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Trade News Release
August 25, 2006
Contact: Elaine Fraser
Phone: (202) 693-1999

General Electric Company Accepted into OSHA's VPP Corporate Pilot

WASHINGTON -- General Electric Company, headquartered in Fairfield, Conn., was recently admitted into the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) VPP Corporate Pilot. The VPP Corporate Pilot streamlines the application and onsite evaluation processes for organizations that have made a commitment to the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP).

"We congratulate General Electric on being accepted into the VPP Corporate Pilot," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Edwin G. Foulke Jr. "They have demonstrated excellence in safety and health management consistent with the high quality expected of VPP participants. We are pleased to recognize this accomplishment, and we applaud their willingness to continue working with us on promoting safer and healthier workplaces."

"GE is honored to be accepted into the OSHA VPP Corporate Pilot and look forward to continuing our cooperative and productive relationship with OSHA," added Stephen D. Ramsey, GE's Vice President of Corporate Environmental Programs. "GE's commitment to VPP reflects the determination of all GE employees -- up to and including the CEO -- to ensure a safe and healthy work environment for all GE employees. This commitment is reflected in the more than 100 GE sites in the U.S. that have attained VPP Star status. At GE, we view safety on the job to be a core value and the right of every employee."

General Electric was accepted after a complete review of its safety and health management system by a VPP Corporate Onsite Team. OSHA's program evaluation recognized the company's PowerSuite business system as a particular area of excellence. PowerSuite features modules on tracking hazards and employee training, and viewing thousands of material safety data sheets online. GE becomes the sixth organization to be inducted into the VPP Corporate Pilot, joining Georgia-Pacific, International Paper, U.S. Postal Service, Dow Chemical Company and the Washington Group International. With more than 100 active sites, GE is also the most prolific VPP participant.

General Electric is a diversified technology, media and financial services company devoted to creating products that improve daily life. The company offers a broad range of innovative products and services to customers in more than 100 countries, helping them provide everything from aircraft engines and power generation to financial services, medical imaging, television programming and plastics. Built on a commitment to its principles of sustainability, GE employs more than 300,000 people worldwide. More information about GE can be found on its Web site.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace 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


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