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OSHA News Release – Region 7
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 7 News Release: USDL-03-581
Date: Wed., Oct. 22, 2003
Contact: Norma Conrad
Ceremony To Be Held October 22 in Kirksville, Mo.
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will recognize Kraft Foods of Kirksville, Mo., for achieving 11 years of excellence in worker health and safety. A ceremony at the plant on Oct. 22 will renew the company's participation in OSHA's Star Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).
Kraft Foods was approved for OSHA's Star program in August 1994. The plant employs 435 workers who blend, cook, smoke, slice and seal packages of smoked ham and bacon. In addition to an exemplary safety and health program, OSHA's review team found that the facility had a lost workday injury and illness rate 58 percent below the industry national average.
"Kraft Foods has exhibited excellence in effective safety and health management, worker training and involvement, and the application of appropriate resources into these areas," said OSHA Regional Administrator Charles E. Adkins, CIH. "Top level management's close participation in the company's safety and health program has been a key to its effectiveness."
From coast to coast, there are approximately 1,000 work sites participating in VPP. Information about the VPP application and approval process is available from the VPP manager in OSHA's Kansas City regional office at (816) 426-5861, or from the Voluntary Protection Program Participants' Association in Falls Church, Va. (703) 761-1146.
A fact sheet on OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program is attached.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is dedicated to saving lives, preventing injuries and illnesses, and protecting America's workers. Safety and health add value to business, the workplace and life. For further information, visit www.osha.gov.
THE VOLUNTARY PROTECTION PROGRAM
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program recognizes and promotes effective safety and health management. Participants are a select group of facilities that have designed and put into practice outstanding safety and health programs in which management, labor and OSHA establish a cooperative relationship.
Star participants meet all VPP requirements.
VPP work places have shown that an investment in the OSHA program is an effective allocation of resources. VPP sites experience fewer employee injuries and illnesses, reduced workers= compensation costs, improved productivity, improved employee morale, and recognition in the community. Existing programs are further improved through reviews that are part of the process.
A work site approved for VPP will not be targeted by OSHA for a regularly scheduled programmed inspection, although the work site must continue to comply with all OSHA safety and health regulations. OSHA remains responsible for investigating worker complaints and serious accidents.
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