October 14, 2004
WATERFORD, Conn. - In recognition of its strong commitment in safety and health issues, Millstone Power Station received Wednesday the top award for workplace safety from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
“Being recognized with OSHA’s top award demonstrates the commitment among employees and the leadership team to our health and safety,” J. Alan Price, site vice president-Millstone, said in receiving the Voluntary Protection Program award from R. Davis Layne, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of Labor. Millstone, which is owned by Dominion (NYSE: D), received the highest VPP designation, “Star,” for its workplace safety program.
Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell lauded Millstone’s safety performance, proclaiming Wednesday “Dominion Millstone Power Station Day” in the state.
“This recognition is a testament to their outstanding service and commitment to excellence in the state of Connecticut,” Rell wrote in the proclamation. “This award recognizes both the management and employees understanding and practicing of good industrial safety and health programs. I congratulate them on this achievement and wish them the very best in the future.”
To receive the VPP award, employees must recognize and understand workplace hazards and consistently use the proper protective gear to avoid injuries. Managers must also demonstrate leadership in safety and health issues and a strong commitment to effective safety training. Only about 1,100 worksites nationwide and about 50 in New England have received the award.
Benefits of membership in the VPP Star program include being a partner in a strong network of industrial safety leaders, developing a cooperative relationship with OSHA, public recognition as a leader in worker safety and health protection, and potential savings in injury and illness-related costs.
The Voluntary Protection Programs promote effective worksite-based safety and health. In the program, management, labor and OSHA establish cooperative relationships at workplaces that have implemented a comprehensive safety and health management system. Approval into the program is OSHA’s official recognition of the outstanding efforts of employers and employees who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health.
Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers of energy, with an energy portfolio of about 25,500 megawatts of generation, 6.4 trillion cubic feet equivalent of proved natural gas reserves and 7,900 miles of natural gas transmission pipeline. Dominion also operates the nation's largest underground natural gas storage system with more than 960 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves about 5 million retail energy customers in nine states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's Web site at www.dom.com.
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