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Region 3 News Release: 07-1733-PHI (osha 07-191)
Nov. 15, 2007
Contact: Alisha Brown
Phone: 215-861-5101

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA recognizes Merck Research Laboratories-Wayne for workplace safety and health success

WAYNE, Pa. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has certified Merck Research Laboratories-Wayne in Wayne as a "star" site in its prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). Marie A. Cassady, acting regional administrator of OSHA's Philadelphia office, will present the company with a VPP star flag during a ceremony at the facility on Nov. 16.

"Merck Research Laboratories-Wayne has demonstrated excellence in effective safety and health management," said Cassady. "Its outstanding efforts include maintaining an injury and illness rate 59 percent below the industry average."

Merck Research Laboratories-Wayne is composed of three primary work groups that generate and validate testing methods for Merck's vaccines and clinical trials. The facility employs 96 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, the VPP is open to all industries and to companies with injury rates below their respective industries' national averages.

More than 1,860 worksites nationwide have earned entry into OSHA's VPP. The 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

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