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Three Mondi plants win safety awards

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The Paper Shipping Sack Manufacturers’ Association (PSSMA) has announced the winners of its Safety Award Programme for 2016, and has given awards to three Mondi Industrial Bags plants in North America for plant safety, in recognition of the ‘best annual safety experience’. The winning plants were Louisville, Arcadia and Salt Lake City.

The awards were presented at the organisation’s seminar in Vancouver, Washington, on 26 April.

Mondi Salt Lake City won best annual safety experience in the category of plants reporting more that 300 000 man-hours. The plant is Safe Quality of Food level 3 certifies and mainly serves the building product/cement, chemical/mineral, pet and food industries.

Mondi’s Louisville and Arcadia plants both won best annual safety experience in the category of 150 000 – 225 000 man hours, with zero reportable incidents. Jason McCarty, Safety, Health and Environment Manager at Louisville, stated, “This is mainly due to a strong safety culture with the production employees and management’s commitment to safety. Supervisors incorporate safety into their daily routines. Everyone looks out for one another and doesn’t hesitate to speak up about safety issues.” Mondi’s Louisville plant manufactures woven polypropylene industrial bags used in the food and animal feed industries.

Rick Brown, Arcadia Plant Manager, mentioned, “With 2017 upon us, we must stay focused and continue to watch out for our fellow team members. Whether it is at work or home, we must all become involved and step up our efforts in order to maintain the great achievement.” Arcadia is a major supplier of refuse multiwall paper bags: biodegradable, recyclable and ideal for composting. It specialises in the production of refuse and PSOS (square bottom) bags.

According to Mark Ushpol, President of Mondi Industrial Bags in North America, the awards reflect Mondi’s Zero Harm safety philosophy and fundamental values set out in The Mondi Way. “Passion for performance, caring and acting with integrity are Mondi’s core values,” says Ushpol. “Across all of our plants, the teams work effectively to cultivate a safe, productive and harmonious work environment that supports engagement in safety, ultimately leading to the results and accolades that flow from this.”

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