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Oregon OSHA - 350 Winter Street NE Room 430 - Salem, Oregon 97301-3882
For Immediate Release
January 12, 2006
Contact for more Information:
Kevin Weeks, Public Information Officer, 503-947-7428

TransCanada GTN Systems recognized for commitment to safety and health

(Salem) The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) today announced TransCanada GTN Systems has reached 'SHARP Graduate' status in the Oregon OSHA Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

SHARP is a recognition program that provides an incentive and road map for Oregon employers to work with their employees to find and correct hazards, to develop and implement effective safety-and-health programs, to continuously improve, and become self-sufficient in managing occupational safety-and-health issues. Currently, 105 employers in Oregon participate in the safety-and-health recognition program.

TransCanada GTN Systems provides natural gas transmission services to customers in the western U.S. through 612 miles of gas pipelines. TransCanada GTN Systems (formerly PG&E Gas Transmission Northwest) has maintained a four-year average of workplace injuries and illnesses that is 30 percent below the statewide industry average during the employer's participation in SHARP. TransCanada GTN Systems employees 150 people in the company's Oregon division.

"Continuous improvement in safety and health benefits everyone," says Michael Wood, administrator of Oregon OSHA. "Workers come home safe to their families, productivity improves and business costs from accidents go down. Participating in the SHARP program helps employers see those benefits right away."

TransCanada GTN Systems directs gas transmission operations in Oregon from regional centers in Redmond and Klamath Falls, and the safety of its entire gas transmission network between the Canadian border and Malin, Oregon (south of Klamath Falls) is directed from a control center in Portland. Compressor stations are also maintained at Madras, Sunriver, Chemult, Kent (in Sherman County) and Bonanza.

Membership in SHARP does not restrict Oregon OSHA regulatory enforcement. Employees retain all workplace safety and health rights contained in the Oregon Safe Employment Act. Oregon employers who have been in business for more than one year are eligible to apply for SHARP regardless of size or type of business.

Keep your employees and workplaces safe through a commitment to training, education and elimination of hazards. More information and resources are available on Oregon OSHA's Web site, www.orosha.org