Plastics Winners of Safety Statistics Award

Editor: Briggette Jaya

The Plastics Industry Association has just announced the winners of the Safety Statistics and Awards (SSA) Program.

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The awards will be presented to the winners at the EHS+ Committee meeting scheduled for 13-15 November 2019.
The awards will be presented to the winners at the EHS+ Committee meeting scheduled for 13-15 November 2019.
(Source: Plastics)

The SSA Program, organised by The Plastics Industry Association (Plastics), is a way for the plastics industry to recognise worksites, safety professionals and safety cultures, with awards given on three levels: gold, silver and bronze.

This year, the SSA Program awarded 121 facilities with notable safety records for gold, silver and bronze level awards. Special for this year's edition was that Plastics also launched four new award categories that recognise individuals, facilities and companies demonstrating leadership, results and a commitment to shaping the safety culture within their facilities and companies. The new categories awarded are namely, Rising Safety Professional, Safety Professional of the Year, Leaders of Safety Award and Safety Company of the Year.

The winners of the new categories, Plastics says, were presented to Ivan Marquez, Regional EHS Manager at Novolex as Rising Safety Professional. The Safety Professional of the Year was given to Matt Carter, Director of Health and Safety, also at Novolex. The Leaders of Safety Award (site-based) was presented to two companies: ACS Group, New Berlin, WI (Equipment) and Printpack, Bloomington, IN (Processor). And, Novolex won the Safety Company of the Year award.

“The winners of our new awards have all demonstrated exemplary commitments to the welfare of their colleagues by driving proactive and preventive safety initiatives at the forefront of their business,” said Marie Gargas, senior technical director of regulatory affairs at Plastics.

Award winner Ivan Marquez noted: “Safety is extremely important to me because it allows me to drive change and promote the wellness of both employees and my company, while ensuring that we are all working to achieve the same goal – zero injuries.”

The Plastics Industry Association, formerly known as SPI (Society of the Plastics Industry), supports the entire plastics supply chain, representing nearly one million workers in the 432-billion-dollar U.S. industry.

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