Operating Plants Safely, Reliably and Efficiently
Through effective process safety management, we reduce the risk of uncontrolled process events such as fires, explosions, and accidental chemical releases. The company employs a comprehensive set of Responsible Care Process Safety Standards and Guidelines to help minimize these events. Our Standards outline specific requirements for assessing and managing process risk; organizational and manufacturing changes; ensuring equipment integrity; and controlling plant purchases of equipment and materials. All of NOVA Chemicals' facilities are operated in accordance with our internal Process Safety Standards, which meet or exceed the regulated process safety requirements of the U. S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Process Safety Management Regulation.
Process fires are an area of particular focus at NOVA Chemicals, and we believe our approach to eliminating them is an industry best practice. Any uncontrolled fire that occurs at a chemical plant - no matter how small - could potentially cause harm to our employees and contractors, as well as serious damage to equipment, facilities and the environment. We place such an emphasis on process fires that whenever an uncontrolled fire of any size occurs within a process area, senior business leadership is notified immediately, and a thorough incident investigation is initiated to help prevent recurrence. NOVA Chemicals has developed a monitoring and reporting system called the Incident Learning Process (ILP), and we believe it is also an industry best practice that helps us reduce the frequency and severity of process-related incidents.