December 7, 2007
Contact: Brad Mitchell Scott Allen
Phone: 312-353-4807 312-353-6976
CINCINNATI -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has certified Clean Harbors Spring Grove Resource Recovery in Cincinnati as a "star" site in its prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP).
Richard T. Gilgrist, director of OSHA's area office in Cincinnati, presented the company with a VPP star flag and plaque at a recent ceremony.
"Clean Harbors Spring Grove Resource Recovery has demonstrated an excellent record of management commitment to workplace safety and health, as well as employee involvement in safety and health programs," said Gilgrist. "In the business of hazardous waste processing, this type of leadership is remarkable."
The Spring Grove plant is a hazardous waste treatment and disposal facility situated on seven acres of land with four acres permitted for hazardous waste storage. Its primary operations are the consolidation of hazardous and non-hazardous waste material, treatment of contaminated water for discharge and blending of fuel products for energy recovery. The facility, employing 49 people, achieved an injury and illness rate 52 percent below the industry average.
OSHA's 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, which 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.
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