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TEXAS CITY, Texas -- Officials from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) were in Texas City, Texas, yesterday to officially declare Valero's Texas City refinery a "Star Site" in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).
Star Site designation is OSHA's highest honor to recognize the nation's most effective industrial safety and health programs. To date, only nine U.S. refineries have earned this distinction.
"The safety of our employees, contractors and neighbors is our number-one priority at Valero and I'm proud of the work our Texas City employees have done to distinguish themselves as safety leaders not only for our company, but for the refining industry," said Bill Greehey, chairman and CEO of San Antonio-based Valero Energy Corp.
OSHA has also recommended Valero's Paulsboro, N.J., refinery for acceptance into the VPP program as a "Merit Site," which is the honor just below Star Site. To date, only one other petroleum refinery has earned distinction as a Merit Site.
"OSHA is delighted to commend Valero on a safe job well done," said Davis Layne, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of labor. "They have demonstrated that they are leaders in providing a safe and healthful work site. And now, we look to them as ambassadors to show other businesses that it is possible to be profitable while protecting their workers."