Dec. 10, 2007
Contact: Brad Mitchell or Scott Allen
Phone: 312-353-4807 312-353-6976
Worksite has had perfect injury and illness record for four years
SPRINGDALE, Ohio -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has certified General Electric Aviation Customer Training Services in Springdale 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 during a recent ceremony.
"General Electric Aviation Customer Training Services has demonstrated an excellent record in workplace safety and health management," said Gilgrist. "Its outstanding efforts include management commitment to safety and health, as well as employee involvement in safety and health programs."
General Electric Aviation Customer Training Services' Customer Technical Education Center (CTEC), employing 49 people, has had zero OSHA-recordable injury or illness incidents during the past four years.
CTEC's instructors and administrative support staff design, develop and deliver training programs to students from around the world. The facility has more than 80,000 square feet of space, housing 14 classrooms, a small auditorium, a cafeteria, office space and 27 bays equipped with lifts, hoists and tooling for major engine handling. Engines and thrust reversers are available for hands-on training.
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 employers 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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