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Cintas gets OSHA certification

KPC News Service

Apr 30, 2018 Updated May 1, 2018

ANGOLA — The Angola location of Cintas, the uniform rental company, received a Voluntary Protection Program Star certification from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration last week.

Announcement of the award took place during a special ceremony at Cintas with both Angola Mayor Richard Hickman and Angola Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jeff Rhodes in attendance.

Rhodes said from his perspective it was a great event with perfect weather and attended by many from the local Cintas team that worked hard to gain the certification.

“These are the types of things that I think can distinguish our local resources and I feel would be a great model for other employers to adopt to attract and retain employees,” Rhodes said in an email.

The VPP Star is OSHA’s highest recognition for the practice of and commitment to exemplary occupational safety and health. Voluntary Protection Program Star certification is earned by businesses who meet very rigorous safety requirements and can prove that the elimination of injuries is a key component of a company’s culture.

“Achieving VPP Star certification required all of our employee-partners to work together,” said Kevin Vliet, general manager at Cintas in Angola. “There is no more important challenge then ensuring that our location is injury free and that all of our employee-partners go home safe every day.”

Approximately 20 employee-partners are employed at the uniform rental facility in Angola. The location officially began the VPP process in 2017.

Since 2011, a total of 79 Cintas facilities have been recognized under the VPP program. Cintas is currently ranked second in the entire nation for companies with VPP sites.

Cintas Corp. has approximately 250 facilities throughout the world actively pursuing VPP recognition by OSHA or the equivalent under a similar certifying body. This includes operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Honduras.