The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has certified Allegheny Energy’s Harrison Power Station in Haywood, W.Va., as a “Star” site in its prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). During a recent ceremony at the facility, Stanley Elliott, director of OSHA’s area office in Charleston, W.Va., presented the company with a VPP Star flag.

The Harrison Power Station consists of three coal-fired units producing electricity. The facility, employing 287 people, achieved an injury and illness rate 51 percent below the industry average.

“Allegheny Energy’s Harrison Power Station has demonstrated an excellent record in workplace safety and health management,” said Elliott. “Its outstanding efforts include management commitment to safety and health, and employee involvement in safety and health programs.”

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, the 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.