The Employee Safety Performance Survey

Safety in the workplace should never a question of “should we?”

Safety management has become a strategic priority for top businesses globally. Strong employee safety performance is as fundamental to business success as financial performance, and it has become a major indicator of the best managed companies.

“You cannot improve what you do not measure”

Key performance indicators are critical to any management system, and particularly for tracking progress and taking informed action. IFA’s annual Employee Safety Performance survey has become the global reference for «lagging» safety metrics in the fertilizer industry.

IFA’s Employee Safety Performance Indicators:

  • LTIR = Lost-time injury rate
  • TRI = Total recordable injuries

IFA Safety Metrics enhance decision-making to:

  • Measure the overall effectiveness of your safety management systems
  • Compare against the global industry’s best safety performers
  • Develop organization-specific key performance indicators
  • Create annual performance tracking based on continual improvement

“Participating in IFA’s safety benchmarking which includes performance metrics such as lost-time injury rate and total recordable injuries allow us to continually gauge how our safety management systems are performing. IFA’s industry wide benchmark clearly allowed us to drive our safety performance forward to the benefit of our entire workforce.”

―Brent Heimann, Arab Potash Corp.

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The Energy Efficiency & CO2 Emissions benchmark

The Challenge

The chemical industry is facing considerable challenges regarding its energy use and CO2 emissions.

  • Fertilizer production alone accounts for roughly 1.2 % of global energy consumption and 1% of all greenhouse gases annually
  • Ammonia manufacturing makes up approximately 90% of this energy use

The Opportunity

Nevertheless, the opportunity for the sector is just as considerable:

  • Ammonia producers are keeping their eye on the ball: energy efficiency in the sector has been significantly improved since manufacturing began in the early 20th century
  • Modern ammonia production technology now allows for a theoretical minimum of energy consumption through best-available techniques (BAT’s)
  • Efficiency improvements drive emissions reductions: production processes that use less energy per unit of ammonia output reduce manufacturing costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • The global ammonia sector still has room for efficiency improvements

Since 2004, IFA’s ammonia Energy Efficiency & CO2 Emissions benchmarking study has emerged as the global reference for measuring progress and encouraging investment in efficiency improvements.

“My company’s continued participation in the IFA Energy Efficiency & CO2 emissions benchmarking has enabled us to transform the way we look at this aspect of our business. The emerging KPI’s allow us to measure our progress against global standards, and stay one step ahead of regulators.”

―Yasser Abdulrahim Alabbasi, GPIC

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IFA Environmental Performance Benchmark

The Challenge

International scrutiny of environmental emissions from industrial activities has amplified significantly over the past two decades. As with other strategic industries, the fertilizer sector is increasingly under the spotlight to monitor its emissions and to reduce its overall environmental footprint.

The Opportunity

Since 2002, IFA producer members have been addressing these concerns head on. The industry has come together to develop one of the Association’s landmark tools – the IFA Environmental Performance Benchmark. This survey covers roughly fifty emission parameters across the major fertilizer product areas N, P, and complex fertilizers.

The report has been honed to help participants to:

  • Compare your plants’ emissions performances with the world’s best
  • Identify specific and actionable improvements
  • Measure improvements over time
  • Communicate emission reduction achievements locally and nationally

“We use the KPI’s from the IFA Environmental Performance Benchmark to identify specific improvement areas in our production process. IFA’s tool has been instrumental in helping us to significantly improve our environmental performance and to remain ahead of the curve.”

―K.K. Kaul, DCM Shriram Ltd

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2018: the Year of the Benchmark


For the first time since the creation of IFA’s Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) metrics at the beginning of the millennium, all four benchmark cycles were conducted in the same year.

  • Employee Safety Performance
  • Employee Safety Perceptions
  • Environmental Performance
  • Energy Efficiency & CO2 Emissions

This Year of the Benchmark has seen the highest voluntary participation to IFA benchmarks since their creation, and the trends emerging from some of the benchmarks’ indicators show the continuous improvement of our members in the areas of Safety, Health and the Environment.

At the 2018 IFA Strategic Forum in Beijing, IFA Chairman Rakesh Kapur presented an IFA SHE Excellence Gold Medal to 22 top SHE performers of the year.

“Without a doubt, you are the true leaders in our fertilizer industry with regards to Safety, Health & Environment. We are proud of you!”

―Mr Kapur

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