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Region 10 News Release: # 08-615-SEA (#08-57)
May 12, 2008
Contact: Jeannine Lupton
Phone: 206-553-7620

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA renews safety and health 'star' for Tronox LLC of Soda Springs, Idaho

SEATTLE -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will renew the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) membership at the "star," or highest, level for Tronox LLC of Soda Springs, Idaho, in a ceremony to be held at the Region 10 VPP Association Regional Conference on May 14 at 8 a.m. MDT at the Sun Valley Resort, One Sun Valley Road, Sun Valley, Idaho.

The facility's 22 employees produce battery cathode material. The facility receives bulk electrolytic manganese dioxide, lithium carbonate and lanthanum carbonates, which are processed through a series of mills, classifiers and kilns. The finished product, lithiated manganese oxide, is packaged in sacks and stored on site until shipment to customers.

"The hard work of both managers and employees at Tronox LLC has continued to result in a first-class safety and health program," said Richard S. Terrill, OSHA's regional administrator in Seattle. "The site holds the distinction of being recognized for exceptional safety and health systems for over 20 years, which is a remarkable achievement."

The facility is joining an elite corps of more than 1,957 worksites nationwide that have earned VPP status. OSHA approved the facility's VPP "star" status renewal for five years.

OSHA's VPP recognizes and promotes the agency's vision of an effective safety and health management system in every workplace in America. VPP approval is OSHA's official recognition of the efforts of employers and employees who have achieved exemplary performance in occupational safety and health.

To qualify for VPP status, sites must meet or exceed all OSHA regulatory standards and submit to an OSHA review of their programs. Companies that have been accepted into the VPP represent more than 270 industries. Program participants typically achieve injury and illness rates more than 50 percent below their respective industry's average.

OSHA has improved workplace safety and health over the past 37 years. This success is reflected in the latest data (2006) showing that the lowest national injury and illness incidence rate that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has ever recorded. OSHA will continue to work diligently to focus its resources where they will have the most impact in assuring that every working man and woman returns home safely every day.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit

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