Safety and Environment
There are five priorities for the Institute Industrial Park, which contribute to its overall success:
- Excellence in Occupational & Process Safety
- Excellence in Environmental Performance
- Reliability of Our Operations
- Producing Perfect Quality Products
- Efficiency in Our Daily Activities and Operations
The first two priorities form the primary basis for our license to operate, granted by the company and our community. The next two assist in keeping that license in place, through maintaining safe and environmentally sound operations and producing the highest quality products that our customers can rely on. The final priority ties it all together, so we accomplish these in an efficient and effective manner as a fully sustainable operation.
Bayer takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously and we’re proud to say that the Institute Industrial Park serves as a model for government, industry and community groups across the nation. The facility includes a fully certified environmental protection lab for analyzing air, water and solid waste, as well as ongoing process evaluation and emergency response planning. In Institute, we participate in the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care initiative, and are continually exploring new ways to make the site more environmentally sustainable, from finding new uses for the site’s production waste streams, to instituting a recycling program for scrap metal and paper products.
Institute is the originator of one of the most successful safety initiatives ever implemented by Bayer. This observation program, now used at locations across the country, allows employees to submit anonymous critiques of on-the-job safety practices. To encourage participation, observations are incentivized with a corporate donation to an employee-selected charity in recognition of each submission.