PEARL RIVER, N.Y., July 21 Wyeth (NYSE: WYE)announced today that its manufacturing and research facility in Pearl River,N.Y., has earned the highest recognition for workplace safety and health fromthe U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA): the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) "star." Wyeth Pearl River isthe 2,000th site in the U.S. to be accepted into the VPP, and Wyeth's eighthfacility in the country to earn the VPP "star."
"This achievement is the result of a two-and-a-half year effort to makeworkplace safety the responsibility of every employee on site," said MikeMcDermott, Vice President, Site Operations, Wyeth Pearl River. "Safety hasalways been a top priority in Pearl River, and when we applied for VPP, we setour sights on being the best in the industry. We worked aggressively to makeimprovements in our safety programs, communication, and training, and we aredelighted to be recognized as a VPP 'star' worksite."
OSHA's VPP promotes worksite-based safety and health through collaborationbetween management, labor and OSHA by establishing cooperative relationshipsat workplaces that have implemented a comprehensive safety and healthmanagement system. Acceptance into VPP is OSHA's official recognition ofexcellence in occupational safety and health. The "star" designation is thehighest of three levels of VPP recognition and is reserved for an elite groupof worksites that design exemplary safety and health programs, achieve injuryand illness rates at or below the national average of their respectiveindustries, and demonstrate their ability to control workplace hazards. Wyethearned their VPP "star" in the general industry category.
According to Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA,with the induction of Wyeth Pearl River, just 2,000 of the roughly eightmillion worksites in the country have qualified for the VPP. "This is asignificant milestone for Wyeth and for OSHA as Pearl River becomes the2,000th VPP worksite," said Foulke. "The VPP is a merit-based program thatrecognizes those exemplary worksites where employees and management worktogether continuously and effectively to minimize hazards, reduce injuries andillnesses, and enhance safety and health."
In April 2008, a team of OSHA representatives conducted a rigorous,weeklong safety and health assessment at Wyeth Pearl River. Among the areasof excellence identified during OSHA's inspection were integration of safetyand health matters into manufacturing process documents, and improvements inself-inspection processes.
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Wyeth Pearl River, which is one of the largest sites in Wyeth's globalnetwork, is the company's eighth U.S. facility to earn the VPP "star." Theseven other Wyeth sites in the U.S. that have earned "star" recognition arelocated in:
Wyeth sites in Cambridge, Mass., Princeton, N.J., and Guayama, PuertoRico, anticipate undergoing VPP inspections later this year.
"Wyeth is committed to improving the health of people who use ourproducts, and that commitment starts at home with our employees," saidMcDermott.
Wyeth Pearl River is Rockland County's largest private employer, withapproximately 3,200 people. The site manufactures Prevnar(R) infantpneumococcal vaccine, Mylotarg(R), which is used to treat a form of bonemarrow cancer, and the Centrum(R) family of multivitamins, the number-oneselling multivitamin in the world.
Researchers at Wyeth Pearl River are focused on the discovery anddevelopment of novel compounds, innovative therapies and preventativevaccines. Discovery activities are directed to oncology and vaccinestherapies, and chemical and screening sciences.
Wyeth is one of the world's largest research-driven pharmaceutical andhealth care products companies. It is a leader in the discovery, deve