The National Safety Council (NSC) on September 22 presented Fluor Hanford and Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) with its 2008 Robert W. Campbell Award. Both companies received the award at the opening session of the NSC’s 96th annual Congress & Expo, held in Anaheim, Calif.
Co-sponsored by Exxon Mobil Corporation, the Campbell Award recognizes organizations that demonstrate how integration of environmental, health and safety (EHS) management into business operations is a cornerstone of their corporate success.
Fluor Hanford received the award for corporations with more than 1,000 employees and GPIC received the award for corporations with up to 1,000 employees.
“It is readily apparent that senior management at both companies values the safety and health of their employees as much as they value productivity. Fluor Hanford and GPIC embrace EHS as a core value,” said Janet Froetscher, NSC president and CEO, who presented the award. “We applaud Fluor Hanford and GPIC for their demonstrated commitment to EHS as it affects their business performance and sustainability, and their employees’ lives both at work and off the job.”
Fluor Hanford and GPIC impressed the Campbell Award’s international review panel with their EHS initiatives in which employees were exceptionally involved. Both also showed consistent support of EHS program management to help safeguard their employees on and off the job, resulting in significant and positive impacts on their business performances.
“Our winners’ commitment to safety, health and the environment extends beyond their responsibility as employers to create a new level of involvement with their employees, their employees’ families, and their communities,” said Glenn Murray, safety programs manager for Exxon Mobil Corporation and a member of the Campbell Award review panel.
Fluor Hanford, a business unit of Fluor Corporation, was established in 1996 to manage environmental remediation activities at the Department of Energy’s Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeastern Washington State. The company employs 3,600 people engaged in dismantling former nuclear-processing facilities, cleaning up contaminated groundwater, retrieving and processing radioactive and chemical waste, and maintaining the site’s infrastructure, which includes a nationally recognized training facility.
On receiving the Campbell Award, Fluor Hanford president and CEO Cornelius Murphy said, “Our employees and those of the Department of Energy truly deserve the credit behind this honor. The Robert W. Campbell Award validates their commitment to being personally involved in every aspect of the ESH program and collaborating to make their community, and Hanford and other DOE sites, better and safer places to live and work. Our job now is to stay the course, and move from outstanding performance to excellence.”
Founded in 1979, GPIC is the first Arabian (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council’s venture to establish a petrochemical industry in the Kingdom of Bahrain. GPIC began production in 1985 and today relies upon 522 employees and 200 to 300 contractors during normal working conditions. GPIC uses natural gas to produce ammonia, urea, and methanol. In addition to production plants, the GPIC complex includes utilities plants, maintenance workshops, offices, stores and laboratories.
On receiving Campbell Award, GPIC general manager Abdul Rahman Jawahery said, “Winning the prestigious Robert W. Campbell Award is testimony that size does not matter. It is in fact the combination of a strong commitment and determination, coupled with a broad range of EHS initiatives to instill health and safety, that are the modus operandi of the workplace. This award will only strengthen our resolve at GPIC to make our industry safer and our world a better place.”
Campbell Award winners undergo rigorous assessments that include site visits and comprehensive evaluations of their commitment to and implementation of EHS practices. Award winners work with an international partnership of 21 organizations to develop case studies that illustrate their superior EHS programs and best practices, for use by top business and engineering schools worldwide.
Named for Robert W. Campbell, a safety pioneer and the first president of the NSC, the award (www.CampbellAward.org) is underwritten by Exxon Mobil Corporation through its philanthropic Foundation. Past Campbell Award winners include Noble Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Alcan Inc., DynMcDermott Petroleum Operations, and the Bahrain Petroleum Company.