April 16, 2007
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: (303) 844-1302
DENVER -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recognized Scott's Liquid Gold in Denver, Colo., for an exemplary employee safety and health program. The company manufactures many products but is primarily known for a line of furniture polishes.
Scott's was designated a Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) "Star" site, the highest level of recognition that OSHA offers, during an April 13 ceremony at the company's plant. A "Star" site meets or exceeds a list of VPP safety and health elements, which far exceed minimum OSHA standards.
"The VPP 'Star' designation is evidence of the great dedication Scott's Liquid Gold has to maintaining workplace safety and employee health excellence," said Greg Baxter, OSHA's regional administrator in Denver. "The company serves as a shining example for workplaces throughout the region."
Brad Baptiste, OSHA's regional VPP manager, presented a flag and plaque to the Scott's Liquid Gold staff at the ceremony, adding, "Scott's employees have been actively involved as mentors in helping other workplaces to improve their safety and health programs, and OSHA applauds both their accomplishment and active leadership in the Denver community."
OSHA's VPP offers employers a unique opportunity to move beyond traditional safety programs by recognizing participants that successfully incorporate comprehensive safety and health programs into their total management systems. The VPP is open to deserving employers in any industry.
Requirements for application to the VPP, which now has more than 1,700 worksites across the country, include a high degree of management support and employee involvement, high-quality worksite hazard analysis, hazard prevention and control programs, and comprehensive safety and health training for all employees. Each of these elements must be effective and in operation for at least one year. Companies in the VPP have achieved average injury rates 50 percent lower than other companies in their respective industries.
For additional information on the VPP in OSHA's Region 8, which includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming, contact Brad Baptiste at (720) 264-6555.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role 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 www.osha.gov.
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