Region 10 News Release: 07-1515-SEA (#07-120)
Oct. 9, 2007
Contact: Jeannine Lupton
Phone: (206) 553-7620
SEATTLE -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recognized the U.S. Postal Service's Mercer Island, Wash., post office for excellence in employee safety and health. OSHA will welcome the facility into its Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) at the "star," or highest, level in a ceremony to be held October 10, at 9 a.m. PDT, at the facility, which is located at 3040 78th Ave. S.E., Mercer Island, Wash.
The Mercer Island post office is a mail delivery and retail sales site, receiving truck deliveries of mail for processing and delivery to the local community. The 48 employees working at the site are represented by the American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers.
"This facility has demonstrated that a safety and health program supported by management and embraced by the employees can dramatically reduce injuries and illnesses," said Richard Terrill, OSHA's regional administrator in Seattle. "The injury rate at this facility is 65 percent lower than at comparable U.S. Postal Service sites."
This facility joins an elite corps of nearly 1,800 worksites nationwide that have earned VPP status. The Mercer Island post office's "star" designation came after an OSHA on-site review of its safety and health programs, interviews with employees and a complete tour of the worksite. OSHA has approved the facility's "star" status for three years under the agency's VPP Corporate Pilot Program.
OSHA's VPP recognizes and promotes effective workplace safety and health management. To qualify, 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. Program participants typically achieve injury and illness rates at least 50 percent below their respective industries' averages.
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 Americas 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.
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