Linde North America headquarters and National Operations Center receive ACC's Responsible Care Certification

Linde North America headquarters and National Operations Center receive ACC's
                        Responsible Care Certification

PR Newswire

MURRAY HILL, N.J. and NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J., July 22, 2013

MURRAY HILL, N.J. and NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J., July 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/
--Linde North America's headquarters in Murray Hill, New Jersey, and its
National Operations Center (NOC) in Stewartsville, New Jersey, have received
Responsible Care Certification from the American Chemistry Council's
Responsible Care® program.

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Linde North America is a member of The Linde Group, a world-leading gases and
engineering company. Responsible Care is a globally recognized best practice
initiative to improve safety, health, environment and security performance by
member companies throughout the world. Certification is granted by ACC to
those companies that demonstrate adherence to a strict set of standards that
are designed to improve safety, health, environment and security performance.

"We are extremely proud to receive this certification at our headquarters for
the third time," said Patrick Murphy, president of Linde North America, which
has been a member of ACC for nearly 65 years. "Working toward -- and receiving
-- this certification falls right in line with our goals as a high performance
organization and our vision to be the leading gases and engineering company."

Linde's Murray Hill location received its initial certification in May 2009.
Since that time, the company has completed certification of 26 of its
production facilities located throughout the US. Four more Linde plants are
scheduled for certification later this year.

The NOC facility has been in operation since 2008 and is the nerve center for
Linde's manufacturing and distribution operations. From this location, which
employs nearly 250 people, Linde performs supply planning, remotely operates
air separation and carbon dioxide plants, schedules delivery of its products
to thousands of customers throughout the U.S., and schedules installation and
maintenance of its cryogenic customer stations.

Mike Armstrong, head of the National Scheduling Center, said, "Qualifying for
Responsible Care Certification is a very important part our ability to offer
excellent service and support to our customers in North America. I
congratulate all the employees at the NOC for the hard work and
professionalism that was critical for Linde to receive this award."

Tim Wren, head of Safety, Health, Environment and Quality, said, "This is a
great accomplishment. Thanks for a job well done to all team members who
participated in the audit."

Responsible Care is a globally recognized management system aimed at helping
companies improve performance in areas such as safety, health, environment and
security. Certification is mandatory for all ACC member companies, which must
undergo headquarter and facility audits by an independent, accredited auditor
to verify that they have a structure and system in place that manages and
measures performance. Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) is Linde's
independent auditor.

The Responsible Care management system offers an integrated, structured
approach to drive results in seven key areas: community awareness and
emergency response; security; distribution; employee health and safety;
pollution prevention; process safety; and product stewardship.

A key part of the Responsible Care management system is mandatory
certification by an independent, accredited auditor. All companies taking
part in the process undergo headquarters and facility audits to assure that
they have a structure and system in place to measure, manage and verify
performance. Lloyds of London was the independent auditor for both Linde
audits. 

The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with around
62,000 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2012 financial
year, Linde generated revenue of EUR 15.280 bn (USD 19.9 bn). The strategy of
the Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the
expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and
services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners,
employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas,
regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to
technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and
sustainable development.

For more information, see The Linde Group online at www.linde.com

SOURCE Linde North America

Website: http://www.lindeus.com
Contact: Amy Ficon, Linde corporate communications, 908-771-1491,
amy.ficon@linde.com
 
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