Dal-Tile Corp. has earned Star status from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) for excellence in workplace safety and health management systems at its El Paso, TX, manufacturing plant. The facility is the first ceramic tile manufacturing plant in the country to receive this coveted distinction, which is the highest VPP designation awarded by OSHA.

“This honorable distinction represents Dal-Tile’s ongoing commitment to safety and health management,” said Harold Turk, president for Dal-Tile. “Our entire El Paso team has done an outstanding job implementing procedures and protocols to achieve the safest workplace environment possible.”

According to Dal-Tile, “The plant was awarded Star status because of employee involvement, safety programs, internal audits, a commitment to excellence in operational performance and outstanding safety leadership and management at all levels of the facility’s organization. Companies that achieve Star status also have injury and illness rates at or below its industries’ national average.”

Additionally, Dal-Tile’s Muskogee, Oklahoma, plant will apply for OSHA’s VPP Star status later this year, and anticipates receiving the distinction within two years, the company says.