Hypertherm has been selected as a Star worksite by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Voluntary Protection Program. Currently, less than 2,200 worksites across the country have the Star designation.

The program recognizes organizations that have outstanding safety and health practices. Organizations must maintain injury and illness rates that are significantly below U.S. government averages for their industry. For 2010, Hypertherm’s rate is less than one incident per 100 full-time associates, compared with an industry average of nearly eight incidents per 100 workers.

In addition, organizations have to demonstrate a disciplined system of hazard prevention and control, training programs, and worker involvement. The selection process includes a five-day onsite evaluation by five safety and health professionals.

“This recognition is a testament to the hard work and commitment to safety that all Hypertherm associates have made over the last few years,” said Dick Couch, Hypertherm president and founder. “The safety of all associates continues to remain a primary focus for Hypertherm and we plan to continue our drive to make Hypertherm the safest workplace possible.”