Smurfit-Stone's Uncasville, CT, Mill Earns Prestigious OSHA Safety Recognition

Fri Nov 30, 2007 12:09pm EST

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CREVE COEUR, Mo., and CHICAGO, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation's Uncasville, CT, containerboard mill hasearned the prestigious Safety and Health Recognition Program (SHARP) award,the highest certification given to small employers for workplace safety andhealth. The mill is one of just nine Connecticut companies to receive therecognition awarded by the Connecticut Department of Labor's Division ofOccupational Safety and Health Administration (CONN-OSHA) and the U.S.Department of Labor.


The SHARP designation allows Smurfit-Stone exemption from OSHA's generalschedule inspection list during the two-year award period.

A voluntary program, SHARP recognizes small employers who operate anexemplary safety and health management system. Smurfit-Stone's Uncasvillemill employs approximately 100 people. Companies participating in SHARP mustrequest a comprehensive safety and health consultative visit involving acomplete hazard identification survey and involve employees in the process.All identified hazards must then be corrected, with the injury and illnessrates being lower than the national average for that industry.

"This is a particularly important recognition because of SHARP's goal torecognize employers that have achieved an exemplary level of occupationalsafety and health management, to reduce injuries and illnesses, and to providea means for showing other employers that occupational safety and health canwork for everyone," said Patrick J. Moore, Smurfit-Stone chairman and chiefexecutive officer.

"The SHARP award reflects strong employer and employee commitment tosafety and health in the workplace," said Richard Palo, director of CONN-OSHA.

In a statement of recognition, Connecticut governor Jodi Rell cited themill's commitment to the well being of its employees and its standing in thecommunity. In her proclamation, Rell said, "As a small business, you have seta fine example for all of the state's companies to follow. Your concern foryour workers reflects the highest standards of professionalism. You haveproven to be a model employer, highly regarded by the public you have servedand are well respected by your staff."

Smurfit-Stone is the largest integrated manufacturer of paperboard andpaper-based packaging. Smurfit-Stone has led its industry in safetyperformance every year since 2001.

Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation (Nasdaq: SSCC) is the industry'sleading integrated manufacturer of paperboard and paper-based packagingproducts and service, and is one of the world's largest paper recyclers.Smurfit-Stone is reshaping the world of packaging to drive profitable growthfor our business and our customers' businesses by delivering the strongestprice-value equation in the marketplace. The company is a leading provider ofcustom, proprietary and standard automated packaging machines, offeringcustomers turn-key installation, automation, line integration and packagingsolutions. Smurfit-Stone is a member of the World Business Council forSustainable Development, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative(R), and theChicago Climate Exchange. The company generated revenue of $7.2 billion in2006, has led the industry in safety every year since 2001, and conducts itsbusiness in compliance with the environmental, health, and safety principlesof the American Forest & Paper Association.SOURCE Smurfit-Stone Container CorporationTom Lange of Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, +1-314-656-5369,

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