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NPRA Publishes 2006 Survey of Occupational Injuries & Illnesses Report; 41 Member Facilities Worked Full Year Without a Recordable Incident.

WASHINGTON -- NPRA, the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association, today announced the publication of its annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (I&I) report. In 2005, 41 member facilities worked a full year without a recordable incident, up from 37 facilities in 2004. Data for the I&I Report are submitted by NPRA members according to the regulations established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The report contains data for the calendar year 2005.

"Protecting the health and safety of employees and communities and safeguarding the environment are fundamental values of NPRA members," said NPRA President Bob Slaughter. "Our members share a strong commitment to operating with greater safety, reliability, efficiency and environmental responsibility. They strive each day to implement continuing improvements - in preventing spills, reducing emissions, training for emergencies and by developing ever safer products and processes. The ultimate goal of all NPRA member companies is to achieve a record of no recordable incidents at any facilities."

The I&I report provides NPRA member companies a "benchmark" with which to compare their facility safety programs with other safety programs in the industry. The focus is on promoting continuous improvement in safety practices. The report also indicates national trends in the injury and illness rates of the petroleum refining and petrochemical industries. The data compiled by NPRA reflect data kept in accordance with OSHA recordkeeping requirements as defined by law and entered on the OSHA 300A form, which includes the Total Recordable Incidence Rate (TRIR); Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred (DART) Rate; Day Count Rate; and Fatality and Days Away from Work (DAW) Case Rate. Since its inception in the mid-1970s, the NPRA I&I Report has recorded a steady decline in injuries and illnesses at NPRA member facilities.

A total of 259 NPRA facilities participated in the 2005 I&I Report - 122 refineries and 137 petrochemical plants. Participation in the program is up from 246 facilities -- 119 refineries and 127 petrochemical plants -- in 2004. During 2005, 122 member facilities worked a full year or more without a lost workday case involving days away from work. The 2005 recordable injury and illness rate for operating companies in the refining sector was 1.05 cases per 100 full-time employees and 0.9 for the petrochemical sector. In contrast, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in calendar year 2004 - the latest year from which data is available from BLS - that the average recordable injury and illness rate for private industry was 4.8 cases per 100 full-time employees.

The NPRA I&I Report is available to all member companies free of charge. Non-members may obtain a summary report for $25 by submitting an application form, available online at http://www.npra.org/publications/. Media may obtain copies of the summary report free of charge upon request by contacting Nicole Friedman at 202-457-0480. To obtain additional information on the NPRA I&I Report and Safety Award program, contact Lara Swett at 202-457-0480.

NPRA is a national trade association with more than 450 member companies, including virtually all U.S. refiners and petrochemical manufacturers.
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