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Region 1 News Release: 08-1383-BOS / BOS 2008-289
Thurs., Oct. 9, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074

U.S. Postal Service's Bradley International Airport mail facility awarded workplace safety and health star by U.S. Labor Department's OSHA
Connecticut postal worksite is third to enter OSHA's elite Voluntary Protection Programs

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. - The U.S. Postal Service's Bradley Airport Mail Facility in Windsor Locks has been approved for three years of participation in the prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the star level, the program's highest. It is the third U.S. Postal Service facility in Connecticut to achieve this milestone.

The VPP recognizes worksites that are committed to effective employee protection beyond the requirements of OSHA standards and encourages cooperative relationships among labor, management, unions and government. The Bradley facility receives and distributes mail to and from aircraft at Bradley International Airport. Its more than 100 employees are represented by the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and the American Postal Workers Union.

The star approval followed an OSHA team's week-long onsite review of the facility's safety and health management systems. Interviews with employees and a complete tour of the worksite found its safety and health programs consistent with the high quality expected of VPP participants, and its injury and illness