Region 6 News Release: OSHA-09-315-DAL
Friday, June 19, 2009
Contact: Elizabeth Todd
H-E-B in San Antonio achieves U.S. Labor Department's OSHA recognition for safety and health excellence
SAN ANTONIO -- H-E-B Print/Mail Plant in San Antonio has earned membership in the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the star, or highest, level for achieving three years of excellence in employee health and safety.
"H-E-B Print/Mail, the nation's ninth printing plant to achieve VPP star status, has demonstrated excellence in effective safety and health management," said OSHA Regional Administrator Dean W. McDaniel in Dallas. "The company's outstanding efforts include maintaining an injury and illness rate below the national average for its industry."
Rupert Chavez, OSHA's assistant area director in San Antonio, and Lyndol Miller, OSHA's VPP coordinator in Austin, attended today's recognition ceremony at the company's facility on Rittiman Road in San Antonio.
H-E-B Print/Mail, which employs more than 60 people, prints materials such as coupons, labels and advertising information, and distributes mail for nearly 300 H-E-B grocery stores in Texas and Mexico. The company has implemented a comprehensive employee safety and health management system in accordance with VPP standards.
More than 2,160 worksites representing about 270 industries nationwide have earned entry into OSHA's VPP. 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 Bureau of Labor Statistics 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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