Thursday, September 30, 2010

Margate VPP: 3's a Charm in Pompano Beach

Congratulations to Pompano Beach and Margate employees! On Thursday, October 7, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will award the Margate Branch its star rating in the Voluntary Protection Program. That's a third star for Pompano with the Main Office and Atlantic Branch already having achieved this distinction ... And that makes Pompano Beach the first location in the country to have three stars to its name!

"Labor and management work together to achieve a common goal — the safety of all employees," said Pompano Beach Postmaster Ed Coppola. "All of our employees are committed to safety, and I'm very proud of our VPP achievements."

The VPP recognizes employers and workers in the private industry and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries. In VPP, management, labor, and OSHA work cooperatively and proactively to prevent fatalities, injuries, and illnesses through a system focused on: hazard prevention and control; worksite analysis; training; and management commitment and worker involvement.

To participate, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo a rigorous onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. Union support is required for applicants represented by a bargaining unit. VPP participants are re-evaluated every three to five years to remain in the programs. VPP participants are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status.

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