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DuPont Recieves Volunteer Star Safety Award

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 | 11:32am
Company Earns STAR Award for the Fourth Time
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis announced that the DuPont facility located in New Johnsonville, Tennessee was chosen to receive the Volunteer STAR (Safety Through Accountability and Recognition) award.
“The DuPont facility located in New Johnsonville has met the evaluation standards required to receive this award by proving their ability to provide an excellent safety and health management system," said Steve Hawkins, Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration Assistant Administrator, who presented the Volunteer STAR award today at the company’s facility located at 1950 DuPont Road in New Johnsonville, Tennessee. “It is evident that DuPont and the employees of the New Johnsonville facility are extremely dedicated to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.”
“The DuPont New Johnsonville plant is honored to accept this award from the State of Tennessee,” said DuPont plant manager Gregory A. Martz. “We are deeply committed to operating this facility in a safe and environmentally sustainable manner and are pleased to be recognized for our efforts.”
The New Johnsonville Site vision statement for safety and health states, “Every employee will manage themselves, their job and their surroundings in a way that eliminates injury or illness to themselves and others both on and off the job.”
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.
The DuPont New Johnsonville plant has more than 950 employees and contractors engaged in the manufacture of titanium-based white pigments for paper, coatings, plastics and specialty applications.
The New Johnsonville plant is currently the largest titanium dioxide manufacturing plant in the world. The DuPont New Johnsonville plant was one of the state’s original Volunteer STAR sites; first certified in 1996. This is the site’s fourth time to be certified as a Volunteer STAR site.
For the three-year period 2009-2011, the site’s safety record is as follows:
  • Three-year Total Case Incidence Rate (TCIR) is 0.99                                                                  62% below the current Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) industry average
  • Three-year Days Away from Work and Restricted Activity and/or Transfer Incidence Rate (DART) rate is 0.66
    68% 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 also is 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 Nashville office at (800) 249-8510.
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