Best In Louisiana Winners Announced
Four chemical manufacturers in south Louisiana earned the top SAFE (SERIOUS ABOUT FOSTERING EXCELLENCE) Awards for their outstanding safety and environmental performance in 2009.
The awards were presented by the Louisiana Chemical Association (LCA) at its 51st Annual Meeting held October 13-15, 2010 in New Orleans. The SAFE winners took home “Best in Louisiana” awards from among all LCA facilities statewide.
The “Best in Louisiana” designation is based on safety and environmental compliance information that plants submit to state and federal government regulatory agencies as well as by their ability to demonstrate significant involvement in civic affairs and community life.
“Safe operations and strong environmental performance are top priorities in the Louisiana chemical industry,” Dan Borne’, LCA President, said. “All our members work hard on this because superior performance in these critical areas is equally important to the people who live in communities where chemical plants operate,” he added.
The following chemical manufacturing plants were named “Best in Louisiana”:
Ineos Fluor (Iberville Parish) won “Best in Louisiana” for Class I (1-100 employees). 2009 was the ninth (9th) consecutive year without an OSHA recordable injury to company employees and the fifteenth (15th) consecutive year without an OSHA recordable to a resident contract employee. This plant (now operating as Mexichem) is led by Mr. John Pacillo, Plant Manager.
DuPont (St. John the Baptist Parish) is “Best in Louisiana” for Class II (101-200 employees). An OSHA VPP (Voluntary Protection Plan) site since 2008, this plant has gone 19+ years with zero lost work cases. Both the Responsible Care Management System and ISO 14001 are in place and BBS (behavioral based safety) audits are conducted every week. Walter L. Glenn is the Plant Manager.
Chevron Oronite (Plaquemines Parish) was named “Best in Louisiana” for Class III (201-400 employees). This plant has two core values: (1) ‘No one gets hurt. Ever’ and (2) ‘We do not spill or cause environmental incidents’.
Company employees have worked over 2.7 million man-hours without an OSHA recordable injury and construction contract employees have worked more than 1.1 million man-hours injury-free. Any person entering this plant is empowered with “stop work authority” which gives an individual the power to stop any work in progress if there are safety concerns. The most senior official at the plant is Koon Eng Goh, Regional Manager, Americas.
The Dow Chemical Company’s St. Charles Operations (St. Charles Parish) earned “Best in Louisiana” for Class IV (more than 400 employees). Safe work by the men and women at Dow, St. Charles (another OSHA VPP site) continues improving; the OSHA injury rate was 0.37 (Dow employees and contractors) in 2008, 0.15 in 2009 and stands at 0.17 year to date. One key to this sustained performance improvement is excellent safe work done by the in-house contractors; they have been injury-free since May 2008 and all contractors achieved a new record (last month) of 15 months injury free. Dow operates a ‘safety first, production second’ mindset. Dow Chemical was honored earlier this month when the National Safety Council (NSC) recognized the company with their Robert W. Campbell Award, given at the NSC 2010 Congress and Expo, the world’s largest annual safety and health conference. The award recognizes a company that upholds environmental, health and safety (eh&s) as a key business value and clearly links measurable achievement in eh&s performance to productivity and profitability. Dow is the ninth company – and the first chemical company ever – to earn this prestigious award from the National Safety Council. The Dow, St. Charles Plant Manager is Steve Milligan.
Other award-winning LCA member companies recognized with the SAFE program’s “Most Improved Performance” were:
Class I: Chemtrade Refinery Services (Caddo Parish), Chris Pogson, Plant Manager;
Class II: Angus Chemical (Caddo Parish), Ernest Green, Plant Manager;
Class III: Dupont Performance Elastomers (St. John Parish), Walter Glenn, Plant Manager;
Class IV: BASF (Ascension Parish), Tom Yura, Plant Manager.