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OSHA Trade Release
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Office of Communications
For Immediate Release
Trade News Release
Oct. 10, 2008
Contact: Office of Communications
Results show drop in recordable injury rates exceeded company goals
WASHINGTON -- A case study developed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and The Dow Chemical Company Alliance shows how Dow's contractors reduced their recordable injury rate by more than 90 percent at Dow's Freeport, Texas facility.
The case study, titled "Contractor Safety Case Study: Texas Operations Contractor Alliance for Safety at Dow Facility in Freeport, Texas," describes how Dow and 15 contractor companies formed the Texas Operations Contractor Alliance for Safety (TOCAS). The organization consisted of senior managers from Dow's Texas Operations and from its on-site contractors who could authorize implementing safety and health management systems within their own companies.
"Through the Alliance Program and its other cooperative programs, OSHA has developed a growing collection of success stories and case studies that demonstrate the value of safety and health management systems,' said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. 'This case study effectively demonstrates how safety and health management systems can be successful if organizations take proactive steps to implement and encourage their use.'
In 1994, TOCAS had an annual recordable injury rate goal of 3.43. By 2007, the rate dropped to 0.20. Dow's recordable injury rate for contractors at Freeport improved by 95 percent from 1995 to 2007.
There also was an increase in the number of contractor companies involved in TOCAS from 15 in 1995 to 85 in 2008. Because of the success of the TOCAS contractor safety and health organization at the Freeport, Texas, location, it is now in place at three other Dow facilities in Texas and at two in Louisiana.
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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