Canadian National has awarded 83 industrial facilities Safe Handling Awards for 2000. Forty-nine of these facilities are located in Canada and 34 in the United States.
First introduced in 1992, the Safe Handling Awards are presented each year to CN customers that load 100 or more cars with dangerous goods annually and meet established safety objectives.
The awards are also an integral part of other measurement initiatives such as the Responsible Care(R) program – a performance improvement initiative of the Canadian Chemical Producers’ Association (CCPA), that has also been adopted by the American Chemistry Council (ACC). CN intends to apply Responsible Care(R) principles not only to the transportation of regulated goods, but to all of its activities. CN’s participation in Responsible Care(R) confirms its commitment to continuously improving work practices and procedures throughout the Company.
Three facilities received a special mention for having earned Safe Handling Awards nine years in a row: PIONEER (Dalhousie, New Brunswick), Enersul (Operations) Inc. (Benbow, Alberta) and BP Canada Energy Resources Co. (Elspeth, Alberta).
CN has also introduced two new award categories: The Corporate Safe Handling Award, and the Continuous Improvement Award. The Corporate Safe Handling Award is presented to companies that exceed 5,000 carloads of dangerous goods shipped and that meet Safe Handling Awards criteria. In 2000, this award was presented to BP Canada Energy Resources Company, The Dow Chemical Company, Ultramar Ltd. and PIONEER.
The Continuous Improvement Award recognizes the facilities that posted the best overall improvement. The recipients of the Continuous Improvement Award for 2000 are: Irving Oil Ltd. (Saint John, New Brunswick) and BP Canada Energy Resources Company (Sarnia, Ontario).