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Region 3 News Release: 08-1806-PHI (osha 08-264)
Dec. 23, 2008
Contact: Leni Fortson
Phone: 215-861-5102


U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA recognizes PPL's West Region facility for continued workplace safety and health success

LANCASTER, Pa. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has re-approved PPL's West Lancaster Region as a star site in its Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP).

Bryan Seal, area director of OSHA in Harrisburg, Pa., represented the agency at a ceremony held at the Lancaster facility.

"PPL West Lancaster Region has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to employee safety and health," said Seal. "The company has maintained an injury and illness rate that is below the industry average for three years."

PPL West Lancaster Region is a transmission and distribution site of electric power and services with 331 employees.

Designed for worksites with comprehensive, successful safety and health programs, the VPP is open to all industries.

More than 2,145 worksites nationwide have earned entry into OSHA's VPP. Employers that have been accepted into the VPP represent more than 270 industries. Requirements include a high degree of management commitment and employee involvement; a high-quality worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control program; 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. Companies in the VPP achieve average injury and illness rates 50 percent below the Bureau of Labor Statistics average for other companies in their respective industries.

OSHA has improved workplace safety and health over the past 38 years. This success is reflected in the latest data (2007) showing the lowest national injury and illness incidence rate that the BLS 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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Archive Notice - OSHA Archive

NOTICE: This is an OSHA Archive Document, and may no longer represent OSHA Policy. It is presented here as historical content, for research and review purposes only.