The MeadWestvaco Company plant in DeRidder,
"MeadWestvaco has demonstrated excellence in effective safety and health management," said OSHA regional administrator Frank Strasheim in
The MeadWestvaco DeRidder Plant processes tall oil (tallol) into rosins that are converted into products used by the ink, printing, rubber and paper industries. The company employs about 180 employees. Approximately 34 contract employees are also at the site.
The Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) recognize and promote effective workplace safety and health management. Companies in the 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.