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Region 3 News Release: 05-268-PHI (osha 018)
Wed., Feb. 23, 2005
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
Phone: (215) 861-5102

OSHA Recognizes AK Steel Corporation Butler Works for Safety and Health Success

BUTLER, Pa. -- AK Steel Corporation Butler Works, Butler, Pa., has earned membership in the prestigious "Star" Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

"AK Steel Corporation Butler Works has done an excellent job of safety and health management," said Philadelphia OSHA Regional Administrator Richard Soltan. "Their commitment sets a standard for other companies in their industry and should be commended."

The company produces specialty flat-rolled stainless and electrical steel used in the fabrication of transformers for power transmission. The Butler site employs 1,772 workers and is being recognized for having an injury and illness rate 96 percent below the industry average.

OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs are designed for worksites with comprehensive, successful safety and health programs. They are open to workplaces in any industry and to companies with injury rates below their industry's national average. VPP is OSHA's premier program designed to promote effective employer safety and health management.

Information kits about the application and approval process are available from the VPP Manager at the OSHA regional office in Philadelphia at (215) 861-4900.

Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees The role of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is to