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Region 10 News Release: 09-445-SEA (09-94)
June 17, 2009
Contact: Jeannine Lupton
Phone: 206-553-7620

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA renews safety and health star for U.S. Postal Service's Boise Processing & Distribution Center

SEATTLE -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will recognize the U.S. Postal Service's Boise, Idaho, processing and distribution center for continued excellence in employee safety and health when the agency renews the facility's participation in the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) at the star, or highest, level. The ceremony is scheduled for June 19, 10 a.m. MDT, at the facility on 2201 Cole Road in Boise.

"The U.S. Postal Service's Boise processing and distribution center continues to demonstrate excellence in effective safety and health management," said Richard S. Terrill, OSHA's regional administrator in Seattle. "Management and labor working together has resulted in an injury and illness rate that is 65 percent below the national average for this industry."

The Boise processing and distribution center employs about 354 workers, with union members represented by the American Postal Workers Union and the National Postal Mail Handlers. Work at the facility consists of receiving, sorting and distribution of domestic and foreign mail for 241 post offices, stations and facilities in Idaho. Operations housed in the facility include customer service operations with a computerized forwarding system unit, business mail entry unit and a stamp distribution unit. The office also provides maintenance and custodial support to the processing and distribution center, and most surrounding stations and branches.

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. OSHA initially approved the facility's VPP star status in September 2005 and has extended it for five m