Steel Research Center Attains Star Status

OSHA has certified the U.S. Steel Research and Technology Center in Munhall, Pa., as a star site, the highest honor in its Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). The center consists of engineers, scientists, and technicians dedicated to aiding U.S. Steel's worldwide manufacturing. According to OSHA, the facility's experts use the latest technology to research and develop new steel production, processes, and methods, sometimes while working in high-temperature and gaseous environments.

At a special ceremony held in honor of the achievement, OSHA Deputy Regional Administrator Edward Selker said the Munhall facility "deserves this recognition for maintaining high employee health and safety standards." He added, "Certification as a star site highlights the center's commitment to the safety and well-being of its employees."

About 2,160 worksites representing more than 270 industries nationwide have earned entry into OSHA's VPP. According to the agency, 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, OSHA said. 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 VPP, visit www.osha.gov/vpp.

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