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The plant, which employs 470 employees, plus 205 temporary employees supervised by Schick, manufactures shaving products. It is one of 1,600 workplaces in 270 industries nationwide that have earned VPP status.
"The 'Star' designation reflects the mutual commitment of Schick employees and management to maintaining and improving safety and health at this plant," said Marthe Kent, OSHA's regional administrator for
Beyond being a role model for safety and health in their respective industries, VPP companies generally experience many other positive benefits such as fewer lost workday injuries, injury and illness rates below average for their industries and reduced workers' compensation costs. The VPP programs are open to deserving employers in any industry.
Requirements for application to VPP include a high degree of management support and employee involvement, a high-quality worksite hazard analysis, prevention and control programs and comprehensive safety and health training for all employees.