MOSCOW (MRC) -- LyondellBasell sites have been honored for safety by American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers Association, as per Hydrocarbonprocessing.
Companies in the refining and petrochemical industries continue to improve on workplace safety as evidenced by the number of honors handed out at the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers Association (AFPM) Annual Safety Awards event. The trade association’s mission is to create safer and healthier environments for tens of thousands of workers across the country.
Among the businesses leading the way is LyondellBasell. Three LyondellBasell plants earned the Distinguished Safety Award (DSA), AFPM’s top safety award. The sites are located in Chocolate Bayou, Texas, Clinton, Iowa and Channelview, Texas.
"Only seven facilities in the country won the DSA this year. Receiving this level of recognition at three LyondellBasell plants which represent a small, medium and large site, shows that no matter the size of the facility or staff, we can deliver excellence every day," said Dale Friedrichs, LyondellBasell Health Safety and Environment Vice President. "Our ultimate goal at LyondellBasell is that everyone who comes through our gates, goes home safely to their families."
LyondellBasell leaders wanted to build on the momentum of 2018 where the staff achieved its lowest Total Recordable Incident Rate in company history. For some of the locations, it was a repeat performance.
"Chocolate Bayou is dedicated to continually improving our programs and it’s because the stellar staff here that this site has made the list again,” said Yarelis Hernandez, LyondellBasell Chocolate Bayou site manager. ЭWe take pride in our work and look out for each other and it shows in our company culture."
Site managers like Hernandez have found continually focusing on safety as the best way to battle complacency. Strong programs and support from the top make the difference.
"It’s only when you instill a comprehensive approach like LyondellBasell’s that you get this type of outcome," said Lara Swett, senior director, AFPM Safety Programs. "What this translates to is thousands of people who know they work in an environment where safety is a top priority and that dedication extends to the community and neighbors as well."
As MRC wrote previously, in August 2016, LyondellBasell made the final investment decision to build a high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant on the US Gulf Coast. The plant will have an annual capacity of 1.1 billion pounds (500,000 metric tons) and will be the first commercial plant to employ LyondellBasell's new proprietary Hyperzone PE technology. The start-up of the new plant is scheduled for 2019.
LyondellBasell is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its 13,000 employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, and improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road. LyondellBasell sells products into approximately 100 countries and is the world's largest licensor of polyolefin technologies.