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Region 8 News Release: OSHA 06-681-DEN
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: (303) 844-1302

Rapid City Firm Earns Prestigious OSHA "Star" For Excellence in Occupational Safety and Health

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recognized ASI Incorporated, Rapid City, S.D., for exemplary achievement in its workplace safety and health program. A ceremony April 18 recognized the facility for achieving the highest level in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) - the VPP Star.

"This award symbolizes the hard work and dedication of the ASI staff to develop, implement and maintain a sustained level of high performance in their employee safety and health program," said Greg Baxter, OSHA regional administrator in Denver. "Receiving the VPP Star award is a tremendous accomplishment illustrating this worksite's commitment to continual improvement and their dedication to excellence."

ASI, which employs approximately 300 people and serves as a consumer sales and call center for GE products and services, is the only site in Rapid City and one of only six sites in South Dakota to receive this prestigious recognition. The facility joins an elite corps of 1,400 worksites nationwide that have earned VPP status. The "Star" designation came after an OSHA team's thorough on-site review of ASI's application and safety and health programs, interviews with employees and a complete tour of the worksite. VPP Star sites maintain employee injury and illness rates below the national average for their industry and meet all the safety and health program elements for the VPP program, which far exceed minimum OSHA standards.

Brad Baptiste, OSHA VPP manager in Denver, presented the VPP award to plant representatives at the ceremony. "The ASI employee wellness program serves as a 'best practices' model for all industry, and the significant level of community involvement and leadership exhibited by the ASI team is exemplary," said Baptiste.

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 program is open to deserving employers in any industry.

Requirements for application to the VPP include demonstrating a high degree of management support and employee involvement, a high-quality worksite hazard analysis, effective prevention and control programs, and a comprehensive safety and health training program for all employees. Each of these elements must be effective, in place and in operation for at least one year before applying to join the program.

For additional information on VPP in the Denver Region, contact Brad Baptiste at (720) 264-6555.


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