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Region 7 News Release: OSHA/06-1601-KAN
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Contact: Norma Conrad
Phone: (816) 426-5481

Washington Group International Achieves OSHA Outstanding Safety and Health Recognition at St. Louis Ceremony

ST. LOUIS -- Washington Group International, a resident contractor at Monsanto World Headquarters, has earned membership in the prestigious "Star" Voluntary Protection Programs(VPP) of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A recognition ceremony was held this week at the facility.

"Washington Group International is the first resident contractor in OSHA's Region 7 to receive the VPP Star award," said Charles E. Adkins, CIH, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City, Mo. "This company has exhibited excellence in safety and health management. Its outstanding effort has included a management commitment to safety and health and employee involvement in safety and health programs."

The company employs 56 workers who perform maintenance and building services for Monsanto's world headquarters in St. Louis.

OSHA's VPP recognizes and promotes effective workplace safety and health management. Companies in the VPP achieve average injury rates that are 50 percent lower than other companies in their industry. Approximately 1,500 work sites representing more than 280 industries nationwide participate in the program.

Information about the VPP application and approval process is available from the OSHA VPP manager at the agency's Kansas City regional office at (816) 426 5861.

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