The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration on August 26 certified Washington Penn Plastic-Arden Division as a Star site, the highest honor in its Voluntary Protection Programs.

OSHA deputy regional administrator Ed Selker and Pittsburgh area office director Robert Szymanski represented OSHA at a ceremony held at the company’s office in Washington, Pa.

“Washington Penn Plastic has demonstrated its commitment to ensuring employee safety and health by maintaining an injury and illness rate 48 percent below comparable industry rates,” said Selker.

Washington Penn Plastic is the largest compounder of custom polyolefins in North America. The Arden Division supplies compounded products for automotive, consumer and industrial applications.

OSHA’s recognition programs include the VPP for employers and employees that have implemented exemplary workplace safety and health management systems. In the VPP, management, labor and OSHA work cooperatively and proactively to prevent injuries, illnesses and workplace hazards. As part of attaining VPP status, employers must demonstrate management commitment to the safety and health of their employees and actively involve employees in the safety and health management system.