Air Products wins top safety improvement award from US gas group

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 as an industry modernizer and an advocate for continuous improvement in operational safety.

The award was presented at the CGA's annual meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida.

"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 said.

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 industry.

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