Monday, Jan. 22, 2007
Contact: Diana Petterson or Elizabeth Todd
Phone: (214) 767-4776, Ext. 222 or 221
PORT ALLEN, La. -- The Entergy Operations Port Allen Service Center has earned membership in the prestigious "Star" Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A recognition ceremony was held Jan. 17 at the company's facility on Rosedale Road in Port Allen.
"The Entergy Operations Port Allen Service Center has demonstrated excellence in effective safety and health management," said OSHA Regional Administrator Frank Strasheim in Dallas. "Their outstanding efforts include achieving an injury and illness rate that is 77 percent below the national average for their industry."
The Entergy Port Allen Service Center operates and maintains power lines that provide electricity to both residential and commercial customers in Iberville, Point Coupee, St. Martin and West Baton Rouge parishes. The company employs 24 workers in Port Allen who construct and repair power lines, provide meter service and install street lights in the surrounding area.
OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs are open to deserving employers in any industry, from construction and agriculture to food manufacturing. More than 1,600 worksites in more than 270 different industries have earned entry into VPP.
Requirements include a high degree of management support and employee involvement; a high-quality worksite hazard analysis; prevention and control programs; and comprehensive safety and health training for all employees. Each of these elements must be effective, in place and in operation for at least one year before a company can apply to join the program. Companies in the VPP achieve average injury rates 50 percent lower than other companies in their industry.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace 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 www.osha.gov.
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