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Region 1 News Release: 07-295-BOS/ BOS 2007-054
March 6, 2007
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074

Huntsman Polyurethanes' Derry, N.H. Research and Development Center Continues as a Workplace Safety and Health 'Star'

DERRY, N.H. -- The Huntsman Polyurethanes research and development center in Derry has been recertified for an additional five-year membership in the prestigious 'Star' Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) of the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The Voluntary Protection Programs recognize worksites that are committed to effective employee protection beyond the requirements of OSHA standards and encourage cooperative relationships between labor, management, unions and government.

The Derry facility, which is the company's regional research and development center for thermal polyurethanes, first achieved VPP-Star status in February 2004. Its Star renewal came after an OSHA team's on-site review of its safety and health programs, interviews with employees and a complete tour of the worksite. It is one of more than 1,600 worksites in 280 industries nationwide that have earned entry into the VPP.

'We're pleased at the ongoing commitment of employees and management toward ensuring safety and health at the Derry facility,' said Marthe Kent, OSHA's regional administrator for New England. 'Their dedication is reflected in the facility's three-year record of zero occupational illnesses and injuries.'

Through the VPP, employers and employees have experienced significant decreases in fatalities, injuries and illnesses; associated cost reductions including lowered workers' compensation expenses; positive changes in company culture and attitudes toward safety and health; and average injury rates 50 percent lower than other companies in their industry. The VPP is open to deserving employers in any industry.

Requirements 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. More information is available from the VPP manager in OSHA's Boston regional office at (617) 565-9890.

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