May 15, 2023

Special Report by Jordan Vitick

Justin Jolliffe, 30

Senior Environmental,
Health and Safety Manager
Teknor Apex Co

As the senior environmental, health and safety manager for Pawtucket, R.I.-based Teknor Apex Co., Justin Jolliffe said injury prevention is one of the main facets of his job. During his first year at his facility, the number of recordable injuries dropped from 26 the previous year to 10. “Being able to reduce the number of injuries at my workplace and sending our employees home safe is something I’m proud of,” Jolliffe said.

A graduate of Keene State College in New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in safety and occupational health applied sciences, Jolliffe said he’s always enjoyed watching the Discovery Channel and shows like How It’s Made.

“My first plastics job was while I was working at a factory in Leominster, Mass., for Georgia-Pacific. As a fresh college graduate, I was keen on seeing what sort of machinery people had built to help manufacture goods that we use all over the world, and boy, did I hit the jackpot! To this day, seeing the feats of engineering we’ve installed on our production lines at manufacturing facilities never ceases to amaze me,” said Jolliffe, who joined Teknor Apex in 2019. “Plastic is an incredibly versatile material, and what we’ve been able to build and create with it is truly amazing.”

Jolliffe is involved with the Safety Association of Rhode Island and the Plastics Industry Association’s Future Leaders in Plastics. He obtained his Associate Safety Professional designation and is pursuing the next level of certification, Certified Safety Professional.

Jolliffe also is “actively taking on more responsibility in my current role by joining the innovation team and traveling to other locations to broaden my knowledge in the field.”


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