TRADE NEWS RELEASE
Wednesday, June 13, 2001
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999
OSHA AND TYSON FOODS, INC. FORM LANDMARK PARTNERSHIP
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Tyson Foods, Inc., will join together today in a landmark partnership to improve worker safety and health at two of the poultry processor's facilities.
The five-year agreement, scheduled to be signed in Little Rock, Ark., establishes a joint OSHA/Tyson partnership steering committee that will establish milestones designed to reduce the incidence of employee injuries and illnesses at Tyson Foods. The partnership initially covers two Tyson facilities: Clarksville Processing in Clarksville, Ark., and Monett processing in Monett, MO.
"The partnership formed today is an example of public-private cooperation that protects America's workers," said acting OSHA Administrator R. Davis Layne. "We believe the agreement will reduce injuries and illnesses at both of these facilities. And, we're confident that the lessons learned from the partnership will translate into improved worker protections throughout the entire Tyson family."
John B. Miles, OSHA regional administrator in Dallas, is scheduled to attend the signing and said that management commitment and employee involvement will continue to be central elements to the implementation of an effective safety and health program.
Under the agreement, OSHA will work with senior staff, site management and employees to identify actions that will strengthen the Tyson foods safety and health programs. OSHA will also conduct an initial baseline evaluation of each participating site's safety and health program and produce a report listing compliance issues for correction and recommend areas of improvement. Tyson commits to further strengthen its safety and health programs and to abate any OSHA violations that may be identified through the partnership.
"We believe this effort will offer new ways and opportunities for us to work together and focus cooperatively on the thing that's most important to all of the partners -- the health and safety of our team members," said Greg Lee, Tyson Foods chief operating officer.
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The text of this news release is available on the OSHA website at http://www.osha.gov. Information on this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 693-1999.