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HP Hood ASSE Safety Professionals Share Expertise With Communities, Schools Aimed at Preventing Work Injuries, Illnesses

Posted in on Mon, Jul 12, 2010

Des Plaines, IL (July 12, 2010) — Recently, safety professionals at HP Hood LLC that are members of the American Society of Safety Engineers led a multi-state safety effort by reaching out into their communities and schools with key information and best practices on how to be safe on the job.

Led by HP Hood’s Senior Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Director David T. Crowley, of Canton and the greater ASSE Boston Chapter, HP Hood, HP Hood Crowley Foods Division and HP Hood Rosenberger’s Dairies’ Division safety professionals John Timmerman, Tom Wertman, Peter Van Derlyke, and Marty Hinkle, provided key safety tips to hundreds of children, employees and town residents aimed at keeping them safe. This was done during the annual North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week held in May where safety professionals mobilize worldwide to extend their safety and health knowledge and expertise.

While millions of people go to work and return home injury and illness free every day, about 14 people a day are dying from on-the-job injuries in the U.S. alone and millions more are suffering from on-the-job injuries and illnesses. In Massachusetts in 2008 a total of 61 people died as a result of on-the-job injuries – 18 people in transportation related incidents, eight as a result of assaults/violent acts, eight from being hit by objects and/or equipment, 15 from falls and 10 from exposure to harmful substances or environments, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. To combat this companies and organizations turn to occupational safety, health and environmental professionals to develop and implement effective safety and health programs companywide. Often times, those safety programs are also utilized at home, especially when tackling home improvement projects or working from a home office.

Crowley, a past ASSE NAOSH Champion award winner along with his daughter, has actively participated in NAOSH Week activities as a safety professional since 2004. This year, he led a company-wide effort for his employer – HP Hood LLC, headquartered in Lynnfield, MA, with 21 processing plants in the U.S. As part of the company-wide effort, Crowley encouraged all Hood plant locations to participate in NAOSH week and provided tools and activity examples. As a result, many Hood locations developed and implemented NAOSH programs during May — large and small – all on behalf of workplace safety, for the employees, their families and the communities.

Hood’s fluid milk plant in Agawam, MA and Hood’s ice cream plant in Suffield, CT, were host to a “safety table displays” with free literature covering home safety issues such as preventing house fires and avoiding heat stress both inside and outside of work. Hood’s plants in NH, ME and VT developed and distributed a safety quiz and safety questionnaires as a means to boost safety awareness. Hood’s milk plant in Oneida, NY, was host to employee safety meetings and featured redesigned safety bulletin boards with a NAOSH 2010 theme also using the ASSE ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ 2010 poster featuring the five winners of the annual contest for kids aged 5-14. The Hood LaFargeville, NY, plant was host to a special community event at a local elementary school where students were given a presentation on important food safety measures as well as occupational safety. In addition, Crowley coordinated the annual NAOSH large donation of soap, shampoo and conditioner to a local food pantry in Canton.

John Timmerman (pictured below), a member of ASSE’s Central NY Chapter, went to the LaFargeville Community School and spoke about safety, environmental sustainability and health with 40 children. He is the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Manager for the nearby HP Hood Crowley Foods processing plant. In addition to receiving yogurt and cheese samples along with pencils and coloring books, the children viewed a presentation about the plant and learned about hearing protection, food safety and the importance of proper hand washing techniques. Hair nets, ear plugs and formal “Certificates of Appreciation” were issued to all.

John Timmerman with Community School students in NY.

In NH, Tom Wertman, a member of the ASSE Maine Chapter, was host to a fire department tour at the HP Hood Concord, NH, plant. He also used a “NAOSH safety trivia form” to raise safety awareness with employees.

Peter Van Derlyke, a member of the ASSE Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter, helped the HP Hood fluid milk plant in Binghamton, NY, rotate safety posters on home and at work. In addition to providing refreshments, the Safety Department helped create, distribute and display posters on ‘Sprains and Strains’ to heighten awareness about injury prevention. Additionally, line supervisors discussed the importance of using the buddy system, asking for assistance and use of proper lifting techniques with all employees. Marty Hinkle, a member of ASSE’s Philadelphia Chapter, coordinated safety table displays for each department at Rosenberger’s Dairies. The table displays contained safety information and literature regarding work and home safety.

HP Hood LLC, a privately owned firm, is one of the country’s largest branded dairy operators. As one of the nation’s leading dairy processors, HP Hood prides itself as an industry leader in all aspects including product quality, on time delivery and workplace safety.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more on NAOSH Week and ASSE please go to www.asse.org/naosh10 and www.asse.org/newsroom.



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