The ExxonMobil chemical plant in Baytown,
Texas, was awarded the Distinguished Safety
Award from the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)
trade group, the company announced on Thursday.
The annual award
recognizes superior safety performance in the US refining and petrochemical manufacturing
"Operational excellence is the foundation of ExxonMobil's
success," said Joe Blommaert, plant manager at ExxonMobil
Chemical. "The achievement by our employees demonstrates their
commitment to excellence in pursuing our vision that nobody
Some 1,350 employees and contractors at the ExxonMobil plant
received AFPM's highest honor for safety performance during
more than 5 million work hours in 2011 and 2012 with no
"Baytown has an exceptional safety culture that is built on
a foundation of extensive employee involvement and commitment,"
Blommaert added. "Our employees and contractors help drive our
safety efforts through their active involvement in our
personnel and process safety activities. Our safety culture has
helped us consistently deliver industry-leading safety
ExxonMobil Chemical, one of the largest chemical companies
in the world, said it achieved best ever global workforce
safety performance in 2012.
"Our industry has no greater priority than ensuring the safety
and security of their employees, facilities and the communities
surrounding their operations," said AFPM president Charles T.
The ExxonMobil Baytown site, which includes an
adjacent refinery and olefins plant, is the
largest petroleum and petrochemical complex in the US.