Air Products’ occupational safety improvement has been recognised as ‘outstanding’ by the Compressed Gas Association (CGA).

The North American industrial gas company, Air Products, was presented with the Leonard Parker Pool Award in recognition of its safety performance.

The accolade is distributed annually to a participating CGS member that has recorded the greatest improvement in safety performance during the previous two years. Named in memory of the late Air Products Founder and Chairman, Leonard Parker Pool, the award is based upon the total recordable incedence rates as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Commenting on the award, Joe Pietrantonio, Vice President of Environment, Health, Safety & Quality and Chief Engineer at Air Products, said, “The legacy of our Founder Leonard Pool has gifted us a very strong safety culture. We are extremely proud of that but we remain mindful not to take it for granted. Safety, like every other aspect of business, has to be actively managed and continuously improved upon.”

Presented at the CGA’s annual meeting in St Petersburg, Florida, Pietrantonio added, “The award is worthy recognition for all of our employees and for many of our customers who place the same high priority on safety performance.”

The CGA’s reporting and awards program promotes safety awareness as part of the Association’s charter to facilitate and encourage safety and self regulation.

Mike Tiller, CGA President, commented, “We at the CGA are proud of the tradition of safety excellence among our member companies. We congratulate Air Products on winning the prestigious Leonard Parker Pool award for 2011.”

Air Products also received two environmental excellence awards from the CGA, one for its reduction of ammonium bifluoride (ABF) waste at its electronic specialty materials facility in Hometown, Pennsylvania, and the other for its solar farm situated at its corporate headquarters.