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The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has designated Cargill Animal Protein in California, Mo., as a Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Merit site for achievements in occupational safety and health.
The company, which produces bulk turkey feed for 197 independent producers, earned VPP recognition after implementing a comprehensive employee safety and health management system in accordance with VPP standards, which exceed minimum OSHA standards.
"The VPP recognizes worksites that are committed to effective employee protection beyond the requirements of OSHA standards and encourages cooperative relationships among labor, management, unions and government," said Charles E. Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City. "From the top down, Cargill Animal Protein has displayed an outstanding commitment to safety and health."
The VPP offers employers the opportunity to move beyond traditional safety programs by recognizing participants who successfully incorporate comprehensive safety and health programs into their total management systems.
More than 2,160 worksites nationwide, representing more than 270 industries, have earned entry into OSHA's VPP. 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 the VPP.
Companies in the VPP achieve average injury and illness rates 50 percent below the Bureau of Labor Statistics average for other companies in their respective industries.