November 1, 2012 9:57:43 AM
Southwire Company's Starkville Manufacturing Plant and Power Cable Customer Service Center have been awarded Star status by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). The program recognizes companies that meet a high set of safety standards.
OSHA officials officially recognized the Starkville manufacturing plant and customer service center during a special flag raising ceremony on Oct. 30.
When a company applies for VPP certification, OSHA completes a thorough examination of the company's health and safety practices. OSHA officials create a pilot plan for the facility, focusing on leadership, analysis of the worksite and training employees in the standards of health and safety. After the plan is established, OSHA conducts a worksite inspection to verify that key elements of safety are significantly better than the industry average. They specifically focus on management commitment and employee involvement in the areas of safety.
The employees formed six safety committees that meet regularly to discuss safety and health issues.