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Region 8 News Release: OSHA 04-2065-DEN
Thursday, October 21, 2004
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: (303) 844-1302
For Excellence in Occupational Safety and Health
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today recognized Yellowstone National Park for achievement in protecting employee safety and health.
The park was designated a VPP "Merit" site in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) during a ceremony at the park's headquarters at Mammoth Hot Springs. A VPP Merit site meets the safety and health program elements that far exceed minimum OSHA standards. Yellowstone has achieved more than a 40 percent reduction in its accident rate since 1998.
"As the first national park in American history it is only fitting that Yellowstone is also the first national park to receive the prestigious VPP Merit award from OSHA," said John Henshaw, assistant secretary of labor for OSHA. "This award reflects a strong and continued commitment by Yellowstone and its employees to workplace safety and health."
Bob Glover, OSHA assistant regional administrator in Denver and Dave DiTommaso, OSHA area director in Billings, presented a VPP flag and plaque to Yellowstone National Park employees at the ceremony.
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. About 1,100 workplaces throughout the U.S. have achieved VPP status.
Workplaces that apply for the VPP must demonstrate a high degree of management support and employee involvement in health and safety; a high-quality hazard analysis, prevention and control programs; and comprehensive safety and health training for all employees. Each element must be effective, in place and in operation for at least one year before applying to join the program.
For additional information about the VPP in the Rocky Mountain Region contact Brad Baptiste, OSHA VPP manager, at (303) 844-1600 (ext 317) in Denver. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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