FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #07-48
September 21, 2007

CONTACT:
Kate McGuire
(415) 703-5055


Cal/OSHA recognizes Georgia-Pacific Gypsum LLC Antioch for its exemplary workplace safety program

Antioch - The Department of Industrial Relations' Division of Occupational Safety & Health (DIR/DOSH) is awarding the coveted Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) STAR Flag to Georgia-Pacific Gypsum LLC plant at Antioch in ceremonies at 10 a.m. today.

"We're very impressed by the dedication and commitment of Georgia-Pacific Gypsum management and employees to safety and health in the workplace," said DIR Director John Duncan. "They are an example to follow among California's more than 1.1 million employers and deserve this designation for their hard work."

The California Voluntary Protection Program STAR is designed to recognize employers and their employees who have implemented safety and health programs that effectively prevent and control occupational hazards. These programs go beyond minimal Cal/OSHA standards and provide the best feasible protection at the site. Cal/VPP STAR establishments are considered to be leaders in the field of workplace safety and health. There are currently 51 VPP sites in California flying the STAR flag.

"All of us at Georgia-Pacific Gypsum Antioch are aware that receiving this designation puts us in an elite group of companies and demonstrates our commitment to safety," said Fred Curcio, plant manager. "It was a lot of hard work, but we are very proud of this achievement."

Georgia-Pacific was OSHA's first corporate VPP member and has 76 facilities that have earned recognition in VPP or related programs across the country, four in California.

Candidates for the Cal/VPP STAR program are required to complete a rigorous health and safety process. There are five key elements required to achieve induction into the program including management commitment, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, health and safety training, and continual improvement. Applicants must submit documents to support the implementation of the five Cal/VPP elements along with the last three years average Injury & Illness Rates and loss work day incident rates.

DIR/DOSH protects workers and the public from safety hazards through its Cal/OSHA, elevator, amusement ride, aerial tramway, ski lift and pressure vessel programs, and provides consultative assistance to employers. For more information about the Voluntary Protection Program and other topics, visit the Cal/OSHA web site at http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/cal_vpp/vpp_index.html.

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