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OSHA News Release – Region 1
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 1 News Release: 05-2293-BOS/BOS 2005-349
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
WOODSTOCK, Conn. -- Rogers Corporation High Performance Foams - Poron of Woodstock has earned membership in the prestigious "Star" Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) of the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
"Our review of this facility's safety and health management programs found them consistent with the high quality of VPP programs," said Marthe Kent, OSHA's New England regional administrator. "The plant's illness and injury rates are well below the average industry rates for foam products manufacturing."
The plant, which manufactures specialty foam products for the electronics and footwear industries, employs 150 workers. It joins an elite corps of about 1,370 workplaces nationwide that have earned VPP recognition. The "Star" designation came after an OSHA team's thorough on-site review of the plant's application and safety and health program, interviews with employees and a complete tour of the worksite.
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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