DuPont presents Safety Award to Borealis
Borealis has won the 2009 DuPont Safety Award in the category “Sustainable Business Impact”. The Austrian provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions received the award for the successful implementation of the group-wide safety standards during integration of former Agrolinz Melamine International. DuPont presented the 2009 Safety Awards today as part of the international A+A trade fair for safety, security and health at work held in Düsseldorf.
“With the DuPont Safety Awards we reward groundbreaking projects and initiatives both in the world of work and in the society”, states Koen van Neyghen, President DuPont Safety Resources, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). “After taking over Agrolinz Melamine International, Borealis defined the implementation of its own safety philosophy as a core aspect of the integration process and has been able to achieve excellent results in less than two years. The concept therefore does not solely concentrate on increasing process safety, but above all on anchoring safety awareness in the consciousness of all employees”, van Neyghen comments as a reason for the decision.
Sustainable improvements by anchoring the safety philosophy
Following its takeover of Agrolinz Melamine International, Borealis applied an internal programme called “Step Change in Safety” in 2007 in order that improvements in safety performance be taken into consideration in the integration process. The significant measures in this programme included intensive training courses and increased commitment on the part of executives, the setting up of a new organisational structure as well as the introduction of new key figures, measuring instruments and systems. As a result the company was able to achieve almost the same safety performance as the entire Borealis Group by the end of 2008. In addition, the Executive Board initiated a second project called the “Way Forward Programme” which was intended to anchor the safety philosophy in the consciousness of employees, thereby sustainably improving the safety level.
“We are very proud to receive this DuPont safety award”, says Ismo Pentti, Borealis Vice President Safety, Health and Environment. “It recognises that Borealis has successfully managed to transfer the principle ‘safety is our first priority’ to our new family member. I gladly accept this honour on behalf of all employees and contractors at Borealis, especially our colleagues in Linz and Piesteritz, who have achieved a true step-change in safety in a very short period of time and with great personal effort and involvement. We will carry on working according to the highest health, safety and environmental standards to further strengthen our position as industry leader.”
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