The Doe Run Co., headquartered in St. Louis, has announced that its lead recycling facility in Boss, Mo., has reached 1 million safe work hours without a lost-time injury. The company reached this level March 16, 2012.
The company’s Buick Resource Recycling Division (BRRD) has the capacity to recover and recycle more than 160,000 tons of refined lead and lead alloys from more than 13.5 million recycled lead-acid batteries per year. In addition to breaking down the batteries, the recycling facility does smelting, refining and casting.
“One million hours without a lost-time injury is remarkable in this type of industry, where employees work around molten metal, chemicals, heavy equipment and machinery,” says Ed Fadler, safety coordinator at BRRD. “A milestone of this magnitude could not be accomplished without people doing their jobs safely day in and day out. Our employees must be committed to acting safely, as well as watching out for one another to achieve a record such as this.”
BRRD also reached the milestone in 1993 and 1998. The facility holds ISO 9001-2008 and ISO 14001-2004 certifications, which are internationally recognized standards for continuous improvement in product quality and environmental management practices.