Westlake conducts its business in a responsible manner that protects the health and safety of its employees, the public and the environment in which we live.
Our Number One Priority
More than 30 years ago, the words of Westlake founder T.T. Chao - now displayed on a plaque at every Westlake facility around the world - established the company's culture of safety. He said:
"We have put safety first, and it will remain our number one priority. No job can be so important or urgent that people cannot take the time to work safely. Life is precious and irreplaceable."
OSHA Star Sites
We are proud to have two Westlake chemical facilities in the United States that have earned the prestigious Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Star status. This is the highest award offered by the Voluntary Protection Plan (VPP) and is reserved for participants that exceed OSHA standards, thereby making them models for our industry. We are actively pursuing VPP certification at several of our other facilities.
Vinyl Institute Showcases Westlake
For nearly four decades the vinyl resin industry has designed and implemented worker safety best practices and new technologies that continuously improve our facilities’ health, safety and environmental performance. The Vinyl Institute (VI) created a video, “The Vinyl Industry's Culture of Safety," that features Westlake's Geismar, Louisiana employees and site. To view the video, click HERE.
Compliance & Transport
Shipments of raw materials and finished products continuously flow in and out of company facilities, and Westlake is committed to ensuring this flow of materials meets safety and regulatory requirements.
In recognition of Westlake’s commitment to the safe transport of products, the company received recognition from BNSF Railway - Product Stewardship Award, CSX Chemical Safety Excellence Award for the past eleven years, and the Chlorine Institute – Diamond Leadership Award.
Drive to Zero: A Cultural Belief
Our Cultural Beliefs help employees understand how they should work together to live out our Core Values and achieve our goals.
Drive to Zero, Westlake's first cultural belief, is built upon the principle, "I own your safety and mine." This cultural belief recognizes that safety is the company's number one priority, and demonstrates Westlake's ongoing commitment to the values on which it was founded.
Click HERE to learn more about Westlake's Drive to Zero cultural belief.