The Mogadore, Ohio, OMNOVA Solutions Inc. Performance Chemical facility staff knows a lot about risks and rewards. The plant’s innovative tool to assess the risks associated with manufacturing a product or handling a raw material won OMNOVA a 2007 Award of Excellence in Environmental, Health, Safety and Security Performance from the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council, for the third year in a row.
OMNOVA makes emulsion polymers, specialty chemicals and surfaces for commercial, industrial and residential end uses. The Mogadore plant’s award-winning assessment tool evaluates and assigns a score for raw materials based on six different metrics, placing the materials in one of four risk categories. Employees, carriers and customers receive this information, allowing them to ensure safe handling and use of higher risk materials. “We are committed to providing our employees and external partners with the necessary information to conduct day-to-day operations, as well as to create the safest possible working environment,” says Dan Hagerty, OMNOVA product stewardship manager and project leader. Find out more about OMNOVA’s environmental activities at www.omnova.com.