Frito-Lay Receives Volunteer Star Safety Award

Thursday, June 18, 2009 | 11:50 am

Company Achieves STAR Status for the Third Time

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announced that Frito-Lay in Fayetteville was chosen to receive the Volunteer STAR (Safety Through Accountability and Recognition) award.
"Frito-Lay has met the evaluation standards required to receive this award by proving their ability to uphold an excellent safety record," said Bob Henningsen, Deputy Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, who presented the Volunteer STAR award to the company today at the company’s facility located at 101 Industrial Boulevard in Fayetteville. “It is evident that Frito-Lay is extremely dedicated to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.”
The Volunteer STAR award is the state’s highest honor for workplace safety and health and a nationally recognized program. The Volunteer STAR is patterned after the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and recognizes the best of the best in the area of safety and health programming and performance.
Frito-Lay in Fayetteville is one of the company’s 46 manufacturing sites across the country. The site employs 447 associates in the manufacturing of “core brand” snacks including products such as Lays and Ruffles brand potato chips, Fritos and Doritos brand corn chips and Muchos and Cheetos baked products.
For the three-year period 2006-2008, the site’s safety record is as follows:
Three-year Total Case Incidence Rate (TCIR) is 1.84
62% below the current Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) industry average
Three-year Days Away from Work and Restricted Activity and/or Transfer Incidence Rate (DART) rate is 1.23
60% below the current BLS industry averages
A certificate of recognition is awarded to the STAR recipient, as is a flag that can be flown at the site. The company is also permitted to use the Volunteer STAR logo on its correspondence and company documents.
The standard for participation in the STAR program is the confirmation of a company’s safety and health program, which helps reduce accidents and injuries. The program also allows employers to be removed from programmed compliance inspection lists for a period of three years.
For more information on the Volunteer STAR award program and other TOSHA award programs contact TOSHA’s Consultative Services office at (800) 325-9901.
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