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Region 10 News Release: #08-474-SEA (#08-49)
April 14, 2008
Contact: Jeannine Lupton
Phone: 206-553-7620

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA awards safety and health 'star' to U.S. Postal Service's Spokane Processing & Distribution Center

SEATTLE -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recognized the U.S. Postal Service's Processing & Distribution Center in Spokane, Wash., for excellence in employee safety and health. OSHA will welcome the facility into its Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) at the "star," or highest, level, in a ceremony to be held on April 17 at 11 a.m. PDT at the facility, which is located at 2928 S. Spotted Road.

The 436 employees at the Spokane facility receive, process and distribute U.S. domestic and foreign mail. The employees, who work in three shifts, process three million pieces of mail daily for distribution to 281 associate offices. Additional operations at the facility include a bulk mail entry unit, a computerized forwarding system unit, an air mail facility and administrative support. The employees are represented by the American Postal Workers Union and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union.

"The level of safety and health excellence achieved at the U.S. Postal Service's Spokane Processing and Distribution Center is impressive and shows that work can be done safely with management commitment, employee involvement and the implementation of effective safety processes," said Richard Terrill, OSHA's regional administrat