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OSHA News Release – Region 10
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 10 News Release: 07-371-SEA (#07-24)
March 15, 2007
Contact: Jeannine Lupton
Recognition ceremony to be held on March 16
SEATTLE -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will recognize US Ecology Idaho in Grand View, Idaho, into its Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) at the "Star," or highest, level, in a ceremony at the facility, March 16 at 3:00 p.m. MDT.
US Ecology Idaho, a hazardous waste treatment storage and disposal facility, is a division of American Ecology Corp. The site processes and disposes of a broad range of hazardous waste, including certain naturally occurring radioactive materials and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) wastes.
"The hard work of both managers and employees at US Ecology Idaho has led to a first class safety and health program," said Richard Terrill, OSHA's regional administrator in Seattle. "The result is the company's number of serious workplace injuries is 73 percent below the industry average."
US Ecology Idaho joins an elite corps of more than 1,600 worksites representing more than 270 industries nationwide that have earned VPP status. OSHA granted the "Star" designation for a period of three years after undertaking an on-site review of the facility's safety and health programs, interviews with employees and a complete tour of the worksite.
To qualify for VPP status, a site must meet or exceed all OSHA regulatory standards and submit to a review of its programs. Program participants typically achieve injury and illness rates more than 50 percent below their respective industries' averages. Through the VPP, management, labor and OSHA establish cooperative relationships at sites that have implemented strong safety and health systems.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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