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Aug. 5, 2013

Norbord receives safety and health award from Minnesota OSHA, recognized Aug. 6

Workplace safety and health representatives from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) will recognize Norbord, Inc. as a Minnesota Star (MNSTAR) worksite Aug. 6. The recognition event will be at 11:30 a.m. at 4409 Northwood Road N.W., Solway, Minn.

"Norbord's management and employees have developed a strong safety and health management program," said Ken Peterson, DLI commissioner. "For that commitment, I am happy to award them the MNSTAR flag on behalf of Governor Dayton."

MNSTAR is a Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA) program that recognizes worksites where managers and employees work together to develop safety and health management systems.

To achieve this award, Norbord's management and employees worked with DLI's OSHA consultants to go beyond basic compliance with all applicable OSHA standards and develop ways to prevent job-related injuries and illnesses.

"We at Norbord are excited to receive this prestigious award," said Jack Wallingford, plant manager. "As a company, we set the objective more than five years ago to commit to the highest standards in safety. Everyone at the plant has worked very hard to achieve this and has worked together to create a safer worksite."

Peterson and other DLI representatives will commemorate the organization's employee-employer relationship by presenting a MNSTAR flag and a certificate that exempts the facility for three years from MNOSHA Compliance scheduled inspections.

Norbord's Solway plant manufactures oriented strand board mostly from aspen. The company is headquartered in Toronto and has plants in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

MNSTAR began in Minnesota in January 1999, and is modeled after the federal OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), which began in 1982. Norbord's facility is one of 33 MNSTAR worksites in Minnesota. For more information, visit www.dli.mn.gov/WSC/Mnstar.asp.

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