Louisiana Chemical Association announces SAFE Award recipients

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The Louisiana Chemical Association announced the four recipients of its “Best in Louisiana” SAFE Award that is given to chemical plants that exhibit unmatched employee and process safety, as well as outstanding environmental stewardship.

SAFE stands for “Serious About Fostering Excellence,” and this is the 24th year the program quantified safety practices and results at LCA member companies, according to Jules Lydon of The Ehrhardt Group.

The class four winner of the Safe Award, which is reserved for entities with more than 400 employees, is ExxonMobil Chemical Company’s Baton Rouge Chemical Plant.

Shintech Louisiana won the award in the class three division, a division including facilities with between 201 and 400 employees.

Lyondellbasell Lake Charles Polymers, which celebrated its 60th year of operation in October, won the class two SAFE Award, which is designated for places with between 101 and 200 employees, according to Lydon.

The class one winner, with fewer than 100 employees, is Lonza in Lake Charles.

Lydon wrote that LCA President and CEO Greg Bowser said a SAFE Award can only be earned by showing multi-year excellence evaluated against the strictest possible industry standards for employee and environmental safety.

The four facilities that received “Most Improved” awards in environmental and safety performance are Noranda Alumina in Gramercy, Formosa Plastics & Chemicals in Baton Rouge, Americas Styrenics Chemical Company in St. James Parish and Rain CII Carbon Lake Charles Calcining Plant, Lydon wrote.

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

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