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Region 6 News Release: OSHA-06-1669-DAL
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006
Contact: Diana Petterson or Elizabeth Todd
Phone: (214) 767-4776, ext. 222 or 221
PONCA CITY, Okla. -- ConocoPhillips Refinery in Ponca City, Okla., has earned membership in the prestigious "Star" Voluntary Protection Programs (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 South Pine Avenue in Ponca City.
"ConocoPhillips Refinery has demonstrated excellence in effective safety and health management," said OSHA Acting Regional Administrator Frank Strasheim in Dallas. "Its outstanding effort includes maintaining an injury and illness rate that is 27 percent below the national industry average."
ConocoPhillips Refinery, headquartered in Houston, provides the refining of crude and semirefined oil and natural gas products into quality, salable petroleum products. The principal product of the refinery is gasoline. The site includes several office buildings, operating units, a quality-control laboratory, warehouse, maintenance shops, a fire department and a medical clinic. The plant employs about 702 workers, with about 650 contract workers on-site.
OSHA's VPP recognizes and promotes effective workplace safety and health management. About 1,550 workplaces throughout the U.S., representing 280 industries, have earned OSHA's highest recognition as participants in the VPP.
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 improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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