February 26, 2004 Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Air Products (NYSE:APD) announced today that its electronic chemicals facility in Dallas, Tex. has achieved two significant milestones: one for environmental excellence and the other an important certification actively sought out by the company's worldwide electronics customers. The City of Dallas Department of Utilities recently presented the electronic chemicals facility with its "Blue Thumb" award for having gone five consecutive years with no environmental excursions or adverse inspection findings. In fact, the Air Products facility was only one of two companies in Dallas singled out for such an achievement. On the heels of the "Blue Thumb" award came notice that the electronic chemicals facility had received ISO 14001 Certification. Both achievements, according to plant officials, were the result of collaboration and expertise.
"The 'Blue Thumb' award and the ISO 14001 Certification are recognition for us, our customers and the Dallas community as a whole that we are not just serious about improving the environment and qualifying our processes, but that we excel at it," said Dallas plant manager, Robert W. Moore. "However, we didn't accomplish these things in a vacuum. We actively sought out best practices from our worldwide locations, spent considerable time educating our employees on those best practices, and also drew on expertise from a number of different departments within our own facility. It's one of the many tangible benefits of being part of the world's only combined gas and chemicals company," he added.
In order to receive the "Blue Thumb" award, companies must pass a number of surprise inspections by the City of Dallas Publicly Owned Waste Treatment (POWT) as well as not have any reportable environmental excursions. One process that Robert Moore credits for helping the plant maintain a stellar environmental record is its Environmental Management System for wastewater which is overseen by a number of departments, including Environmental, Health and Safety; Engineering; and Operations. Together, they developed control systems for wastewater treatment that streamlines operations and automates pump systems, which reduces the chance for human error and eliminates the possibility that wastewater will be dumped into the City's sewer system without first going through a rigorous cleaning system and computer analysis. This practice was the result of collaboration with another Air Products facility in Pueblo, Colo.
For the ISO 14001 Certification, Dallas plant officials put in place a thorough employee education process, developed additional environmental procedures, and then performed cross-plant audits with two other facilities: one in Easton, Pa. and the other in Pueblo, Colo. This way, each facility could undergo a version of an outside inspection to independently test the universal procedures and processes and how they performed at different locations.
Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in technology, energy, healthcare and industrial markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of products, services and solutions, providing atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials and chemical intermediates. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment. With annual revenues of $6.3 billion and operations in over 30 countries, the company's 18,500 employees build lasting relationships with their customers and communities based on understanding, integrity and passion. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
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