Grupa Azoty PUŁAWY cares for safety in many areas.
To ensure their implementation, the Company has developed a "Safety Report" and "Failure Prevention Programme". The Company has obtained a Product Stewardship certificate in respect of its fertiliser products.
Grupa Azoty PUŁAWY is strongly committed to minimising the risk of serious industrial failures. To that end, the Company has put in place appropriate organisational and technical safety measures, which form a safety system, comprising an element of the Company's overall management system designed to protect people and the environment. The system has been certified as part of the Integrated Management System in accordance with ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001:2004, and PN-N 18001:2004 standards.
Since 1995, Grupa Azoty PUŁAWY has implemented the Responsible Care programme, covering activities related to protection of the environment and human health, as well as technical safety.
To be able to deal with potential failures, the Company has developed an Internal Rescue Operation Plan, which sets out procedures for conducting rescue operations and for reporting threats. During its preparation, rules of cooperation with the State Fire Service were established, along with the procedure for reporting threats to state and local government authorities. The Company maintains a well-trained Company Fire Service, equipped with firefighting equipment and agents, capable of undertaking effective rescue operations. The firemen are supported by chemical rescue teams and other in-house services.
• process safety locks,
• monitoring of tanks and pipelines,
• buffer (reserve) tanks,
• bunds with discharge into the industrial sewage system,
• automated control of processes,
• measurement and critical condition alert systems,
• waste and flue gas treatment facilities,
• industrial sewage system with cut-off valves,
• professional staff supervision.
Grupa Azoty PUŁAWY – more than chemicals
The modern chemical industry focuses not only on the quality of products, but also on safety, health and environmental protection. The European Union pays great attention to these issues. Its regulations are designed to guarantee safety of manufacturing and application of chemicals approved for trading. Grupa Azoty PUŁAWY complies with the rules imposed by REACH and CLP regulations.
The requirements of REACH and CLP are aimed at:
• encouraging manufacturers and importers of chemicals to provide clear explanations and information on the properties of substances they deal in, on how they are used, and to whom they may be dangerous;
• managing the risk of threat to people and the environment created by the most hazardous chemicals, by reducing their quantities;
• ensuring that hazardous substances are classified and placed on the publicly available list published on the website of the European Chemicals Agency, and that each product containing such substances is labelled and packaged in a way that guarantees safe use of the product and proper communication of relevant information to customers and employees;
• phasing out the most hazardous chemicals.
Grupa Azoty PUŁAWY was required to provide the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) with the most important information on the substances it manufactures.
Such information included the properties, classification and labelling of the substances, as well as evaluation of the potential threats they create. The information was submitted to ECHA with the aim of, among other things, creating a centralised European database of chemicals, made available to the general public and to relevant authorities (the European Commission, competent authorities of EU Member States and regulators).
Grupa Azoty PUŁAWY has reclassified all hazardous substances introduced to trading to ensure compliance with the GHS criteria. The Company has also aligned elements of its hazardous substance labelling with these criteria.
Safety data sheets of produced substances are used by manufacturers to provide customers with sufficient amount and quality of information on the safe application of a given product. These have also been adjusted to a new format, as required by the REACH regulation.
The REACH regulation assumes two-way communication of information on threats related to chemicals. Accordingly, Grupa Azoty PUŁAWY has actively exchanged information with chemicals suppliers.