Jan. 11, 2008
Contact: Alisha Brown
LANCASTER, Pa. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has certified Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., as a "star" site in its prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). During a recent ceremony at the facility, Edward Selker, acting deputy administrator of OSHA's Philadelphia region, presented the company with a VPP star flag.
"Lancaster General Hospital has demonstrated an excellent record in workplace safety and health management," said Selker. "Its outstanding efforts include maintaining an injury and illness rate 38 percent below the industry average."
Lancaster General Hospital is a community-based corporation that owns and operates acute care medical-surgical teaching facilities within Lancaster County. It comprises three operating business units and employs 6,500 people.
The star designation is the highest level of recognition that an employer can achieve in the VPP. Designed for worksites with comprehensive, successful safety and health programs, VPP is open to all industries and to companies with injury rates below their respective industries' national averages.
More than 1,920 worksites nationwide have earned entry into OSHA's VPP. Over the years, the VPP has proven to be an effective means of reducing injuries, illnesses, fatalities and costs, while fostering a more productive workforce and increasing employee morale.
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.
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