2014 Environmental, Health and Safety Excellence Award Winners
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“Renessenz receives Facility Excellence Award”

Phil Ulichney, Director of Manufacturing for Plasmine Technology; Richard Corwin, Area Special for Renessenz Colonels Island Facility; Charlie Morris, President & COO of PCA;

 

Orlando, FL.  Renessenz – Colonels Island Facility in Brunswick, GA, was awarded the Environmental, Health and Safety Facility Excellence Award, on April 16, 2015 by the Pine Chemicals Association.  The award was accepted by Richard Corwin, Area Specialist of Renessenz, during the Pine Chemicals Association Spring Meeting that was held at the Villas of Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida. 

 

The Environmental, Health and Safety Facility Excellence award is given to recognize and honor a member company facility that has identified and evaluated environmental, health and safety 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. 

 

Renessenz’s selection was based on a number of factors, including the implementation of their Hazard recognition program which was launched in 2014 that concentrated on the individual to review his/her risks when preparing to perform a task. This program included daily discussions surrounding the sharing of near misses with the shift team and how a near miss could have easily turned into an incident. In addition, they added more proactive tracking and reporting to the current H&S program while increasing the participation of existing leading indicators. In response to these changes, the facility saw a 200% increase in near miss observations ad completed the 2014 calendar year with no OSHA recordable injuries.

 

A safety library was established to provide topics that could be shared to help initiate discussion. “This includes the request that everyone was assigned a day to share a particular near miss moment (on the job or off the job observation.),” stated Bert Long.

 

The Pine Chemicals Association congratulates Pinora Holdings – Colonels Island Brunswick, GA, Plant Management and the Colonel’s Island Facility employees for their commitment to Environmental, Health and Safety Facility Excellence in the workplace and community which they operate.  For more information, visit www.pinechemicals.org.


“Arizona Employee receives Employee Excellence Award”    
Phil Ulichney, PCA EHS Committee Chairman; Greg McLean of Arizona Chemicals accepts on behalf of Jose Quiroz (right); Charlie Morris, President & COO of PCA; Daniel Kelley; Jerry Smith, PCA EHS Committee Staff

 

Orlando, FL.  José Quiroz, Operator with Arizona Chemical Company, LLC, Oulu Plant in Finland, was awarded the 2014 Environmental, Health and Safety Employee Excellence on April 16, 2015 by Pine Chemicals Association. The award was accepted by Greg McLean, on Mr. Quiroz’s behalf, at the Spring Meeting that was held at the Villas of Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida. 

 

The Environmental, Health and Safety 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 environmental, health and safety initiatives that are a core value of the organization. 

 

Quiroz’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. “José has continuously volunteered his time to support various projects in the plant, he has updated over 10 operating instructions and has even preformed training in front of his peers during the plants training days,” remarked Eric Wilson, who nominated Quiroz for the award. 

 

Quiroz’s consistent and daily emphasis on safety have been the key to improvements at the Oulu facility, including creating the following instructions: Locking procedures (for preparing locking’s prior to maintenance / project works), Shutdown and start-up instructions for the AZC refinery and upgrade plants, Instructions on how to create diagrams in the electronic forms for locking’s / plans for emptying and shutdown of the plant, Training peers on the utilization of the locking plans and providing real-time coaching to his peers during our facility shutdown.  “In short – José is passionate and active about improving the work environment and isn’t afraid to share what he knows,” stated Wilson in his nomination. 

 

The Pine Chemicals Association congratulates José Quiroz and Arizona Chemical Company, LLC, Oulu Plant, in Finland for their commitment to Environmental, Health and Safety excellence in the workplace and community which they operate.  For more information, visit www.pinechemicals.org.

 

 


         “Arboris Employee receives Leadership Excellence Award”


 

Phil Ulichney, PCA EHS Committee Chairman; Kiel Hagberg, Plant Manager for Arboris-Savannah Plant; Charlie Morris, President & COO-PCA

Kiel Hagberg, Plant Manager of Arboris, LLC – Savannah Manufacturing Plant, was awarded the 2014 Environmental, Health and Safety Leadership Excellence Award on April 16, 2015, by the Pine Chemicals Association.  The award was presented to Kiel during the Pine Chemicals Association Spring Meeting that was held at the Villas of Grand Cypress, in Orlando, Florida. 

 

The Environmental, Health and Safety 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 environmental, health and safety excellence programs as a core value of the organization. 

 

Kiel’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. “Kiel implemented the Hazard Recognition Plus ™ system at the Savannah site requiring every operations team member be trained and maintain hazard recognition as a core competency,” remarked David Neely, who nominated Kiel for the award. 

 

Kiel’s consistent and daily emphasis on safety were key to improvements at the Savannah Manufacturing Plant, including creation of an environment where all departments work together and not at cross purposes.  “Kiel requires all plant leaders and their team members to be actively involved in the near-miss program to correct behavioral and system issues that can lead to someone getting hurt or equipment malfunction or failure,” stated Neely in his nomination. 

 

Kiel became plant manager in 2012 and has maintained world class safety results at this very complex and highly scientific facility which currently stands at 413,000 hours without a lost time accident. Those under Hagberg’s supervision understand that their well-being and safety within the facility will not be sacrificed for efficiency or cost control. “Kiel teaches and requires all plant employees to (stop the job) anytime someone voices concerns or they are not comfortable with the task at hand,” said Neely.

 

The Pine Chemicals Association congratulates Kiel Hagberg and Arboris, LLC for their commitment to environmental, health and safety excellence in the workplace and community which they operate.  For more information, visit www.pinechemicals.org.


Cellulose Irani SA, Unidade Resina RS receives Facility Excellence Award

 

Orlando, FL.  Cellulose Irani SA, Unidade Resina RS Facility in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, was awarded the 2014 Environmental, Health and Safety Facility Excellence Award. Pine Chemicals Association will be present their award at the International Conference in Kyoto, Japan on September 14th. 

The Environmental, Health and Safety 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. 

Cellulose Irani SA, Unidade Resina RS selection was based on a number of factors, including the fact that the company achieved three certification levels in the past two years. FSC Chain of Custody, FSC Forest Management and ISO 9001:2008.

The facility invested $50,000 to implement a program that would focus on the health of their team; they implemented a hood system that decreased the level of terebintine in the air by more than 75%. This innovative program is not usually found in Gum Rosin Mills, however, it has been instrumental in creating better breathing and vision conditions at the facility

The Pine Chemicals Association congratulates Cellulose Irani SA, Unidade Resina RS for their commitment to Environmental, Health and Safety Facility Excellence in the workplace and community which they operate.  For more information, visit www.pinechemicals.org