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Decorative Coatings Site Sets Safety Record

Employees at Akzo Nobel’s Decorative Coatings site in São Paulo, Brazil, have set what is believed to be a Brazilian and company-wide safety record.

The site recently passed a landmark five million hours without a loss time injury (LTI), marking more than four years since the last accident.

“I’m very proud to have been part of the team which helped to establish this record,” said Lisaneas Sa Freire, technical and industrial director for Decorative Coatings Brazil.

“For all our employees it is just reward for years of hard work, training and continuous improvements in safety."

A total of 423 people work at Decorative Coatings Brazil, which serves the Brazilian paint market with three brands, Ypiranga, Wanda and International.

As well as dealing in paint production and research, the facility is also involved in resin production and houses laboratories and a distribution center.

“This landmark is extremely rare for our kind of activity,” added Sa Freire. “It’s a new LTI safety record among the main Brazilian paint companies and praise is deserved by the entire organization because of the team work involved.”

A commemorative plaque will be installed at the site to mark the achievement, which will go alongside the Akzo Nobel safety awards presented to the site in 1996 and 1998. The inauguration will be led by sub-business unit manager, Paulo Gonçalves.

All employees will also receive a special gift, as well as being treated to a celebration lunch.

(Released: November 24, 2000)