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Region 6 News Release: OSHA-08-945-DAL
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Contact: Diana Petterson Elizabeth Todd
Phone: 972-850-4709 972-850-4710
MONT BELVIEU, Texas -- ONEOK Hydrocarbon Southwest LLC in Mont Belvieu has earned membership in the prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the "star," or highest, level for achieving three years of excellence in employee health and safety.
"ONEOK Hydrocarbon Southwest has exhibited excellence in effective safety and health management, employee training and involvement, as well as application of appropriate resources into these areas," said OSHA Regional Administrator Dean W. McDaniel in Dallas. "Senior management's close participation in the company's safety and health program has been a key to its effectiveness."
Twenty-one ONEOK employees and 13 resident contractors work at the facility, where natural gas liquids are separated into such products as ethane, propane and butane, which are then marketed or stored. ONEOK Hydrocarbon is a subsidiary of ONEOK Partners LP, one of the largest publicly traded limited partnerships and a leader in the gathering, processing, storage and transportation of natural gas and natural gas liquids in the U.S.
Almost 2,000 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.
OSHA has improved workplace safety and health over the past 37 years. This success is reflected in the latest data (2006) showing the lowest national injury and illness incidence rate that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has ever recorded. OSHA will continue to work diligently to focus its resources where they will have the most impact in assuring that every working man and woman returns home safely every day.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote 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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