Monday, July 28, 2008
Contact: Diana Petterson Elizabeth Todd
Phone: 972-850-4709 972-850-4710
HAHNVILLE, La. -- Jacobs Field Services North America's Dow St. Charles Operations in Hahnville 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 for achieving three years of excellence in employee health and safety.
Joe Reina, OSHA's deputy regional administrator in Dallas, Alex Novas, OSHA's compliance assistance specialist in Baton Rouge, La., and Bruce Stark from OSHA's area office in Baton Rouge, attended a recent recognition ceremony.
"Jacobs Field Services North America has demonstrated excellence in effective safety and health management," said OSHA Regional Administrator Dean W. McDaniel in Dallas. "The facility's outstanding efforts include maintaining an injury and illness rate that is 91 percent below the national average for its industry."
Jacobs Field Services North America is the primary maintenance contractor for the Dow St. Charles chemical plant and provides maintenance support activities with crafts that include pipefitters, welders, carpenters, electricians, warehouse staff and administrative support. The company, which has about 220 employees at the Hahnville facility, is a division of Pasadena, Calif.-based Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.
Two thousand 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. Companies in the VPP achieve injury and illness rates 50 percent lower than others in their industry.
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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