The Saint-Gobain Group has a strong commitment towards continuous improvement in the ﬁeld of Quality, Environmental Sustainability and Health & Safety. As a member of this Group, the SiC Department obviously shares this “no-compromise” commitment, while translating it to the speciﬁcities of the industries we serve.
All our products are manufactured in accordance with international standards (for instance, the FEPA or JIS standards), or customized to fulﬁll the speciﬁc customer’s demands. Our modern Quality and EHS systems operate in accordance with ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001. Copies of the certiﬁcates are available upon request.
Beyond standard certiﬁcation, we have implemented “World Class Manufacturing”, our version of lean management, to control very strictly our quality, environmental, health and safety performance in addition to the manufacturing process.
Our R&D teams are actively involved to permanently tune this process towards increased quality of the products and increased safety for the workers. Our production teams have developed original solutions to protect workers from dust and fumes and to reduce the environmental footprint.
Saint-Gobain has for a long time known that the “Acheson Process”, used to manufacture the SiC crude, is a demanding process that requires a special attention. Accordingly, the SiC department has for the last two decades worked systematically to reduce exposure and increase the safety level in all our factories world-wide. A comprehensive program for Health & Safety requirements has been developed, and the same requirements has been put on all facilities in order to ensure healthy and safe working environment for all our workers. We believe that anyone working for Saint-Gobain SiC department should have the same protection no matter the location of the factory or the workers connection to the company. Audits are regularly performed in all our plants to check the implementation of these standards.
In October 2014 the Acheson Process was classified as carcinogenic by the WHO-body, IARC. Hence our specific Health and Safety requirements have been adjusted in order to ensure the compliance with European legislation for working close to a carcinogenic process. It is important to note that it is the process itself which is carcinogenic. All of our products are non-hazardous materials.
Simultaneously with the implementation of the strict exposure reduction program, also the safety level in all our factories has increased. Programs related to work in height, Loto, Machine guarding etc. has been implemented, and SiC department is one of the departments within Saint-Gobain with the best level of safety compliance and the fewest number of lost time accidents. The last years, the lost time accident rate per one million work hours have been about one. This figure is including all personnel working inside our premises, also contracted workforce.