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Aug. 19, 1998

Tacoma chemical plant recognized for worker safety & health efforts

TUMWATER - Pioneer Co. Inc.'s Tacoma's chlor-alkali plant will receive national recognition next week for innovative outreach and education efforts in support of workplace safety and health in partnership with the Department of Labor & Industries.

In 1996, Pioneer became the first Washington employer to be recognized as a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) worksite, one of 473 such sites across the nation. Pioneer achieved this recognition by passing an L&I safety audit.

Since then, Pioneer personnel from the Tideflats plant have joined with L&I staff in cooperative workshops, presentations and other efforts to promote occupational safety and health. For those efforts, Pioneer will receive the VPP Participants' Association's Safety and Outreach Award Aug. 25, at the association's 14th annual conference in Chicago.

Those outreach efforts included more than 17,000 workers in 15 different industries during the past two years.

For more information regarding the program, visit the VPP  web site or call 360/902-5515.

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