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OSHA News Release – Region 6
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 6 News Release: OSHA-05-2235-DAL
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2005
Contact: Diana Petterson or Elizabeth Todd
Phone: (214) 767-4776, ext. 222 or 221
Ceremony Held Today in Corpus Christi
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Valero's Corpus Christi Refinery West and East plants have earned membership in the "Star" Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
A recognition ceremony was held today at the company's facility on 1147 Cantwell Road, at which OSHA Acting Assistant Secretary Jonathan L. Snare welcomed the plants into the prestigious program that recognizes and promotes effective workplace safety and health management.
"Working together, you've made good on your commitment to provide a safe and healthful work environment here in Corpus Christi," Snare told the Valero employees and managers. "Recognizing that each worker is essential to the success of the company, you've made continuous improvement in safety and health a true value -- not merely a priority -- in the Valero company culture."
Both plants have maintained injury and illness rates substantially below the national average for the petroleum refining industry.
The Valero Corpus Christi Refinery-East Plant employs some 325 workers refining heavy, high-sulfur crude oil into light products including conventional gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, petrochemicals, propane, butane and light naphthas. In addition, the facility produces multiple grades of asphalt and petroleum coke.
The Valero Corpus Christi Refinery-West Plant employs about 490 workers refining low value crude oil feed stocks into premium products including reformulated gasoline (RFG) and CARB Phase II gasoline, both of which have fewer toxics and lower emissions than conventional gasoline. The facility also produces conventional gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, petrochemicals, propane, butane and light naphthas.
About 1,370 work sites throughout the U.S have earned OSHA's highest recognition as participants in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs, representing more than 280 industries. VPP participants typically achieve injury and illness rates at least 50 percent below their respective industry's average rates.
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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