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Tessenderlo Kerley Plant Gets OSHA Star Status

OSHA Star StatusThe U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA is going to recognize Tessenderlo Kerley Inc’s Burley Plant for its excellence in employing safety and health when the company will renew the participation in Voluntary Protection Programs at Star or highest level .This facility has demonstrated that a safety and health program supported by management can dramatically reduce on the job injuries and illnesses.

Tessenderlo Company incorporates around 13 workers producing soil gases for the distribution to agricultural product retailers. The production time for this gas is limited to a tenure of six to eight months a year, which demands on time in that span. Generally production times are limited from mid February to the end of April and from first of June to end of November. During extended downtime periods, facility maintenance and improvements are completed. Having taking into consideration the safety measures this company has an injury and illness rate below 100 percent which is low than the national average for its industry.

The Star designation for this company came when OSHA reviewed one of its facilities safety and health programs in 2009 with a complete tour of facility. OSHA initially approved VPP star status for Tessenderlo but on seeing their excellent measures it has extended the status for 5 more years.

The Burley plant is one in 270 industries nationwide having 2160 workers which have earned an entry into OSHA’s VPP. Requirements include high level degree of management commitment and employee involvement, a high-quality worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control management, comprehensive safety and health training for all employees. All these parameters must be effective in place and in operation for atleast one year before a company can apply for these star status .But generally companies applying for VPP achieve average injury and illness rate of approximately 50 percent below the Labour Statistics.