Regulatory Compliance

As a company, JBC is compliant to national regulations such as the Environment Protection Law (No. 52/2006), the Public Health Law (No. 47/2008), the Civil Defense Law (No. 18/1999) and the Labor Law (No. 8/1996).  We are also compliant with the international regulations of OSHA and NFPA.

The company’s environmental program is ISO 14001 certified since 2007 by Lloyds Register.  Our environmental monitoring program includes monitoring of noise and emissions to air and water, and noise monitoring is conducted annually in work areas of the plant.  Emissions are monitored from stacks and other emission points according to a set schedule.  Water monitoring is also conducted on the domestic waste water treatment system, potable water system, recycle water pond (fire water pond), ground water, and brine discharge to the Dead Sea.

JBC has a waste management program which includes procedures for storage, handling, and disposal of municipal waste, organic-containing waste, non-hazardous waste, and hazardous waste.   The company has an active water reduction program and has achieved a 15% (~30 m3/hour) reduction of fresh water usage in 2011 through recycling.  Additional reductions are planned for 2012.

JBC’s primary energy sources are electricity and fuel oil.  Energy usage is tracked according to standards, in order to ensure efficient utilization.  In 2011, the company made various improvements that resulted in energy savings of 3.5% versus 2010.  Capital projects planned for 2012 are expected to achieve 5% energy savings versus 2011. 

The company has an industrial hygiene program that is designed to ensure that employees are not harmed by exposure to chemicals or noise.  Work area and personal monitoring is also conducted annually.  Moreover, the company has an incident reporting system that is used for reporting and tracking environmental and safety incidents.  All incidents, including minor spills and releases, are reported and investigated, and corrective actions are tracked in a database and reviewed monthly.

Audits of the environmental program area are conducted on a monthly basis by management. In addition, there are regular corporate audits conducted by Albemarle Health, Safety and Environmental staff.

All employees receive awareness training on the primary environmental procedures (such as waste management), ISO 14001 procedures, and the VECAP program - a Voluntary Emission Control Action Program, which is a global chemical management program based on Code of Best Practice for the handling and use of brominated flame retardants.  Our operators are trained and certified to operate equipment that is critical to the environment, such as scrubber and boilers.  All employees handling waste materials are trained and certified on specific handling procedures. 

Furthermore, the company has a Hazmat team that is trained to respond to chemical spills and releases on company property or elsewhere in Jordan.  JBC has emergency response vehicles that are equipped with materials used to stop and contain spills, as well as protective equipment for the employees.  The company performs annual spill response training with Civil Defense Department offices in Safi and Aqaba.