Region 7 News Release: 08-1657-KAN
November 18, 2008
Contact: Jeremy Eggers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has designated BSI Constructors Inc. of St. Louis, Mo., as a Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) merit site for achievement in workplace safety and health excellence.
BSI Constructors, which has about 150 general construction employees, earned this status as part of OSHA's Mobile Workforce Demonstration for Construction program, a component of the agency's VPP designed to strengthen employee protections in the construction industry.
"BSI Constructors has demonstrated a strong commitment to employee safety and health," said Charles E. Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator. "It has joined an ever-growing cadre of construction companies committed to providing the best in workplace safety."
More than 2,110 worksites nationwide have earned entry into OSHA's VPP. Employers that have been accepted into the VPP represent more than 270 industries. 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, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote 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 www.osha.gov.
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