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Region 7 News Release: OSHA 07-1701-KAN
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: 303-844-1302

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA recognizes Johns Manville in McPherson, Kan., for safety and health excellence

McPHERSON, Kan. -- ohns Manville of McPherson, Kan., has earned membership in the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration's prestigious "star" Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), or the highest level.

A VPP recognition ceremony will be held Nov. 15 at the company's McPherson plant where 265 employees produce fiberglass insulation materials.

"Johns Manville has exhibited excellence in safety and health management," said Charles E. Adkins, CIH, OSHA regional administrator in Kansas City. "The company's outstanding efforts have included management commitment to safety and health and employee involvement in safety and health programs."

More than 1,860 worksites nationwide have earned entry into OSHA's VPP. Requirements include a high degree of management support and employee involvement; 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 process are available from the OSHA VPP manager at the Kansas City regional office (telephone 816-283-8745).

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. The role of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration 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

EVENT: ¿Star¿ Voluntary Protection Programs ceremony presented by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
DATE and TIME: Thursday, Nov.15, 2007; 11 a.m.
LOCATION: Johns Manville
1465 17th Ave.
McPherson, Kan.

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