Mattress Manufacturer Springs into VPP

OSHA has designated Aurora, Colo.-based Simmons Manufacturing as a Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) merit site for achievements in occupational safety and health. The company, which manufactures mattresses and box springs, earned VPP recognition after implementing a comprehensive employee safety and health management system in accordance with VPP standards, which exceed minimum OSHA standards.

"Denver is a hub for the mattress manufacturing industry, and we are very proud to recognize the men and women of Simmons Manufacturing for their industry-leading commitment to employee safety and health," said Greg Baxter, OSHA's regional administrator in Denver. Assistant Regional Administrator Bob Glover presented the company with a VPP flag and plaque during a ceremony this week at the company's Aurora site.

OSHA says VPP offers employers the opportunity to move beyond traditional safety programs by recognizing participants who successfully incorporate comprehensive safety and health programs into their total management systems. More than 2,160 worksites nationwide, representing more than 270 industries, have now earned entry into the program.. Requirements include a high degree of management commitment and employee involvement; a high-quality worksite analysis, hazard prevention, and control program; and comprehensive safety and health training for all employees. Each of these elements must be effective, in place, and in operation for at least one year before a company can apply to join VPP. According to OSHA, companies in the program achieve average injury and illness rates 50 percent below the Bureau of Labor Statistics average for other companies in their respective industries. For more information about the program, visit www.osha.gov.vpp.

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