A Northampton, Mass., Coca-Cola beverage plant has earned a "star" status from OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program. The company was recognized on Friday for its commitment to effective employee protection beyond the requirements of OSHA standards, and encourageing cooperative relationships among labor, management and government.
"Coca-Cola and its
employees here in Northampton are to be congratulated on this milestone,"
says Region 2 administrator Marthe Kent in an OSHA release. "Their
proactive commitment to workplace safety and health has resulted in injury and
illness rates far below the industry average."
The Northampton plant, which packages juices and other
noncarbonated beverages, has 170 employees. According to an agency release, the
sta" designation followed an OSHA team's week-long onsite review that
found the facility's safety and health management systems consistent with the
high quality expected of VPP participants. The plant joins more than 1,957
worksites in 270 industries nationwide, including 32 sites in Massachusetts,
that have earned entry into the VPP.