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ExxonMobil Chemical Company Wins
the NPRA Distinguished Safety Award

Monday April 4, 10:22 am ET

SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 4, 2005--Bill Klesse, NPRA's Chairman of the Board, today presented the Association's highest award, the Distinguished Safety Award (DSA), to ExxonMobil Chemical Company's Baton Rouge Polyolefins Plant and ExxonMobil's Mont Belvieu Plastics Plant. This is the third consecutive year that the Baton Rouge Polyolefins Plant has won the DSA. The Mont Belvieu Plastics Plant previously won the award in 1995, 1996 and 1997. Since the NPRA safety awards program began in 1982, only three other companies have earned the coveted DSA for three consecutive years. Steve Hart, Global Vice President - Olefins accepted the award for ExxonMobil Chemical Company during NPRA's International Petrochemical Conference at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Also winning NPRA's 2004 Distinguished Safety Award was the Valero Wilmington, California, Refinery. The award was presented to Valero at NPRA's 103rd Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA, on March 13, 2005. All the winners will also be recognized at the NPRA Annual Safety Awards Banquet to be held May 12, 2005, in New Orleans, LA, as part of the NPRA National Safety Conference.

"This prestigious award is given annually to refining and petrochemical manufacturing plants that have achieved superior safety performance," said Bill Klesse. "The selection committee bases its choice on a thorough evaluation of a facility's safety program, as well as its current and past records. In other words, a facility must be exceptional simply to be eligible to apply for this award, and once actually selected can certainly consider itself among the elite of the industry in safety of operations."

The Distinguished Safety Award is part of the comprehensive safety awards program developed by NPRA's Fire and Accident Prevention Committee. The committee promotes accident prevention in the petroleum refining and petrochemical manufacturing industries and publicly recognizes the industry's excellent record of safety in operations.

"One of ExxonMobil Chemical's core values is a commitment to products, processes and operations that protect safety, health and the environment," said Steve Hart, Global Vice President - Olefins, ExxonMobil Chemical Company. "I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the dedicated employees of both the Baton Rouge and Mont Belvieu plants who work each day to prevent accidents, reduce risks and develop safer and more environmentally friendly products and processes."

Recipients of the Distinguished Safety Award must pass a comprehensive review of individual safety performance programs. To be considered for the award, a location must achieve both an employee and contractor total recordable incidence rate of 0.8 or less and have had no employee cases involving days away from work for the applicable evaluation period. (A total recordable incidence rate is a calculation of the number of injuries and illnesses reported to the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration multiplied by 200,000, the base number of hours worked for 100 full time employees. This is then divided by the total employee hours worked in that calendar year.)

A selection committee from NPRA's Fire and Accident Prevention Committee then reviews the facility's overall performance history over three evaluation periods and its performance based on number of hours or years worked without a lost workday case, and reviews a written description of the facility's safety program.

NPRA is a national trade association whose members include more than 450 companies, including virtually all U.S. refiners and petrochemical manufacturers.

Source: NPRA

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