BOC, the UK’s biggest industrial gases supplier, has won a prestigious national award for its approach to health, safety and environmental management for its packaged chemical operations based at Immingham.

The Award for Responsible Care, which forms part of The Chemical Business Association’s (CBA) annual awards for supply chain excellence, was presented to BOC by comedian and author Tony Hawks at the CBA’s annual lunch in London’s Grosvenor House.

The CBA’s Responsible Care Awards recognise the achievements of member companies in raising standards of health, safety and environmental management. Judges cited BOC’s proactive safety culture led by senior management, its involvement of employees in all aspects of responsible care and its active approach to product stewardship as the reasons for making the award.

BOC’s product stewardship programme is based on a global group standard for responsible care and the company is also involved in the generation of industry codes of practice and standards through technical input to European Industry Trade Associations. It is the second time in recent years that BOC, a member of The Linde Group, has won a CBA Responsible Care Award.

BOC Immingham Site Manager Tony Ogden received the award on behalf of BOC at the CBA’s annual lunch, the largest UK event for the chemical supply chain industry with more than 1,200 members and their guests.

He said, “It’s great that the combined efforts of the team to improve SHEQ performance over several years at the Immingham site and the wider packaged chemical operations has been given industry-wide recognition with this national award, and I hope that those who have contributed towards it will feel justly proud. It also demonstrates to our customers that we are a supplier who is truly committed to the safe use of our products via training and technical support.”