On the 1st September, Airgas, Inc. announced that Jim McCarthy had been named the company’s Vice President of Safety and Compliance.

McCarthy will report to Mike Molinini, Airgas Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Molinini commented on the appointment, “Jim’s leadership qualities and deep understanding of Airgas will serve him well in leading our strong SAFECOR team.

He continued, “He has the broad experience necessary to drive further success in an array of responsibilities that includes policy development, training, auditing, regulatory compliance, and oversight of the Airgas Emergency Response Organisation.”

McCarthy brings more than 30 years of industry experience to his new role, which includes leadership of SAFECOR; the Airgas organisation responsible for developing and implementing the Company’s safety, compliance, environmental and risk management practices.

McCarthy, who has served as Director of gas supply chain for Airgas since 2008, will be responsible for aligning the principles and goals of SAFECOR with the new division structure of Airgas, and for reinforcing the Company’s commitment to the promulgation of safe working and driving practices industry-wide.

He will also draw on the experience he gained as regional company president for Sierra Airgas and then Airgas Northern California and Nevada from 1992 until 2008.

McCarthy joined Airgas in 1988 and has a BS degree in Chemistry from Mount Saint Mary’s University.