U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Edwin G. Foulke Jr., on November 2 welcomed the General Electric Aviation plant in
"The Star designation spotlights the continuing commitment by General Electric and its workers to effective safety and health management here at the
The plant, which produces aircraft engines and parts, employs 3,900 workers represented by the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers-Communications Workers of America (IUE-CWA), International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), and Independent Union of Plant Protection Employees (IUPPE).
VPP offers employers an opportunity to move beyond traditional safety programs by recognizing participants that successfully incorporate comprehensive safety and health programs into their total management systems. VPP companies achieve average injury rates 50 percent lower than other companies in their industry.
Requirements for application to VPP include a high degree of management support and employee involvement; a high-quality worksite hazard analysis; prevention and control programs; and comprehensive safety and health training. Each element must be effective, in place and in operation for at least a year before a company can apply to join the program.