Ticona Polymers Inc. and resident contractor Mundy Maintenance and Services LLC have earned recertification in the "Star" Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A recognition ceremony was held August 29 at Ticona's facility on U.S. Highway 77 South in Bishop, Texas.

"These two organizations have made an outstanding effort to maintain an injury and illness rate that is 50 percent below the national average for their industry," said Frank Strasheim, acting OSHA regional administrator in Dallas. "Their commitment demonstrates excellence in effective safety and health management."

Ticona Polymers Inc., the technical polymers business of Dallas' Celanese Corp., employs approximately 350 workers with an additional 250 contract workers on-site. The company manufactures formaldehyde, paraformaldehyde, bulk pharmaceuticals, polyols and Celcon. They have maintained an injury and illness rate that is 52 percent below the national industry average. This is the sixth year the company has participated in OSHA's VPP program.

Mundy Maintenance provides maintenance and capital project support for Ticona Polymers Inc. Mundy Maintenance employs approximately 250 workers at the Bishop site. The company has also participated in OSHA's VPP program for six years.

The VPP recognizes and promotes effective workplace safety and health management. About 1,400 workplaces throughout the U.S., representing 280 industries, have earned OSHA's highest recognition as participants in the program. Participants typically achieve injury and illness rates lower than average rates for their respective industry.