NH Smart Meter Maker a Star Performer

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 @ 10:06 AM gHale

Somersworth, NH-based smart meter maker, Aclara, requalified for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) at the Star level.

The facility, which manufactures commercial and residential smart meters that measure electricity usage, has demonstrated management commitment to reducing injuries and illnesses from musculoskeletal hazards.

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VPP recognize employers and workers in the private industry and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries.

In VPP, 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; training; and management commitment and worker involvement. To participate, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo a rigorous onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. Union support is required for applicants represented by a bargaining unit. VPP participants are re-evaluated every three to five years to remain in the programs. VPP participants are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status.

By participating in VPP, employers have improved their workplace safety and health management systems and implemented activities or procedures that have contributed to improved safety and health for workers.

To reach the Star level, injury and illness rates are below the industry average; safety and health programs are exemplary and go beyond the minimum OSHA requirements.

VPP has an over 20-year history, and the average VPP worksite has a Days Away Restricted or Transferred (DART) case rate 52 percent below the average for its industry. VPP participation can also lead to lower employee turnover and increased productivity and cost savings.

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