MeadWestvaco Employee receives Leadership Excellence Award
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Employee receives Leadership Excellence Award”
Vedra Beach, FL.
Mark Childers, Plant Manager of MeadWestvaco Specialty Chemicals- Charleston
Plant, was awarded the Safety and Health Leadership Excellence Award on May 1,
2014 by the Pine Chemicals Association. The award was presented to
Childers during the Pine Chemicals Association Spring Meeting that was held at
the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl.
and Health Leadership Excellence award is given to recognize and honor an
individual in a top leadership position of a member company that has
demonstrated excellence in their organizational leadership skills and strong
commitment to manage safety and health programs as a core value of the
selection was based on a number of factors, including his implementation of the
goal to have zero workplace injuries, which drove a culture of change within
the organization. “The absence of injuries does not
necessarily indicate the presence of safety,” remarked Childers.
focused on building a positive safety culture to ensure all employees exhibit
the presence of safety in all that they do and has one-on-one contact with each
employee to ensure that they hear directly from him that MWV will “not put
production over safety.” Feedback is provided to employees weekly on “positive
safety contacts” to reinforce positive safety behavior and ensure that all
employees understand that safety is the most important safety aspect of their
Childers’ leadership, the safety performance of the MWV Charleston Plant has
improved from a TCIR high of 4.49 in 2010 to 0.85 in 2013, including the
achievement of over one year without an OSHA reportable injury in Fall
2013. Additionally, over the past 3 years the completion of safety action
items and safety incident investigations has increased 21%.
Chemicals Association congratulates Mark Childers and MeadWestvaco for their
commitment to safety and health excellence in the workplace and community which
they operate. More information on this and other awards can be found by
Phil Ulichney, PCA EHS Committee Chairman; Mark Childers; Charlie Morris,
President & COO of PCA; Jerry Smith, PCA EHS Committee Staff Member