Last month, members of Lucite International’s (LI) Global Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Managers Network met up in the historic city of Durham, close to LI’s UK manufacturing sites.

The main objective of the workshop was to allow SHE professionals to connect on a more personal level, encouraging good practice sharing, ongoing collaboration and open communication to better understand the corporate needs of LI and Mitsubishi Chemical in pursuit of improved and sustainable SHE performance.

The team regularly communicates via teleconference meetings but really benefited from the opportunity to meet face-to-face and discuss topics in greater detail.

Pictured: Soo Hong Tan, SHE Manager at our Singapore site, leads a discussion with the team.

The three-day event covered a multitude of subjects – from reviewing 2018 SHE performance, eliminating the risk of leaks, managing fire hazards, reducing slips trips and falls injuries and reviewing emerging areas such as integrating new starters and contractors into LI’s culture and SHE values. The team spent a lot of time developing the detail in the LI 2019 SHE improvement plan.

Alan Marsh, Global SHE Manager, discussed the goals and expectations of LI’s parent company, Mitsubishi Chemical, and how LI will act upon these key topics for improvement in 2019 – aligning with our shared KAITEKI values of working towards the sustainable wellbeing of people, society and planet Earth.

Each SHE Manager presented their site’s achievements and positive SHE activities, as well as any challenges encountered during the year. By describing individual good practices, each member benefited from shared learning to help deliver better overall collective progress.

Members of the team shared their thoughts with us about this:

David Ellwood (Newton Aycliffe, UK):

“As the only SHE professional at the site I work at, I sometimes feel ‘stuck in a bubble’ and spend lots of time searching for solutions, sometimes not knowing where to look or start. But since meeting other SHE Managers at the workshop face-to-face, it’s refreshing to know that there are other sites that encounter similar issues to mine and feel more able to share information.”

Linda Mindertsma (Rozenburg, Netherlands):

“The opportunity for all SHE professionals from Europe, US and Asia to meet and interact is extremely valuable. The challenges we face are relatable to all and by learning from each other, sharing information and best practice, we don’t each have to reinvent the wheel!

“Being a part of Mitsubishi Chemical brings even more new information and insights. The ability to discuss this, knowing where to focus, what is expected and how we can continue to improve our safe working environment is key for a global organisation in a rapidly changing world.”

On day two, the team took a short time out to allow international guests a chance to see Durham’s spectacular 11th century Cathedral – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, focal point of the region’s history and filming location of many well-known modern-day movies, including Harry Potter.

Pictured: the team during their visit to Durham Cathedral.

Apichai Srimahunt (TPA, Thailand) said:

“This is my first time here. Durham Cathedral is a beautiful place, full of historical stories. I had seen photos of Durham Cathedral before but, when I am here for real, it’s more beautiful than in the photos.”

Kathy Cameron (Beaumont, USA) said:

“The cathedral was amazing.  The amount of work it took to put together a structure as ornate as this without power equipment boggles the mind.  Loved it and the history behind it.”

The team recognises the importance of working towards common goals, understanding and developing site based EHS improvement plans and look forward to encouraging, helping and supporting each other in 2019 and beyond.