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Region 6 News Release: OSHA-08-452-DAL
Monday, April 21, 2008
Contact: Diana Petterson Elizabeth Todd
Phone: 972-850-4709 or 4710

DuPont Pontchartrain Chemical Solutions in LaPlace, La., achieves U.S. Labor Department's OSHA recognition for safety and health

LaPLACE, La. -- The DuPont Pontchartrain Chemical Solutions Enterprise in LaPlace has earned membership in the prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the "star," or highest, level.

Dorinda Folse, OSHA's Baton Rouge, La., area director, and Bruce Stark, the VPP coordinator in OSHA's Baton Rouge, La., area office, attended a recent recognition ceremony at the company's facility.

"This DuPont Pontchartrain location has demonstrated excellence in safety and health management," said OSHA Regional Administrator Dean W. McDaniel in Dallas. "Its outstanding efforts include maintaining an injury and illness rate that is 70 percent below the national average for the industry."

DuPont Pontchartrain Chemical Solutions Enterprise operates chemical processes that produce three different products called aromatic amines. The substances are used to make Kevlar fibers in industrial dyes, as an antioxidant, and for the hardening of paint and other surface coatings. The company has about 140 employees and 120 contractors who operate, maintain and repair plant facilities and equipment.

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