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Region 2 News Release: 05-2219-NEW/BOS 2005-339
Monday, December 5, 2005
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
JAMESTOWN, N.Y. -- The U.S. Postal Service's Jamestown post office and mail processing facility has earned membership in the prestigious "Star" Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) of the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The Jamestown facility employs 135 workers and now joins an elite corps of about 1,370 workplaces nationwide that have earned VPP recognition. The certification follows an OSHA team's thorough onsite review of the facility's safety and health management programs, including employee interviews and a walk-through of the plant.
"This award spotlights the Jamestown postal facility's outstanding job of safety and health management," said Norman Deitch, OSHA's regional VPP manager, who presented a VPP flag and plaque to the company in a recent ceremony. "Our review of this facility's safety and health management programs found them to be consistent with the high quality of VPP programs."
OSHA found two outstanding program elements at the facility that could be used as models for other sites. One of these is a system to document and address hazards identified by letter carriers, such as poor walking surfaces, damaged equipment, dogs and other animals; the second is a behavior based, peer-to-peer program to identify and correct hazards or at-risk behavior for letter sorting, mail delivery, and motor vehicle and lifting operations.
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 New York City at (212) 337-2360.
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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