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SI Group recognized for health, safety; Orangeburg facility earns Palmetto Star VPP certification

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SI Group’s Orangeburg location has been recognized for its safety and health management systems with South Carolina Palmetto Star VPP certification.

The certification is provided to worksites that have achieved injury and illness rates at or below the national average within the manufacturing industry.

“This certification reflects a collective effort and deep commitment to protecting our employees, communities and the environment in which we all live,” said Jeff Prickett, senior director, southeast operations for SI Group.

“We’re honored to partner with local agencies and other stakeholders in our continued efforts toward environmental health and safety,” Prickett said.

With this designation, the site becomes the largest certified chemical facility in South Carolina, and will be one of only about 2,200 sites recognized nationally.

In recognition of this achievement, the site held a flag-raising ceremony Friday.

“We are proud of the hard work and commitment we’ve seen from SI Group and its employees as they worked together to become a VPP Star site in South Carolina,” said Emily H. Farr, interim director of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

“SI Group has proven to be a leader in workplace safety, as only a very small number of employers achieve the Star site designation. They know that safety must be top priority in the workplace,” Farr said.

SI Group’s sites in Tennessee and Texas are also VPP Star certified.

The Voluntary Protection Programs recognize employers and workers in private industry and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries.

In VPP, management, labor and OSHA work cooperatively to prevent fatalities, injuries and illnesses through a system focused on: hazard prevention and control; worksite analysis; training; and management commitment and worker involvement.

VPP participants are re-evaluated every three to five years to remain in the programs.

In May, the company received the Responsible Care Facility Safety Award from the American Chemistry Council.

The Responsible Care Facility Safety Award is presented to companies with exemplary performance in employee health and safety. This is the company’s 25th year as a Responsible Care company.

In April, SI Group received a silver award for corporate social responsibility from EcoVadis, an international organization that provides sustainability ratings for global supply chains. SI Group was ranked among the top 13 percent of more than 25,000 worldwide companies assessed by EcoVadis.

SI Group purchased the former Albemarle plant on Cannon Bridge Road in 2014.

The company is a family-owned manufacturer of chemical intermediates, specialty resins and solutions. It operates 20 manufacturing facilities on five continents with $1.6 billion in annual sales.


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