Region 10 News Release: 06-3-SEA (#06-01)
Date: Jan. 9, 2006
Contact: Jeannine Lupton
U.S. Postal Service Boise Processing & Distribution Center Receives OSHA Safety Recognition Award
SEATTLE -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recognized the U.S. Postal Service Boise Processing and Distribution Center in Boise, Idaho, for continued excellence in worker health and safety. A ceremony at the plant will be held Jan. 10, to recognize the facility for achieving the highest level in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), the "VPP Star."
OSHA's VPP recognizes and promotes effective workplace safety and health management. In the program, management, labor and OSHA establish a cooperative relationship at a worksite that has implemented strong safety and health systems.
"The Boise Processing and Distribution Center has exhibited excellence in effective safety and health program management," said Richard Terrill, OSHA regional administrator. "Their outstanding efforts have included significant management commitment and employee involvement."
The Boise Processing and Distribution Center provides the primary sorting for approximately 241 post offices, stations and facilities in southwestern Idaho. Approximately 350 employees process an average of 1.5 million pieces of mail per day at this facility. The site has an injury/illness rate that is 64 percent lower than the average postal facility and has reduced its injuries and illnesses by more than 60 percent in the last three years.
The Boise Processing and Distribution Center is the first U.S. Postal facility to be accepted as a VPP Star site under the new OSHA Corporate VPP Program., designed to streamline the process for large corporations with standardized safety and health programs, allowing for multiple facilities to apply for and enter the VPP.
To qualify for VPP status, sites must meet or exceed all OSHA regulatory standards and submit to an OSHA review of their programs. Companies that have been accepted into the VPP represent more than 280 industries and approximately 1,380 work sites across the country.
Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. The role of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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