SPI Launches Safety Statistics and Award Program

The Plastics Industry Trade Association aims to recognize above-average safety records while also collecting important statistical data about occupational illnesses and injuries.

With the launch of its 2014 Safety Statistics and Awards (SSA) Program, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association invites the entire industry to participate in gaining a better understanding of occupational hazards while also recognizing above-average safety performers. “The more facilities and companies that participate, the more clearly we can recognize outstanding safety records and better educate policymakers and the public about the plastics industry’s sterling record of making employee safety a priority,” says William Carteaux, SPI president and CEO. “What makes the plastics industry so strong and such a vital part of the global economy is its people. The SSA program helps SPI tell their story, and acknowledge the facilities that go the distance to protect the plastics industry’s most precious resource: its work force.”

Entries for the 2014 SSA program will be accepted until March 6. Participating companies should submit this year’s entry form along with a copy of the specific facility’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 300 and 300A forms, which should be scrubbed of any information that personally identifies employees. Entrants can submit separate forms for each individual site they wish to be considered for an award.

Three awards are available:

  • Gold Distinguished Safety Awards recognize worksites with no occupational injuries or illnesses, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), during the calendar year 2014.
  • Silver Achievement Safety Awards are presented to worksites with no OSHA recordable occupational injuries or illnesses involving lost work days or restricted work activity during the calendar year 2014.
  • Bronze Special Recognition Awards are presented to those worksites with safety performance for 2014 that is 20 percent better than the national Total Recordable Cases (TRC) average for their North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code.

The 2014 SSA program will also recognize facilities with the two lowest rates of incident based on size, in three different categories for the first time this year: 1-100 employees, 101-350 employees and over 350 employees.

For more information and to submit your facilities to this year’s SSA program, click here or contact SPI Equipment Council Manager Katie Masterson at KMasterson@plasticsindustry.org.