Axens receives the 2011-2012 National Safety Award for “Responsible Care”

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Axens received the 2011-2012 National Safety Award for “Responsible Care” from the Union of the French Chemical Industries (UIC) for its Salindres plant in the Gard region which is its main catalyst and adsorbent production site in France.

The award recognizes the overall approach adopted at the Salindres plant to "improve the safety of employees and the local community as well as the safety of facilities and products." Axens’ innovative initiative involved hiring most notably a theater troupe from the Théâtre du Cratère d’Alès to educate employees about occupational safety on the site.

In October 2011 the plant had already received the "Mediterranean Responsible Care Award" from the Languedoc-Roussillon and PACA-Corse UICs which recognizes efforts to improve health, safety and environmental protection.

Axens will be presented with the National Safety Award for “Responsible Care” in Paris on Thursday, April 26, 2012, at the UIC general meeting.

Safety in the workplace is an essential issue for Axens which has had an integrated QHSE management system in place since 2005 and signed the UIC “Responsible Care” commitment in 2008. Furthermore, Axens is certified ISO 9001 (Quality) – ISO 14001 (Environment) – OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety).