US-based industrial gases company Air Products was
recognized Thursday for its improvement in occupational safety,
receiving the Leonard Parker Pool Award from the US Compressed
Gas Association (CGA).
Presented annually to a participating CGA member company
that has recorded the greatest improvement in safety
performance during the previous two years, the award is based
upon the total recordable incidence rates, as defined by the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The award is named in memory of the late Air Products
founder and chairman, Leonard Parker Pool, who was recognized
industry modernizer and an advocate for continuous improvement
in operational safety.
The award was presented at the CGA's annual meeting in St.
"The legacy of our founder Leonard Pool has gifted us a very
strong safety culture, said Joe Pietrantonio, vice
president of environment, health, safety and quality and chief
engineer at Air Products.
We are extremely proud of that but we remain mindful
not to take it for granted, he continued. Safety,
like every other aspect of business, has to be actively managed
and continuously improved upon.
"The award is worthy recognition for all of our employees
and for many of our customers who place the same high priority
on safety performance."
The CGA's reporting and awards program promotes safety
awareness as part of the association's charter to facilitate
and encourage safety and self regulation, the group said.
We at the CGA are proud of the tradition of safety
excellence among our member companies, said Mike Tiller,
CGA president. We congratulate Air Products on winning
the prestigious Leonard Parker Pool award for 2011.
Air Products also received two environmental excellence
awards from the CGA, one for its reduction of ammonium
bifluoride (ABF) waste at its electronic specialty materials
facility in Hometown, Pennsylvania, and the other for its solar
farm situated at its corporate headquarters, the company
The Compressed Gas Association, founded in 1913, is
dedicated to the development and promotion of safety standards
and safe practices in the industrial and medical gas