Sept. 21, 2007
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
Phone: (215) 861-5102
READING, Pa. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has certified Covanta Lancaster Inc., Bainbridge, Pa., as a ¿star¿ site in its Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). During a recent ceremony at the facility in Bainbridge, Marie A. Cassady, OSHA's acting regional administrator based in Philadelphia, presented the company with a VPP star flag.
Covanta is a trash-to-steam plant that burns trash, produces energy and sells it to the local utility company. The facility, employing 47 people, has achieved an injury and illness rate 66 percent below the industry average.
"Star" is the highest level of recognition that an employer can achieve in the VPP. This level is designed for worksites with comprehensive, successful safety and health programs. The VPP is open to all industries and to companies with injury rates below their respective industries' national averages. The programs currently encompass 1,793 worksites with companies from more than 280 industries. OSHA's VPP has proven over the years 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.
U.S. Department of Labor releases are accessible on the Internet at www.dol.gov. The information in this news release will be made available in alternate format upon request (large print, Braille, audio tape or disc) from the COAST office. Please specify which news release when placing your request. Call (202) 693-7765 or TTY (202) 693-7755. DOL is committed to providing America's employers and employees with easy access to understandable information on how to comply with its laws and regulations. For more information, please visit www.dol.gov/compliance.