The National Safety Council (NSC) has selected Dr. Craig R. Barrett, president and chief executive officer of Intel Corp. to receive the council''s 2001 Green Cross for Safety medal for his exemplary commitment to workplace safety.
"The NSC is extremely pleased and excited to honor Craig Barrett with our Green Cross for Safety medal," said Alan McMillan, NSC president and chief executive officer. "Dr. Barrett''s business operating philosophy represents the kind of top-level commitment to worker safety and health, environmental stewardship and community service that every company would do well to emulate."
Intel Corp., headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., is "committed to providing a safe and healthful workplace for its employees, contractors and communities," according to McMillan.
"At Intel, we pursue environmental health and safety (EHS) performance the same way we pursue performance in the marketplace," noted Intel''s Barrett. "We have worked to become global leaders in EHS. This commitment is integrated throughout the corporation from our executives to every employee. Our employees and our contractors have worked together to achieve tremendous results in recent years."
In 1993, Intel''s EHS program was performing at industry-average levels.
Responding to a challenge from Barrett and other company leaders, by 1998, the company became a world leader in employee and contractor safety performance in the semiconductor industry.
Performance improvements achieved between 1996 and 2000 translate into the avoidance of more than 2,000 recordable injuries.
Intel''s benchmarked employee health and safety programs have shown similar improvements. Since 1998, injury rates have decreased a full 43 percent; since 1994, those rates have decreased by 80 percent.
Recordable injuries and illnesses have decreased an average of 30 percent each of the last four years.
Intel achieved a worldwide injury rate of 0.27 injuries/illnesses per 100 employees in 2000 as measured by OSHA recordability standards.
The cross industry rate in the United States is 6.7 injuries/illnesses per 100 employees per year, according to 1998 data.
In October 2000, Intel''s Malaysia sites were recognized for surpassing 8 million work hours without a recordable or lost-day injury.
"Intel Corp. rightly prides itself on its EHS record in the semiconductor industry and in industry generally," said McMillan. "It could not have achieved that distinction without the personal and consistent commitment of its CEO, Craig Barrett."
Barrett joined Intel in 1974 as a technology development manager. He was named a vice president of the corporation in 1984, promoted to senior vice president in 1987, and to executive vice president in 1990.
Barrett was elected to Intel Corp.''s Board of Directors in 1992, and was named the company''s chief operating officer in 1993. He became Intel''s fourth president in May 1997, and chief executive officer in 1998.
Barrett attended Stanford University from 1957 to 1964, and received his bachelor''s, master''s and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science.
Barrett was a Fulbright Fellow at Danish Technical University in Denmark in 1972 and a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Physical Laboratory in England from 1964 to 1965.
The Green Cross for Safety medal, a large bronze medallion embossed with NSC''s logo, will be presented to Barrett at the council''s annual fundraising dinner in June in New York City.
by Virginia Sutcliffe