The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) and University of Minnesota
are expanding their strategic partnership by launching a pilot program
to improve safety awareness and practices in the Department of Chemistry
and Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science in the
university's College of Science and Engineering. The pilot program will
leverage key elements of Dow's best-in-class practices to help improve
university laboratory safety.
The safety partnership reinforces Dow's commitment to advancing research
and development at leading U.S. universities. In support of the
company's goal to support breakthrough technologies and ensure a strong
pipeline of scientific talent for the nation's workforce, Dow announced
in October 2011 it would invest $25 million per year for 10 years among
11 academic institutions, including the University of Minnesota.
"At Dow, we see it as part of our mission to support universities
continue the tradition of excellence in chemical engineering, chemistry,
and materials science," said Dr. William F. Banholzer, Ph.D., Dow's
chief technology officer and executive vice president of ventures, new
business development, and licensing. "The safety pilot program expands
the partnership with University of Minnesota and leverages our strength
in laboratory safety, which is a continuing challenge for universities
everywhere. The Dow safety mindset is based on driving behavior toward
incident prevention, sustained by renewed employee engagement and the
responsibility to provide a safe work environment to our employees."
University laboratory safety has improved steadily over the last two
decades, thanks largely to the enactment of the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration Laboratory Safety Act in 1990. However, with a
transient student population and, at times, inadequate infrastructure
(especially in pre-1990 facilities) nurturing and sustaining a safety
culture is a challenge, say university researchers.
"This partnership is a tremendous opportunity for us to learn how to
improve the safety culture in our two departments, which is always of
paramount concern as we perform research at the forefront of chemistry,
materials science and engineering," said Department of Chemistry chair
William Tolman. "The insights and help we glean by working closely with
Dow, an industry leader in safety practices, will be invaluable in
promoting safe work in our laboratories."
University administration recognizes the impact of this new partnership
to improve safety and the importance of partnering with industry leaders.
"Dow's partnership with the University of Minnesota is a great example
of how today's companies can work with universities to accomplish mutual
goals while contributing to our society," said Eric W. Kaler, president
of the University of Minnesota. "The safety partnership with Dow will
help bring a renewed culture of safety awareness to our laboratories
that supports our mission of education and driving groundbreaking
Successful elements of this safety pilot program could be leveraged to
other departments within the University of Minnesota College of Science
and Engineering and potentially to other universities.
"We are thrilled to partner with the Dow Chemical Company in this
critically important aspect of research and education," said Department
of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science head Frank Bates. "The
consequences of this unique and innovative program will reverberate
across Universities around the country."
For more information on Dow's industry-leading partnerships with U.S.
universities, visit www.dow.com/innovation/partnership.
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passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The company
connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability
to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as
the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation,
and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified
industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials,
agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of
technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately
160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water,
energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of
$60 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The
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