Glen-Gery Brick’s Mid-Atlantic Plant earned a “Star” certification for its worksite for its excellence in workplace safety.
This certification is the highest level of recognition for workplace safety and health excellence for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).
Over the past three years, the Shoemakersville, PA, brick manufacturer recorded an injury and illness rate 21 percent below the industry’s national average.
“Glen-Gery Brick has demonstrated a commitment to protecting its employees by maintaining a comprehensive and effective workplace safety and health program,” said Michael Rivera, Acting OSHA Regional Administrator.
VPP recognizes employers who have implemented effective safety and health management systems, and that maintain injury and illness rates below national averages. The Star Program is designed for exemplary worksites with comprehensive, successful safety and health management systems. These sites are self-sufficient in their ability to control workplace hazards.
Star participants are re-evaluated every three to five years, although incident rates are reviewed annually.
VPP represents management, labor, and OSHA working together to prevent fatalities, injuries, and illnesses through hazard prevention and control, worksite analysis, training, management commitment, and worker involvement.