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U.S. SECRETARY OF LABOR PRESENTS IBM AUSTIN WITH HEALTH AND SAFETY AWARD

           U.S. SECRETARY OF LABOR PRESENTS IBM AUSTIN
                  WITH HEALTH AND SAFETY AWARD
    AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 7,500 IBM Austin employees won praise from U.S. Secretary of Labor Lynn Martin today for being the first site in IBM and the largest manufacturing site in the nation to win OSHA's top safety and health award.
    Martin presented the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) "Star" award during a ceremony today at the Austin site.
    "We applaud IBM Austin for their achievement," said Martin. "Management, employees and OSHA, working together as partners, is the best way to assure the health and safety of America's working men and women.
    "VPP participants are a select group of facilities that have designed excellent programs to effectively protect employees," Martin said.  "IBM Austin is becoming one of the nation's leaders in health and safety.  I urge other manufacturers to follow this lead."
    Jerry Carlson, IBM Entry Systems Division vice president and general manager of the IBM Austin site, said, "This award is truly the culmination of several years of commitment and hard work on the part of individuals committed to making IBM Austin a safe place to work.  But the process is well worth the time and effort invested when the benefit is greater employee well-being and increased productivity."
    To qualify for the coveted "Star" designation, a site must voluntarily submit a formal application to OSHA.  The site then must demonstrate the effectiveness of its employee health and safety programs to the OSHA inspection team, which conduct an on-site inspection of a site's facilities.
    Among other requirements, a site must show that it has implemented and consistently followed its own documented safety practices, as well as maintained an injury rate well below the industry average.  OSHA calculates IBM Austin's average injury rate to be 2.18, representing on- the-job injuries of approximately 2 out of every 100 employees for a three-year period.  This injury rate falls 71 percent below the national electronics-industry average.
    -0-        2/4/92
    /CONTACT:  Dwayne Cox of IBM, 512-823-7420; or Sherry Moran of Department of Labor, 214-767-4776/
    (IBM) CO:  IBM Corporation ST:  Texas, New York IN:  CPR SU: SM -- NY081 -- 6269 02/03/92 14:59 EST
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