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OSHA Recertifies East Penn's Metals Division with Star Status

July 8, 2003

East Penn's Metals Division was recertified by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for its Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). On April 7th to April 11th, 2003 the Metals Division, for the second time, achieved the elite STAR status.

East Penn is the first battery manufacturer nationwide to have any part of its operation granted STAR recognition in the OSHA VPP receiving the first certification in October 1999. This program recognizes companies with outstanding commitments to maintaining safe work environments. STAR status is the highest possible achievement in this program. Only 900 other work sites in the country have received this honor.

The OSHA VPP audit team toured the Smelter and Oxide plants, conducted interviews with the employees and management, and reviewed East Penn's safety and health program documentation. The audit team based their evaluation on several factors including 19 key program elements, policies and special program reviews, and work site evaluations.

East Penn's Metals Division excelled in their established safety and health programs. The division was also commended for their management leadership and employee involvement, worksite safety, hazard prevention and control, and safety and health training.

This outstanding achievement is directly attributed to the dedication of East Penn's Metals Division employees and their continuing effort towards further safety improvements.

East Penn is a leading manufacturer of high quality lead-acid batteries and accessories for the automotive, marine, telecommunications, industrial, commercial, and stationary markets. The company's quality systems for its entire 480-acre complex have been certified to ISO 9001:2000 and QS 9000:1998 requirements. The company's Wire and Cable division has been certified to ISO 14001 Environmental Management System requirements. The company claims to have the largest, most modern single-site manufacturing facility in the world. For more information contact East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc., Lyon Station, PA 19536 or visit the company's web site at www.dekabatteries.com.

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