Friday, Nov. 2, 2007
Contact: Diana Petterson or Elizabeth Todd
Phone: 214-767-4776, ext. 222 or 221
AGUILARES, Texas -- ConocoPhillips Co. South Texas Asset in Aguilares has been approved as a Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) worksite at the "star," or highest, level by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A recognition ceremony was held today at the Zapata Community Center in Zapata, Texas.
"ConocoPhillips Co. has demonstrated excellence in effective safety and health management," said OSHA Regional Administrator Dean W. McDaniel in Dallas. "The company's outstanding efforts include maintaining an injury and illness rate 57 percent below the national average for its industry."
ConocoPhillips Co. South Texas Asset, a business unit of Houston-based ConocoPhillips Co., employs about 200 employees and 300 contract employees who conduct drilling and well services. The site is the home for ConocoPhillips' south Texas oil and gas exploration and production business.
More than 1,860 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 average injury rates 50 percent lower than other companies in their respective industries.
Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. The role of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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