A local company is about to receive one of the highest honors a business can earn for exemplary safety and health performance.

The 39 employees who work at the Columbus Cintas facility will receive a Voluntary Protections Programs Star certification during a presentation Friday.

Established 34 years ago by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the certification encourages employers to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses through hazard prevention, worksite analysis, training and labor-management cooperation.

Companies that participate strive for ratings below national averages in injury and illness rates for their respective industries.

Several local and state leaders, including Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop, will attend an 11 a.m. ceremony Friday at Cintas, located south of Clifty Creek at U.S. 31 and County Road 50N.

For more on this story, see Friday’s Republic.

Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.