Our global presence means we must carefully control the environmental consequences of our activities. Beyond local regulations, we have created a set of global Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) protocols that apply to all our activities in the fields of safety, hygiene and environment. The protocols are published on the Imerys EHS intranet and communicated through regular trainings.
Our goal has been to have an Environmental Management System (EMS) in all of our operations. Imerys rolled out the protocol in all of its operations through a self-appraisal procedure based on the eight pillars of an effective EMS(1). Since 2012, the emphasis has been on assessing the robustness of existing management systems. Regular elf-appraisal, presented quarterly to Executive Management, measures performance against the objectives and priority targets defined for each site.
An audit team monitors proper application of Imerys’ protocol and respect of local regulations
We regularly conduct audits on our sites to check compliance with current regulations and internal protocols, and to build a continuous improvement momentum. Our team now counts around 20 Environment, Health and Safety specialists selected from operations. Peer review is provided for all audits to ensure quality and action plans are monitored quarterly to guarantee implementation. The EHS audit team conducts 30 to 35 audits per year. The schedule for the audits is defined according to a risk grading model that factors in criteria such as size of site, existence of mineral solid storage facilities, occurrence of environmental incidents or lost-time accident rate.
We report “environmental incidents” in relation to our sites in order to determine their causes and take corrective measures to reduce the risk of their reoccurrence. We carefully monitor any prosecutions against us on environmental grounds and the amount of any fines we possibly have to pay.
(1) Eight pillars of an effective Environmental Management System: existence of a policy; identification of aspects & impacts; identification of legal requirements; setting goals and targets; appointment of specific
representative; training given out; emergency procedures, and audit.