OSHA Forges Partnership with Pepperidge Farm Downingtown (Pa.) Plant for Workplace Safety

February 24, 2005

Workers involved in the bakery industry will reportedly be safer thanks to a new partnership announced today by the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Pepperidge Farm at its Downingtown, Pa. plant.

“This partnership is a major step forward to ensure the protection of the many workers at Pepperidge Farm,” said Richard Soltan, regional administrator for OSHA in Philadelphia. “We look forward to helping them continue the important work being done through their ergonomic improvement process.”

OSHA’s Strategic Partnerships for Worker Safety and Health are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao’s ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative relationships with groups including trade associations, labor organizations, and employers.

The primary goal of the three-year partnership is to further the cooperative relationship between OSHA and Pepperidge Farm to help reduce work-related injuries and illnesses associated with ergonomic risk factors.

Other goals include: improving the ergonomic safety performance at Pepperidge Farm, Inc.’s Downingtown plant by four percent per year; fostering outreach and communication within the safety profession; and promoting a national dialogue addressing musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses.

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