Chevron Oronite, a Chevron Corp. subsidiary that develops, manufactures and markets fuel and lubricant additives, recently announced that its manufacturing site in Belle Chasse, La., has been named “Best in Louisiana” by the Louisiana Chemical Association. As the Class III winner (201-400 employees), Oronite was given one of four top SAFE (Serious About Fostering Excellence) Awards for its outstanding safety and environmental performance in 2009.
“Safe operations and strong environmental performance are top priorities in the Louisiana chemical industry,” says Dan Borne, LCA president. “All our members work hard on this because superior performance in these critical areas is equally important to the people who live in communities where chemical plants operate.”
The “Best in Louisiana” designation is based on safety and environmental compliance information that plants submit to state and federal government regulatory agencies as well as by the plant’s ability to demonstrate significant involvement in civic affairs and community life.
“We are proud to have received this award from LCA because we place the highest priority on the health and safety of our work force and protection of our assets and the environment,” says Koon Eng Goh, regional manager, Americas Region, Chevron Oronite. Goh says anyone who enters the plant is empowered with “stop work authority” that requires any individual to stop any work in progress if there are any safety, health or environmental concerns. Oronite employees and contractors at this Plaquemines Parish site worked more than 1.2 million hours in 2009 without an OSHA recordable injury.