenance.


‘Safety has always been an integral part of the chemical industry. We are committed to ensuring the safety of all employees and industry practitioners, including the safety of workplaces and equipment. The comprehensive safety training and monitoring standards implemented at all levels of the enterprise are key initiatives to improve process safety. Through cooperation with the government and upstream and downstream partners to promote, through technological innovation and international standards to improve production safety and logistics warehousing security, strengthen capacity building and full professional safety participation. AICM and its companies are committed to continuous improvement in all areas of chemical safety and security’ concluded by Mark Oberle, AICM Vice Chair & Senior Vice President, Asia, Celanese (China) Holding Co., Ltd.