The Compressed Gas Association (CGA) has announced the winners of its safety awards at the Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting.
CGA is dedicated to the development and promotion of safety standards and safe practices in the industrial and medical gas industry.
“We’re proud to pay tribute to our members through this awards programme,” said Rich Gottwald, President and CEO of CGA.
“The dedication to safety exhibited by the companies and individuals recognised through these awards makes our industry safer for everyone – from employees of our member companies to end users who come into contact with our members’ products.”
Fleet Safety Excellence Award
Sponsored by Linde, the award recognises outstanding safety performance among the industry’s bulk and cylinder truck delivery fleets. The award is based on a CGA member company’s total vehicle accident frequency rate. The winners were:
Bulk Gas Transportation:
Less than 20 million miles – Matheson
More than 20 million miles – GenOx Transportation
Cylinder Gas Transportation:
Less than 3 million miles – Western International Gas & Cylinders Inc.
More than 3 million miles – Praxair Distribution, Inc.
Leonard Parker Pool Safety Award
Sponsored by Air Products and Chemical, Inc., the award is presented annually to the participating CGA member companies that have recorded the greatest improvement in safety performance over the previous two years, based upon the total recordable case incidence rates as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The winners were:
Group 1 – More than 2 million employee exposure hours – Matheson
Group 2 – 2 million or less employee exposure hours – Roberts Oxygen
CGA/GAWDA Distributor Safety Award
Co-sponsored by CGA and the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA), the award programme honours the participating GAWDA distributor member companies that have shown the greatest improvement in safety performance, and encourages a renewed focus on safe corporate cultures within the distributor communities. The winners were:
Group 1 – More than 100,000 employee exposure hours – Welder’s Supply Co. of Louisville
Group 2 – 100,000 or fewer employee exposure hours – Island Supply Welding Company
Environmental Recognition Award
The CGA Environmental Recognition Programme enables the Association to identify and share sound environmental practices, while promoting environmental awareness and improvements within companies in the industry. Awards are presented annually to individuals, teams, or facilities that have conducted activities meeting identified environmental excellence criteria. Awards were given to the following projects:
Western International Gas & Cylinders Inc.: Emission Reduction Project (Berwick, Pennsylvania)
Matheson: Liquid Recovery and Re-Insulation (Fort Meade, Florida)
Matheson: Chlorine Blow-off Reclamation (electronics speciality gas plant in New Johnsonville, Tennessee)
New Committee Member of the Year Award
Sponsored by Chart Industries, this service award is present to an individual with less than three years of CGA committee participation in recognition of outstanding character, commitment and contributions to the Association.
The award was presented to Christophe Toubeau of Lisam Systems.
Charles H. Glasier Safety Award
Sponsored by American Air Liquide Holdings, the award is given in memory of Charles H. Glasier, a leader in the industry, strong supporter of safety, former CGA chairman, and active participant in CGA for more than 40 years. The award is presented annually to an individual in recognition of their safety leadership in the industrial gas industry.
This year’s winner was Bonnie Stanage of Matheson, the first woman in CGA history to receive the award.
H. Emerson Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award
The CGA Lifetime Achievement Award is named for H. Emerson Thomas, who served in a leadership capacity with CGA for more than 60 years. The award is based on the individual’s record of achievement on behalf of CGA and the industry; the individual’s reputation among industry peers and regulatory authorities; and his/her professional recognition over a lifetime.
The award was presented to Steven Gentry of Worthington Industries.