Region 7 News Release: 11-181-KAN
March 2, 2011
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
US Department of Labor's OSHA certifies Schneider Electric USA
in Lincoln, Neb., as a VPP 'star' site for workplace safety and health
LINCOLN, Neb. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recognized management and employees of Schneider Electric USA Inc. for achievement in the company's employee safety and health program. The company's Lincoln facility has been designated as a "star" site in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs.
Schneider Electric USA, which manufactures miniature circuit breakers, earned the recognition following a comprehensive on-site evaluation by a team of OSHA safety and health experts. More than 250 workers are employed at the Lincoln facility.
"From the top down, Schneider Electric USA has displayed outstanding effort in implementing a comprehensive safety and health management system," said Charles E. Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City, Mo. "The company is an exemplar of workplace safety."
The Voluntary Protection Programs recognize employers and workers in private industry and federal agencies that have implemented effective safety and health management systems, and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries. In the VPP, management, labor and OSHA work cooperatively and proactively to prevent fatalities, injuries and illnesses through a system focused on hazard prevention and control, worksite analysis, training, management commitment and worker involvement. To participate, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo a rigorous on-site evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. Union support is required for applicants represented by a bargaining unit. VPP participants are re-evaluated every three to five years to remain in the programs. VPP participants are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status. For information on the VPP and other cooperative programs, visit: http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/compliance_assistance/index_programs.html.
For additional information on the VPP, contact OSHA's regional VPP manager in Kansas City, Mo., at 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 ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
U.S. Department of Labor news materials are accessible at http://www.dol.gov. The information above is available in large print, Braille, audio tape or disc from the COAST office upon request by calling 202-693-7828 or TTY 202-693-7755.