Partnership strives to help company become eligible for OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program
(Reading, PA, April 2, 2009) - Quadrant EPP and the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) jointly announced a partnership designed to foster a safe workplace for employees and implement a successful safety and health management system. A signing ceremony was held April 1, 2009 at Quadrant's Scranton, PA manufactuirng facility to officially launch the initiative.
"Initiatives like this immediately benefit our employees while making the company more productive and an even better place to work" commented Richard Frey, North American Safety, Health and Environment Manager for Quadrant. Mark Stelmack, Wilkes-Barre Area Director from OSHA added "this partnership represents an opportunity for Quadrant EPP to work with OSHA to identify ways to improve its management commitment, training, hazard identification and team work to move its safety and health program to a higher level, and a level that can achieve nationwide recognition".
As part of the partnership agreement, Quadrant EPP, a manufacturer of advanced plastic materials, will promote, institute, and maintain a safety and health management system to protect its employees based on OSHA guidelines which include: management leadership and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and training. Quadrant is piloting the program at the Scranton, PA site to evaluate potential implementation at its other US sites.
Quadrant EPP will continue work toward improving injury and illness rates and prepare the Scranton, PA facility to apply for OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) in two years. Over the years, the VPP has proven to be an effective means of reducing injuries, illnesses, fatalities and costs, while fostering a more productive workforce and increasing employee morale.
About Quadrant EPP
Quadrant EPP's products range from UHMW polyethylene, nylon and acetal to ultra-high performance polymers that resist temperatures to over 800 °F (425 °C). The com-pany's products are used for machined parts in food processing and packaging, semi-conductor manufacturing, aerospace, electronics, chemical processing, life sciences, power generation and diverse industrial equipment. Quadrant EPP's products are sup-ported by a global team of application development and technical service engineers.
Full support in evaluating designs and machining of parts is available from Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products' Technical Support Group. Learn more about Quadrant at www.quadrantepp.com.
OSHA's Strategic Partnership Program is part of the Department of Labor's ongoing efforts to improve the safety and health of employees through cooperative relationships with groups including trade associations, labor organizations, employers and employees. More than 1.4 million employees and more than 26,000 employers across the U.S. have participated with OSHA in more than 530 strategic partnerships since the program began in 1998.
OSHA has improved workplace safety and health over the past 38 years. This success is reflected in the latest data (2007) showing the lowest national injury and illness incidence rate that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has ever recorded. OSHA will continue to work diligently to focus its resources where they will have the most impact in assuring that every working man and woman returns home safely every day.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women 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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