2013 Safety and Health Excellence Award Winners
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“Plasmine Technology receives Facility Excellence Award”

Jerry Smith, PCA EHS Committee Staff Member; Steve Violette, President of Plasmine Technology; Charlie Morris, President & COO of PCA; Phil Ulichney, Director of Manufacturing for Plasmine Technology

Plasmine Technology-Bay Minette, Alabama Plant, was awarded the Safety and Health Facility Excellence Award on May 1, 2014 by the Pine Chemicals Association.  The award was presented to Steve Violette, President of Plasmine Technology, during the Pine Chemicals Association Spring Meeting that was held at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl.

The Safety and Health Facility Excellence award is given to recognize and honor a member company facility that has identified and evaluated safety and health hazards in the workplace and demonstrated excellence through the implementation of hazard controls that significantly reduced risk, ensuring that employee safety and health is a core value of the organization. 

Plasmine’s selection was based on a number of factors, including the implementation of their PICS program (Plasmine’s Improvements of Conditions and Safety) in 2011. This innovative program catapulted their prior 5S Safety program, which focused on “a place for everything and everything in its place,” to the next level in efforts of continuous improvement upon the safety and visual appearance of the facility.  

As part of the PICS program, a digital camera was purchased for all employees to use to capture photographs of safety items needing improvement at the facility.  Alternatively, employees could use their cell phones to take photographs of items identified.  Computer files were then implemented for each employee to download the photographs and provide a description of the safety items that could be improved.  This information was transferred to a master file used for reporting, assignment of responsibility for completion and progress tracking, including post-completion photographs of the area(s) identified.  “A clean plant is a safe plant,” remarked Hugh Parker, Manager of Quality & Safety at the Bay Minette Plant.

This innovative program led to 100% involvement of employees to achieve a culture of safety within the facility and resulted in extraordinary improvements in the visual appearance and safety of the workplace.  Since 2011, 1,338 pictures have been submitted with an average yearly completion rate of 96% of the areas identified.


“Arboris Employee receives Employee Excellence Award”
Phil Ulichney, PCA EHS Committee Chairman; Charlie Morris, President & COO of PCA; Daniel Kelley; Jerry Smith, PCA EHS Committee Staff

Daniel Kelley, EHS Technician with the Savannah Plant of Arboris LLC (a Jacksonville based company), was awarded the Safety and Health Employee Excellence Award on May 1, 2014 by the Pine Chemicals Association.  The award was presented to Pearce during the Pine Chemicals Association Spring Meeting that was held at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl. 

The Safety and Health Employee Excellence award is given to recognize and honor an employee of a member company that has demonstrated excellence in their strong commitment to ensure safety and health initiatives are a core value of the organization. 

Kelley’s selection was based on a number of factors, including his constant, continuous effort to make team members more effective by seeking ways to systemize and improve procedures for greater proficiency.  He understands the importance of team member involvement to gain better buy-in to achieve this culture of safety within the facility.

Kelley is unwavering is his dedication and enthusiasm, as he understands well that protecting employees and their families is paramount with his responsibilities.  Kelley shares his knowledge and experience openly with all team members, identifies younger employees and provides special coaching to ensure they grow in their expertise of the facility operations.  “Kelley is an influencer.  He doesn’t just give and answer, he is highly effective with discussing and encouraging his team members to talk their way through challenges toward viable solutions and consensus resolution,” remarked Kiel Hagberg, who nominated Kelley for the award.

Kelley undertook the task of writing and completing a facility labeling procedure which included nine story process tower.  He created inspections and checklists at the facility to ensure that no area of the site is left without continuous monitoring, creating online regulatory matrixes where every employee can see if all required tasks are current.


         “MeadWestvaco Employee receives Leadership Excellence Award”



 

Phil Ulichney, PCA EHS Committee Chairman; Mark Childers; Charlie Morris, President & COO of PCA; Jerry Smith, PCA EHS Committee Staff 

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. 

The Safety 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 organization. 

Childers’ 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. 

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 job.

Under 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%


             “Resinall Employee receives Leadership Excellence Award”


 

Phil Ulichney, PCA EHS Committee Chairman; Paul Pearce; Charlie Morris, President & COO of PCA; Jerry Smith, PCA EHS Committee Staff

Paul Pearce, Plant Manager of Resinall Corporation- Severn Plant, was awarded the Safety and Health Leadership Excellence Award on May 1, 2014 by the Pine Chemicals Association.  The award was presented to Pearce during the Pine Chemicals Association Spring Meeting that was held at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl. 

The Safety 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 organization. 

Pearce’s selection was based on a number of factors, including his safety efforts which drove a culture of change within the organization beginning at the grassroots level.    “Paul’s steady and consistent management and his sincere concern for the employees who work for Resinall have made this change in culture sustainable,” remarked Jerry Johnson, who nominated Pearce for the award. 

Pearce’s consistent and daily emphasis on safety have been the key to improvements at the Severn facility, including creation of an environment where all departments work together and not at cross purposes.  “Pearce is routinely present on the floor of the plant and his employees know that he would not ask them to do anything that he was not willing to do himself,” stated Johnson in his nomination. 

Pearce’s employees understand that their well-being and safety within the facility will not be sacrificed for efficiency or cost control.  Further, the facility as a whole shares in rewards for good safety performance.  Under Pearce’s leadership, safety performance has improved from 12 OSHA recordable incidents, 7 lost time accidents and 35 first aid cases in 2000 to multiple years with ZERO incidents in all categories since 2007.