Jacob Barron 
Tel: 202-974-5249  | JBarron@plasticsindustry.org

January 13, 2015

The program recognizes above average safety records in facilities owned by companies operating throughout the entire plastics supply chain while collecting important statistical data about occupational illnesses and injuries industry-wide.

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association launched its 2014 Safety Statistics and Awards (SSA) Program this week, inviting the entire plastics industry to contribute their information to help SPI better understand the state of safety in the plastics industry while being recognized for achieving a level of safety performance above the industry average.

“The SSA program is how SPI tracks and analyzes data on worker safety in the plastics industry. 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,” said SPI President and CEO William Carteaux. “What makes the plastics industry so strong and such a vital part of the global economy is its people, the ones who put in the hours to manufacture the products and materials that help make plastic the material of choice for industries across the board. 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 are already being accepted and will continue to be until March 6, 2015. 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 that have been scrubbed of the personally-identifiable information of any employees. Entrants can submit separate forms for each individual site they wish to be considered for an award.

Awards will be given in three different categories:

  • 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.

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Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $427 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly one million American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, industry promotion and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at www.plasticsindustry.org and www.inthehopper.org.

"From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners, SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics industry," said William R. Carteaux, president and CEO, SPI. "Our most recent economic reports show that the plastics industry as a whole is resilient, and has come through the recession significantly better than other U.S. manufacturing sectors."