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National Semiconductor's Arlington Facility Achieves Major Safety Milestone -- One Million Hours Without Lost Workday Injury

Mar 16, 2004

March 16, 2004 - On March 16 at 3 a.m., National Semiconductor’s manufacturing facility in Arlington achieved a significant milestone -- one million work hours without experiencing a lost workday injury.  The company employs 750 people in Arlington.

"We are extremely proud of our safety efforts with the million-hour mark being our latest achievement," said Bob Bianconi, health and safety manager for National’s Arlington facility.  "We are committed to providing a safe working environment and will continue to integrate best safety practices into our way of doing business."

"OSHA is pleased to help celebrate such a significant safety accomplishment.  Reaching a million man hours without a lost time accident is the direct result of employees and management being committed to a safe work place," said Dean Wingo, Fort Worth Area Director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  Wingo paid the company a visit to express his appreciation for its safety efforts during an employee celebration.  "I am proud to applaud and recognize those efforts.  I hope this is the first step towards working with OSHA to become one of our premier partners in safety and health."

Other companies in the U.S. that have reached the one-million hour milestone include General Motors, Merck, General Dynamics and Tyson Foods.  National’s manufacturing facility in South Portland, Maine achieved the million-hour goal in April 2002.

National’s commitment to effective environmental, health and safety programs has earned the company’s site in Arlington ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications, two key international safety and environmental standards.  ISO 14001 is an environmental management standard, and OHSAS 18001 is a specification for an occupational health and safety management system.

The OHSAS 18001 certification combines several international standards for occupational health and safety.  It also requires a management system that identifies, controls and seeks continuous improvement in occupational health and safety. 

National’s Arlington facility is located at 1111 West Bardin Road.  The facility manufactures analog integrated circuits (chips) -- products which enable clearer graphics for computer displays, enhance clarity of sound in consumer electronics and prolong battery life in cellphones.

About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor is the premier analog company. Combining real-world analog and state-of-the-art digital technology, the company is focused on analog-based semiconductor products, which include stand-alone devices and subsystems in the areas of power management, display drivers, audio, amplifiers, imaging and data conversion. The company targets key markets such as wireless, displays, PCs, networks and a broad range of portable applications. With headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., National reported sales of $1.67 billion for fiscal 2003, which ended May 25, 2003. Additional company and product information is available on the World Wide Web at www.national.com