Region 7 News Release: 08-144-KAN
Feb. 5, 2008
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
HASTINGS, Neb. -- The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) post office in Hastings has earned membership in the prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the "star," or highest, level.
A recognition ceremony will be held on Feb. 8 at the facility in Hastings. USPS Hastings employs 45 mail processors, dock employees, mail carriers, customer service representatives and maintenance staff.
"USPS Hastings has exhibited excellence in safety and health management," said Charles E. Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City, Mo. "The facility's outstanding efforts have included management commitment to safety and health, and employee involvement in safety and health programs."
More than 1,900 worksites nationwide have earned entry into OSHA's VPP. Requirements include a high degree of management support and employee involvement; a high-quality worksite hazard analysis; prevention and control programs; 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.
Information kits about the VPP application and approval processes are available from OSHA's VPP manager in the agency's Kansas City Regional Office; telephone 816-283-8745.
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.
|WHO:||Occupational Safety and Health Administration|
|WHAT:||"Star" Voluntary Protection Programs ceremony|
|WHERE:||Hastings Post Office |
300 North Kansas Ave.
|WHEN:||Friday, Feb. 8 |
1 p.m. CST
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