US facility recognized for excellence in safety and health

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions in Broomfield, Colo. has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for excellence in Trelleborg’s employee safety and health program. The Broomfield facility has been designated as a “star” site in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs.

Standards met or exceeded expectations

“We were evaluated in several areas, including management leadership/employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention/control and safety & health training,” says Tom Potosky, General Manager of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Broomfield. “All of our standards met or exceeded OSHA’s expectation.”

“Trelleborg is an example of what can be accomplished in a workplace when employees and managers work together to proactively eliminate hazards,” says Greg Baxter, OSHA’s regional administrator in Denver. “Their commitment to excellence is commendable, and we are glad to have worksites of this quality in our region.”

Effective safety and health management systems

The Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) recognize private and federal worksites with effective safety and health management systems that have maintained injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages. Brad Baptiste, OSHA’s Regional VPP Manager, presented a VPP flag and plaque to the Trelleborg team.

Management, labor and OSHA work cooperatively and proactively to prevent fatalities, injuries and illnesses through a system focused on hazard prevention and control, worksite analysis and training. Union support is required for applicant worksites where employees are represented by a bargaining unit. Participating worksites are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status.

For more information, visit the OSHA website