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U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Office of Communications
Washington, D.C.
For Immediate Release

Trade News Release
August 9, 2006
Contact: Elaine Fraser
Phone: (202) 693-1999

Washington Group International Newest Member of OSHA's VPP Corporate Pilot

WASHINGTON -- Washington Group International, headquartered in Boise, Idaho, was recently accepted into the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) VPP Corporate Pilot program. The VPP Corporate Pilot streamlines the application and onsite evaluation processes for organizations that have made a commitment to the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP).

"Washington Group International has been a valued partner with OSHA by continually working with us through the Alliance and VPP cooperative programs," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "The corporation has successfully demonstrated the strong safety and health management standards necessary to support the principles of VPP. We are honored to recognize them for this accomplishment, and are pleased to welcome them into the VPP Corporate Pilot family."

"Maintaining an accident-free work environment for our employees is the ultimate goal of Washington Group International's health and safety program," said Stephen G. Hanks, Washington Group's president and chief executive officer. "Participation in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs fosters increased employee involvement in enhancing their own safety. We're honored by OSHA's recognition of our safety performance and acceptance into such a prestigious, elite group."

Washington Group International was admitted after a complete review of its safety and health management system by a VPP Corporate Onsite Team. OSHA's program evaluation recognized the company's crisis management plan, along with its extensive safety and health training program, as particular areas of excellence. Washington Group becomes the fifth organization to be inducted into the VPP Corporate Pilot, joining Georgia-Pacific, International Paper, U.S. Postal Service and the Dow Chemical Company.

Washington Group offers integrated engineering, construction, and management solutions to businesses and governments worldwide. The company employs approximately 25,000 people in more than 40 states and 30 countries providing professional, scientific, management, and development services in many markets, including environmental, government, industrial, mining, nuclear-services and transportation.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace 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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