The Compressed Gas Association (CGA) has announced the 2009 Safety Award winners.

CGA is dedicated to the development and promotion of safety standards and safe practices in the industrial and medical gas industry.

Every year, the association pays tribute to its members and their dedication in making the industry safer for employees, distributors and the public, by handing out awards.

This year, the Fleet Safety Excellence Awards, which are sponsored by Praxair, Inc. and recognise outstanding safety performance among the industry’s bulk and cylinder truck delivery fleets, were awarded to Western International Gas and Cylinders, Praxair, and Linde North America.

The Leonard Parker Pool Safety Awards, in memory of Leonard Parker Pool, the founder, and former Chief Executive of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., are presented annually to participating CGA member companies that have recorded the greatest improvement in safety performance during the previous two years.

The companies that received this coveted award were American Air Liquide Holdings, Matheson Tri-Gas, and Roberts Oxygen Company.

The Chart Industries Award for significant and dedicated service to the CGA is presented to an individual who best exemplifies the character, commitment, and excellence prevalent in the volunteers from the association’s member companies, and who has consistently and tirelessly taken on the responsibility to uphold and further the mission of the CGA—to develop and promote safety standards and safe practices for the industrial gas industry.

This year it was awarded to Patrick F. Murphy of Linde North America, Inc.

Rob Early of Praxair was awarded the Charles H. Glasier Safety Award, in recognition of his safety leadership in the industrial gas industry.

The Environmental Recognition Awards were received by Air Products and Chemicals, FIBA Technologies, Linde North America, Matheson Tri-Gas, and Praxair.

Sponsored by Linde North America, the programme enables CGA to identify and share good environmental practices, as well as promote environmental awareness and improvements within companies and the industry.

The awards are presented annually to deserving individuals, teams, or facilities that have conducted activities that meet identified “environmental excellence” criteria; Praxair completed four projects, and Air Products, two.