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OSHA News Release – Region 8
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 8 News Release: OSHA 04-1801-DEN
Friday, September 17, 2004
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: (303) 844-1302
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recognized Hamilton Sundstrand, a United Technologies Company, for continued excellence in its safety and health program.
The company was awarded the prestigious VPP STAR, one of the highest levels of recognition that OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) offers, during a Sept. 14 ceremony at its facility at 2800 Sundstrand Way in Grand Junction.
"Approval for the STAR is a strong endorsement of the continued dedication demonstrated by Hamilton Sundstrand and its employees to workplace safety and health," said Bob Glover, OSHA assistant regional administrator in Denver. Glover, along with Bill Wright, OSHA regional VPP team leader, presented a VPP flag and plaque to Hamilton Sundstrand employees at the ceremony.
VPP offers companies a unique opportunity to move beyond traditional safety programs by recognizing participants that successfully incorporate comprehensive safety and health programs into their total management systems. A STAR VPP program is open to any industry, and to companies with injury rates below their industry's national average.
Requirements for application to VPP, which has approximately 1,115 STAR sites in the country, 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 applying to join the program.
For additional information on VPP in Region 8 contact Brad Baptiste, OSHA VPP manager, at (303) 844-1600 (ext 317) in Denver.
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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