Linde's Arizona electronics gases plant receives Responsible Care® certification

Feb 09, 2016, 12:00 ET from Linde North America, Inc.

MURRAY HILL, N.J. and NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J., Feb. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Linde LLC has received certification of its Phoenix, Arizona, electronics gases plant under the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care® program.

Plant Manager Kevin Phillips said, "Becoming Responsible Care Management System certified is a significant achievement for the Phoenix site because it demonstrates our entire staff's commitment to the industry's best practices. We're focused on process safety, community outreach and especially employee involvement, which were clearly demonstrated during the ACC audit. As a team, we're very proud of this achievement."

The Phoenix plant has been in operation for more than 35 years, producing a variety of electronic materials for high-tech companies and semiconductor manufacturers and serves Linde's customers around the world.

Holly Jerdi, head of Health, Safety and Environment for Linde North America, said, "I congratulate all the employees at the Phoenix plant for this accomplishment. Their expertise, hard work and diligence fall right in line with our goals as a high performance organization and our vision to be the leading gases and engineering company."

Linde LLC and Linde North America are members of The Linde Group, a world-leading gases and engineering company. The ACC is an association of producers, manufacturers and suppliers of chemical products. Linde has been a member of the ACC since 1951.

Responsible Care is a globally recognized management system aimed at helping companies improve performance in areas such as safety, health, environment and security. Certification is mandatory for all ACC member companies, which must undergo headquarter and facility audits by an independent, accredited auditor to verify that they have a structure and system in place that manages and measures performance. Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) is Linde's independent auditor. Since 2008, 25 Linde plants in North America have been certified under the program.

The Responsible Care management system offers an integrated, structured approach for driving continual improvement in seven key areas: community awareness and emergency response; security; distribution; employee health and safety; pollution prevention; process safety; and product stewardship.

Implementing the Responsible Care system is a multi-step process. Companies must first plan – identify, assess and evaluate potential hazards and risks associated with their products, processes and operations – and establish goals and objectives to address any significant hazards or risks. Next, they must do what they have planned, checking their progress along the way to measure performance and take necessary corrective actions. Communicating with employees and other stakeholders, including neighbors and customers, along the way also is essential.

In the 2014 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of USD 17.9 bn (EUR 17.047 bn), making it the largest gases and engineering company in the world with approximately 65,500 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.

For more information, see The Linde Group online at www.linde.com

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SOURCE Linde North America, Inc.



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