Cardinal Automation Group and Cardinal Insulated Glass were awarded the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Level Designation.

The award is given to organizations to recognize initiative-taking safety and health programs. Both Cardinal Automation Group and Cardinal Insulated Glass can now be considered Star Level VPP sites. The companies, which reside in Spring Green, Wis., are divisions of Cardinal Glass Industries in Eden Prairie, Minn.

“Both of these Cardinal Glass Industries’ divisions embed a culture of safety in which all employees voluntarily participate on safety teams, attend training alongside their management team and provide peer review of work areas for safety issues. These sites encourage employee-driven safety solutions,” says William Donovan, OSHA regional administrator. “Star Level designation in the Voluntary Protection Program is the highest safety achievement a company can earn from OSHA. Cardinal’s commitment to safety and health management systems are excellent examples of the value of employee involvement, empowerment and ownership.”

OSHA’s VPP recognizes and promotes effective worksite-based safety and health management systems. In the VPP, management, labor and OSHA establish cooperative relationships at workplaces that have implemented comprehensive safety and health management systems. Approval into VPP is OSHA’s official recognition of the outstanding efforts of employers and employees who have created exemplary worksite safety and health management systems.