Tuesday, January 26, 2010

2009 John D Spellman Safety Award Recipients Announced


(Seattle, WA) – Evergreen Safety Council is proud to recognize Toray Composites America, Inc. as the 2009 recipient of the John D Spellman Safety Award.

Evergreen Safety Council (ESC) has established this annual safety award in order to recognize member organizations who have demonstrated significant improvement or achievements in their safety program. The recipient is selected from applicants by an ESC Board of Directors committee and will be presented at today’s Annual Membership meeting.

Established in 1992, Toray Composites America Toray Composites (America), Inc. is a leading producer of high quality advanced composite prepreg materials serving the needs of the recreational, aircraft and industrial markets.

In 2009, Toray Composites America refocused its efforts on safety by establishing an emphasis on associate involvement, hazard identification, and the tracking and completion of corrective actions. Their initial goal for the year was to reach a 6.1 OSHA recordable injury rate, a 50% decrease from 2008. To accomplish this goal, Toray implemented daily, weekly and monthly activities as well as special events that all served to put safety on the minds of all associates before they begin their work day; reinforce identifying unsafe conditions and work practices; and encouraged taking corrective actions to rectify those identified situations. The results were very impressive:
OSHA Recordable Rate - Through November 2009 = 3.4
– nearly an 80% reduction from 2008
Overall Incidents – reduced by 73%
Number of Injuries – reduced by 68%
Workers Comp costs reduced by $125,000

The award also recognizes one of Washington’s great public servants John D. Spellman, who was King County’s first elected County Executive and Washington’s 18th Governor. Governor Spellman has also been a member of Evergreen Safety Council’s Board of Directors for more than 30 years. In 1989 he served as President/Executive Director during a very critical period of restructuring and has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors since 1998

Evergreen Safety Council is the Northwest’s largest, independent, non-profit organization providing safety and health training and consultation services to businesses and organizations. ESC is a member of the National Safety Council and a founding member of the American Association of Safety Councils.

To learn more about safety training programs being conducted in the Greater Northwest, please view Evergreen Safety Council’s web site at http://www.esc.org/.
CONTACT: Tom Odegaard, President/ Executive Director 1.800. 521.0778

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