Having successfully earned itself nine certifications last year, Linde is wasting no time in making sure 2009 is just as fruitful.

Linde North America, part of The Linde Group, has received certification of its Delta, Ohio air separation plant, under the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Responsible Care® programme.

Responsible Care is a globally recognised management system aimed at helping companies improve performance in areas such as safety, health, environment and security; certification is mandatory for ACC member companies.

Last year, Linde began the certification process with its headquarters facility in Murray Hill, New Jersey.

During 2008, the company also completed certification of eight of its production plants located throughout the US.

The Delta plant is the first of four locations scheduled for certification in 2009 in order to satisfy the ACC’s requirement for membership.

The Delta plant is located around 40 miles west of Toledo and has been in operation since 1997.

The plant separates air cryogenically to produce 575 tons per day of oxygen, nitrogen and argon, which are then supplied by pipeline to North Star Bluescope Steel and Worthington Steel, which are adjacent to the plant, and by truck to hospitals and industrial customers like welding shops and foundries throughout the state of Ohio.

Delta plant manager Randy Hammons said, “Receiving the ACC’s Responsible Care certification is proof that Linde’s policies, procedures and systems are effective in all facets safety, health, environment, quality and product stewardship.”

He added, “Our employees, customers and the community around us can rest assured that we are committed to ongoing continuous improvements in these areas as well.”

Warren Arenz, head of safety, health, environment and quality for Linde North America was also pleased with the certification, “The employees at the Delta plant did a great job handling all the details associated with ACC certfication. Their efforts were invaluable in the process that places Linde among the leaders in the US when it comes to sustaining the practices specified in the Responsible Care management system.”