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Region 1 News Release: 05-1944-BOS/ BOS 2005-304
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
BOSTON -- Calpine Dighton Power in North Dighton, Mass., has earned membership in the prestigious "Star" Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) of the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
"This award spotlights Calpine Dighton's outstanding job of safety and health management at this site," said Al J. Morrissey, OSHA's New England assistant regional administrator for cooperative programs, who presented a VPP flag and plaque to the company in a recent ceremony.
The electric power generation plant, which employs 15 workers, joins an elite corps of about 1,300 workplaces nationwide that have earned VPP recognition. The "Star" designation came after an OSHA team's thorough on-site review of the plant's application and safety and health program, interviews with employees and a complete tour of the worksite.
"Our review of this facility's safety and health management programs found them to be consistent with the high quality of VPP programs," Morrissey said. "The safety and health culture at this site is remarkable. No safety and health issue is too minor to be addressed and examined."
He noted that plant management is open to all suggestions for safety and health improvement resulting in a working environment where safety awareness is at the maximum level. Employees are so safety and health conscious that they regularly develop unique and innovative engineering controls to address safety and health concerns.
OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs offer employers an opportunity to move beyond traditional safety programs by recognizing participants that successfully incorporate comprehensive safety and health programs into their total management systems. VPP companies achieve average injury rates 50 percent lower than other companies in their industry. The VPP programs are open to deserving employers in any industry.
Requirements for application to VPP include a high degree of management support and employee involvement; a high-quality worksite hazard analysis; 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 a company can apply to join the program.
Additional information is available from the VPP manager at the OSHA regional office in Boston at (617) 565-9807.
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 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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