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OSHA News Release – Region 9
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 9 News Release: 22 (04-377-SAN)
Date: March 10, 2004
Contact: Tino Serrano
Fort Huachuca contractor recognized for outstanding safety and health program
SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will formally welcome Kellogg, Brown and Root's Fort Huachuca Project into OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) at a ceremony Thursday, March 11.
"It is an honor to recognize the exemplary health and safety record of this employer," said Frank Strasheim, OSHA's regional administrator in San Francisco. "KBR clearly sets a high priority on safety and health and has consistently demonstrated excellence and leadership in workplace safety at the Fort Huachuca Project."
KBR provides facilities support and management services at the Fort Huachuca Army Base. The company's employees and three sub-contractors plan and manage logistical functions on the base, including refueling airplanes, warehousing, supply, maintenance, fabrication, receiving and tracking hazardous materials, and shipping household goods for military personnel.
KBR's cumulative rate of injuries and illnesses for the last three years is less than half the national average for the industry and its record of lost work time due to health and safety issues is well below national averages. There were no incidents reported in 2003. The company supports an aggressive Corrective Action Request system, which encourages employees to note and report workplace hazards, stop unsafe actions when necessary, and submit suggestions to improve the safety of work processes.
OSHA representatives will present KBR with a certificate and a flag recognizing their appointment as a Star Demonstration Site within OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program at a ceremony Thursday, March 11, at 11:00 a.m. in the Ballroom at the Lakeside Activity Centre, Building 43002, Lawton St., Fort Huachuca.
The Voluntary Protection Program promotes effective worksite-based safety and health. In the VPP, management, labor, and OSHA establish cooperative relationships at workplaces that have implemented a comprehensive safety and health management system. Acceptance into VPP is OSHA's official recognition of the outstanding efforts of employers and employees who have implemented exemplary safety and health management systems.
There are 1,036 work sites nationwide in the VPP, representing 208 industries. Companies in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program achieve average injury rates 50 percent lower than other companies in their industry. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is dedicated to assuring worker safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov
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