News Release
November 09, 2004

DUKE ENERGY: THREE HONORED WITH ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH AND SAFETY AWARDS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Three Duke Energy employees were honored today with the company’s Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Award. The award is given annually – recognizing individual efforts in protecting and creating a safe working atmosphere throughout the company.

Honored were:

  • Jorge Cuentas Chira, EHS manager, Duke Energy International (DEI), Lima, Peru
  • Brian Lockard, principal environmental engineer, Duke Energy Field Services (DEFS), Denver, Colo.
  • Bob Price, CEPU health and safety coordinator, Union Gas, Dresden, Ontario

The EHS Award recognizes Duke Energy employees for significant contributions to the environment, and the health and safety of employees and the public. Awards are presented for outstanding achievements supporting environmental stewardship on the job or in the community, or outstanding contributions to enhancing the overall health and safety of employees and the public.

Jorge Cuentas Chira led four Duke Energy power plants in Peru that received International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certifications for operational quality (ISO 9001), environmental management (ISO 14001) and occupational health and safety management (OHSAS 18001) in 2003.

Cuentas regularly inspects operations and trains personnel to maintain the high standards these certifications require.

The plants are the first at Duke Energy to simultaneously receive all three certifications, and the first Duke Energy facilities to be ISO-certified for their operational and occupational health and safety practices. Duke Energy is the first company in Peru to simultaneously receive the certifications.

Brian Lockard helped DEFS comply with air quality regulations by designing a database to keep track of the numerous federal, state and local air quality requirements in the areas where the company operates. Today, that database is an indispensable part of DEFS’ operations.

The Air Management System (AMS) allows DEFS to quickly generate reports on its compliance with air quality regulations. Lockard led the development of the software. Since then, he has trained corporate and field staff, coordinated various DEFS and regulatory reporting requirements, provided customer support and continually seeks customer feedback to improve the application.

With better information at their fingertips, DEFS has seen a measurable decrease in administrative fines from air quality regulatory agencies – a 30 percent decrease in the number of fines, and a reduction in fines from $1 million in 2002 to $170,000 in 2003.

Bob Price has played a leadership role promoting management and labor cooperation on environment, health and safety programs at Union Gas.

Examples of his leadership include:   developing a toolkit of workplace inspection sheets, safety policies, terms and safety regulations for field employees, and leading the annual Industrial Accident Prevention Association’s “Meet and Greet.” The meeting is an annual event where Union Gas employees and management review safety issues affecting the company, gather suggestions for training, introduce safety programs and meet safety team members across the company. 

Most recently, Price led an industrial ergonomic initiative at Union Gas that should result in fewer workplace injuries. To help reduce injuries, a report of best practices was compiled that has been shared with all Union Gas operations staff. In 2004, Price and his team will take the recommendations and build it into a training program that will be used with all field staff.

Duke Energy is a diversified energy company with a portfolio of natural gas and electric businesses, both regulated and unregulated, and an affiliated real estate company. Duke Energy supplies, delivers and processes energy for customers in North America and selected international markets. In 2004, the company celebrates a century of service with the 100th anniversary of its electric utility Duke Power. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: http://www.duke-energy.com.

Contact: Randy Wheeless
Phone: 704/382-8379
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