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Oregon OSHA - 350 Winter Street NE Room 430 - Salem, Oregon 97301-3882
For Immediate Release
January 13, 2005
Contact for more Information:
Kevin Weeks, Public Information Officer, 503-947-7428

Timber Products Spectrum is a VPP Star employer

(White City, Oregon) - The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) today presented ‘VPP Star Award’ status to Timber Products Spectrum Division (TP Spectrum) in White City. The Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) is a workplace safety-and-health-management program that encourages employers to voluntarily meet rigorous workplace safety standards to protect workers and reduce injuries. Currently, seven sites participate in VPP in Oregon, with five of seven reaching ‘VPP Star’ status.

“Timber Products Spectrum Division has demonstrated that they are among the ‘best of the best’ for workplace safety management in Oregon,” says Peter De Luca, administrator of Oregon OSHA. Timber Products Spectrum had a lost-workday injury rate between 2001-2003 that was 75 percent lower than the national industry average for specialty laminators.

Timber Products Spectrum Division employs 47 people at the White City facility, which manufactures wood laminate products used in furniture, shelving, cabinets, stage sets and other applications. The company joined the Oregon OSHA Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) in May 1999 before achieving ‘VPP Merit’ status in 2003. ‘Merit’ sites meet many requirements of VPP while ‘Star’ sites achieve all safety-and-health management requirements.

Timber Products Spectrum Division is one of seven VPP sites in Oregon. The additional VPP sites in Oregon are Georgia-Pacific Toledo pulp and paper mill, Georgia-Pacific Philomath mill, Georgia-Pacific Coos Bay mill, Kerr McGee Chemical LLC in The Dalles, Marvin Wood Products in Baker City and PW Eagle in Eugene.

Oregon OSHA is committed to partnering with employers and workers to keep Oregon’s injury rates low, and workers’ compensation costs under control. One of the best things an employer can do to prevent injuries is to properly train employees. Oregon OSHA offers free training, free safety and health consultations, and education and training materials from the OR-OSHA Resource Center. Keep your employees and workplaces safe through a commitment to training, education and elimination of hazards.

For more information about the VPP or SHARP programs, contact Mark Hurliman, Oregon OSHA VPP/SHARP program coordinator at 503-947-7437. For more information about Timber Products Spectrum Division, contact Mike Martin at 541-826-2246.

As Oregon's economy improves, safe jobs are smart business. More information and resources are available on Oregon OSHA's Web site, www.orosha.org