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Dow Corning recognized with state safety award

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By Sharon Graves

By SHARON GRAVES

The News-Democrat

Working one million hours without a lost time injury or illness is a distinction any company would be proud to acknowledge.

Dow Corning Carrollton Site was recognized for that feat in a presentation from Mark Brown of the Governor’s Safety and Health office Tuesday afternoon.

Dow Corning also received another mark of distinction Tuesday accepting a plaque from Aaron Keatley from the Department of Environmental Protection, welcoming them into the KY EXCEL program.

It is Dow Corning’s seventh award for passing the million-hour mark safely. In total, the seven awards represent more than 10 million accumulated hours of safe work according to Quality Assurance Customer Focus Manager Charlie Dennis.

“Dow Corning has made safety more than a priority, they have made it a core value,” Chris Head, a reliability engineer for Dow Corning said.  “Priorities change but core values don’t.”

Dow Corning has about 400 employees and one million hours represents over 400 days without a lost time incident.

“We take safety seriously,” Scott Niswonger, Dow Corning site manager said at the awards presentation Tuesday afternoon.

Dow Corning has been on the cutting edge of technology, safety and environmental responsibility during it’s tenure in Carrollton.

Dow Corning applied to join the KY EXCEL Environmental Leadership Program and was accepted as a Master member, the program’s highest level, according to Keatley.

KY EXCEL recognizes public, corporate, and private sectors working to improve Kentucky’s environment through leadership.

Keatley explained that the KY EXCEL program is under the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection and is a completely voluntary leadership program where Dow Corning chose projects to improve the environment.

“Your company is making a difference and Kentucky is better for it,” Keatley said.

“Since 1989, we voluntarily reduced our air emissions by more than 95 percent, even though our production rate has increased significantly,” Dennis said.

Among the goals chosen by Dow Corning to join KY EXCEL were: to sponsor a team of employees to participate in Project Comfort in October, which helps to winterize homes for residents needing assistance; provide emergency help in the way of an ambulance and emergency medical technicians and shelter-in-place kits; leasing the outdoor classroom on 200 acres of property to the Carroll County Board of Education; and reducing hazardous waste stream by 40 percent.