Date: November 17, 2006
Contact: Norma Conrad
Kansas City, Mo. -- The Olathe and New Century Honeywell International facilities have earned membership in the prestigious ¿Star" Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A recognition ceremony to honor the sites was held November 15, in Olathe.
"Both Honeywell facilities have exhibited excellence in safety and health management," said OSHA Regional Administrator Charles E. Adkins, CIH, in Kansas City. ¿Their outstanding efforts have included management commitment to safety and health and employee involvement in safety and health programs."
Honeywell's injury and illness and days away from work rates are 90 percent or better below the national average for similar facilities. Honeywell Avionics Products of Olathe is a 600,000-square-foot facility that employs 1,018 workers. The Honeywell Flight Operations/Aircraft Certification Center, New Century facility, is a 55,000-square-foot facility that employs 26 workers.
OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs recognize and promote effective workplace safety and health management. Companies in VPP achieve average injury rates 50 percent lower than other companies in their industry. Approximately 1,600 work sites representing more than 200 industries nationwide participate in the program. Information kits about the VPP application and approval process are available from the OSHA VPP manager at the Kansas City regional office at (816) 426 5861.
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