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PLASTICS Announces Safety Statistics Award Winners

PLASTICS Announces Safety Statistics Award Winners

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS)  announced the winners of the Safety Statistics and Awards (SSA) Program. Of the entries submitted, 121 facilities with notable safety records received gold, silver or bronze level awards. In addition, this year PLASTICS launched four new award categories that recognize individuals, facilities and companies demonstrating leadership, results and a commitment to shaping the safety culture within their facilities and companies. The new categories are: Rising Safety Professional, Safety Professional of the Year, Leaders of Safety Award and Safety Company of the Year.


The SSA Program winners in the new categories are:


Rising Safety Professional – Ivan Marquez, Regional EHS Manager, Novolex


Safety Professional of the Year – Matt Carter, Director of Health & Safety, Novolex


Leaders of Safety Award (site-based) – ACS Group, New Berlin, WI (Equipment) and Printpack, Bloomington, IN (Processor)


Safety Company of the Year – Novolex


“The winners of our new awards have all demonstrated exemplary commitments to the welfare of their colleagues by driving proactive and preventive safety initiatives at the forefront of their business,” said PLASTICS’ senior technical director, regulatory affairs, Marie Gargas. “Continuous improvement is top of mind for safety professionals, and it’s a pleasure to recognize the individuals, sites and companies that do a great job of being leaders in this space. Congratulations to the winners.” 


Winners will be recognized at the upcoming EHS+ Committee meeting November 13-15, 2019 or at an event at their facility.


“Thank you to the Plastics Industry Association for recognizing my effort and granting me the Rising Safety Professional Award,” said regional EHS manager, Novolex, Ivan Marquez. “Safety is extremely important to me because it allows me to drive change and promote the wellness of both employees and my company while ensuring that we are all working to achieve the same goal – zero injuries.”


Submissions for the 2019 SSA Program will be accepted from January 6-February 21, 2020. 


To learn more about the awards, please visit:  


To learn about PLASTICS’ EHS+ Committee, please visit:  


To learn about PLASTICS’ Machinery Safety Standards Committee, please visit:


About Plastics Industry Association


The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), formerly SPI, is the only organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain, representing nearly one million workers in the $432 billion U.S. industry. Since 1937, PLASTICS has been working to make its members and the industry more globally competitive while advancing recycling and sustainability. To learn more about PLASTICS’ education initiatives, industry-leading insights and events, networking opportunities and policy advocacy, and North America’s largest plastics trade show, NPE: The Plastics Show, visit

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