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Oregon OSHA - 350 Winter Street NE Room 430 - Salem, Oregon 97301-3882
 
For Immediate Release
May 31, 2006

Contact for more Information:
Kevin Weeks, Oregon OSHA, 503-947-7428
kevin.s.weeks@state.or.us

and

Grace Dusseau, Communications Manager
GE Tualatin Site


GE Security joins VPP safety recognition program


(Tualatin) The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) today presented "VPP Star Award" status to GE Security in Tualatin. 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, 10 worksites participate in VPP in Oregon.


GE Security employs 400 people at its Tualatin facility, which manufactures systems for intrusion and fire detection, access and building control, video surveillance, explosive and drug detection, key management, and structured wiring. During the past three years, GE Security in Tualatin has maintained a workplace injuries and illness average that is 43 percent below the national industry average for manufacturing.


"As an Oregon VPP participant, GE Security has entered into a new relationship with Oregon OSHA," said Mark E. Hurliman, VPP program manager for Oregon OSHA. "We are partners working together to improve safety and health in the workplace. VPP is growing because it works. The program provides employers with a blueprint for success by working with Oregon OSHA, and when we work together, we can accomplish incredible things."

 

VPP is designed to recognize employers that have made an exceptional commitment to workplace safety and health. To achieve VPP status, a worksite must have a three-year-average-injury-and illness rate at or below the rates of other employers in the same industry. The worksite undergoes an extensive Oregon OSHA review of workplace conditions, safety records, employee safety and health programs, and regulatory compliance. The review includes Oregon OSHA interviews with employees.

 

Evaluators review 19 program elements, including management commitment to safety, employee participation, self-inspection, safety and health training, emergency programs and drills, and preventive maintenance. VPP employers are removed from Oregon OSHA's routine scheduled inspection list for the duration of their participation. Employees do not lose any rights under the program. Oregon OSHA still investigates accidents, formal complaints, and chemical spills.

 

Additional VPP sites in Oregon are AmeriTies West LLC in The Dalles, BOC Edwards Medford Electronic Materials in White City, Georgia-Pacific Toledo pulp and paper mill, Georgia-Pacific Philomath mill, Georgia-Pacific Coos Bay mill, Impregilo-Healy Joint Venture in Portland, Marvin Wood Products in Baker City, PW Eagle in Eugene, and Timber Products Spectrum Division in White City.

 

Oregon OSHA encourages employers to keep their employees and workplaces safe through a commitment to training, education, and elimination of hazards. Visit Oregon OSHA's Web site, www.orosha.org, for more information on VPP as well as to learn how to request a no-cost consultation, sign up for training, and explore the many workplace safety and health resources that are available.

 

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