OSHA’s Columbus, Ohio office is the Department of Labor’s first Voluntary Protection Program site, OSHA announced Monday.

The VPP emphasizes combined effort from management, employees and union representatives to identify and eliminate unsafe working conditions and practices to reduce the number and severity of job-related injuries and illnesses.

OSHA’s Columbus-area office became the first site to earn VPP Star status under a DOL initiative for select field sites, according to an OSHA press release.

Two non-government organizations also received VPP membership Monday: International Paper, headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and General Electric’s Infrastructure – Security facility in Dublin, Ireland.