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Region 3 News Release: 08-1303-PHI (osha 08-167)
Sept. 18, 2008
Contact: Alisha Brown
Partnership strives to help company become eligible for Voluntary Protection Programs
KLINGERSTOWN, Pa. -- Michael Foods Inc. today joined the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to announce a partnership designed to foster a safe workplace for employees, and to develop and implement exemplary safety and health management systems. A signing ceremony was held at the company's facility in Klingerstown.
"This partnership represents an opportunity for Michael Foods to use management commitment, training, hazard identification and team work to improve its safety and health program," said Mark Stelmack, area director for OSHA's office in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Michael Foods Inc. also will aim to reduce its injury and illness rates to levels that would make it eligible to apply for OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) in two years. More than 2,000 worksites nationwide have earned entry into the VPP. Over the years, the VPP has proven to be an effective means of reducing injuries, illnesses, fatalities and costs, while fostering a more productive workforce and increasing employee morale.
For more information about OSHA partnerships and the VPP, contact OSHA's Wilkes-Barre Area Office at 570-826-6538.
OSHA's Strategic Partnership Program is part of U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the safety and health of employees through cooperative relationships with groups including trade associations, labor organizations, employers and employees. More than 1.4 million employees and more than 26,000 employers across the U.S. have participated with OSHA in more than 530 strategic partnerships since the program began in 1998.
OSHA has improved workplace safety and health over the past 37 years. This success is reflected in the latest data (2006) showing the lowest national injury and illness incidence rate that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has ever recorded. OSHA will continue to work diligently to focus its resources where they will have the most impact in assuring that every working man and woman returns home safely every day.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote 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 improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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