By: Tony Cantu

Originally posted on January 24, 2018 by Patch


ROUND ROCK, TX — Cintas Corp. officials recently celebrated their securing of a key workplace safety certification at its Round Rock uniform rental site.

In a Jan. 18 ceremony, officials feted the acquisition of a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star certification from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Joining company officials at a Jan. 18 ceremony was Charles Schwertner, Texas State Senator (District 5), and Wayne Noll, senior lecturer at Texas State University.

The morning event took place at the Cintas site at 25 Cypress Blvd. in Round Rock.

There's reason to celebrate: VPP Star is OSHA's highest recognition for the practice of and commitment to exemplary occupational safety and health. VPP 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, officials explained.

"A safe workplace is crucial to the success of our entire facility," said Diego Nucete, general manager at Cintas in Austin. "We're proud to accomplish VPP Star certification and remain committed to sustaining this high level of safety performance."

The Cintas facility employs about 165 people, according to company officials. The location officially began the VPP process in 2015, and received mentorship from safety leaders at CFAN. Don Vigil, Environmental, Health and Safety Manager at CFAN also attended the ceremony.

Since 2011, a total of 70 Cintas facilities have been recognized under the VPP program, officials said. Cintas is currently ranked second in the entire nation for companies with VPP sites, officials added.

Cintas Corporation has approximately 250 facilities throughout the world actively pursuing VPP recognition by OSHA or the equivalent under a similar certifying body, according to officials. This includes operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Honduras.

About Cintas Corporation (provided text):

Cintas Corporation helps more than one million businesses of all types and sizes get READY™ to open their doors with confidence every day by providing a wide range of products and services that enhance our customers' image and help keep their facilities and employees clean, safe and looking their best. With products and services including uniforms, mats, mops, restroom supplies, first aid and safety products, fire
extinguishers and testing, and safety and compliance training, Cintas helps customers get Ready for the Workday®. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of both the Standard & Poor's 500 Index and Nasdaq-100 Index.

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