Thurs., Jan. 10, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- The Wheelabrator Bridgeport L.P. waste-to-energy plant has been recertified for an additional five-year membership at the "star," or highest, level of the prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
"Employees and management at the Bridgeport plant are to be congratulated on their effective and ongoing commitment to workplace safety and health," said Marthe Kent, OSHA's regional administrator for New England. "Their joint efforts have resulted in a high-quality safety and health program, and injury and illness rates well below the industry average."
The Bridgeport facility, which employs 67 people, first achieved star status in April 2005. Its renewal came after an OSHA team's on-site review, which included interviews with employees and a complete tour of the worksite, found the facility's safety and health programs consistent with the high quality expected of VPP participants.
The VPP recognizes worksites that are committed to effective employee protection beyond the requirements of OSHA standards and encourages cooperative relationships among labor, management, unions and government.
Through the VPP, employers and employees have experienced significant decreases in fatalities, injuries and illnesses; associated cost reductions including lowered workers' compensation expenses; positive changes in company culture and attitudes toward safety and health; and average injury rates 50 percent lower than other companies in their respective industries.
The Bridgeport plant is one of more than 1,920 worksites in 270 industries nationwide, including seven Wheelabrator sites in New England, that have earned entry into the VPP. The VPP is open to deserving employers in any industry. More information is available from the VPP manager in OSHA's Boston Regional Office at 617-565-9890.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
U.S. Department of Labor releases are accessible on the Internet at www.dol.gov. The information in this news release will be made available in alternate format upon request (large print, Braille, audio tape or disc) from the COAST office. Please specify which news release when placing your request. Call (202) 693-7765 or TTY (202) 693-7755. DOL is committed to providing America's employers and employees with easy access to understandable information on how to comply with its laws and regulations. For more information, please visit www.dol.gov/compliance.