Honors and Awards
OxyChem has been recognized for its commitment to safety and the environment in several areas.
American Chemistry Council
OxyChem is a five-time winner of the American Chemistry Council's top safety performance award, including the "Responsible Care® Company of the Year" award in 2016, in recognition of outstanding achievements the previous year in environmental, health, safety and security performance.
In 2018, OxyChem plants were honored with multiple Responsible Care® awards for their 2017 performances across four categories: Energy Efficiency; Waste Minimization, Reuse and Recycling; Product Stewardship; and Safety Performance.
The plants recognized for energy efficiency were: Battleground, Texas; Geismar, Louisiana; Ingleside, Texas; LaPorte, Texas; Luling, Louisiana; and Ludington, Michigan.
The Geismar plant also received a Product Stewardship award and the Niagara Falls, New York, plant received ACC's Waste Minimization, Reuse and Recycling award.
Fifteen OxyChem manufacturing locations, two technology centers and our Private Carriage Fleet received Facility Safety awards for significant achievements in employee health and safety performance. The plants are located in Augusta, Georgia; Chicago; Cincinnati; Dallas; Ingleside; La Porte; Ludington; Muscle Shoals, Alabama; Mobile, Alabama; New Johnsonville, Tennessee; Niagara Falls, New York; Pedricktown, New Jersey; and Taft, Louisiana. The Deer Park, Texas, PVC and VCM manufacturing locations were also recognized, along with technology centers at Avon Lake, Ohio, and Wichita, Kansas. The Private Carriage Fleet is located in Wichita, Geismar and Decatur, Alabama.
OSHA Voluntary Protection Program
Seventeen OxyChem facilities, including the headquarters in Dallas, have achieved Star Status, identifying them as among the safest work sites in the U.S. under the Occupational Safety & Health Administration's (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program.
The Vinyl Institute recognized eight OxyChem and OxyVinyls plants for excellence in worker safety and environmental protection. The awards are based on facility performance against guidelines and standards established by federal agencies, such as OSHA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The Safety Excellence Award recognizes plants with five or more consecutive years with no OSHA-recordable incidents. Recipients of the 2018 award for the previous year's performance include:
Geismar, Louisiana, ethylene dichloride (EDC), for six consecutive years
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), for nine consecutive years
The Safety Performance Award recognizes efforts to improve worker safety, and is awarded to plants with no OSHA-recordable incidents for the reporting year. OxyChem recipients recognized in 2018 for the previous year's achievements in the PVC and EDC/vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) categories are:
Deer Park, Texas, EDC/VCM
Deer Park, Texas, PVC
La Porte, EDC/VCM
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, PVC
Pasadena, Texas, PVC
Pedricktown, New Jersey, PVC
The Environmental Excellence Award is given to facilities with an outstanding record of environmental performance for five or more years, based on EPA National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollution (NESHAP) and other environmental permit requirements. OxyChem recipients of the award include:
Convent, Louisiana, EDC, for five consecutive years
Geismar, EDC, for six consecutive years
In 2018, the Chlorine Institute recognized four OxyChem plants for safety and environmental performance the previous year, according to guidelines and standards established by federal agencies, such as OSHA and the EPA.
OxyChem's plants in Ingleside, Texas, and New Johnsonville, Tennessee, were honored with Personnel Injury Performance awards for zero recordable OSHA injuries in 2017.
Process Safety Performance Recognition awards were given to OxyChem plants in Wichita, Kansas; Convent, Louisiana; Ingleside; and New Johnsonville for their 2017 achievements. The award recognizes plants with zero process-related reportable quantity releases and/or EPA Risk Management Program incidents.
In 2015, OxyChem's Ingleside plant received the Chlorine Institute Chairman's Safety Excellence Award for the previous year's performance. To receive the Chairman's Award, a facility must sustain zero OSHA-recordable injuries, zero EPA Risk Management Program (RMP) incidents and zero EPA-reportable quantity releases (RQ) for chlor-alkali chemicals over institute-specified milestone goals based on work hours.
Rail Transportation Safety
In 2018, Canadian Pacific, BNSF and Kansas City Southern Railways each recognized OxyChem for rail transportation safety the previous year.
Canadian Pacific: OxyChem earned three rail safety excellence awards. The awards recognize companies that ship more than 500 tank cars of federally regulated hazardous material on the Canadian Pacific rail network from a specific origin without an incident resulting in a release. In 2017, OxyChem safely shipped more than 2,000 loaded tank cars originating from OxyChem plants in Niagara Falls, New York; Wichita, Kansas; and Taft, Louisiana.
BNSF Railway: OxyChem was awarded the Product Stewardship Award, which recognizes companies that ship more than 400 tank cars of federally regulated hazardous material on the BNSF railroad network without a single incident resulting in a non-accidental release during the year. In 2017, OxyChem safely shipped more than 5,900 loaded tank cars on the BNSF railroad network without an incident.
Kansas City Southern Railway: OxyChem received the Hazardous Material Shipper Safety Award, which recognizes chemical manufacturers and facilities that ship more than 500 carloads of federally regulated hazardous material without an incident resulting in a release. OxyChem shipped approximately 1,200 carloads over the railroad's network in 2017 without an incident.
In 2017, the Kansas Motor Carriers Association recognized OxyChem's Private Carriage Fleet for outstanding highway safety performance the previous year. Private Carriage travels more than 3 million miles annually across the United States delivering products to our customers. This mileage includes over 1 million miles traveled in the state of Kansas.
Employees at OxyChem's Geismar, Louisiana, and Wichita, Kansas, plants have received international recognition for their contribution to wildlife habitat conservation by achieving the Wildlife Habitat Council's Wildlife at WorkSM certification.
OxyChem and its affiliate Glenn Springs Holdings, Inc., received the Wildlife Habitat Council's 2014 Prairies for Tomorrow award for conservation and prairie restoration efforts at the Prairie Wetlands Conservation Area adjacent to the Wichita plant. The project is successfully restoring the land to its natural state of valuable upland wildlife habitat while also providing learning opportunities for the community's children and adults.
OxyChem was awarded the 2018 Chairman's Award by the Chemistry Council of New Jersey, a state-based trade association. The award recognizes companies that demonstrate excellence and a commitment to community, employee, shareholder and customer expectations in the areas of safety, health and environmental performance.
In 2018, the Texas Chemical Council awarded a "Caring for Texas" award to the following Texas facilities: OxyVinyls, Battleground; OxyVinyls, Deer Park, PVC; OxyVinyls, Deer Park, VCM; OxyVinyls, La Porte, VCM; OxyVinyls, Pasadena, PVC; and the OxyChem Ingleside plant. This program recognizes companies for their performance in community awareness, emergency response, security and pollution prevention.
In 2018, OxyChem's Geismar, Louisiana, plant was a finalist for the Louisiana Chemical Association S.A.F.E. (Serious About Fostering Excellence) program's "Most Improved Performance" award. The Geismar plant won the award the year before.
In 2018, OxyChem's Dallas Silicates plant received the City of Dallas Water Utilities Department Blue Thumb Award, which recognizes local industrial plants that have excellent compliance history. This is the 25th consecutive year that the plant has been honored with the award.