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International Paper Company’s xpedx facility has earned membership in the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the prestigious "Star" level. A recognition ceremony took place September 7 in
"The xpedx facility has demonstrated excellence in effective safety and health management," said Dean McDaniel, OSHA's regional administrator in
The wholesale distribution center – xpedx – receives and ships paper goods and equipment to customers throughout the
The xpedx facility joins an elite corps of more than 1,790 worksites in more than 270 industries nationwide that have earned entry into OSHA's VPP. Requirements 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. 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.