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BASF Facility Exceeds One Million Hours of Safe Operation

BASF’s Coatings Technical Support Center in Whitehouse, Ohio, recently marked more than one million hours of operation without a recordable injury or work-related illness. According to Ken Perry, technical director, BASF Automotive Refinish, one million hours represents more than three and a half years of continuous operation at the site, which employs approximately 140 people.

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WHITEHOUSE, OHIO — BASF’s Coatings Technical Support Center in Whitehouse, Ohio, recently marked more than one million hours of operation without a recordable injury or work-related illness. According to Ken Perry, technical director, BASF Automotive Refinish, one million hours represents more than three and a half years of continuous operation at the site, which employs approximately 140 people.

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“This is a remarkable achievement by our employees, and it shows what can be accomplished when all employees take personal responsibility for safety in everything they do,” said Perry. “Reaching this goal and maintaining it requires a thorough understanding of the importance of safe practices, a consistent safety-first attitude and constant vigilance in everything we do. It also requires close teamwork, with all employees looking out for each other and being constantly alert to the potential for injury.

“The kind of commitment to excellence and attention to detail that has enabled us to exceed a million hours of safe operation is also the kind of approach that we bring to everything else we do at this site,” said Perry.

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Rainer Blair, group vice president for BASF’s coatings businesses in North America, has made safety the foremost goal of the organization, according to the company. He acknowledged the significance of the Whitehouse site’s achievement.

“Our Whitehouse staff can take great pride in attaining this milestone of more than one million hours without an injury or a work-related illness,” said Blair. “The site has an outstanding safety record, and this singular accomplishment offers further evidence of a deep and unwavering commitment to safety on the part of every member of the Whitehouse team.”

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The Coatings Technical Support Center is the R&D site for BASF’s Automotive Refinish Coatings Solutions business in North America. The site also houses color information laboratories, a state-of-the-art refinish Application and Training Center, and BASF’s North American Customer Service Center that supports BASF’s refinish and industrial coatings customers in North America. The Whitehouse facility has earned numerous awards, including the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council’s Award for Excellence in Responsible Care and the Council’s Excellence in Environmental, Health, Safety and Security Performance Award.

For more information about BASF, go to: www.basf.com.

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