Four Flint Hills Resources refining and chemical sites have earned safe work awards for their performance in 2008 from the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association.

The awards will be presented at NPRA's 2009 National Safety Conference and Awards Banquet in Grapevine, Texas on May 13.

The Pine Bend refinery in Minnesota, the Corpus Christi refining complex and the Port Arthur chemical plant, each earned the Meritorious Safety Performance Award. The Pine Bend refinery and the Corpus Christi complex also earned the Gold Award and two Achievement Awards. The Marysville, Mich., chemical plant earned an Achievement Award.

Since 2001, Flint Hills Resources facilities have earned 54 awards from NRPA.

"Safety is a top priority and we work to continuously improve our processes and systems to ensure that Flint Hills Resources facilities are safe," said Brad Razook, FHR president and chief executive officer. "These awards are made possible by the strong commitment of our employees and underscore their dedication to working safely ö day in and day out."

NPRA awards are given to facilities in the petroleum refining and petrochemical manufacturing industries for an excellent U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration record of safe operations during the year. They are part of the associationās comprehensive safety program developed to promote accident prevention. NPRA is a national trade association with more than 450 member companies, including virtually all U.S. refiners and petrochemical manufacturers.

Meritorious Safety Performance Awards recognize facilities achieving a total recordable incidence rate of 1.0 or less with no workplace-related fatality of an employee or non-employee during the calendar year.

Gold Awards recognize facilities that achieve a 25 percent or greater reduction in the total recordable incidence rate with no workplace-related fatality of an employee or non-employee during the calendar year, as compared to the average total recordable incidence rates for the three previous calendar years.

Achievement Awards recognize facilities for safe operations of at least 1 million employee hours or more than one year without an employee lost workday case involving days away from work and without a workplace-related fatality of an employee or non-employee during the evaluation period.