Region 7 News Release: OSHA 09-129-KAN
Feb. 9, 2009
Contact: Jeremy Eggers
Monsanto Aviation of Chesterfield, Mo., earns OSHA's highest recognition for outstanding achievement in workplace safety and health
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has designated Monsanto Aviation Inc., Chesterfield, Mo., as a Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) star site, the agency's highest recognition for meeting or exceeding workplace safety and health standards.
Monsanto Aviation, which has 25 employees who operate and maintain four company aircraft, earned VPP star recognition following a comprehensive onsite evaluation by a team of OSHA safety and health experts.
"Monsanto Aviation has gone above and beyond in establishing a culture of workplace safety," said Charles E. Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City.
More than 2,160 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.
For more information about the VPP, call OSHA's regional VPP manager at 816-283-8745 or visit http://www.osha.gov/vpp.
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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