This week the Society of the Plastics Industry began accepting entries for the 2014 Safety Statistics and Awards Program.
The program allows the trade group to track safety issues in the plastics industry through the applications, which require redacted copies of forms filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The group will then allocate "Gold" awards to worksites with no occupational injuries or illnesses last year, "Silver" awards for worksites without lost work time during that span, and "Bronze" awards for sites whose safety performance is 20 percent better than the national average.
This year's program will also recognize six total facilities with the lowest incident rates in three categories: two for those with less than 100 employees, two for workforces between 101 and 350, and two for facilities with more than 350 employees.
SPI listed 35 award winners for 2013, including Berry Plastics Corporation, Dart Container Corp., LyondellBasell Industries, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., and more.
OSHA said the plastics product manufacturing industry saw eight fatalities in 2013, along with a reported nonfatal injuries and illnesses rate of 4.3 per 100 full-time workers.
The deadline for 2014 entries is March 6.