The General Electric Environmental Services facility in Lee's Summit, Mo., has earned membership at the "Star," or highest, level of the prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

General Electric Environmental Services' 52 employees produce waterproof, breathable laminates and filtration material. A VPP recognition ceremony was held April 10 at the facility.

"General Electric Environmental Services has exhibited excellence in safety and health management," said Charles E. Adkins, CIH, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City. "Its outstanding efforts have included management commitment to safety and health, and employee involvement in safety and health programs."

OSHA's VPP recognizes and promotes effective workplace safety and health management. Companies in the VPP achieve average injury rates 50 percent lower than other companies in their respective industries. This General Electric Environmental Services facility is one of 1,945 worksites representing more than 270 industries nationwide that participate in the program.

Information kits about the VPP application and approval processes are available from OSHA's VPP manager at the agency's Kansas City Regional Office at 816-283-8745.