Health, Safety, Security, Environmental & Quality

The Health and Safety of all our employees and visitors is a Third Coast top priority!  We are committed to providing the highest quality service possible following all state and federal environmental laws and regulations.

“Be Vigilant About Safety”

Third Coast is deeply committed to the prevention of environmental pollution, the well-being and health of our team members, and meeting the quality needs and expectations of our customers. The safety of our team members is extremely important both at work and at home. We implement heightened awareness of safety and security for employees and visitors. Our organization is prepared for rapid response, recuperation, community assistance, and business continuity.

HSSEQ Practices

Our HSSE Management Systems will provide a safe and environmentally responsible workplace. Our Quality Management Systems shall ensure we consistently meet our customers’ expectations of quality and performance.

Third Coast possesses all permits and certificates required to operate by all state and federal agencies including the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Commissioner of Health, the State of Texas, the Department of Treasury, Alcohol, and Tobacco, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Third Coast operates under the requirements and possesses the American Chemistry Council (ACC) Responsible Care® 14001:2015 certification, the ISO Quality Management System ISO 9001:2015 certification and the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) Responsible Distribution certification.

Meeting the quality needs and expectations of our customers is our highest priority. Our Quality Management Systems shall ensure we consistently meet our customers’ expectations of quality and performance.

Health Policies

Our primary concern is for the health and well-being of our team members. This has led us to introduce a voluntary Wellness Program, at no cost to our team members, with annual healthy physical screening and annual flu inoculations.

We are a non-smoking facility, believing that more deterrents to smoking at work aids team members in their efforts to quit while improving the environment for non-smokers and reductions in fire related accidents.

We protect our team members’ health by offering respiratory training, high quality equipment and medical evaluations including pulmonary function tests and fit test.

Other forms of personal protective equipment (PPE) are supplied and used to protect our employees from chemical exposure which could result in a contamination by contact.

To further protect our team members’ health, eating and drinking are not allowed in the facility except in designated areas. Keeping a clean non-contaminated eating area for team members greatly reduces the potential of contamination by contact with the products we handle.

Team members are trained in how to handle blood-borne pathogens in the event of possible exposure including clean-up and disposal.

A facility-wide, Industrial Hygiene (IH Testing) monitoring program was conducted to determine hearing protection requirements. Noise levels were determined to be below the OSHA TWA standard. Therefore, team members are not mandated to wear hearing protection, even though it is available for anyone’s use.

Safety Practices

The safety of our team members is extremely important to us both at work and at home. Toolbox safety topics are not limited to at-work issues as there are hazards in all aspects of life. Safety training does not stop for us when our team members leave our gates. Without them returning the next day, we would not be able to continue the high quality of service that we have become known for.

Safety education and the resulting heightened awareness are principles we train and encourage our team members to follow every day. Team members are not permitted to possess firearms, weapons, drugs, or alcohol while on duty. We have an open-door, management-driven policy where all accidents and situations which could lead to an accident, injury, or contamination are reported immediately to local supervisors for correction or escalation.

Security Policies

Third Coast quality policies have an obligation to protect the privacy of all employees and ensure their personal security on the job. The Security Policy’s goal is to protect the organization’s assets against internal, external, deliberate, or accidental threats.

  • Confidentiality of information will be assured
  • Integrity of information/assets maintained
  • Legislative and regulatory requirements will be met

Third Coast follows regulations set by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Homeland Security.

  • Internal security audits are conducted, documented, and acted on with due diligence.
  • Combined training for railcar and bulk tanker Transcaer Training for first responders, team members, and others.
  • The facility property is completely fenced.
  • Smoking is not permitted anywhere within the facility. Smoking products, including lighters, are not allowed into the plant.
  • Warning signs are posted around the facility’s entire perimeter.
  • Continuous surveillance cameras are strategically located throughout the campus.
  • The plant gates are operated by “Key Card” and monitored.
  • Visitors are never left unattended, they are always escorted while in the plant.
  • The facility is well illuminated from dusk to dawn.
  • Storage tanks, containers, and buildings are all secured when unattended.
  • Discharge valves are padlocked when not in use. This minimizes the chance of product leakage, cross-contamination, and vandalism.
  • Team members are trained and re-trained annually. Before beginning work at Third Coast employees are given awareness training. Job-specific training for DOT, IMDG, IATA, and OSHA programs is incorporated into early training schedules and no one is allowed to operate a piece of equipment without the proper training/certification.

Random drug screening and criminal background checks are performed for all team members.

Third Coast prohibits taking weapons of any type into the plant. Personal vehicles are not allowed in the terminal area except when authorized by senior management.

Planning on Visiting Our Facility?

Watch the appropriate safety orientation video & take the orientation quiz prior to your visit.

Visitor Orientation

Environmental Policies

NSR Permit Renewal and Amendment Application

On behalf of Third Coast Packaging, Inc. (Third Coast), TRC Environmental Corporation (TRC) hereby submits the following minor New Source Review (NSR) air quality permit application to renew and amend NSR Permit No. 92403 pursuant to 30 TAC Chapter 116, Subchapter D and Subchapter B requirements, respectively. The subject NSR permit authorizes a drum and tote packaging facility located in Pearland, Brazoria County, Texas.

An electronic version of the application, including the Excel workbook Form PI‐1 General Application (version 4.0), Excel Electronic Modeling Evaluation Workbook (EMEW) for non‐SCREEN3 (version 2.3), and Appendix B ‐ Excel Emission Calculations workbook has been submitted to TCEQ Air Permits Division via STEERS e‐Permits, and the appropriate permit application fee was paid electronically during the online submission.

Practices & Objectives

Third Coast is committed to environmental leadership in all its Operations. We will provide a safe and healthy workplace for our employees as well as minimize our potential impact on the environment. We will operate in compliance with all relevant environmental legislation and strive to use pollution prevention and environmental best practices in all we do.

  • We work closely with both our suppliers and customers to eliminate product waste streams.
  • All line flushes are accumulated and returned to customers or sold at customer request to salvagers for refinement and re-use.
  • We are actively recycling and utilizing recycled materials (where available) across our business processes.

Objectives

  • Continuously improve our management system to reduce the number of nonconformance found during external audits.
  • Reduce employee injuries.
  • Educating our stakeholders on the safe use of chemicals and environmental conservation.
  • Comply with applicable local, state, and federal legal requirements and permits.
  • Reduce the number of spills.

Make Quality Personal

Quality Policy

 

Third Coast’s Quality and HSSE Policy
“Third Coast is committed to safely, consistently, reliably, and responsibly meeting the needs of our customers and stakeholders.

Our stakeholders include our team members, our community, and the local, state, and federal jurisdictions of the locations where we do business.

Our intent is to consistently measure and improve on our performance in these areas.” (Required by ISO:9001 and Responsible Care 14001, American Chemistry Council)

Third Coast’s Objectives
➢ Our HSSE Management Systems provide a safe and environmentally responsible workplace.
➢ Our Quality Management Systems ensure we consistently meet our customers’ expectations of quality and performance.
➢ Our Operations Management Systems deliver reliable and cost-effective services along with a growth-oriented organization while being fiscally responsible.
➢ Our commitment to our team members is to ensure a highly productive environment and be a great place to work. (ISO:9001 and Responsible Care 14001, section 6.0)

Endorsement
This policy is communicated to all persons working for or on behalf of the organization, and stakeholders and is available to the public. This policy is documented, implemented, and maintained following ISO:9001 and RC 14001® guidelines and guiding principles.

Approved by:

Jim Thompson, COO

June 27, 2022

Permits

Third Coast possesses all permits and certificates required to operate by all state and federal agencies including

  • Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)
  • Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • State of Texas (Commissioner of Health)
  • Department of Treasury, Alcohol, and Tobacco
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

ISO Quality Management and Responsible Care Certifications

Third Coast operates under the requirements and possesses

  • American Chemistry Council (ACC) Responsible Care® 14001:2015 certification
  • ISO Quality Management System ISO 9001:2015 certification
  • National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) Responsible Distribution certification.