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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
MARCH 18, 2008
(615) 741-2257


DUPONT RECEIVES SECOND VOLUNTEER STAR SAFETY AWARD
COMPANY FIRST RECEIVED STAR STATUS IN 2004

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announced that DuPont in Old Hickory was chosen to receive the Volunteer STAR (Safety Through Accountability and Recognition) award.

"DuPont has met the evaluation standards required to receive this award by proving their ability to uphold an excellent safety record," said Neeley, who presented the Volunteer STAR award to the company today at the company’s facility located at 1002 Industrial Road. “It is evident that DuPont is extremely dedicated to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.”

 

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.

 

DuPont in Old Hickory employs 770 people and is a manufacturer of non-woven fabric, resin and synthetic rubber. The site earned membership into the state’s prestigious Volunteer STAR program in 2004 and is now being recertified.

 

For the three-year period 2004-2006, the site’s safety record is as follows:

 

Three-year Total Case Incidence Rate (TCIR) is 0.98
77% below the current BLS industry average
Three-year Days Away from Work and Restricted Activity and/or Transfer Incidence Rate (DART) rate is 0.19
90% below the current BLS industry averages

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 and other TOSHA award programs contact TOSHA’s Consultative Services office at (800) 325-9901.