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Core Value: Health, Safety & Environment

Core Value: Health, Safety & Environment

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."


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.


Recent distinguished safety recognitions

  • 2018 BNSF Railway - Product Stewardship Award (6th year)
  • 2018 Canadian National - Safe Handling Award
  • 2018 CSX Chemical Safety Excellence Award (14th year)
  • 2018 Kansas City Southern - Hazardous Materials Shipper Safety Award
  • 2018 Norfolk Southern - Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award
  • 2017 Association of American Railroads - NAR Grand Slam Award
  • 2017 Union Pacific - Chemical Transportation Safety Pinnacle Award
  • Vinyl Institute Showcases Westlake Chemical

    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. In 2017, 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.

    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.