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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
SEPTEMBER 25, 2008
(615) 741-2257
 


SHERWIN WILLIAMS RECEIVES VOLUNTEER STAR SAFETY AWARD
COMPANY EARNS STAR AWARD FOR THE FIRST TIME

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announced that Sherwin Williams was chosen to receive the Volunteer STAR (Safety Through Accountability and Recognition) award.

"Sherwin Williams shows a continued dedication to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace," said John Winkler, Administrator of Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration, who presented the STAR award to the company today at the company’s facility located at 404 East Mallory Avenue, Memphis. “We are pleased to honor this fine company for their notable safety record.”

 

The Volunteer STAR award is the state’s highest honor for workplace safety and health and a nationally recognized program. The Volunteer STAR is patterned after the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and recognizes the best of the best in the area of safety and health programming and performance.

 

Sherwin Williams employees 33 people in the production, packaging and distribution of paint. The facility focuses on dispersion of solids in liquids and the blending of liquids. Major product lines include latex traffic marking paint, solvent based traffic marking paint, solvent based dry fall paint and coal tar epoxy. This is the company’s first STAR award.

 

For the three-year period 2005-2007, the site’s Three-year Total Case Incidence Rate (TCIR) is 2.94 or 18% below the current BLS industry average. The site’s Three-year Days Away from Work and Restricted Activity and/or Transfer Incidence Rate (DART) rate is 1.96 or 15% below the current BLS industry average. A certificate of recognition is awarded to the STAR recipient, as is a flag that can be flown at the site. The company is also permitted to use the Volunteer STAR logo on its correspondence and company documents.

The standard for participation in the STAR program is the confirmation of a company’s safety and health program, which helps reduce accidents and injuries. The program also allows employers to be removed from programmed compliance inspection lists for a period of three years.

For more information on the Volunteer STAR award program and other TOSHA award programs contact TOSHA’s Consultative Services office at (800) 325-9901.

 

 
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