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Region 8 News Release: OSHA 07-1943-DEN
Jan. 11, 2008
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: 303-844-1302

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA recognizes Larson Manufacturing in Brookings, S.D., for excellence in occupational safety and health

BROOKINGS, S.D. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recognized the management and employees of Larson Manufacturing Co. in Brookings for notable achievement in their employee safety and health program.

Larson, a manufacturer of storm doors and windows, was designated a "merit" site in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). The agency held a recognition ceremony at the facility January 10.

"Attaining a VPP merit designation can only happen in workplaces where employees and managers work together with a particular focus on safety and health excellence," said Greg Baxter, OSHA's regional administrator in Denver.

One noteworthy aspect of Larson's program includes a highly evolved employee health and wellness program with significant dedication to improvements in the surrounding community.

"Larson has an extensive fitness and recreation center on site, as well as health screening programs for employees and family members," said Brad Baptiste, OSHA's regional VPP manager in Denver, who presented a VPP flag and plaque to the Larson team during the ceremony. "The company supports community-based improvement projects such as parks, trails and the arts," he added.

The VPP offers employers an opportunity to move beyond tra