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Region 2 News Release: 06-930-NEW/ BOS 2006-150
Thursday, June 1, 2006
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2075

Curtis Lumber Co.'s Fort Plain, N.Y., Store Earns Prestigious OSHA "Star" for Workplace Safety and Health

FORT PLAIN, N.Y. -- Curtis Lumber Co.'s Fort Plain, N.Y., store has earned membership in the prestigious "Star" Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

"Our review of Curtis Lumber's safety and health management programs at this site found them consistent with the high quality expected of VPP participants," said Edward Jerome, OSHA's Albany, N.Y., area director, who presented a VPP flag in a ceremony held today.

Located on Route 5S, this retail lumber and hardware establishment is Curtis Lumber's latest "Star" work site. It now joins an elite corps of 1,400 workplaces nationwide that have achieved VPP status, including Curtis stores in Delmar, Granville, Hoosick Falls and Schroon Lake, N.Y.

The Fort Plain store "Star" designation came after an OSHA team's thorough on-site review of its application and safety and health programs, interviews with employees and a complete tour of the work site. In qualifying for "Star" status, Curtis verified that it had implemented programs and procedures beyond the requirements of OSHA standards with extensive involvement by both management and workers.

OSHA's VPP offers employers an opportunity to move beyond traditional safety programs by recognizing participants that successfully incorporate comprehensive safety and health programs into their total management systems. VPP companies achieve average injury rates 50 percent lower than other companies in their industry. The programs are open to deserving employers in any industry.

Requirements for application to VPP include a high degree of management support and employee involvement, a high-quality work-site hazard analysis, prevention and control programs and comprehensive safety and health training for all employees. Each of these elements must be effective, in place and operating for at least one year before a company can apply to join the program. Additional information is available from the VPP manager at the OSHA regional office in NewYork at (212) 337-2360.

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