Dow among Louisiana chemical facilities recognized for safety, environmental stewardship

Published 5:30 am Saturday, October 29, 2022

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NORCO —The Louisiana Chemical Association (LCA) announced the annual “Best in Louisiana” SAFE awards recipients at its 2022 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA. Recipients of the award are recognized for their outstanding commitment to employee and process safety, as well as environmental stewardship.

The SAFE program, which stands for Serious About Fostering Excellence, is designed to help facilities and organizations evaluate, monitor and continuously improve both environmental performance and process and personnel safety. SAFE is an ongoing program of the Louisiana Chemical Association administered by the LCA Safety & Health Committee.

“LCA member companies consistently meet and exceed environmental and operations safety benchmarks across the board because keeping our communities and employees safe is of the utmost importance to our mission,” said LCA President and CEO Greg Bowser. “When our member companies operate safely, we’re able to serve Louisiana and its industry at the highest levels of production and environmental stewardship. I’m proud to recognize the recipients of the SAFE awards for their longstanding commitment to their employees and their communities day in and day out.”

The SAFE program uses 13 criteria each year to evaluate member performances and present top achievers with either “Best in Louisiana” or “Most Improved” awards in each class. Organizations are divided into four classes based on the number of employees.

The 2022 “Best in Louisiana” SAFE Award winners are:

  • Class 1: Arxada Lake Charles
  • Class 2: Olin Chlor Alkali Products, St. Gabriel
  • Class 3: Honeywell UOP, Shreveport
  • Class 4: Dow Chemical St. Charles Operations


In addition, four companies were recognized as the “Most Improved” for 2022. These companies have made impressive improvements in their safety and environmental performances and are dedicated to upholding the standards and ideals of the SAFE initiative. Those organizations are:

  • Class 1: Shintech Louisiana, Addis
  • Class 2: Methanex
  • Class 3: Total Energies Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc
  • Class 4: SNF Flopam


The SAFE program was developed in the 1990s to prioritize safety and to hold LCA member companies accountable to industry safety benchmarks. Average OSHA accident and injury statistics for all LCA member facilities now represent less than one-fifth of the levels when LCA began the SAFE program in 1995.

To learn more about the SAFE initiative and awards, please click here.

The Louisiana Chemical Association (LCA) was formed in 1959 to promote a positive business climate for chemical manufacturing that ensures long-term economic growth for its 64 member companies that operate more than 100 sites throughout Louisiana.
LCA, Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance and related organizations work to protect and expand Louisiana’s petrochemical manufacturing base. It is critical for the industry to have a unified voice in state governmental activities because legislative and regulatory actions can affect capital investment and job retention and growth.
LCA is governed by a Board of Directors that consists of 17-member company representatives, primarily plant managers and divisional vice presidents. LCA has an experienced staff with expertise in the chemical industry, environmental, health, safety, security, governmental affairs, communications and association management.