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Region 10 News Release: 09-612-SEA (09-77)
June 9, 2009
Contact: Jeannine Lupton
Phone: 206-553-7620

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA awards safety and health star to U.S. Postal Service's Juneau Mendenhall post office

SEATTLE -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will recognize the U.S. Postal Service's Juneau Mendenhall Post Office for excellence in employee safety and health when the agency welcomes the facility into its Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) at the star, or highest, level at a June 10, 11 a.m. Alaska Daylight Time ceremony at its facility at 9491 Vintage Blvd. in Juneau, Alaska.

"Management and labor working together has resulted in an injury and illness rate that is 86 percent below the national average for the postal industry," said Richard S. Terrill, OSHA's regional administrator in Seattle. "The Juneau Mendenhall Post Office demonstrates excellence in effective safety and health management."

The primary work performed at the Juneau Mendenhall Post Office includes collection, sorting, delivery and distribution of U.S. domestic and foreign mail. The site is a 24-hour operation, six days a week in two shifts with variable start times. The facility has limited automated mail sorting capability and an average daily mail delivery volume of more than 33,000 pieces. Revenue from retail services at the facility total approximately $1,560,000 annually. The 86 employees on site are represented by the American Postal Workers Union and the National Rural Letter Carriers Association.

The star designation came after an OSHA onsite review of the facility's safety and health programs in September 2008, interviews with employees and a complete tour of the worksite.

The Juneau Mendenhall Post Office facility is one of more than 2,160 worksites in 270 industries nationwide that have earned entry into OSHA's VPP. Requirements include a high