Three years ago Celanese entered into a joint working relationship with China’s State Administration of Worker Safety (SAWS), the agency that regulates industrial health and safety in that country. Our purpose was to provide expertise in the area of process safety and help guide SAWS in enacting process safety regulations. Presently, China has no process safety regulations while most of the western world has process safety regulations such as the EU SEVESO, US PSM, and Mexico NOM standards. Since the goal of process safety is to prevent hazardous chemical releases, our participation in this effort will ultimately help save lives and make the Chinese chemical industry a safer place to work.

The main contributors to the effort were Chris Devlin and Jerry Forest from our corporate Process Safety group. The activities included development of a basic process safety training courses. We trained key members from SAWS located across the country so that they could in turn, train others. To complement the training course, we contributed 75 percent of the material to a basic process safety book which will be published in Mandarin Chinese this quarter. Ding MingGuan and Zhua De Wei helped edit the book prior to publication. We’ve also contributed a number of papers, case studies, and presentations to help SAWS understand what process safety means and how to prevent incidents in industry. We are presently providing input to SAWS on a pilot implementation of their newly developed process safety guideline.

We’re in the business of bringing innovative solutions to our customers with a top priority of producing chemicals safely. Celanese has demonstrated leadership in process safety with our mature 21 element process safety program. We’re happy to work with SAWS through this effort to help save lives and protect the environment by helping them enact meaningful process safety regulations.