Oct. 28, 2021 - Another award recognizes the great work that Imerys employees have been doing since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, this time granted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) - part of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Imerys Performance Minerals Americas–North American Division won the industrial minerals award for introducing contact-tracing technology to manage physical distancing and track exposures to COVID-19 at the worksites. Imerys provided wearable contact-tracing badges to all personnel and used the data collected to improve physical distancing measures and to add exposure controls. These measures delivered additional capacity to contain the potential spread of COVID-19.
Imerys' Vice President & General Manager of Polymers and Coatings, Doug Smith, accepted the award, presented during the Industrial Mineral Association Meeting. "We are proud of our EHS and Operations team to receive such an award from the US Federal Agency, National Institute of Occupational Safety. The fact that NIOSH has chosen Imerys' PMA as a key winner in the Industrial Minerals space is a great example of how our EHS and Operations team were able to work with external partners and develop an innovative solution to combat the spread of COVID-19 across our sites."
The NIOSH Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovations Award recognizes mines and companies that have made an extraordinary effort to apply technology or improve processes in innovative ways, above and beyond mandatory requirements, to improve mine worker safety and health. "This year's awards attest to the mining industry's ability to innovate in response to immediate, global challenges, while continuing to develop industry-specific health and safety solutions," said NIOSH Associate Director for Mining Dr. Jessica Kogel.
For the Vice President of Filtration & Life Sciences at PMA, Amanda Glaser, the team has shown how resilient they can be. "Our team took to heart the Imerys and CDC protocols to limit impact. The safety of our employees has been and continues to be our top priority. I have been incredibly proud of our team's ability to find ways to get their jobs done in ways that minimize exposure risk for themselves and others," she said.
Doug Smith also highlighted the work of strengthening the communication processes across the sites: "These efforts helped our teams adjust operating procedures and protocols to protect our employees, contractors, their families, and the local communities in which they live. It is very exciting to be part of an organization that has been able to rise to the many challenges the pandemic has posed to the business. Our teams have shown an ability to adjust quickly to ensure that we operate safely while continuing to service our customers."
Chris England, director of North America Environment, Health & Safety at Imerys PMA, explains the next steps: "We're going to continue following our internal COVID-19 procedures and tools, especially Instant Trace badges until the pandemic is over. The Hub EHS Teams worked quickly to roll out the badges to all production and mine sites. This recognition is a reflection on the dedication and adaptability of the EHS Team."