AUBURN — International Paper’s local container plant has been recertified as a “Star” site in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Voluntary Protection Program. The plant was first accepted into the federal government’s elite safety program more than 12 years ago in September of 2000.

“The VPP recertification of our Auburn plant is a tribute to the care and concern each member of our team has for one another,” said Kate Egeland, plant manager. “This accomplishment would not have been possible without the engagement of each employee in developing and maintaining a safe work environment. Maintaining our ‘Star’ status shows our customers and the community that we are committed to a world-class, safe facility.”

The VPP is designed to promote sound safety and health management. Being chosen by the federal government as a participant demonstrates that a facility has the systems and the expertise to be the best in safety. The elite safety program allows all employees and the government to establish a cooperative relationship in the workplace. It focuses on leadership commitment and employee involvement in safety, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and effective safety programs.

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