June 30, 2008
Contact: Alisha Brown
HAMPTON, Va. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today certified Jacobs Technology Research, Operations, Maintenance and Engineering (ROME) Group at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton at the "star," or highest, level in its prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP).
John Hermanson, OSHA's regional administrator in Philadelphia, and Thomas Edwards, director of OSHA's Norfolk Area Office, presented a VPP star flag to the Jacobs Technology ROME Group staff at a ceremony held at the facility today.
"The Jacobs Technology ROME Group has effectively applied and implemented its safety and health management system to protect its employees," said Hermanson. "The facility has successfully maintained an injury and illness rate 67 percent below the industry average."
The company's 350 employees at the NASA Langley Research Center provide engineering design and construction, information technology services, contract management and procurement, maintenance and wind tunnel operations research.
Designed for worksites with comprehensive, successful safety and health programs, the VPP is open to all industries and to employers with injury rates below their respective industries' national averages.
More than 1,950 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.
OSHA has improved workplace safety and health over the past 37 years. This success is reflected in the latest data (2006) showing the lowest national injury and illness incidence rate that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has ever recorded. OSHA will continue to work diligently to focus its resources where they will have the most impact in assuring that every working man and woman returns home safely every day.
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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