State Director of Global Business Development, Nelson Lindsay, to Attend Flag Raising Ceremony
SCHENECTADY, NY – September 23, 2016 – SI Group, a leading global developer and manufacturer of chemical intermediates, specialty resins, and solutions announced today that the company’s Orangeburg, South Carolina location has received South Carolina Palmetto Star VPP certification. The program recognizes exemplary worksites with comprehensive, successful safety and health management systems. SI Group’s Orangeburg, South Carolina site has achieved injury and illness rates at or below the national average within the manufacturing industry. With this designation, the site becomes the largest certified chemical facility in the State of South Carolina, and will be one of only about 2,200 sites recognized nationally. In recognition of this achievement, the site hosted a flag raising ceremony.
“This certification reflects a collective effort and deep commitment to protecting our employees, communities, and the environment in which we all live,” said Jeff Prickett, Senior Director, Southeast Operations for SI Group. “We’re honored to partner with local agencies and other stakeholders in our continued efforts toward environmental health and safety.”
“We are proud of the hard work and commitment we’ve seen from SI Group and its employees as they worked together to become a VPP Star site in South Carolina,” said Emily H. Farr, Interim Director, South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. “SI Group has proven to be a leader in workplace safety, as only a very small number of employers achieve the Star site designation. They know that safety must be top priority in the workplace.”
SI Group’s sites in Tennessee and Texas are also VPP Star certified. In May, the company received the Responsible Care® Facility Safety Award from the American Chemistry Council (ACC). The Responsible Care® Facility Safety Award is presented to companies with exemplary performance in employee health and safety. 2016 marks the company’s 25th year as a Responsible Care® company. In April, SI Group received a silver award for corporate social responsibility from EcoVadis, an international organization that provides sustainability ratings for global supply chains. SI Group was ranked among the top 13 percent of more than 25,000 worldwide companies assessed by EcoVadis.
What is VPP?
The Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) recognize employers and workers in the private industry and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries. In VPP, management, labor, and OSHA work cooperatively and proactively to prevent fatalities, injuries, and illnesses through a system focused on: hazard prevention and control; worksite analysis; training; and management commitment and worker involvement. To participate, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo a rigorous onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. Union support is required for applicants represented by a bargaining unit. VPP participants are re-evaluated every three to five years to remain in the programs.
About SI Group
SI Group is a leading global developer and manufacturer of chemical intermediates, specialty resins, and solutions that are critical to the quality and performance of countless industrial and consumer goods. Founded in 1906 and headquartered in Schenectady, New York, SI Group is a family-owned company with over 2,700 employees worldwide. SI Group operates 20 manufacturing facilities on five continents with $1.6 billion in annual sales. In 2016, SI Group received a silver award for corporate social responsibility by EcoVadis, and is ranked among the top 13 percent of more than 25,000 worldwide companies. SI Group is The Substance Inside. For more information, visit www.siigroup.com.
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