Requirements and provisions in the system are also applicable for all contractors (100%) working on Elkem property. In addition, suppliers of raw materials and goods are also required to comply with basic EHS rules and regulations as part of our contractual purchasing agreements with them.
Elkem’s EHS management system is built around recognized international standards for EHS management and covers applicable EHS topics that have been identified through extensive risk assessment at all sites. Compliance with the system is internally audited at site level by corporate and divisional resources routinely. Elkem’s corporate Vice President for EHS is responsible for Elkem’s EHS management system.
The 5 fundamental guiding principles of FOKUS:
Principle 1: “Improvement has no limits” defines the way we work encouraging employees to question current conditions and work continuously with improvements.
Principle 2: “Zero harm philosophy” promotes the idea that all incidents and injuries can be prevented and highlights our priorities. Incident and injury prevention are just as important as production, quality, sales, delivery times, efficiency and cost control.
Principle 3: “Focus on understanding and removing causes” is about the importance of reporting, investigating and mitigating any incident that may cause harm to people or the environment.
Principle 4: “Hazard identification, risk analysis and action implementation” supports the efforts to truly understand possible negative effects of our operations and to mitigate them with effective measures.
Principle 5: “Active involvement” highlights our human capital at all levels of the organisation as the most important prerequisite for success in our EHS work
All of these principles come together and are visualized in the model we use to present and describe how we manage EHS: