NORTON, Ohio--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--ICP Adhesives and Sealants’ Process Improvement Engineer, Paul Hunt, has been selected as a finalist for the Ohio BWC Safety Innovation Award for 2017. The BWC Safety Innovations competition was established to encourage, recognize and showcase innovative solutions that reduce the risk of workplace injury and illness. Ohio BWC accepts innovations in the form of equipment, machinery, processes and procedures.
“The need for this innovation came from safety concerns in our cylinder filling department”
Paul Hunt’s process safety improvement design is a pneumatic valve closure designed to fill cylinders behind an enclosed Plexiglas box. This activity was previously performed manually, exposing workers to chemical releases and sprays. The pneumatic device has greatly improved the safety of the filling operation and reduced the frequency of chemical spills at the ICP Adhesives & Sealants Akron, Ohio plant.
“The need for this innovation came from safety concerns in our cylinder filling department,” said Hunt. “Employees love the new clamping system, and reduction in safety hazards is evident. To date, there have been no safety incidents related to this equipment.”
Hunt sold his idea to ICP decision makers with a rough concept he created from spare parts in the maintenance department. The innovation was taken from concept to completion in one year, and fourteen units were in place and fully operational by November of 2015.
Hunt, with members of the ICP Adhesives & Sealants team, will attend the Ohio BWC safety Expo in March to present the innovation.
About ICP Adhesives & Sealants, a division of the ICP Group
ICP Adhesives and Sealants, Inc. (ICP) is a leading manufacturer of low pressure one- and two-component polyurethane foam sealant and adhesives products in pressurized, disposable, and refillable packaging. Our trusted brands include Polyset and Handi-Foam. For more information on ICP, visit www.icpadhesives.com.
About ICP Group
Innovative Chemical Products (the ICP Group) is a leading specialty chemical company engaged in the formulation, manufacturing, and marketing of coatings and adhesives. With operations headquartered in Andover, MA, and additional manufacturing and warehousing in Itasca, IL, Norton, OH, Tomball, TX, and Coral Springs, FL, ICP Group serves the architectural, specialty construction, packaging, printing and sport surfaces end markets. ICP Group is privately held and manufactures products under several specialty brands, including Polyset, Handi-Foam, California Paints, Fiberlock, Storm System, Nicoat, Rock-Tred, Decoturf, Plexipave, and Rebound Ace. For more information on the Construction, Adhesives & Sealants and Industrial divisions of ICP Group, visit www.icpgroup.com.