Safe work IS our job
More than a vision statement, it’s how employees at Hemlock Semiconductor
Group perform their duties, putting safety first. It’s a commitment to our
employees, their families, and the people in the communities where we live and
work. A core Hemlock Semiconductor value since the company’s inception, safety
is actively promoted and practiced by employees, suppliers, and
Here are the ways we are making a difference:
Management Commitment – Our management commitment to meeting the
codes and requirements of Responsible Care® has significantly improved our overall
Implementation of SMART Behavior-Based Safety – Our behavior-based
accident prevention process, Safety Management through Awareness,
Responsibility, and Teamwork (SMART), has helped drive safety awareness into
our corporate culture. The process utilizes peer-to-peer observations to
highlight at-risk behavior and simultaneously promote safe behavior.
Zero Lost Time Injury Focus – Safety is a continuous improvement
process, and having the mindset that “zero is the only acceptable number” is
critical to our long-term safety success.
Active contractor participation – Our contractors and other
third-party organizations must meet our high safety standards, keeping our
workplace safe for all.
Community involvement – We are able to highlight safety awareness
through activities in the community, including our Community Advisory Panel, outreach
activities, and close cooperation with emergency responders.
Neighborhood open house – This event opens our Hemlock, Michigan,
facility to our closest neighbors for tours and general safety education,
including shelter-in-place information. As part of this event, community
members learn about our community warning system, as well as our ongoing
program for safe transport and use of the raw materials needed for
Transportation safety – Safe movement of raw materials and finished
products is important.
We have upgraded our entire transportation fleet to not only meet but exceed
government standards and requirements.
Process safety management – Process guidelines such as "Close
and Contain" help ensure that what we use to make our products stays within
our process systems. There has not been a significant, reportable release of
any materials outside our facility for the past 10 years.
Security – Security has always been important at Hemlock
Semiconductor. In recent years, significant security improvements have been
made and will continue. These improvements are essential to ensuring a safe,
secure environment not only for individuals working at our facility, but also
for the community at large.
Responsible Care® is a registered service mark of the American
Chemistry Council, Inc.