Shell Deer Park was recently recognized by the Texas Chemical Council (TCC) at its June Awards Banquet in Galveston, Texas. Shell proudly accepted two plaques for the Caring for Texas Award and the Distinguished Safety Award at the industry body's annual event. For over a decade, the Texas Chemical Council has recognized its members who have excelled in occupational safety and promote the improvement of safety performance among TCC member companies through the TCC Safety Award Program.
Representing Shell were Mike Cunningham, Senior Engineer-H&S Compliance (2nd from left); Morgan McCauley, Phenol Operations Manager (3rd from left); Rich Bourns, Site Environmental Manager and Julie Pascoe, Communications and Social Performance Advisor.
The TCC is a trade association of chemical manufacturing facilities. Their membership comprises approximately 68 Texas chemical manufacturers, which combined employ more than 74,000 Texans at over 200 separate facilities across the state.
To even qualify for the award, the Deer Park chemical plant had to meet specific criteria for TCC member facilities with more than 500 employees.
Mike Cunningham, who helped organize and submit Shell's winning application for these awards commented that "hard work, diligence, and caring for the safety of our employees, the public, and the environment went into earning these TCC awards for our actions in 2013. It takes a team effort, and we did it together
This criteria included an employee response program for community concerns; employee involvement in community outreach; environmental and safety performance reporting system information available to the community; and no fires, plant incidents, or chemical releases that resulted in known exposure to the public.
A panel of community and TCC judges ranked nominees based on their community, health, safety, environment, and emergency response performances.