Ceremony Recognizes OSHA “Star” Participation
BENTONVILLE, Ark. – May 22, 2008 – The Wal-Mart distribution center in Searcy has been singled out for its commitment to a safe workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has approved Searcy Distribution Center 6018 for “Star” participation in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), joining an elite group of facilities that provide exemplary safety and health protection.
As a VPP participant, the Searcy DC will support programs to advance the cause of safety and health as a partner with OSHA. A presentation ceremony was held Thursday, May 22, 2008 at the distribution center.
“This designation is a testament to sustained excellence in all areas of the DC’s safety and health management system,” said Johnnie Dobbs, executive vice-president of Wal-Mart Logistics. “This is the first Wal-Mart facility to ever be granted Star participation in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs. We are very proud of this accomplishment by the associates at our Searcy distribution center and we appreciate having the opportunity to work with OSHA in safety promotion programs.” Dobbs commended Michael Trusty, director of logistics safety and environmental compliance for Wal-Mart, for his role as liaison between the company and OSHA to bring Star participation status to the Searcy DC.
According to OSHA’s website, “companies in the Star Program have achieved injury and illness rates at or below the national average of their respective industries. VPP participants develop and implement systems to effectively identify, evaluate, prevent, and control occupational hazards to prevent employee injuries and illnesses. As a result, the average VPP worksite has a lost workday incidence rate at least 50 percent below the average of its industry.” OSHA removes participants from programmed inspection lists, however the DC will continue to submit safety and health management system evaluations and other information to the agency.
“On beha1f of OSHA, I extend my thanks to you and your employees for your commitment, hard work, and dedication to the principles embodied in VPP. I look forward to hearing about your continuing safety and health efforts and success,” said Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., assistant secretary for Occupational Safety and Health, in a commendation statement to the associates at the Searcy facility.
The Searcy distribution center is part of a network of 112 Wal-Mart distribution centers that service the merchandise needs for more than 4,100 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations across the U.S. The local facility employs more than 700 associates. In Arkansas, Wal-Mart employs more than 47,000 associates at 89 Wal-Mart stores, 7 Sam’s Clubs, ten distribution centers and the company’s Home Office.
About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT)
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Wal-Mart discount stores, supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Sam’s Club locations in the United States. The Company operates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom. The Company’s securities are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol WMT. More information about Wal-Mart can be found by visiting www.walmartstores.com. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com and www.samsclub.com.