North Carolina Department Of Labor Awards The Carolina Star To ConvaTec Manufacturing Site

SKILLMAN, N.J.--()--The North Carolina Department of Labor recertified ConvaTec’s Greensboro manufacturing site awarding the facility its second Carolina Star, which recognizes worksites that are self-sufficient in their ability to control hazards at the worksite. ConvaTec was the first Bristol-Myers Squibb Company facility to receive this certification.

Cherie K. Berry, North Carolina Commissioner of Labor, presented the award to the site safety committee at a ceremony held at the facility on Thursday, December 14, 2006.

Also attending the award ceremony at the Greensboro facility were, Ronald Ellis, North Carolina Department of Labor STAR Evaluator, Adrienne McNally, ConvaTec vice president Global Quality Management, Regulatory Affairs and Environmental, Health & Safety, and Thomas Staab, ConvaTec associate director, Environmental Safety & Health.

According to Thomas Brugnoli, Greensboro plant director, "The Carolina Star Program is designed to recognize and promote effective safety and health management. In the STAR program, management agrees to operate an effective program that meets an established set of safety criteria, employees agree to participate in the program and work with management to ensure a safe and healthful workplace, and Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) verifies that the program meets STAR criteria."

Unlike the federal version of the North Carolina STAR Program that only require a company to be below their industry injury rates, North Carolina requires a Carolina STAR site to be below 50% of their industry rate. Brugnoli adds, "Becoming a STAR participant shows employees and the community that our company is a leader in safety and health."

The five elements of the STAR program are Management Commitment, Employee Involvement, Worksite Analysis, Hazard Recognition and Prevention, and Safety & Health Training.

The North Carolina Department of Labor is charged with promoting the "health, safety and general well-being" of more than 4 million workers in the state. The department serves the needs of the workplace through a variety of programs aimed at making the employees of North Carolina safe. ConvaTec is one of less than 100 companies state-wide to earn the certification.

ConvaTec, a world-leading manufacturer of ostomy and wound care products with a heritage of caring about patients, is a Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY). Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global pharmaceutical and related health care products company. For more information, please call 800-422-8811 or visit www.convatec.com.

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