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Region 7 News Release: 09-1087-KAN
Sept. 11, 2009
Contact: Jeremy Eggers   Rich Kulczewski
Phone: 303-844-1299   303-844-1302


U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA recognizes Clean Harbors Environmental Services Inc. for safety and health excellence

KIMBALL, Neb. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has designated Clean Harbors Environmental Services Inc. in Kimball as a Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) star site, the department's highest recognition for meeting or exceeding workplace safety and health standards.

Clean Harbors Environmental Services, which stores and thermally treats hazardous waste materials and employs more than 100 people, earned VPP recognition following a comprehensive onsite evaluation by a team of OSHA safety and health experts.

"Clean Harbors Environmental Services in Kimball has exhibited excellence in safety and health management, said Charles E. Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City, Mo. "The company's outstanding efforts have included management commitment to safety and health, and employee involvement in safety and health programs.

More than 2,160 worksites nationwide, representing more than 270 industries, have earned entry into OSHA's VPP. Requirements include a high degree of management commitment and employee involvement; a high-quality worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control program; and comprehensive safety and health training for all employees. Each of these elements must be effective, in place and in operation for at least one year before a company can apply to join the VPP.

Companies in the VPP achieve average injury and illness rates 50 percent below the Bureau of Labor Statistics average for other companies in their respective industries. For more information about the VPP, call OSHA's regional VPP manager at 816-283-8745 or visit http://www.osha.gov/vpp.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, OSHA's role is to promote safe and healthful working conditions for Am