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Site Earns Coveted "Star" Recognition

Akzo Nobel Aerospace Coatings’ site in the USA has received prestigious recognition for the standard of its health and safety systems.

The Waukegan plant in Illinois has achieved the highest recognition possible in a cooperative program run by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)—for the second time.

Under the terms of the Voluntary Protection Program, sites must meet minimum performance-based criteria for managed health and safety systems.

The extensive review application features a rigorous three-and-a-half day on-site evaluation and includes five OSHA inspectors interviewing more than 15 site employees.

Waukegan—which was scheduled for reassessment following the last evaluation in 1999—was once again granted Star status, the highest recognition awarded by the program.

Employing around 180 people, the facility is one of only nine paint manufacturing sites in the USA to have achieved the much-coveted Star recognition.

(Released: May 24, 2004)