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NOVEMBER 9, 2006
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NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announced that Olin Chlor-Alkali Products in Charleston, Tennessee, was chosen to receive the Volunteer STAR (Safety Through Accountability and Recognition) award.

The Volunteer STAR award is the state’s highest honor for workplace safety and health and a nationally recognized program. The Volunteer STAR is patterned after the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and recognizes the best of the best in the area of safety and health programming and performance.

“Today’s award is the second Volunteer STAR certification Olin Chlor-Alkali Products has earned,” said TDLWD Deputy Commissioner Bob Henningsen, who presented the STAR award to Olin Chlor-Alkali Products today at the company’s facility in Charleston. “Olin Chlor-Alkali Products received their first STAR award in October 2002. The company has achieved a remarkably low incident rate for occupational injuries.”

Olin Charleston location employs approximately 300 people in the manufacture of chlorine, sodium hydroxide (i.e., caustic soda), and other alkalis using an electrolysis process.

“TOSHA STAR recognition is truly a testament to everyone’s commitment to working safely. I am proud of everyone’s enthusiasm, hard work, and dedication to make Charleston a leader in safety and health,” said Tom Tirabassi, Olin Charleston Plant Manager.

Henningsen said the company’s three-year TCIR (total case incident rate) at the Charleston site is 51 percent below the national average for this industry type. The three-year Days Away from Work and Restricted Activity and/or Transfer Case Incidence Rate (DART) is 64 percent below the national average.

There are currently 24 Volunteer STAR sites. A certificate of recognition is awarded to the STAR recipient, as is a flag that can be flown at the site. The company is also permitted to use the Volunteer STAR logo on its correspondence and company documents.

The standard for participation in the STAR program is the confirmation of a company’s safety and health program, which helps reduce accidents and injuries. The program also allows employers to be removed from programmed compliance inspection lists for a period of three years.

For more information on the Volunteer STAR award program, contact TOSHA’s Consultative Services office at (800) 325-9901.

NOTE: Photos of this event are available on request.

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