external recognition - site specific initiatives
In the spring of 2022 Ashland was recognized by the American Chemistry Council for safety performance at the following sites.
facility safety awards
- achievement: zero fatalities, zero days away from work cases for employees
- life sciences: Paterson, Ogden
- personal care: Chatham, Kenedy, Summerville
- specialty additives: Hopewell
- excellence: zero fatalities, zero days away from work cases, and zero job transfer or restriction cases among both employees and contractors
- life sciences: Aquarius, South Hackensack, Texas City
- personal care: Menomonee Falls, Atlas Street
- specialty additives: Huntsville, Parlin, Lima
- technical centers: Bridgewater, Wilmington, Totowa
The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) acknowledges member companies for their outstanding commitment to environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) practices. Ashland received the following recognition:
- sustainability award
- Silver Performance Improvement Award: Calvert City for waste minimization
- Bronze Performance Improvement Award: Chatham, White City, and Columbus for EHS&S Planning and Operations. The main factor for these awards was their run of years with zero employee injuries.
2019 bronze award
- Ashland, Ohio site for overall EHS and ergonomics performance
- Harmon, Columbus, Ohio site for 27% reduction in waste generated per pound of product produced
- Kenedy, TX site for their strong product stewardship program
Ashland’s Merry Hill facility was recognized for its tremendous efforts and unique approaches to sustainability practices as part of SOCMA’s 2019 Performance Improvement Awards program. Ashland’s Merry Hill facility was awarded the SOCMA Sustainability Award for the outstanding job it has done in developing processes and reimagining resources to safeguard the environment. The facility utilizes an air emission data system that captures real-time information tied to process transactions. The facility also is reimagining resources by returning nutrients that are left unused back to the earth to maintain and enhance nutrient rich fields to sustain harvest yields. The Merry Hill site achieved a 100 percent waste diversion rate, which reduces the need for additional fertilizers to be applied to the field. This reduction in fertilizer also decreases the likelihood of non-point source pollution in the form of field run off.
Many of Ashland’s sites are continuously implementing changes to our operations which reduce our footprint. Some examples of such projects include installation of efficient lighting, improvement of temperature controls, and solvent recycling.