We have comprehensive health and safety programs to protect the safety of our team members and contractors. Our goal is to do the right thing, the right way, every time.
Fostering Safe Behaviours & Focusing on Critical Activities
Safety is critical across our business, particularly at our manufacturing sites, where more than 75% of our employees work. New employees at our manufacturing sites participate in a Switch On to Responsible Care workshop after joining the company and employees receive regular refresher sessions. In 2022, Methanex continued to drive safety performance through three major projects around the globe.
Recordable Injury Rate
injuries per 200,000 worked hours
We have maintained our low injury rates through our continued focus on employee engagement and contractor management. Our 5-year rolling average for 2020, 2021 and 2022 is based on our SASB reporting, which started in 2020 and covers data from 2016 onward.
Maintaining Hazard Awareness & Tracking Leading Indicators
As part of our proactive approach to building our safety culture, we track leading indicators to measure team member engagement. This data allows us to customize our safety culture and engagement programs to ensure we are all switched on to safety and our team members go home safely each day.
We consider near-misses – events that did not have a negative outcome but could have – to be learning opportunities that help prevent future incidents.
We have more than tripled the amount of hazard identifications since 2020. We track leading indicators to measure team member engagement as part of our approach to building our safety culture where employees feel empowered to contribute.
|Near misses||982||669||1,183||+ 20%|
|Hazard identifications||2,143||4,521||7,348||+ 243%|
|Behaviour-based safety observations||9,843||11,214||84,410||+ 758%|
Protecting Air Quality
Good air quality is fundamental to human health and well-being. In alignment with local regulations, we continually work to reduce emissions that could impact local air quality and our communities.
Air quality is measured by the concentration of pollutants in the air, including nitrogen oxides (NO×), sulphur oxides (SO×) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as methanol vapours and methane. Changes in NOx and VOC emissions are closely linked to production levels in our asset mix. NOx emissions have decreased by 14 per cent over the last five years, largely due to the installation of lower-NOx burners at one of our plants with older reforming technology.
Through our water stewardship program, we focus on minimizing our water use and protecting water quality in our areas of operation. Because fresh water is a shared natural resource with our communities and the environment, we put the bulk of our water stewardship efforts into conserving and protecting freshwater sources. This is particularly important in regions with potential for freshwater scarcity such as our Damietta, Egypt site.
To maximize efficiency and return as much water to the environment as possible, our facilities have water conservation procedures to minimize, reuse and recycle water. For example, almost all our production facilities reuse condensed steam in different phases of the production process, and over half of our sites reuse the wastewater from distillation columns, reducing the overall volume of water we need to withdraw.
To read more about how we protect water quality, understand our water risk, and reuse water for irrigation, please see pg. 47-48 of the 2022 Sustainability Report.
Spills & Releases
Methanex safely manages large volumes of liquids every day. We have rigorous controls and containment measures in place, along with a comprehensive spill monitoring and prevention program. We have had 0 significant environmental spills and releases in the last 5 years.
To read more about how we prevent, monitor, and respond to spills, please see pg. 49 of the 2022 Sustainability Report.