Honeywell International facilities in Olathe, Kan., and New Century, Mo., have earned membership in the prestigious “Star" Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A recognition ceremony to honor the sites was held November 15, in Olathe.

"Both Honeywell facilities have exhibited excellence in safety and health management," said OSHA regional administrator Charles E. Adkins, CIH, in Kansas City. “Their outstanding efforts have included management commitment to safety and health and employee involvement in safety and health programs."

Honeywell's injury and illness and days away from work rates are 90 percent or better below the national average for similar facilities. Honeywell Avionics Products of Olathe is a 600,000-square-foot facility that employs 1,018 workers. The Honeywell Flight Operations/Aircraft Certification Center, New Century facility, is a 55,000-square-foot facility that employs 26 workers.

OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs recognize and promote effective workplace safety and health management. Companies in VPP achieve average injury rates 50 percent lower than other companies in their industry. Approximately 1,600 work sites representing more than 200 industries nationwide participate in the program.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. The role of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.