Quadrant Wytheville Facility Achieves Safety Milestone: Three Years Injury-Free

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Meeting high safety and quality standards helped employees reach three years without any OSHA-defined recordable injuries in Quadrant's Wytheville Plant.

Quadrant Wytheville Facility

Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products' Wytheville Manufacturing Facility

“(Three years) without one recordable injury is quite a feat. It is evidence of our strong company vision for safety and the strong accountability that each person has for the safety and wellness of their team members,” said Alan Freeman, plant manager.

Reaching a milestone in safety and precision in quality standards, Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products’ Wytheville, Virginia, facility has just achieved three years injury-free.

“For 80 employees to work 386,100 hours without one recordable injury is quite a feat. It is evidence of our strong company vision for safety and the strong accountability that each person has for the safety and wellness of their team members,” said Alan Freeman, plant manager of Wytheville, Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products.

With an unwavering focus on safety, Wytheville team members actively participate in daily meetings, regular trainings, onsite safety reviews, updating procedures, and monthly employee-driven safety committee meetings. Employees strictly abide by internal processes and have an open environment to provide peer reviews and constructive criticism that is governed by the teams’ culture of caring and respect for the well-being of their team members.

The management team of the facility also supports quality and worksite-based safety and health through ISO Standards and participation in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

Also, there is an information-sharing forum for leaders across the company to review, share with members of their organization, discuss and learn from mishaps and situations and discussing other ways to have handled them. It also provides a proactive means to glean from successes.

“Safety is the core of everything we do. You need to understand what the hazards are and anticipate what can happen, and take the appropriate steps to control the hazards before you do anything,” said Freeman.

Quadrant’s Wytheville facility produces general engineering plastics and a proprietary product called Flourosint for compression molding. It has been in operation since 1976 as DSM, which Quadrant bought in 2001. In 2009, the Wytheville facility achieved its first injury-free year.

Injury-free is defined by Quadrant as no recordable injuries. Recordable injuries are those defined by OSHA Standards.

“Achieving the first injury-free year is the hardest in my opinion, but once people experience it and believe it is possible, the expectations are very employee-driven to continue the hard work. No one wants to be the one who ends it, so people are very mindful of their actions at an even higher level” said Alan. “Success breeds success. We want to do things right.”

About Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products (EPP)
Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products range from UHMW polyethylene, nylon and acetal to ultra-high performance polymers that resist temperatures to over 800°F (425°C). The company’s products are used for machined parts in food processing and packaging, semiconductor manufacturing, aerospace, electronics, chemical processing, life sciences, power generation and diverse industrial equipment. Quadrant EPP’s products are supported by a global team of application development and technical service engineers.

Full support in evaluating designs and machining of parts is available from Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products’ Technical Support Group. Learn more about Quadrant at http://www.quadrantplastics.com.

Registered trademarks of the Quadrant group of companies: Acetron, CleanStat, Duraspin, Duratron, Erta, Ertalyte, Ertalene, Ertalon, Extreme Materials, Fluorosint, Ketron, MC, Monocast, Nylatron, Nylasteel, Polypenco, Proteus, Sanalite, Semitron, Techtron, TIVAR and Vibratuf. Torlon is a registered trademark of Solvay Advanced Polymers.

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