WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) is pleased to announce that 17 member facilities are now exceeding key ChemStewards® benchmarks, qualifying them for the program's highest ranking – the Excellence Tier.
"Continuously improving environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) practices takes a staff committed to strengthening their performance and overall operational excellence, and for these 17 member facilities their hard work and dedication is paying off," said Dr. J. Holland Jordan, Managing Director, ChemStewards. "These companies are going that extra mile to enhance their EHS&S processes and create a safety culture within their facilities. We commend them for their efforts and encourage all of our member companies to use these facilities as examples to improve their own EHS&S efforts."
ChemStewards is an adaptable EHS&S program that promotes continuous performance improvement in specialty chemical manufacturing. The program is based on a three-tier system with key performance requirements per tier with increasing levels of difficulty: Tier One - Fundamentals, Tier Two - Enhanced Performance and Tier Three - Excellence.
To qualify for the Excellence Tier, or Tier Three, facilities must sign core principles, complete security requirements, meet specific metrics obligations and requirements, have at least one documented management review meeting and complete a third-party verification of management systems at the Enhanced Performance (Tier Two) level.
To maintain their ranking, facilities must sustain EHS&S performance metrics at or above the Excellence criteria.
SOCMA member facilities included in the Excellence Tier are:
KMCO LLC - KMTEX Plant
KMCO LLC - Crosby Plant
Lonza - Rochester Facility
Lonza - Lake Charles Facility
Noramco Inc. - Athens Plant
Optima Chemical Group LLC
South Coast Terminals LP - Port Terminal Facility
South Coast Terminals LP - Strang Road Plant
South Coast Terminals LP - Wallisville Road Plant
Baker Hughes - Sand Springs Plant
Baker Hughes - Barnsdall Plant
Baker Hughes - Channel Blend Plant
Baker Hughes - Kilgore Plant
Baker Hughes - Rayne Plant
Baker Hughes - Taft Acrolein Plant
Baker Hughes - Bakersfield Blend Plant
Johann Haltermann Ltd. - Houston Plant
Since 1921, SOCMA has represented a diverse membership of small, medium and large chemical companies located around the world. www.socma.com
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