Safety is a huge focus of plastics manufacturers, and the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS; Washington, DC) emphasized its importance for the nearly one million workers in the $451-billion U.S. plastics industry with its new Safety Company of the Year award. The first company to be recognized by PLASTICS is Novolex (Hartsville, SC), a developer and manufacturer of diverse packaging and foodservice products.
PLASTICS also singled out Ivan Marquez, Regional EHS Manager for Novolex, with its first-ever Rising Safety Professional award. Additionally, PLASTICS honored 15 Novolex facilities with awards for their exceptional, successful efforts to keep workers safe. Novolex operates 61 manufacturing plants in North America and Europe, including two world-class plastic film recycling facilities. Novolex’s products touch nearly every aspect of daily life ranging from food packaging to medical applications and building supplies.
“Maintaining a safe work environment has always been our foremost priority at Novolex,” said Stan Bikulege, CEO and Chairman. “Our 10,000 employees are committed to keeping each other safe every day on the job. Continuous improvement and commitment to safety are key to us all at Novolex. These awards are a testament to our strong culture of workplace safety.”
Novolex received the award for its outstanding safety record and its culture that revolves around a safe work environment. To earn the award, a company must establish a safety program that serves as an example of how an organization’s culture is committed to continuous improvement of safety.
Marie Gargas, Senior Technical Director, Regulatory Affairs, for PLASTICS, commented: “The winners of our new awards have all demonstrated exemplary commitment to the welfare of their colleagues by driving proactive and preventive safety initiatives at the forefront of their business. Continuous improvement is top of mind for safety professionals, and it’s a pleasure to recognize the individuals, sites and companies that do a great job of being leaders in this space. Congratulations to the winners.”