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Region 3 News Release: 08-759-PHI (osha 08-107)
June 30, 2008
Contact: Alisha Brown
Phone: 215-861-5101

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA recognizes Jacobs Technology ROME Group for workplace safety and health

HAMPTON, Va. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today certified Jacobs Technology Research, Operations, Maintenance and Engineering (ROME) Group at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton at the "star," or highest, level in its prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP).

John Hermanson, OSHA's regional administrator in Philadelphia, and Thomas Edwards, director of OSHA's Norfolk Area Office, presented a VPP star flag to the Jacobs Technology ROME Group staff at a ceremony held at the facility today.

"The Jacobs Technology ROME Group has effectively applied and implemented its safety and health management system to protect its employees," said Hermanson. "The facility has successfully maintained an injury and illness rate 67 percent below the industry average."

The company's 350 employees at the NASA Langley Research Center provide engineering design and construction, information technology services, contract management and procurement, maintenance and wind tunnel operations research.

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 ear