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Concrete giant has the right mix on first try

W. R. Grace (Hong Kong) Ltd's stringent implementation and development of its environmental and safety policy has won the territory's largest concrete admixture manufacturer a PSCE Certificate of Merit in Environmental Performance.

W. R. Grace, established in 1965, produces concrete admixtures, cement additives, masonry products, waterproofing and fire protection materials.

It was the first time it had entered the awards.

Grace's products are supplied for a variety of projects, including commercial and residential construction, the airport and Hong Kong's dozens of tunnels, docks and bridges.

The company, which has a 50 per cent market share in Hong Kong, is one of 125 plants worldwide under its parent company, W. R. Grace & Co, a New York-listed supplier of specialty chemicals. There are 12 plants in Asia, including Hong Kong, mainland China, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Japan.

'We have been implementing a 'Commitment to Care' programme since the establishment of the company in Hong Kong,' John Chan, the company's plant manager in Hong Kong, said.

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W. R. Grace has a global Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) organisation to oversee its environmental and safety policies in day-to- day business operations.

Recycling of water is practised in all manufacturing facilities and dust control systems are installed in plants to prevent pollution.

Mr Chan said the EHS had 108 codes to be adopted uniformly in all Grace plants.

'Our United States headquarters pays a lot of attention to environmental and safety management,' he said.

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'This policy serves to protect the environment and to avoid compensation.' Although there are only 16 staff at the Hong Kong plant, an EHS committee has weekly meetings with all workers to train and review environmental control and safety practices.

'We try to remind workers to wear safety glasses and shoes at all times. I want to make sure all workers are aware of work safety,' Mr Chan said.

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He said the parent company was always supportive in budgeting for EHS training programmes.

All employees were given monthly environmental awareness and safety training.

'EHS is not something we pay attention to occasionally. It is absolutely necessary at all times.

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'In the beginning, there was some resistance among some workers to putting on safety glasses or shoes, but now they wear them.'

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