Grace Facility Awarded Star Certification by OSHA
COLUMBIA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 30, 2012--
W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE: GRA) announced today that its Chicago 51st
Street, Illinois facility has earned membership in the prestigious
“Star” Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) of the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA).
The Voluntary Protection Program is OSHA’s official recognition of
exemplary occupational safety and health. VPP sets performance-based
criteria for a managed safety and health system, invites sites to apply,
and then assesses applicants against these criteria (including a
rigorous onsite evaluation by a team of OSHA safety and health experts).
The Chicago 51st Street facility is one of approximately
2,300 VPP Star worksites operating in the United States.
VPP Star members achieve average injury rates that are generally 50
percent lower than other worksites in their industries. As a result of a
safety-first atmosphere on site and outstanding health and safety
programs, the Chicago 51st Street facility has not had a lost
time injury in more than 5 years.
“This prestigious distinction designates Chicago 51st Street
as an elite operation in U.S. manufacturing,” commented Karen Ethier,
Grace’s Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety. “It is the
outcome of our relentless focus on safety—captured in a simple goal: no
one should ever get hurt—and our commitment to our employees,
contractors, customers and communities.”
Jim Hansen, North American Manufacturing Manager and site leader for the
Chicago 51st Street facility, gave credit to his team:
“Everyone, from customer service to operations, maintenance, engineering
and quality, played a vital role in reaching this certification.”
Grace’s Chicago 51st Street facility manufactures can
sealants for the food and beverage packaging industry, cement and
concrete admixtures and waterproofing products for the construction
industry, and Sodasorb® carbon dioxide absorbents for medical
devices. The plant was opened in 1941.
This is the fourth Grace location to earn the VPP distinction, joining
manufacturing plants in Lake Charles, Louisiana (certified in 2005) and
Edison, New Jersey (certified in 2007), and a Technical Center in Curtis
Bay, Maryland (certified in 2008).
Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts; engineered and
packaging materials; and, specialty construction chemicals and building
materials. The company’s three industry-leading business segments—Grace
Catalysts Technologies, Grace Materials Technologies and Grace
Construction Products—provide innovative products, technologies and
services that enhance the quality of life. Grace employs approximately
6,000 people in over 40 countries and had 2011 net sales of $3.2
billion. More information about Grace is available at www.grace.com.
Source: W. R. Grace & Co.
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