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Region 1 News Release: 08-1725-BOS/BOS 2008-349
Fri., Nov. 21, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074

Attleboro, Mass., post office enters Voluntary Protection Programs of U.S. Labor Department's OSHA as workplace safety and health star

ATTLEBORO, Mass. - The U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) post office in Attleboro, Mass., is the latest postal service worksite in New England to achieve star status in the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Agency officials welcomed the facility into the VPP in a flag-raising ceremony held today at the facility.

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 VPP star is the highest level of recognition that OSHA awards.

"Employees and management at the Attleboro post office take a proactive approach to safety and health, working together to evaluate, identify and eliminate hazards before they hurt employees," said Marthe Kent, OSHA's regional administrator for New England. "This mutual commitment through the VPP has paid dividends in fewer injuries and illnesses."

The Attleboro facility has 65 employees who are represented by the American Postal Workers Union, National Association of Letter Carriers and National Rural Letter Carriers Association. The star designation came after an OSHA team's three-day onsite review fo