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OSHA News Release – Region 8
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 8 News Release: OSHA 05-2029-DEN
Wednesday, November 2, 2005
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: (303) 844-1302
KALISPELL, Mont. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognized the U.S. Postal Service facility in Kalispell, Mont., for excellence in their employee safety and health program at a ceremony Nov. 1.
The site was designated a VPP "Star" site, the highest level of recognition that OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) offer. A VPP Star site meets all the safety and health program elements for the VPP program, which far exceed minimum OSHA standards.
"This award recognizes the U.S. Postal Service's Kalispell operation as a world-class leader in the area of employee safety and health programs," said David DiTommaso, OSHA area office director in Billings. DiTommaso presented a VPP flag and plaque to the U.S. Postal Service staff at the ceremony in Kalispell.
According to DiTommaso, among the most noteworthy aspects of the site's safety and health program is the active involvement of the employees. "Each employee has been empowered to identify and eliminate workplace hazards, and the staff is actively engaged in injury prevention programs," said DiTommaso.
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. The VPP program is open to deserving employers in any industry.
Requirements for application to VPP, which has approximately 1,350 sites throughout the nation, include a high degree of management support and employee involvement, 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 applying to join the program.
For additional information on VPP in the Dallas region, contact Brad Baptiste, OSHA regional VPP manager, at (720) 264-6555 in Denver.
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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