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Region 7 News Release:   KC-OSHA-27
Date: Mon., December 16, 2002
Contact: Norma Conrad
Phone: (816)426-5491

International Paper Qualifies For OSHA Recognition

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- International Paper Container Division of Kansas City, Mo., has been approved for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's "Star" Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), the U.S. Department of Labor announced today. A ceremony recognizing the company will be held at 10:30 a.m., Dec.19 at the plant.

"International Paper exhibited excellence in effective safety and health management, employee training and involvement, and the application of appropriate resources into these areas," Regional Administrator Charles E. Adkins, CIH said. "There are some key elements which contribute to an effective safety and health program, and management participation ranks high among them. The participation of top level management at International Paper is impressive and accentuates the company's exceptional safety and health program."

In addition to an exemplary safety and health program, OSHA's review team found that the facility had a total injury and illness case rate approximately 50 percent below the national average for its industry.

International Paper Container Division designs and manufactures corrugated sheets, focusing on the production of a wide variety of container sizes to meet a broad base of customer needs. Approximately 100 workers are employed by the company.

From coast to coast, there are some 840 worksites in the VPP.

A fact sheet about the Voluntary Protection Program is attached.

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OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program recognizes and promotes effective safety and health management. Participants are a select group of facilities that have designed and put into practice outstanding safety and health programs in which management, labor and OSHA establish a cooperative relationship.

"Star" participants meet all VPP requirements

VPP workplaces 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, improved employee morale, and recognition in the community. Existing programs are improved through reviews that are part of the process.

A worksite approved for VPP will not be targeted by OSHA for a regularly scheduled, programmed inspection, although it must continue to comply with all OSHA safety and health regulations. OSHA remains responsible for investigating worker complaints and serious accidents.

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 Participants' 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.

The information in this news release will be made available in alternate format upon request (large print, Braille, audio tape or disc) from the COAST office. Please specify which news release when placing your request. Call (202) 693-7773 or TTY (202) 693-3911.
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