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Region 10 News Release: #04-149
Date: Nov. 4, 2004
Contact: Jeannine Lupton
SEATTLE -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recognized Gustafson LLC of Marsing, Idaho, for continued excellence in worker health and safety. A ceremony at the plant will be held Nov. 9 to recognize the facility for achieving the highest level in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), the "VPP Star."
"Gustafson has exhibited excellence in effective safety and health program management," said Richard Terrill, OSHA regional administrator. "Their outstanding efforts have included significant management commitment and employee involvement."
Gustafson LLC employs approximately 17 workers who formulate agricultural seed treatment chemicals. It was initially approved as a "Merit" site under OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program in May 2003.
OSHA's VPP recognizes and promotes effective workplace safety and health management. In the program, management, labor and OSHA establish a cooperative relationship at a worksite that has implemented strong safety and health systems.
In order to qualify for VPP status, sites must meet or exceed all OSHA regulatory standards and submit to an OSHA review of their programs. Companies that have been accepted into the VPP represent more than 200 industries and approximately 1,150 work sites.
The role of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration 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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