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Dow Recognized for Safety Excellence in the Construction Industry


Midland, MI, The Dow Chemical Company has been selected as a 2008 recipient of the Construction Industry Safety Excellence (CISE) Award for the Company’s continuous dedication to safety and enforcement of Dow Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) policies through all levels of business.

The award, handed out by the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT), recognizes companies that exemplify construction site safety in the United States, Canada and the rest of the world. CISE Award winners were announced today at the CURT National Conference in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

“At Dow, the safety of our employees, contractors and communities is our top priority,” said Don Taylor, Dow functional vice president for Manufacturing & Engineering (M&E). “As part of our 2015 Sustainability Goals and our Drive to Zero safety initiative, we are committed to working with all stakeholders, including contractor firms, to set new standards for safety. This includes ensuring our safety programs have the necessary involvement and support to be effective. We are very honored to accept this year’s CISE Award.”

CISE Award recipients were selected based on a rigorous set of criteria, including the ability to demonstrate an adherence to CURT’s Owner’s Safety Blueprint, as well as setting the industry standard for delivering projects with little or no injuries and illnesses. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the incident rate achieved by Dow’s work group was less than 10 percent of the U.S. national average (comparable injury/illness data is not readily available globally).

“Receiving this award reflects the ongoing daily commitment of Dow’s Engineering Solutions Organization and its many partners who worked hard – along with many independent contractor firms and individuals across the globe – to continuously improve our performance,” said Margaret Walker, Dow vice president of Engineering Solutions, Technology Centers and M&E Work Processes. “Receiving recognition from CURT is validation that we are making good progress in creating a safe place for employees and contractors to work – at all times. Engagement at the personal level is key to our success.”

Dow’s Drive to Zero philosophy for EH&S events was a key differentiator that led to Dow winning the award. This philosophy – which is focused on eliminating unplanned events involving personal injury, process safety or the environment – is reinforced through training sessions, supervisor meetings and other safety emphasis programs and communications.

“Working with a company as committed to safety as Dow is a win-win situation for us,” said Dan Kozakiewicz, President of Three Rivers Corporation in Midland, Mich. “Not only does this create a safe environment for our employees to work, but by reducing incident and injury rates, we are able to be more effective in the amount and quality of work we deliver to our customers.”

About Dow

With annual sales of $54 billion and 46,000 employees worldwide, Dow is a diversified chemical company that combines the power of science and technology with the “ Human Element ” to constantly improve what is essential to human progress. The Company delivers a broad range of products and services to customers in around 160 countries, connecting chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products. References to “Dow” or the “Company” mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

About the CISE Award

The Constructor Segment of the Construction Users Round Table (CURT) Construction Industry Safety Excellence (CISE) Awards Program recognizes the commendable safety performance of individual constructor firms. The awards are intended to convey CURT’s strong support of constructor safety performance, as well as encourage efforts to improve safety by recognizing safety leaders in all segments of the construction industry. More information is available at


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