INVISTA Athens Site Earns Safety Designation
OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program STAR Status
For the first time, INVISTA’s Athens site has earned the highest designation under the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP)—STAR status. INVISTA is one of only three VPP STAR sites in Athens, Ga.
OSHA designated INVISTA Athens as a VPP STAR site after a thorough review as part of its VPP application process. The agency rigorously evaluated the site’s safety and health programs, operations performance and safety record.
“This designation represents our employees’ on-going dedication to safety, and we congratulate them on this achievement,” said William Jones, INVISTA Athens site manager. “Every day, we strive for 10,000 percent compliance, which means 100 percent of our employees comply with safety requirements and regulations 100 percent of the time. We’re proud this hard work and diligence has been recognized.”
The official STAR certification ceremony and raising of the VPP flag took place today during a celebration at the Athens site. INVISTA employees, along with an OSHA representative, INVISTA business leaders and community guests, celebrated this achievement during the ceremony and luncheon.
“Safety is a culture here,” said William C. Fulcher, area director for the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA’s Atlanta East Area Office, during remarks at the INVISTA Athens site ceremony. “This site has a [total recordable injury] rate 89 to 90 percent lower than the average plant that does the same thing. That means you are 90 percent less likely to get injured working here.”
The INVISTA Athens site began operating in 1973. Located on approximately 410 acres, the facility is a yarn processor that services the flooring and apparel industries. The site has approximately 100 employees.