Sept. 12, 2008
Contact: Alisha Brown
Goals include company's working toward participation in Voluntary Protection Programs
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today joined Ellwood Crankshaft and Machine Inc. (ECM) to announce a partnership designed to foster a safe workplace for employees, and implement a successful safety and health management system. The signing ceremony was held today at the company's facility in Hermitage.
"This agreement is another stepping stone toward creating a safe and healthful work environment," said Theresa Naim, director of OSHA's area office in Erie, Pa. "Our partnership with ECM strengthens our goal of eliminating employee exposure to jobsite safety and health hazards."
As part of the partnership, ECM will promote, institute and maintain a safety and health management system to protect its employees based on OSHA guidelines which include: management leadership and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and training.
ECM also will aim to reduce injury and illness rates to levels that would make it eligible to apply for OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) in two years. More than 2,000 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.
For more information about OSHA partnerships and VPP, contact OSHA's Erie Area Office at 814-461-1492.
OSHA's Strategic Partnership Program is part of U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the safety and health of employees through cooperative relationships with groups including trade associations, labor organizations, employers and employees. More than 1.4 million employees and more than 26,000 employers across the U.S. have participated with OSHA in more than 530 strategic partnerships since the program began in 1998.
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 improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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