CHANDLER, Ariz. — The Chandler facility of national uniform services provider Cintas Corp. has been accepted as an Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) “Star” site, the agency’s highest recognition for the practice of, and commitment to, world-class occupational safety and health.
Cintas says it is the first industrial launderer in the United States to receive the Star certification.
“There is nothing more important than the health and safety of our employee-partners,” says Scott Farmer, Cintas CEO. “Cintas is honored to lead the industry in our quest to become world-class in safety, and holds this responsibility in great regard.”
VPP promotes effective worksite-based safety and health by establishing strict, performance-based criteria for managed safety and health systems and measuring workplaces against those criteria.
Companies in the Star Program have achieved injury and illness rates at or below the national average of their respective industries, according to OSHA. Participants are re-evaluated every three to five years and are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain Star status.
“The quality of Cintas’ safety and health program is outstanding,” said Darin Perkins, director of ADOSH, during the Nov. 30 ceremony announcing the certification. “Proof of this lies in Cintas’ low injury and lost-workday rates, which have resulted from implementing effective systems, including training and employee involvement, designed to protect employees at their facility.”