Safety is a key concern for SQM. We are committed to maintaining systems that enable us to limit health and safety risks for our employees and contractors.

The company takes its responsibility for protecting its employees’ lives very seriously. All work is performed under a comprehensive risk control system because we know that an accident at our facilities would be devastating to the worker and his or her family as well as to productivity. We promote a culture focused on preventing risk, which is why we encourage actions that incorporate safety into our daily operations. We also aim to integrate these safety routines into our workers’ families.

Frequency Index

 

2010

2011

2012

SQM Employees

0,51

0,55

0,51

Contractors

0,34

0,27

0,36

Total

0,41

0,37

0,42

*FI (Frequency Index): Lost-time accidents per 200,000 working hours.



Operational Risk Management System (SISGRO)

In order to reinforce a culture of safety within the company, we systematically apply the Operational Risk Management System (SISGRO), which involves a series of mandatory activities that are grouped into modules. The goal is to control the causes of accidents and professional illnesses in order to comply with current laws and to improve risk management.