People
Published: April 13, 2022
People
Published: April 13, 2022

Behind the Paints with Pascal Zelfl

​​​​​​​​​At PPG, we are grateful for all of our employees around the world, including our frontline employees who often work behind the scenes in our manufacturing facilities, research laboratories, stores and other PPG sites to make it happen. In our new “Behind the Paints" series, we introduce you to members of our frontline team and showcase the many ways they run it like they own it – at work and in the community. Last summer, communities across Germany and other parts of Europe experienced devastating floods. Hundreds of people lost their lives, and thousands more lost their homes and businesses. Within weeks of the disaster, Pascal Zelfl, senior associate in the Test Laboratory and head of Emergency Response for PPG Wörwag in Korntal-Muenchingen, Germany, traded the last eight days of his vacation time for mud-covered work boots, safety gloves and blue jeans, and traveled to the hard-hit Ahr Valley in northern Germany. His task: distribute relief goods, coordinate other logistics and lend a hand wherever needed.
Every year, I take a few vacation days to help out at the Red Cross. The Ahr Valley catastrophe was my biggest mission. It just feels good to help other people.
As a trained paramedic for the Wörwag Industrial Coatings site, a volunteer with the German Red Cross and long-time local firefighter, Pascal puts his first-responder skills to work whenever and wherever needed. For more than a decade, his colleagues have come to depend on his expertise, reliability and commitment to safety, whether he is testing PPG or third-party products, developing coronavirus response plans for the site or keeping local firefighting vehicles prepped for the unexpected.
I'm not alone in what I do. My colleagues and I work together to make sure every employee goes home safely every evening. There's a lot of potential in encouraging employees to get involved in things that highlight their interests or skills.