HOUSTON — The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has certified Goodyear's synthetic rubber plant in Houston as a "Star" status facility under its Voluntary Protect Program (VPP) for outstanding safety and health management systems.
The Houston plant is the fourth of Goodyear's four chemical plants in the U.S. to achieve VPP designation. It produces emulsion styrene-butadiene rubber.
The certification is awarded to companies that demonstrate outstanding safety and health management systems, while maintaining injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages. Star status is OSHA's highest VPP certification level.
"VPP certification is a major achievement and reflects the hard work and unwavering commitment of our associates to safety excellence," said Brad Ioerger, general manager, North America Chemical Operations for Goodyear.
"We will expand on this success by engaging with other Goodyear facilities, as well as other VPP Star companies, in best-practice sharing and proactive collaboration to continue strengthening our safety and environmental health capabilities and elevate safety practices throughout our industry."