MUMBAI, India—Alexandria Carbon Black Co. S.A.E., or Birla Carbon, recently received a number of awards for its sustainable and safe handling of carbon black, the common performance and pigment additive used in rubber manufacturing.
Birla Carbon said it received 16 total awards from the International Carbon Black Association, garnering 12 gold and four bronze Safety Performance Awards. The awards went to 14 Birla Carbon plants and two research and development centers across North and South America, Europe and Asia, for achieving results "above the industry average."
"Building a culture of safety is one of the important pillars for any organization's success," said Joe Gaynor, chief legal, risk and sustainability officer for Birla Carbon. "For Birla Carbon, recognition for the second time by the ICBA is an example of the value safety has as part of our operational effectiveness."
Gaynor said Birla Carbon's safety policies focus on its employees, the handling of carbon black and the management of the manufacturing facilities.
"I congratulate the plants and the R&D facilities of Birla Carbon for this recognition and extend my appreciation to the ICBA for recognizing the effort of all carbon black manufacturers in making their facilities safe places to work," he said.
The ICBA's Safety Recognition Program recognizes plants and facilities that protect their workforce, first and foremost.
To be recognized, participating companies must submit a previous year's safety performance data, which is certified by the company's members on the ICBA Board of Directors.
Bronze awards are given to sites that achieved zero lost work days for their employees due to work-related injury or illness. Birla Carbon sites in Brazil (Cubatao), India (Patalganga) and the U.S. (North Bend, La., and Hickok, Kan.) received bronze awards.
Silver awards recognize sites that met the requirements of the bronze awards or demonstrate higher than 50 percent improvement; and achieve zero medical aid or OSHA recordable incidents or greater than 50 percent improvement from the previous year; zero fires or property damage incidents with an impact greater than $100,000; and zero regulatory citations for safety-related events, audits, or activities.
Gold awards are issued to facilities that meet the criteria for silver awards and received an external Safety or Environmental Management System Certification recognition, such as ISO 45001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, OSHA VPP or equivalent third party MGMT System certification recognition; or implemented a company-specific Safety Management System and achieved more than three years with zero LWD case at the facility.
Birla Carbon facilities in Brazil (Camacari), Hungary, Italy, Egypt, China (Weifang and Jining), Korea, Thailand, India (Renukoot, Gummidipoondi, and Taloja) and the U.S. (Marietta, Ohio) received this award.
Birla Carbon is part of the Aditya Birla Group and recorded $48.3 billion in sales last year.