Safety and Wellness
PC a Safety Leader
Two PC facilities – Rock Hill and Millington – have earned and maintained Voluntary Protection Program certification from the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). This is in recognition of the outstanding efforts of our employees who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health. PC has held this OSHA distinction for the past 10 years.
The research and development arm of PC, as it continuously works on developing and testing new products for wood treatment, adheres to strict safety practices and procedures, backed by ongoing training and starting with an orientation for new employees on the proper handling, storage, documentation, and personal protection required around chemicals. As chemicals are used and projects completed, all chemical waste is stored, labeled, and classified into categories before an outside environmental company removes it, following Koppers safety standards.
Acknowledging the expertise of the PC team and its product performance, various industry groups regularly host technical presentations by PC representatives. These organizations include the International Research Group, the Canadian Wood Preservation Association, and the Canadian Standards Association. PC managers remain engaged as members of these groups, including some in leadership roles.
Enhancing Process Safety
2016 saw a deeper commitment to implementing process safety globally, starting with CMC and PC, bringing those business units’ systems and processes up to Responsible Care standards. In 2016 every CMC manufacturing site around the world developed a baseline of process safety status to be used to measure progress and Koppers invested in a number of new software systems and training programs to help improve process safety. Once CMC and PC chemical facilities reach the expected level of performance for process safety the program will be implemented in RUPS.
Wellness Remains a Priority
Wellness programs have long been a standard element of life at Koppers worldwide, and continue to be so today. Employees have regular access to smoking cessation programs, onsite exercise and fitness options. Employees also are encouraged to hold, regular conversations with their managers about wellness practices, with certain locations and work groups generating their own reward programs to encourage greater participation.