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Region 8 News Release: OSHA 06-1633-DEN
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: (303) 844-1302

BMC West in Fort Collins Recognized by U.S. Labor Department's OSHA for Excellence in Occupational Safety and Health

FORT COLLINS -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recognized the BMC West work site in Fort Collins, Colo., for achievement in its employee safety and health program.

The lumber-and-building-materials supplier was designated a Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) "Merit" site during a ceremony today at the plant. A VPP Merit site maintains employee safety and health programs that far exceed minimum OSHA standards.

"This VPP award recognizes BMC West for its dedication to world-class safety and health excellence and a commitment to continual improvement," said Greg Baxter, OSHA regional administrator in Denver. "It's a tremendous accomplishment made possible through significant employee involvement and a dedicated management team."

Baxter and Bill Wright, OSHA's regional alliance and partnership coordinator, presented a VPP flag and plaque to the BMC West team at the ceremony. According to Wright, BMC West's safety and health program has many aspects he considers "best practices."

"One noteworthy example of this site's efforts is its development of an innovative driver enclosure to protect forklift operators from harsh weather conditions," Wright noted.

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 VPP, which has approximately 1,535 sites in the country, include a high degree of management support and employee involvement, a high-quality work-site hazard analysis, hazard 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 applying to join the program.

For additional information on VPP in Region 8, contact Brad Baptiste, OSHA VPP manager, at (720) 264-6555 in Denver.


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