Health, Safety & Environment (HSE)

We continue to prepare for the future needs of our customers by continuously improving quality programs at our state of the art facilities. Today, 90% of our North American facilities are ISO 9001:2008 certified with the remaining facilities actively working toward certification. A list of ISO certification status details for each Brenntag company is available for your viewing.

We are aware of tomorrow’s requirements and strive to accomplish them efficiently and cost-effectively through participation in associations such as the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) and internal programs like Environment, Health, and Safety (HSE) and product stewardship.

Our mission is to do whatever it takes to exceed the quality requirements of our customer’s in an ongoing, safe and consistent manner.

Conducting business in a responsible manner

We will conduct business in a responsible manner designed to provide protection and minimal impact on the environment, health and safety of our employees, customers, and the public.

Our strong commitment to HSE is evident not only by reviewing our records, but by our employee’s efforts in:

  • reporting near misses
  • managing risk
  • reducing exposure
  • eliminating accidents

Brenntag employees are continually trained on all aspects of chemical handling and applicable laws and regulations.

Certain team members specialize in tracking and translating the program requirements set for chemicals regulated by various government agencies including the Department of Transportation (DoT), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Safeguarding our employees’ health and safety is our top priority. Brenntag raises its employees’ awareness of these issues, provides them with related training and implements any measures necessary to avoid accidents and incidents. Regular training is an important element of Brenntag’s occupational safety culture.

This ranges from safety instruction for new employees to comprehensive training measures specially tailored for the work situation and the risk potential of occupational groups or individual employees. Training is given by internal HSE managers and also by external experts, both in the form of face-to-face events as well as digitally. Brenntag is also continuously investing in its equipment and infrastructure so as to optimize plant safety and work processes at its locations and thus further minimize safety risks and sources of accidents.

The ongoing process of improvement has enabled us to continuously reduce the number of reportable industrial accidents within the Group.

Brenntag continuously works on minimizing the environmental impact of its business activities on the soil, water and air. In addition to the efficient use of resources, protection of the environment therefore plays a key role for all Brenntag locations. We aim to identify environmental risks early on, to control them by means of various measures – investments in infrastructure, optimized work procedures and qualified employees – and to avoid environmental incidents.

Brenntag’s locations in all of its regions fully comply with applicable rules and regulations relating to the protection of the environment and also fulfill our Group’s stringent safety standards. Whenever new buildings or plants are constructed or necessary modernization and renovation work is undertaken, environmental protection issues are considered and reflected both in terms of the construction approach and also plant engineering. The soil and ground water situation is reviewed and recorded annually at all of our locations, in cooperation with external experts. At the same time, necessary measures are identified and implemented.