Linden Chemical Plant Receives Safety Certification

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LINDEN—The Infineum Bayway Chemical Plant located in Linden was recently re-certified as an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) STAR site for its safety and health programs.  Infineum’s Linden Plant is one of only 56 sites in New Jersey to currently hold this prestigious certification.

The OSHA VPP STAR program recognizes companies that have been exemplary in reducing workplace hazards through management and employee cooperation.

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In March of 2008, a team of auditors reviewed safety plans and programs and conducted employee interviews to verify their participation and knowledge of the safety and health systems in a week’s time.

OSHA VPP STAR Award recipients are characterized by a quality-based approach to excellence, a management commitment to the safety and health of employee and customers, an employee’s knowledge of safety and health programs and their responsibilities, a three-year injury rate that is 63 percent below industry average, and “above average” housekeeping.

“We are proud to be recognized by OSHA as a company that puts safety in the forefront,” said Plant Manager John Englishman. “It is a status that all of our employees have worked very diligently to maintain since 1999 when we were first certified as a VPP STAR site,” Englishman added.

Infineum celebrated its achievement with employees, OSHA representatives, public officials, and other area industry representatives at Linden plant on June 12.  Congratulatory letters, proclamations, and resolutions were received from Gov. Jon Corzine, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the City of Linden.

From left, Len Katz, assistant commissioner of the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development; Garrett Doherty, Bayway Chemical Plant Teamsters Union president; Patricia Jones, OSHA director of the Avenel area office; Connie Conselyea, Bayway Employee Salary Union representative; Mike Yarnell, OSHA compliance assistance specialist of the Avenel area office; Angel Estrada, board member of the Union County Freeholders; Richard Gerbounka, Linden mayor; John Englishman, Bayway Chemical Plant manager, and Calum Alexander, Bayway Chemical Plant safety leader. (Photo courtesy of Infineum USA)


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