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LCA SAFE Awards given out

Top Safety Awards Announced

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Baton Rouge, LA, November 12, 2018 – The Louisiana Chemical Association (LCA) today announced that five of the state's chemical plants haveearned one of the association's highest honor as winners of the “Best in Louisiana” SAFE Award.

Greg Bowser, President of the Louisiana Chemical Association, reported that 66 facilities at 46 companies employing 18,668 chemical workers took part in the SAFE Program this year. Bowser noted that this year’s average incident rate among all LCA members has improved by 11.2 percent compared to the previous five years. “We’re very proud of the winners and of all our SAFE participants,” said Bowser. “Since we began the SAFE Program, we’ve seen our LCA participants reduce their employee safety incidents by 79 percent. LCA members are very serious about making safety a reality.”

LCA's SAFE Program competitively awards the “Best in Louisiana”designation within each of four employee-size classes.

The Class 4 (over 400 employees) “Best in Louisiana” winner is Dow Chemical Louisiana Operations in Iberville Parish. “Dow Louisiana Operations is extremely proud to be recognized as best in the state through this award,” said Kevin Cadien, Site Director. “We focus every day on being the safest and most reliable manufacturer through inclusion of our employees and a commitment to sustainability. We’re making great American products while always keeping our employees safe and our environment protected. It is very satisfying to have earned such prestigious industry-wide recognition for our effort.”

The Class 3 (201-400 employees) category “Best in Louisiana” award goes to Louisiana Pigment Company in Calcasieu Parish (LPC). “Being named Best in Louisiana is a proud achievement for everyone who works at LPC. Our mission is to make quality products in a safe and environmentally secure workplace and this award is welcome recognition for the careful work that our people do every day,” said Plant Manager, Dr. Tim Hall.

For Class 2 (101-200 employees), the “Best” award was won by Lake Charles-based Biolab, Inc. “We last won this award when we were a smaller company, so it is especially rewarding to be competing in a larger size category and still be named Best in Louisiana. Biolab’s responsible approach means we always work to be environmentally friendly and make safety our most important job,” said Robert Gelinas, Site Manager.

In Class 1 (100 or fewer employees), two companies share this year’s “Best in Louisiana” honors: Lonza in Calcasieu Parish, which had also ranked as a finalist for the previous three years, and Air Liquide in Iberville Parish. Air Liquide’s Director of Operations, Paul Labonne, said, “Our employees are very proud of this achievement. It’s a great honor to be named Best in Louisiana. Our people work hard to make sure that safety comes first and it is wonderful to have that effort recognized and appreciated.”

Mark Kern, Plant Manager for the Lonza Lake Charles plant, said, “Our employees truly exemplify the Brother’s Keeper spirit in their dedicated efforts to ensure that everyone goes home in the same condition they arrived.” Kern noted that the Lonza plant, which manufactures propellant grade hydrazine for the space program, has gone 22 years without a Lost Time Injury and over 7.5 years without an OSHA recordable incident.

This is the 23rd year that the annual SAFE Program has quantified safety practices and results at LCA member companies. SAFE stands for “Serious About Fostering Excellence.” Based on CERCLA releases, an environmental performance measure collected from all SAFE participants, this year saw LCA members produce environmental results that were over 68 percent better than the preceding twenty-two year average.

Four facilities were honored with “Most Improved” awards for making impressive advances in their environmental and safety performance. “Most Improved” awards were earned by CF Industries Nitrogen (Ascension Parish), Morris Johnson, General Manager; OxyChem (St. Charles Parish), Louis Palmer, Plant Manager; Air Products & Chemicals, HyCo (14 combined locations from New Orleans to Lake Charles), Jeff Bellelo, Louisiana Area Manager; and BASF Corporation, North Geismar (St. James Parish), Julie Fay, Site Manager.

For more information about the SAFE program, visit the SAFE program website at LCASafe.org.

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