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Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Performance Pipe division office in Plano earns VPP Star status

The Plano office of Chevron Phillips Chemical's Performance Pipe division has earned Star Site designation by the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Company now boasts OSHA's top-tier designation for safety excellence across all eligible U.S. sites
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP is proud to announce the Plano office of its Performance Pipe division has earned Star Site designation by the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). With Plano, all 18 of the company's eligible U.S. locations now hold the highest VPP certification for maintaining among the industry's lowest recordable incident rates (RIR).

OSHA presented Performance Pipe's Plano office with its VPP Star certificate during a celebration held today on site. The company is one of North America's largest polyethylene pipe producers. Between its manufacturing and administrative operations, Performance Pipe far outperforms national averages for the pipe-fitting sector when it comes to RIR, Bureau of Labor Statistics data show.
"We congratulate Plano for achieving VPP Star status and advancing Our Journey to Zero initiative to maintain top safety results as a company," said Kate Holzhauser, vice president of environment, health, safety and security. "Thanks to them, we are now one of a handful of U.S. private employers with all eligible sites VPP Star certified.
This remarkable achievement reflects our relentless focus on safety performance and reinforces one of the main goals of our operational excellence strategy: Eliminate high-severity/high-potential process and personnel safety events."
As detailed in its latest sustainability report, Chevron Phillips Chemical set record low combined employee and contractor RIR for five consecutive years across its U.S. operations. Its 2018 performance was a 29 percent improvement from 2017. Performance Pipe's Plano office has operated for 13 consecutive years without a recordable injury. The accomplishment exemplifies the qualities OSHA seeks for designating its highest VPP certification. Companies vying for the distinct Star status must exceed minimum OSHA standards and continue to develop improvement programs.
"As a VPP Star Site, our Plano office has undergone a transformational effort to engage employees through diverse safety tools that raise general safety awareness," said Mike Zeglin, Performance Pipe general manager and president. "I could not be prouder of their hard work and enthusiasm to reach this outstanding goal to keep our people, contractors and neighboring community safe." 
OSHA introduced VPP in 1982 to promote effective safety and health initiatives in the workplace. VPP Star site recognition is OSHA's topmost honor for exemplary worksites with comprehensive, successful safety and health systems. Companies who earn this distinction rank at or below their respective industries' national average for injury and illness rates.
Chevron Phillips Chemical currently retains a top-quartile safety record among peer companies for combined employees' and contractors' RIR. This data follows the latest available metrics reported by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) for businesses belonging to its Responsible Care program.
Among its most recent safety accolades, Chevron Phillips Chemical received 21 safety awards from the Texas Chemical Council for 2018 performance. Chevron Phillips Chemical also is the 2019 recipient of ACC's Responsible Care Initiative of the Year Award for its Our Journey to Zero initiative.
Further, the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers celebrated five Chevron Phillips Chemical plants in Texas with the 2018 Elite Silver Safety Award. The latter recognizes the nation's top 5 percent of refining and petrochemical manufacturing centers when it comes to personnel and process safety performance.