ABB Drives Site Earns OSHA Accolades

Dec. 7, 2011
OSHA's VPP recognizes, and partners with, business and worksites that show excellence in occupational safety and health.

Congratulations to ABB Drives. ABB’s New Berlin-based Drive Service Workshop was recognized by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) as a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) “Star” site. It’s the highest honor the program can award a facility.

“I would like to thank everyone who participated in helping ABB New Berlin Drive Service in receiving this recommendation from OSHA. We could not have completed this awesome task without your help and awareness of Safety,” said Richard Bizek, Safety, Health, Compliance manager, ABB, New Berlin. Safety process improvements willl continue.

“This is an ongoing process in which we have to show continual improvement on a yearly basis, to maintain the OSHA Star status,” noted Aaron Aleithe, vice president and general manager of ABB’s drives and drives services businesses. He challenged employees to “remain diligent, and please continue achieving the results that have earned us this honor.”

Reviewers looked at critical safety areas across ABB’s businesses.

The evaluation for the Star included four OSHA representatives conducting a comprehensive assessment of the New Berlin Drive Service OHS process over a total of four days. These reviewers looked at critical areas across ABB’s businesses, including:

  • Management Leadership & Employee Involvement
  • Worksite Analysis;
  • Hazard Prevention & Control
  • Safety & Health Training.

Going Many Safety Steps Further
OSHA's VPP recognizes, and partners with, business and worksites that show excellence in occupational safety and health. These sites are committed to effective employee protection beyond the requirements of OSHA standards, OSHA review team members noted. VPP participants develop and implement systems to effectively identify, evaluate, and control occupational hazards, in order to prevent employee injuries and illnesses. As a result of this commitment from employers, the average VPP worksite has a lost workday incidence rate at least 50% below the average of its industry. OSHA, in return, removes participants from programmed inspection lists and does not issue citations for standards violations that are corrected promptly.

Bizek said further benefits to employers who meet VPP criteria are increased profits that result from fewer workplace injuries and illnesses. It’s an achievement that's critical to lowering workers' compensation premiums, according to Bizek, “and it directly benefits employees and employers.”

Transformation of Culture Gets Noticed
The culture within ABB is being transformed to become a WORLD CLASS SAFETY performer. This is the third site within the ABB group to become an OSHA Star Site. ABB’s Safety Culture is continually growing by following a Roadmap to Success that utilizes volunteer employee teams and OHSAS 18001 certification. “It started with a very basic commitment – to listen to our employees, hear them, and then act quickly on their ideas,” said Bizek. Earning the award highlights “the achievement of hundreds of committed employees – and is a powerful incentive to continuous improvement across the entire operation.”

ABB ( ) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industrial customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact.