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Awards presented at annual Responsible Care® Conference & Expo

MIAMI (April 24, 2017) – Today, at the 2017 Responsible Care Conference & Expo, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) recognizes chemical industry leaders for exceptional performance in chemical management, including environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) initiatives.

Along with honoring exemplary company performance, the Responsible Care Conference & Expo provides a forum for EHS&S leaders at ACC member and Partner companies to network with their peers and learn about new developments, processes and standards to enhance their company’s commitment to Responsible Care and promote safe chemicals management throughout the value chain.

“Responsible Care is our industry’s commitment to develop products that benefit society, in facilities that operate in a safe, secure, environmentally sound manner,” said Michael Graff, chair of ACC’s Board Committee on Responsible Care and Chairman and CEO of American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc., based in Houston. “The companies and individuals honored today are leaders in driving continuous improvement in the safety and sustainability of our industry’s products and operations through Responsible Care.”

The following industry awards were announced this morning at the 2017 Responsible Care Conference & Expo:

The Responsible Care Employee of the Year Award recognizes one member company employee and one Partner company employee for exceptional leadership in Responsible Care.

  • The member company Employee of the Year is David Zimmer, technology center director for Dow’s Performance Monomers business. Mr. Zimmer started an industry sharing network to exchange information on EHS&S best practices, which has led to a consortium and annual conference to address process safety needs and practices for acrolein and methyl mercaptan.
  • This year’s Partner company Employee of the Year is Brian Burns, Responsible Care manager at WTS, Inc. Mr. Burns has embraced the culture of Responsible Care and has led WTS to win a variety of Responsible Care awards. He has worked to bolster WTS’s Responsible Care Management System (RCMS®) to enhance efficiencies across all sectors of the organization and facilitate solutions that enhance reuse, recycling and corporate social responsibility initiatives.

The Responsible Care Partner Award recognizes the superb performance and safety record of companies involved in the distribution, transportation, storage, use, treatment, disposal and/or sales and marketing of chemicals. This year’s Responsible Care Partner Award winners are: BDP International in Philadelphia; GATX Corporation, based in Chicago; and Union Tank Car Company, also located in Chicago.

The Responsible Care Product Safety Award recognizes member companies who have excelled at driving continuous improvement in chemical product safety. This year’s Product Safety Award winners are Covestro LLC, in recognition of the company’s supply chain optimization for spray polyurethane foam insulation products; and El Dorado Nitrogen, LLC, for the company’s initiative to eliminate open dome unloading of their product at the customer site and provide handling alternatives to increase customer safety.

The Responsible Care Facility Safety Award is presented to member companies with significant achievements in employee health and safety performance. The following 42 companies received ACC’s 2017 Facility Safety Certificates:

  • Afton Chemical Corporation
  • AkzoNobel N.V.
  • Albemarle Corporation
  • Ascend Performance Materials, LLC
  • Ashland LLC
  • ASHTA Chemicals Inc.
  • BASF Corporation
  • Braskem America, Inc.
  • Cabot Corporation
  • Carus Corporation
  • Celanese
  • Chemtura
  • Chevron Oronite Company, LLC
  • Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, LP
  • Clariant Corporation
  • Covestro, LLC
  • Dow
  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • EMD Performance Materials Corporation
  • Ethyl Corporation
  • Evonik Corporation
  • Evonik Oil Additives USA, Inc.
  • FMC Corporation
  • Hexion, Inc.
  • Honeywell
  • ICL North America
  • Ingevity Corporation
  • Linde North America
  • LyondellBasell
  • Marathon Petroleum Corporation
  • Occidental Chemical Corporation
  • Olin Corporation
  • PQ Corporation
  • Pure Salt
  • RT Vanderbilt Holding Company, Inc.
  • Shell Chemical, LP
  • SNF Holding Company
  • Stepan Company
  • Texas Brine Company, LLC
  • The Lubrizol Corporation
  • Trinseo, LLC
  • W.R. Grace & Co. 

ACC also presented its Waste Minimization, Reuse and Recycling Award this year to four companies with substantial achievements in these areas:

  • Albemarle Corporation: Recycling and Waste Minimization categories
  • Ashland, Inc.: Beneficial Reuse and Waste Minimization categories
  • EMD Performance Materials Corporation: Waste Minimization category
  • Hexion, Inc.: Waste Minimization category

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