Company continues to promote strong safety culture globally
Pittsburgh, September 10, 2018 — Just days after celebrating the company’s annual Safety Day, a global safety awareness initiative, employees at the Covestro production facility in Newark, Ohio, marked a safety milestone of their own — five consecutive years without a recordable injury.
“This is a proud moment for our site, because it speaks to the proactive safety culture we’ve built and continue to foster here,” said Rich Rogers, vice president, Newark compounding facility, Covestro LLC. “At the end of the day, an injury-free work environment requires commitment from each and every single employee. I’m fortunate to work with a team that puts safety first and never stops striving for zero [injuries].”
In fact, “drive toward zero” is the company’s global safety mantra, reminding Covestro employees everywhere that even one incident is one too many.
“We’ve proven that zero doesn’t have to be an ambitious target; it’s possible,” said Rogers.
What makes it possible for Covestro employees at Newark is a proactive safety culture driven from the top down and bottom up. E.A.S.E. — which stands for Employee Assisted Safety Environment — helps bridge the gap.
The E.A.S.E. team was established in 2010 to assist Newark plant management in implementing programs and policies that enhance safety while increasing awareness. From posters, quizzes and safety suggestion boxes to safety audits and reviews, the E.A.S.E. team leverages a variety of tools and methods to promote a safer work environment. But it’s up to employees themselves to translate awareness into action. That’s why Covestro employees at the Newark facility are required to participate in at least one proactive safety activity every month.
“We want our employees engaging in productive ways of practicing safety,” said Rogers. “It’s a journey in continuous improvement.”
And through initiatives, like Safety Day, it’s clear that Covestro employees around the world are united in a common goal.
“We can all learn from each other,” said Demetri Zervoudis, safety officer for Covestro in North America. “The safety programs cultivated at Newark can be easily adopted by other Covestro sites — and vice versa. That’s what Safety Day is all about — sharing best practices to keep our employees healthy and safe all year round. But today, we draw inspiration from our colleagues in Newark, as they celebrate this significant milestone.”
The Covestro site in Newark serves as the company’s premier polycarbonate compounding facility in North America, as well as one of six Color Competence and Design Centers globally. The products manufactured there are used in a wide range of industries, including automotive, medical, electronics and appliances.
About Covestro LLC:
Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business, which is among the world’s largest polymer companies with 2017 sales of EUR 14.1 billion. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, electrical and electronics and medical industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 16,200 people at the end of 2017.
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