Wastewater Facility in Kentucky Receives OSHA Star Award

10/11/12  • Water
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Award represents the highest safety honor that can be given to a company; only three other wastewater facilities in the U.S. have achieved this recognition

CHICAGO, Oct. 11, 2012 – At a public ceremony held today, the Fort Knox, Kentucky wastewater treatment facility, owned by Hardin County Water District No. 1 and operated by Veolia Water North America (Veolia Water), received “OSHA Star” status under Kentucky’s prestigious Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) administered by the Kentucky Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Program (OSHP). The award represents the highest safety honor that can be given to a company. Only three other wastewater treatment facilities in the U.S. have OSHA Stars.

"Veolia Water has won the most prestigious health and safety award in the US and more importantly, in KY which is the hardest to achieve," said Joseph Giles, OSH Partnership Administrator, who presented the award to Veolia Water.

Veolia Water received distinguished recognition for its high degree of employee involvement in plant safety programs, including implementing a safety goals scorecard for all employees. The Fort Knox facility will need to maintain compliance in order to be recertified every three years and will be assigned a KY OSHA member who will monitor the facility.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the Kentucky Department of Labor for our efforts to demonstrate our constant dedication to safety,” said Anthony Link, Fort Knox Facility Project Manager. “This award could not have been achieved without the support and commitment by Hardin County Water District No. 1. This accomplishment is a testament to the success of our programs to create safe working environments for our employees and clients.”

OSHA Star facilities, like the Fort Knox facility, are exemplary in their industry with comprehensive, successful safety and control management systems that go beyond government standards. Companies who receive VPP status undergo a rigorous evaluation process involving an in-depth worksite hazard analysis, detailed records review and must maintain a high degree of employee involvement through safety and prevention programs and training.

The VPP of Kentucky is a program offered by the Division of Education and Training to recognize and promote exemplary safety and health performance in the workplace. Participants must meet rigorous qualifying criteria and undergo an extensive on-site evaluation in order to be certified as a program participant.

Based in Chicago, Veolia Water North America is the leading provider of comprehensive water and wastewater partnership services to municipal and industrial customers, providing services to people in approximately 550 North American communities. The company is part of the Veolia Environnement companies in North America, with 30,000 North American employees providing sustainable environmental solutions in water management, waste services, and energy management.

Veolia Water, the water division of Veolia Environnement, is the world leader in water and wastewater services and technological solutions. Its parent company, Veolia Environnement (NYSE: VE and Paris Euronext: VIE), is the worldwide reference in environmental services. With more than 315,000 employees, Veolia Environnement recorded annual revenues of $38 billion in 2011. Visit the company's Web sites at and, or on Twitter at



Jackie Rodney
Edelman Public Relations
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Matt Demo
Veolia Water North America