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OSHA News Release – Region 7
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 7 News Release: 08-1493-KAN
Oct. 22, 2008
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sauer-Danfoss Inc.'s division in Lawrence, Kan., has earned membership in the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) at the star, or highest, level.
The company has 167 employees who manufacture and supply mobile hydraulics at this location. A recognition ceremony was held at the plant in Lawrence.
"Sauer-Danfoss Inc. in Lawrence has exhibited excellence in safety and health management," said Charles E. Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City. "The division's outstanding efforts have included management commitment to safety and health, and employee involvement in safety and health programs."
More than 2,030 worksites nationwide have earned entry into OSHA's VPP. Employers that have been accepted into the VPP represent more than 270 industries. Requirements include a high degree of management commitment and employee involvement; a high-quality worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control program; 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 VPP. Companies in the VPP achieve average injury and illness rates 50 percent below the Bureau of Labor Statistics average for other companies in their respective industries.
Information kits about the VPP application and approval processes are available from OSHA's VPP manager at its Kansas City Regional Office, who can be reached at 816-283 8745.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. The role of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration 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 process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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