BASF’s Sparta site receives Workplace Safety Award from Tennessee Chamber of Commerce
Posted By Kim Swindell Wood | November 7, 2019 12:55 pm
The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry awarded BASF’s Sparta, Tennessee, site with the Workplace Safety Improvement award for their implementation of the Exposure Reduction Process. The program utilizes peer-to-peer observations to highlight risks and addresses them before they can become a safety incident.
“There has been a dramatic change in the safety culture of the plant since we implemented ERP two years ago,” said Andy Schmitt, BASF site director at Sparta. “Employees have embraced the ownership of the program and are taking responsibility for their safety and the safety of their coworkers.”
While utilizing ERP, the facility has operated more than 600 days without a recordable incident, the equivalent of roughly 450,000 work hours.
The Sparta site is part of BASF’s Performance Materials division and employs more than 100 people who produce Nylon 6, Nylon 6/6 and Polyester colored specialty resins for automotive, consumer and industrial, power distribution and telecommunications and advanced color technology uses.