The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on November 14 certified GE Bridgeville Glass Plant in Bridgeville, Pa., as a "Star" site in its prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). During a special ceremony at the facility, Robert Szymanski, director of OSHA's Pittsburgh area office, presented the company with a VPP Star flag.

GE Bridgeville Glass Plant produces annually approximately 30 million pounds of straight-cut glass tubing. The tubing is used to make components for incandescent and fluorescent lamps and light bulbs. The facility, employing 91 people, achieved an injury and illness rate 14 percent below the industry average.

"GE Bridgeville Glass Plant has done an excellent job putting its employees' safety and health first," said Szymanski. "This facility has proven to be a workplace safety and health leader in its industry."

The Star designation is the highest level of recognition that an employer can achieve in the VPP. Designed for worksites with comprehensive, successful safety and health programs, VPP is open to all industries and to companies with injury rates below their respective industries' national averages.

More than 1,860 worksites nationwide have earned entry into OSHA's VPP. The VPP has proven over the years to be an effective means of reducing injuries, illnesses, fatalities and costs, while fostering a more productive workforce and increasing employee morale.