OSHA's Top VPP Honors Go to Ohio Firm

Leipsic, Ohio-based Pro-Tec Coating Co. has received OSHA's highest honor for its Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), the agency has announced.

It is the first company in the metal coating and allied services industrial classification to achieve "Star" status in OSHA's VPP. Pro-Tec Coating, according to its Web site, provides world-class coated steel products and service to the automotive, appliance and construction industries. It was established as a partnership in 1990 by U.S. Steel Corp. of Pittsburgh and Kobe Steel Ltd. of Japan.

The VPP Star award recognizes businesses with outstanding management systems and programs for preventing occupational injuries and illnesses. OSHA praised Pro-Tec for providing excellent technology, resources and training for all of its 230 employees.

"This award is a fitting testament to the cooperation between OSHA and this company in developing a safe workplace," said OSHA regional administrator Michael G. Connors, based in Chicago. "The real pay-off is that working men and women employed by Pro-Tec are far more secure in knowing they will go home safe after a day's work."

Approximately 1,200 companies nationwide have earned membership in the VPP. Representing more than 200 industries, they have achieved average injury rates more than 50 percent lower than other companies in their industry.

Pro-Tec Coating's injury and illness rates are 80 percent below the workplace average for metal coating and allied services firms.

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