Columbus, Ohio — Four plastics processors won the first Safety Best Practices Awards from the Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors.
The winners were All-Plastics LLC, Automation Plastics Corp., Nicolet Plastics LLC, and sister companies Micro Mold Co. Inc. and Plastikos Inc.
MAPP recognized the companies at the close of the Environmental Health and Safety Summit, held in Columbus July 18-19. The summit drew 85 people.
The trade association also published a 2018 Safety Best Practices booklet that details safety measures by 20 plastics processors.
MAPP got 30 submissions for the safety awards. The MAPP staff narrowed the list down to 11, then submitted them to the association's full membership of companies, which voted to pick the winners.
All-Plastics, a custom injection molder in Kerrville, Texas, took first place. All-Plastics has a 6S safety improvement program with a measurement system that drives organizational safety practices, continuous improvement and employee awareness. Its plant is sectioned off into 10 zones to optimize workflow and efficiency. Each zone is assigned a zone leader, and they are responsible for making sure all 6S practices are followed daily.
All-Plastics provides plantwide communication about health and safety through training, visual zone boards, safety signs, committee meetings, staff meetings and the distribution of monthly narrative and matrices.
The company has an award system to recognize safety successes, with monthly catered meals for no accidents. In an employee suggestion program, winners get cash prices and recognition at the annual employee appreciation banquet.