Region 1 News Release: 06-17-BOS/ BOS 2006-047
Friday, February 24, 2006
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
NBC 10 WJAR-TV Earns Prestigious OSHA "Star"
CRANSTON, R.I. -- Southern New England television station NBC 10 has earned membership in the prestigious "Star" Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) of the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
"This honor spotlights NBC 10's outstanding job of safety and health management," said Marthe Kent, OSHA's New England regional administrator, who presented a VPP flag and plaque to station officials in a ceremony held today. "The station has established itself as a leader in television news health and safety."
NBC 10 and its 116 employees join an elite corps of about 1,400 workplaces nationwide that have earned VPP recognition. The "Star" certification follows an OSHA team's thorough on-site review of the station, its safety and health management programs and interviews with employees. The review found the programs to be consistent with the high quality of VPP programs.
Among its accomplishments, the station developed an Electronic News Gathering (ENG) Safety Program which trains field personnel, including reporters, drivers and photographers, on severe weather hazards, electrocution hazards, telescopic mast safety precautions and carbon monoxide poisoning prevention. One outcome of this program was the installation of OSHA-compliant guardrails on the roofs of satellite broadcast trucks to prevent employee falls.
NBC 10's All Hazards Team conducts an after-action review following coverage of significant events, such as snow storms or major fires, introducing new safety procedures if needed and sharing best practices and lessons learned with other NBC affiliates and area television stations. Certified safety professionals and certified industrial hygienists support the station's safety and health programs.
OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs offer employers an opportunity to move beyond traditional safety programs by recognizing participants that successfully incorporate comprehensive safety and health programs into their total management systems. VPP companies achieve average injury rates 50 percent lower than other companies in their industry. The VPP programs are open to deserving employers in any industry.
Requirements for application to VPP include a high degree of management support and employee involvement; a high-quality worksite hazard analysis; prevention and control programs; and comprehensive safety and health training for all employees. Each of these elements must be effective, in place and in operation for at least one year before a company can apply to join the program. Additional information is available from the VPP manager at the OSHA regional office in Boston at (617) 565-9890.
Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships, and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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