Nine Companies Earn the 2018 Safety & Health Certificates of Excellence


Contact: Deb Satkowiak                                                                                                                                                                October 11, 2018
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Nashville, TN – The following nine companies were recognized for achieving a better rate of safety than their peers in the chemical manufacturing sector and were awarded a 2018 Safety & Health Certificate of Excellence:
Baker Hughes, Inc., a GE Company; Houston, TX
Dyno Nobel; Salt Lake City, UT
GEODynamics, Inc.; Millsap, TX
Jet Research Center/Halliburton; Alvarado, TX
Hunting-Titan, Inc.; Milford Texas
Maxam North America; Irving, TX
Nelson Brothers, Inc.; Birmingham, AL
Orica USA, Inc.; Watkins, CO
Special Devices, Inc.; Mesa, AZ
Nicholas Harrington, Chairman of the IME Safety & Health Committee Safety, stated, “These nine companies personify the spirit of safety by achieving a safety rate that is better than the national average, proving for another year the high standard of safety that embodies the commercial explosives industry.”

IME President Deb Satkowiak added, “On Capitol Hill we proudly discuss the industry’s commitment to safety. These nine Certificate of Excellence recipients exemplify the industry’s efforts to keep employees and the public safe and have earned our praise.  Since IME was founded in 1913 to improve the safety practices of the explosives industry, the industry has continued to achieve safer manufacturing operations, safer handling procedures, and safer transportation processes, which member companies have in turn articulated in IME’s Safety Library Publications.”

As illustrated (left), from 2002 – 2016 the commercial explosives industry has had a better safety rate than the entirety of private industry for all but four years. In 2017 the S&H Committee decided to change its comparison, from private industry to the Chemical Manufacturing sector to get a better industry comparison. 

These companies had a 2017 Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) that was better than the 2016 national total recordable case average for Chemical Manufacturing (NAICS 31-33) (the most recent statistics released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics).  Unfortunately, BLS publishes its annual stats in November – too late to use the 2017 numbers for a direct comparison.
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