March 19, 2008
Contact: Alisha Brown
SPRINGDALE, Pa. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has welcomed Allegheny Energy Supply of Springdale into the prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) at the highest, or "star," level. During a recent ceremony at the facility, Robert Szymanski, director of OSHA's Pittsburgh, Pa., area office, presented the company with a VPP star flag.
"Allegheny Energy Supply has demonstrated an excellent record in workplace safety and health management," said Szymanski. "During the past three years, this worksite has had zero illnesses or injuries ¿ a perfect record."
Allegheny Energy Supply consists of three combustion turbine facilities located in Gans, Springdale and Chambersburg, Pa.
Designed for worksites with comprehensive, successful safety and health programs, VPP is open to all industries and companies with injury rates below their respective industries' national averages. Requirements include a high degree of management support and employee involvement, a high-quality worksite 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 in operation for at least one year before a company can apply to join the VPP.
More than 1,945 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 a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote 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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