Asphalt Maker Paves Way to VPP Stardom

OSHA has designated Owens Corning Trumbull Asphalt in Denver as a Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) star site, the agency's highest recognition for meeting or exceeding workplace safety and health standards. The company, which manufactures asphalt for roofing applications, earned VPP recognition after implementing a comprehensive employee safety and health management system in accordance with VPP standards, which exceed minimum OSHA standards.

"Owens Corning is a shining example of what can be achieved in the workplace when employees and managers work together with a significant focus on safety and health excellence," said Greg Baxter, OSHA's regional administrator in Denver. "Their program includes a highly involved frontline employee workforce, an excellent medical program, and energy control procedures. Safety is valued from the bottom up."

Bob Glover, OSHA's assistant regional administrator in Denver, presented a VPP flag and plaque during a ceremony April 8 at the company's Denver site.

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 earned entry into OSHA's VPP. According to the agency, the program's 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 companies achieve average injury and illness rates 50 percent below the Bureau of Labor Statistics average for other companies in their respective industries, OSHA says.

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