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10-1302-PHI (osha 10-204)
Oct. 12, 2010
Contact: Joanna Hawkins
Phone: 215-861-5101
E-mail: hawkins.joanna@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA recognizes US Gypsum Co. in
Weirton, W.Va., for workplace safety and health excellence

WEIRTON, W.Va. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has certified U.S. Gypsum Co. in Weirton as a "star" site, the highest honor in its Voluntary Protection Programs.

OSHA Deputy Regional Administrator Ed Selker attended the ceremony held at the company's Weirton office and presented the company with a plaque and flag.

"U.S. Gypsum's exemplary effort to maintain a safe and healthy work environment for employees makes it most deserving of this honor," said Selker.

The company manufactures and distributes drywall products.

The Voluntary Protection Programs recognize employers and workers in the private industry and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries. In VPP, management, labor, and OSHA work cooperatively and proactively to prevent fatalities, injuries, and illnesses through a system focused on: hazard prevention and control; worksite analysis; training; and management commitment and worker involvement. To participate, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo a rigorous onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. Union support is required for applicants represented by a bargaining unit. VPP participants are re-evaluated every three to five years to remain in the programs. VPP participants are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status.

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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