In a town called Gypsum, Ohio, a USG Corp. manufacturing plant has been awarded the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star.
OSHA officials presented the award on Mon. during a ceremony at the plant, where USG Gypsum's 230 employees were present.
“A few years ago the team was challenged with what we can do to further raise the bar on safety and decided that pursuing VPP Star status would modify our safety focus and make us better,” said Bill St. Leger, plant manager. “We greatly value our partnership with OSHA, and it has helped our team become even better at operating a safe workplace.”
The Gypsum plant's record involves over 3.6 million safe work hours, as well as 2,517 days without a lost-time injury.
USG was also a founding member of the National Safety Council in 1914. In total, 12 USG plants and three L&W Supply branches have been awarded the Star.
The Star designation, the highest honor within the VPP, requires safety and health initiatives that go above and beyond standard OSHA regulations. USG Gypsum is one of fewer than 2,500 worksites (out of 8 million) across the U.S. to achieve the designation.