For Bayer MaterialScience LLC, creating and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment is always a top priority. Now, the company’s Baytown plant has been named “Best in Texas,” receiving top honors from the Texas Chemical Council and Association of Chemical Industry of Texas (TCC/ACIT) for excelling in occupational safety and promoting the improvement of safety performance.
“The entire Bayer organization takes safety very seriously, and our employees share best practices globally in the areas of occupational safety, plant safety and hazard prevention,” said Rod Herrick, general plant manager. “Being recognized as best in our class is a strong validation of our employees’ ongoing commitment to safety.”
TCC/ACIT’s “Best in Texas” awards are presented to the top chemical manufacturing facilities that meet stringent criteria and also maintain a quality safety program. A panel of industry peers that reviewed the plant’s 2011 safety statistics and description of its safety programs selected it as superior among other similar-size chemical companies in Texas.
Bayer is a longstanding member of TCC/ACIT. A number of the company’s Baytown employees are active in the organization, helping to support and encourage industry growth.
Encompassing 1,700 acres along Cedar Bayou at the Houston Ship Channel, Bayer’s Baytown plant is the company’s largest manufacturing site in the NAFTA region with roughly 1,000 employees and an additional 600 nested contractors and 100 guest facility workers. The facility, which began operating in 1971, has traditionally been a focal point of the company’s global manufacturing strategy.
About Bayer MaterialScience LLC:
Bayer MaterialScience LLC is one of the leading producers of polymers and high-performance plastics in North America and is part of the global Bayer MaterialScience business with approximately 14,800 employees at 30 production sites around the world and 2011 sales of 10.8 billion euros. Bayer MaterialScience’s 2011 sales in North America were $2.9 billion. The company manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction, medical, and sports and leisure industries. Sustainability is central to Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s business and is based around the key areas of innovation, product stewardship, excellence in corporate management, social responsibility and respect for the environment.