Thursday, June 21, 2007
Contact: Diana Petterson or Elizabeth Todd
Phone: (214) 767-4776, Ext. 222 or 221
SEADRIFT, Texas -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today welcomed Union Carbide Corp. Seadrift Operations into the prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) at the highest, or "star," level during a ceremony held at the company facility in Seadrift.
"Union Carbide Corp. Seadrift Operations, a subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Co., has demonstrated excellence in effective safety and health management," said OSHA acting Regional Administrator Frank Strasheim in Dallas. "The facility's outstanding efforts include maintaining an injury and illness rate 85 percent below the national average for the industry."
Union Carbide's Seadrift Operations has 706 employees who operate the plant's 14 production units. An additional 646 contractor employees are on site performing maintenance, capital projects, and guard and janitorial services. The chemical plant produces more than 40 products for use in everyday household, business and consumer products, such as plastic for wire and cable applications, automotive parts, toys, diapers, roofing materials, antifreeze, and health and beauty products.
More than 1,700 worksites in more than 270 industries 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. Companies in the VPP achieve average injury rates 50 percent lower than other companies in their respective industries.
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 www.osha.gov.
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