The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has approved J.R. Simplot Co.'s Conda Pump Station in
"It is very impressive that the Conda Pump Station has been able to maintain for 11 years the demanding standards required of the VPP," said Richard Terrill, OSHA's regional administrator in
The Conda Pump Station receives phosphorous ore slurry from the J.R. Simplot Co.'s Smoky Canyon Mine in eastern
OSHA's VPP, an elite corps of more than 1,600 sites representing more than 270 industries nationwide, recognizes and promotes effective workplace safety and health management. To qualify for VPP status, a member site must meet or exceed all OSHA regulatory standards and submit to a review of its programs. Program participants typically achieve injury and illness rates more than 50 percent below their respective industries' averages. Through the VPP, management, labor and OSHA establish cooperative relationships at sites that have implemented strong safety and health systems.