2019 EHS Recognition Program Celebrate Important Projects
In conjunction with Mosaic’s strategic priorities and our Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Performance Targets recently announced, strengthening our management system continues to be a critical priority for our environmental, health, and safety (EHS) 2030 Vision. This vision represents three key focus areas: technology, worker wellness, and social responsibility – all anchored by our management system to ensure we’re accounting for potential risks and putting mitigation in place. We recently recognized the teams who drove impactful and creative risk reduction projects in 2019.
We put employees in the driver's seat to identify risk reduction opportunities and implement solutions toward meeting our goal of zero safety and environmental incidents. Congratulations to all of the teams who submitted Risk Reduction Projects, below were the standouts in each of the three categories:
Greatest Risk Reduction Impact
Walking, Working Surfaces Tool: This multi-functional tool was developed to help inspect walking, working surfaces at the facilities. With built-in inspection measurement standards and the ability to use standing upright, this tool allows the user to check the integrity, proper specifications, and quality of the surfaces that an inspector would demand.
Innovative Risk Reduction
Robotic cleaning of Chemical Tanks: Uberaba & Araxá in Brazil: As part of our regular operations, Mosaic must store various chemicals.in storage tanks, which are rigorously cleaned. The teams at our Uberaba and Araxá facilities in Brazil invested in a robot to replace the need for manual industrial cleaning – a laborious process of pressure washing from a high surface. Investing in robotic technology has eliminated the risk of employees entering the tanks, significantly reduced water use saved time and decreased the cost of facility downtime.
Conserving fresh water at Uberaba: Uberaba is a large facility that uses a lot of water. The teams are always looking for new ways to reduce their consumption of fresh water. In a collaboration between the process engineers, EHS, maintenance and operations teams, the Uberaba team came together to create a process for replacing fresh water with process water in this plant. Process water is regularly tested to ensure there is no impact on the filtering operations and the water balance is measured and monitored so the team can estimate the amount of water needed for operations up to a year.