Grace Plant Awarded Star Certification By OSHA
COLUMBIA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 11, 2005--The Grace Davison
Lake Charles, Louisiana plant of W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA) has
earned membership in the prestigious "Star" Voluntary Protection
Program (VPP) of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
According to OSHA, the VPP recognizes and promotes effective
workplace safety and health management. Membership in the VPP Star is
OSHA's official recognition of exemplary occupational safety and
health. VPP Star worksites must submit annual self-evaluations and
undergo periodic onsite reevaluations every three to five years to
remain in the program. The Lake Charles plant is one of approximately
1,143 VPP Star worksites out of more than 20 million worksites in the
VPP Star members achieve average injury rates that are generally
50 percent lower than other worksites in their industries. The Lake
Charles plant's injury and illness rate is 79 percent below the
national average for the chemical industry. The rates are the result
of a safety-first atmosphere at the plant and outstanding health and
"We are very proud of our colleagues in Lake Charles. This award
represents their continual focus on safety and a lot of hard work,"
commented William Corcoran, vice president of regulatory and public
affairs who is responsible for Grace's health, safety and
environmental programs. "Several years ago, we set out to make Grace
one of the safest companies in the nation and this award demonstrates
that we have achieved much of what we strived to do."
According to David Rentrop, the Lake Charles plant's Operations
Director, "Employee participation and management commitment are the
cornerstones of our successful VPP and safety program. Our union
employees took ownership of the program and worked diligently to
ensure that we accomplished our goal of OSHA designation as a VPP Star
worksite. Without the dedication of all of our employees, we would not
have made lasting improvements in our safety performance."
Michael Reed, an hourly employee and member of the Plant
Negotiating (Union) Committee, VPP Steering Committee and Joint Health
and Safety Committee, said, "The level of cooperation between Grace
management and Union employees was extraordinary. Many benefits have
been gained from this program, but the main goal of having everyone
work, think, and be safe is the best reward of all."
The Lake Charles plant is a Grace Davison manufacturing facility
that produces silica and alumina-based catalysts. It is the largest
producer of fluid cracking catalysts in the world and employs
approximately 345 workers and 90 onsite contractors. The plant was
opened in April 1953 and recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary.
Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and other products
and services to petroleum refiners; catalysts for the manufacture of
plastics; silica-based engineered and specialty materials for a
wide-range of industrial applications; specialty chemicals, additives
and materials for commercial and residential construction; and can
sealants and coatings for food packaging. With annual sales of more
than $2.2 billion, Grace has over 6,500 employees in nearly 40
countries. For more information, visit Grace's web site at
CONTACT: W. R. Grace & Co.
SOURCE: W. R. Grace & Co.