Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
L’Oréal USA Plant Receives Highest Certification for Employee Safety and Health Program

Press Release Date:  Monday, April 09, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Governor Fletcher, OSHA and company officials celebrate “STAR” status

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today joined officials from the U.S. Department of Labor to recognize L’Oréal USA for an extraordinary safety and health program at its manufacturing plant in Florence. The plant is now identified as a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) STAR site, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s highest safety and health honor.

The Florence facility became L’Oréal’s fifth STAR plant to earn the safety designation. VPP STAR signifies an employer that goes beyond required standards to offer the best feasible protection for workers. The certification carries rigorous qualifying criteria, and companies must undergo an extensive on-site evaluation.

“I congratulate the management team and the staff of L’Oréal USA for their diligence in making their facility a safe one,” said Governor Fletcher. “Extraordinary performance comes from site-specific safety and health programs that are provided by the employer and embraced by the employees. L’Oréal USA is commended for their commitment to workplace safety at each of their U.S. plants.”

“L’Oréal is clearly committed to protecting the safety and health of its employees and, with recognition of today’s achievement, the company has set an extraordinary example for other U.S. manufacturers,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Edwin G. Foulke Jr. “L’Oréal’s investment in employee safety and health was the right thing to do, and I am certain it will provide great benefits in morale, productivity, and competitiveness.”

“We put the health and safety of our employees first, and have achieved VPP compliance in all of our manufacturing facilities with their active collaboration,” says Vince Serpico, senior vice president, corporate manufacturing, L’Oréal USA. “The certification of our Florence, facility is a further demonstration of our rigorous commitment to maintaining safe and productive work environments for our employees, our plants, and the communities in which we have facilities.” 

L’Oréal USA, a subsidiary of the world’s largest maker of beauty products, pledged in 2003 to earn STAR status at all six of its manufacturing plants located in the United States. With the Florence plant’s recognition, the company has honored that pledge in five of its six facilities.

The company’s Florence facility joins an elite group of more than 1,700 worksites in more than 270 industries nationwide that have earned entry into OSHA's VPP. The STAR designation came after a thorough Kentucky OSHA on-site review of the plant’s safety and health programs, interviews with employees and a complete review of the worksite.

Kentucky is one of 26 states that operate OSHA-approved state plans. The Kentucky Department of Labor, an agency of the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet, is responsible for occupational safety and health enforcement and compliance assistance throughout the state.

On average, attaining VPP STAR status takes approximately two years. The process is intentionally rigorous, focusing not just on technical compliance but on creation of a world-class, sustainable safety system that minimizes accidents and illnesses. Companies are not subject to scheduled state inspections for the duration of their participation in the program.

L’Oréal USA is a subsidiary of Paris-based L’Oréal. Its brands include L’Oréal, Lancome, Maybelline, Ralph Lauren, Redken, Armani, Helena Rubenstein, Matrix Essentials and Soft Sheen/Carson.


Note to Editors: Other VPP STAR companies in Kentucky are:

  • Dow Corning – Carrollton
  • General Electric Aircraft – Madisonville
  • Alcan – Glasgow
  • Rohm and Haas – Louisville
  • General Electric Lamp – Lexington
  • Modine Corp. – Harrodsburg
  • Hunter Douglas – Owensboro
  • International Paper – Lexington
  • Performance Pipe – Williamstown
  • Weyerhaeuser – Bowling Green