Methacrylate Monomers: Safety, Health and Environment (SHE)


Safety, Health and Environment (SHE)

Our Commitment

“Lucite International is committed to improving the SHE performance of our business to be among the best in the World. This commitment stems from the belief that minimising harm to people and the environment is the only acceptable way to treat our most valuable resources and is essential to the long-term viability of the business.”
Lucite International Board of Directors

Our performance

Today, Lucite International’s safety performance ranks among the best in the chemical industry and is considerably better than that of other industrial, manufacturing sectors.

Our commitment to continuously improve safety performance has delivered excellent results and we are very proud of these. The heritage of our strong safety culture goes back many years with the most significant steps being made in the 1990s when ICI Acrylics merged its business with DuPont’s acrylics operation in the US. What followed was an intense period of cross learning, which resulted in the 21 Elements of SHE Excellence, a simple model of the things required to achieve world-class performance. We also devised a simple assessment tool for identifying improvement opportunities.

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Performance milestones

Historical safety performance
Employees and contractors – injuries requiring medical treatment

(injuries/100,000 hours worked)


  • 1997-1998 focus on loss of containment and breaking into equipment
  • 1999-2000 vision and values work defines safety as a core value
  • 2000-2001 How to Guides to support SHE Excellence. Corporate Charter emphasising commitment and individual responsibility
  • 2002-2003 Launch of own Corporate Standards and assurance program
  • 2006-2008 Line of Fire program targets the immediate cause of 50-60% of injuries
  • 2008 onwards – Focus on predictive performance indicators to complement measures of failure and to enhance proactivity – including Behavioural Safety, Human Factors and Process Safety Management (PSM).

How have we been successful?

Learning through shared experiences together with strong leadership based on the simple premise that eliminating injuries is the right thing to do have both been critical in our successes to date. Our structured improvement program helps us to concentrate on practices or inputs, rather than reacting to events. In summary, our focus is:

  • Strong, consistent, value-led leadership with vision, values and SHE Charter
  • Structured SHE Excellence improvement program based on the proactive identification and implementation of best practice
  • Specific improvement programs targeted at performance weaknesses
  • Consistent SHE Management and Assurance process
  • A healthy dissatisfaction; we are always looking for the next opportunity to progress
  • Personal responsibility for upholding core beliefs and delivering progress
  • Strong line leadership, clear communication, widespread involvement and team working
  • Measurement of progress against SHE Excellence to drive sustained performance improvements.

SHE management and assurance process


Our SHE Policy

Every individual who joins Lucite International, either on a full-time or temporary basis, agrees to work in accordance with our SHE Policy. The Policy states that we will drive continuous SHE performance improvements using the framework of our SHE Excellence program. In particular we commit that:

  • Our actions will support the belief that all injuries, illnesses and incidents are preventable
  • We will comply with all applicable laws, regulations and the industry’s Responsible Care® initiative and take any additional measures considered necessary
  • The SHE performance of contractors working at our facilities is an integral part of Lucite International’s performance and will be managed to equivalent standards
  • Our stewardship of SHE matters will be such that the community at large considers Lucite International a good neighbour
  • We will pursue continuous improvement in our SHE performance and maximise our progress through the involvement of all employees
  • All employees are responsible for the prevention of injuries, illnesses and environmental incidents. Accepting that responsibility is a condition of employment
  • Line supervision will be accountable for SHE results and for the performance of their employees
  • Employees will be thoroughly trained to work safely and to anticipate and prevent SHE incidents
  • Audits will be conducted at all levels of the organisation to evaluate work practices and the effectiveness of the SHE program
  • All deficiencies will be corrected within an appropriate time frame
  • All incidents, whether injury occurs or not, will be thoroughly investigated to identify root causes and prevent recurrence

Linking SHE Policy to practices

Lucite International will produce and sell products that can be manufactured, transported, used and disposed of safely, with minimal adverse health or environmental effects. In doing so, we will strive to become world-class in safety, health and environmental matters, with performance at least equal to the best.

In accordance with the Lucite International SHE Policy our SHE Standards are designed to ensure that in all of our activities, we comply with recognised national and international standards, and that we minimise risks to people, to the environment and to the Company. The application of SHE Standards requires that risks are understood, that controls are in place, and that residual risks are judged as tolerable. Our 21 Elements of SHE Excellence are used to drive performance improvements.

21 Elements of SHE Excellence

  • Participation and teamwork
  • Legal compliance
  • Objectives and goals
  • Audit and follow-up
  • Training
  • Commitment and attitude
  • Performance metrics
  • Incident investigation
  • Individual responsibility
  • Clear accountability
  • Rule compliance
  • Change management
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Order and arrangement
  • Process hazard review
  • Contractor safety
  • Mechanical integrity
  • Pre-start-up review
  • Operating procedures
  • Technology documentation