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Sept. 27, 2010
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Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. receives
Voluntary Protection Programs safety recognition award

WASHINGTON - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today recognized Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. for excellence in worker safety and health by approving the corporation as a Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Corporate participant. Only seven other corporations currently hold this recognition in the United States.

The VPP Corporate program is designed for corporations which demonstrate a strong commitment to worker safety and health and VPP. These organizations, typically large corporations or federal agencies, have adopted VPP on a large scale for protecting the safety and health of its workers.

Jacobs demonstrates a strong commitment to worker safety and health and VPP by establishing a standardized corporate-level safety and health management program that is implemented throughout the organization. Jacobs also implemented an internal screening process that evaluates the company's facilities for safety and health performance.

"OSHA can achieve its mission of protecting workers' safety and health if businesses do their part in implementing effective safety and health programs and systems," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels. "Jacobs Engineering Group has proven its commitment to ensuring a safe environment for its more than 50,000 workers."

Jacobs provides technical services to facilities in aerospace and defense, pharmaceutical, and oil and gas industries, among others.

OSHA's VPP recognizes employers and workers who have implemented exemplary workplace safety and health management systems. In VPP, management, labor and OSHA work together to prevent injuries, illnesses and workplace hazards. To attain VPP status, employers must demonstrate management's commitment to the safety and health of their workers and involve them in safety and health management 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 these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

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