Victoria Invista intermediates site gets VPP Star again
21 Feb '12
2 min read
INVISTA's nylon intermediates manufacturing facility in Victoria has re-earned its STAR status, the highest designations under the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). It was the first INVISTA intermediates site to achieve STAR status in 2007 and the first to receive its recertification.
“Our employees worked hard each day to earn this recertification recognition and uphold our firm's strong commitment to safety,” said INVISTA Senior Vice President of Operations, Dave Dotson. “We strive for 10,000 percent compliance, meaning 100 percent of employees comply with safety requirements and regulations 100 percent of the time. We congratulate the Victoria site employees for achieving their first recertification as a VPP STAR facility.”
OSHA awarded the VPP STAR recertification to the Victoria site which employs over 600 employees after a thorough third-party audit as part of the VPP recertification process. The agency evaluated the site's safety and health programs, operations performance and safety record. The official STAR recertification was awarded during a celebration in Victoria that was attended by INVISTA employees, Victoria community leaders, regional leaders of OSHA and senior business leaders of INVISTA.
“INVISTA and its employees are to be congratulated,” said Michael Rivera, U.S. OSHA Area Director for the Corpus Christi Area Office. “It is not easy for a facility to achieve approval as a VPP site or to maintain that status. It requires demonstrated involvement at all levels and a genuine concern for employee well-being. I commend INVISTA for its dedication and commitment to safety.”
“Our goal is to provide a safe working environment for our employees,” said Steve Harvill, site manager. “We are able to do so because of our employees' continued focus, involvement, and commitment to operating safely each day and every day.”
INVISTA's Victoria, Texas site is a key asset of the INVISTA Intermediates business. The site, which began manufacturing in the early 1950s and is located on 4,500 acres in south Victoria county, primarily manufactures nylon 6,6 intermediate chemicals of adiponitrile, hexamethylenediamine, and adipic acid that are used in the manufacture of the INVISTA consumer brands of STAINMASTER, ANTRON and CORDURA, as well as a broad variety of other nylon fiber, resins and specialty products.