Thursday, May 22, 2008
Contact: Elizabeth Todd
LAKE CHARLES, La. -- The Entergy Transmission and Substations' Lake Charles/Scott site has earned membership in the prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the "star," or highest, level. Bruce Stark, VPP coordinator in OSHA's Baton Rouge, La., area office, attended a recognition ceremony held at the company's facility on North Ryan Street in Lake Charles.
"The Entergy Transmission and Substations has demonstrated excellence in safety and health management," said OSHA Regional Administrator Dean W. McDaniel in Dallas. "Its outstanding efforts include maintaining an injury and illness rate that is significantly below the national average for the industry."
The 28 employees at the Lake Charles/Scott site manage the transmission and distribution system for delivering electricity to local customers by maintaining and repairing approximately 145 electrical substations located throughout the network.
More than 1,950 worksites nationwide have earned entry into OSHA's 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 VPP.
OSHA has improved workplace safety and health over the past 37 years. This success is reflected in the latest data (2006) showing 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 a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote 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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