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Brazilian Plants to Join Elite

Akzo Nobel’s chemicals plants in Itupeva and Paulinia, Brazil, are on the verge of joining an elite group of companies.

Veritas Quality International (BVQI) has recommended that all of Akzo Nobel’s chemicals plants in the two South American locations be awarded BS8800 certification, the British standard for occupational safety and health management.

To date, only eight companies have received BS8800 certification in Brazil.

“This is important for our business because it is a way to recognize the work that has been carried out towards our goal of zero accidents,” said Fernando Pimenta, general manager of Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry in South America.

“Getting the certification was a challenge for our employees and it confirms our attitude and concern about safety and health.”

Recognition for the Brazilian plants follows the recent success of Akzo Nobel chemicals plants in Canada and Malaysia in also attaining an approved quality standard.

Both the Saskatoon and Pasir Gudang sites were awarded ISO 14001 certification.

(Released: October 9, 2000)

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