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OSHA News Release – Region 7
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 7 News Release: KC-OSHA-04
Thursday, July 20, 2000
Contact: Norma J. Conrad
PHONE: (816) 426-5491
SPRINGFIELD REMANUFACTURING CORPORATION APPROVED FOR CONTINUATION IN OSHA'S VOLUNTARY PROTECTION PROGRAM
A ceremony commemorating the renewal of the Springfield Remanufacturing Corporation's (SRC) facility in Springfield, Missouri, in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Star Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) will be held at 12:00 p.m. on July 26. The ceremony will recognize the company for continued excellence in worker safety and health. The Secretary of Labor's Representative, Dr. Thomas Glenn, and OSHA's Kansas City Regional Administrator, Charles E. Adkins, CIH, will join the SRC General Manager, Marty Callison, in the ceremony at the facility.
SRC employs approximately 360 workers and is a remanufacturer of agricultural and automotive engines. The facility was first approved for Star in November, 1995. In addition to an exemplary safety and health program, the facility has injury incidence rates about 78% below the national average for its industry.
"In evaluating the safety and health program, the OSHA review team found excellence in safety and health management, employee training and involvement, and appropriate resources," Adkins said. "We were impressed with the participation of top level management in SRC's safety and health program and believe it is the key to its effectiveness."
The VPP is designed to recognize and promote effective safety and health management. In the VPP, management, labor and OSHA establish a cooperative relationship at a workplace that has implemented a strong program. Star participants meet all VPP requirements.
Participants in VPP have shown that an investment in the OSHA program is an effective allocation of resources. VPP sites experience fewer employee injuries and illnesses, reduced workers' compensation costs, improved productivity and improved employee morale, and recognition in the community. In addition, existing programs that are already good are further improved, through the internal and external reviews that are part of the VPP application process. Worksites approved for VPP will not be targeted by OSHA for a programmed inspection.
There are approximately 626 worksites in the U.S., including SRC, in the VPP.
The text of this news release is on the Internet World Wide Web at http://www.osha.gov. Editor's Note: Information kits about the VPP application and approval process are available from the VPP Manager at OSHA's Kansas City Regional Office at 816/426-5861.
Another source of information about VPP is the Voluntary Protection Participant's Association (VPPPA), Falls Church, VA, a group of VPP members dedicated to the exchange of safety and health information. Their phone number is 703/761-1146.
This information will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: 816-426-5481, TDD* Message Referral Phone No. 1-800-347-8032. *Telecommunications Device for the Deaf
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