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Hypertherm Receives OSHA Honor for Worksites

4 Facilities Recognized for Outstanding Safety and Health Management Systems

Rosemarie Ohar, OSHA’s New Hampshire area director; Ken DeCosta, head of health, safety, and environmental team at Hypertherm; Barbara Couch, vice president of corporate social responsibility at Hypertherm; and Dick Couch, CEO and founder of Hypertherm.
(L to R) Rosemarie Ohar, OSHA’s New Hampshire area director; Ken DeCosta, head of health, safety, and environmental team at Hypertherm; Barbara Couch, vice president of corporate social responsibility at Hypertherm; and Dick Couch, CEO and founder of Hypertherm.

LEBANON, N.H. — The U.S. Department of Labor, along with New Hampshire and Vermont dignitaries, recognized four Hyertherm facilities as Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Worksites.

The Department of Labor’s VPP Star program recognizes the very best workplaces in the nation for operating outstanding safety and health management systems for employee protection. It is OSHA’s official recognition of the outstanding efforts of employers and employees who have created exemplary worksite safety and health management systems. These worksites are self-sufficient in identifying and controlling workplace hazards. To be recognized as a VPP Star worksite, an employer must operate a comprehensive safety and health management system that is integrated into a worksite’s operations.

The four Hypertherm facilities recognized join two other worksites, located at 21 Great Hollow Road in Hanover and 100 Etna Road in Lebanon, which received OSHA’s VPP Star recognition two years ago.

“The cornerstone of our program is Hypertherm’s culture which promotes associate involvement and teamwork at all levels of our organization,” said Dick Couch, Hypertherm founder and CEO. “All team members work together to design workplace enhancements that will improve the overall well-being of all Hypertherm associates with an ultimate goal of zero workplace accidents.”

Publication date: 8/5/2013 

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