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Region 3 News Release: 08-680-PHI (osha 08-079)
May 28, 2008
Contact: Alisha Brown
U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA recognizes Amazon.com in New Castle, Del., for continued success in employee safety and health
NEW CASTLE, Del. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today recertified Amazon.com's Delaware Fulfillment Center in New Castle at the "star," or highest, level in its prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). During a ceremony at the center, Vincent Soss, compliance assistance specialist for OSHA's Wilmington Area Office, presented the facility with a recertification plaque.
"Amazon.com's Delaware Fulfillment Center consistently has demonstrated a strong commitment to employee safety and health," said Domenick Salvatore, director of OSHA's Wilmington office. "The company has maintained an injury and illness rate below the industry average for three years."
The Delaware Fulfillment Center services millions of online customers. The center predominately warehouses books and music CDs, and has 450 employees.
Designed for worksites with comprehensive, successful safety and health programs, the VPP is open to all industries and to employers with injury rates below their respective industries' national averages.
More than 1,950 worksites nationwide have earned entry into OSHA's VPP. Over the years, the VPP has proven to be an effective means of reducing injuries, illnesses, fatalities and costs, while fo