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Region 7 News Release: 11-1445-KAN
Oct. 11, 2011
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone: 312-353-6976      312-353-4807
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA certifies Sherwin-Williams in
Coffeyville, Kan., as a 'star' site for workplace safety and health

WICHITA, Kan. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recognized the employees and management of the Sherwin-Williams manufacturing facility in Coffeyville for excellence in the company's employee safety and health program. The site has been designated as a "star," the highest honor in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs.

Sherwin-Williams earned VPP star recognition following a comprehensive on-site evaluation by a team of OSHA safety and health experts. There are 16 employees at the Coffeyville facility, which manufactures, packages and distributes rust and smoke inhibitors, flame retardants and mineral oil de-foamers.

"From the top down, Sherwin-Williams has displayed outstanding effort in implementing a comprehensive safety and health management system," said Charles E. Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City, Mo.

The Voluntary Protection Programs recognize private and federal work sites with effective safety and health management systems that have maintained injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages. Management, labor and OSHA work cooperatively and proactively to prevent fatalities, injuries and illnesses through a system focused on hazard prevention and control, work site analysis and training. Union support is required for applicant work sites where employees are represented by a bargaining unit. Participating work sites are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status. For more information, contact OSHA's regional VPP manager in Kansas City, Mo., at 816-283-8745, or visit http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/vpp/index.html.

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 ensure 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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