Region 7 News Release: 09-1086-KAN
Sept. 10, 2009
Contact: Jeremy Eggers
U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA recognizes MediFit Corporate Services in St. Louis for excellence in workplace safety and health
ST. LOUIS -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has designated MediFit Corporate Services in St. Louis as a Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) star site, the department's highest recognition for meeting or exceeding workplace safety and health standards.
MediFit Corporate Services, a fitness center resident contractor that designs and delivers worksite health, fitness and rehabilitation services for the Monsanto Co. in St. Louis, earned VPP recognition following a comprehensive onsite evaluation by a team of OSHA safety and health experts.
"The VPP recognizes worksites that are committed to effective employee protection beyond the requirements of OSHA standards and encourages cooperative relationships among labor, management, unions and government," said Charles E. Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City, Mo. "From the top down, MediFit Corporate Services has displayed an outstanding commitment to safety and health."
More than 2,160 worksites nationwide, representing more than 270 industries, 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. 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, OSHA's role is to promote safe and healthful working conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, outreach and education. For more information about the agency, visit http://www.osha.gov.
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