FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #07-46
September 14, 2007

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Kate McGuire
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Cal/OSHA recognizes Hamilton Sundstrand for their exemplary workplace safety program

Long Beach – The Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) today awarded the coveted California Voluntary Protection Program (Cal/VPP) STAR Flag to Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation, a United Technologies Company, in ceremonies at its Long Beach facility.

"We’re very impressed by the dedication and commitment of Hamilton Sundstrand management and employees to safety and health in the workplace," said DIR Director John Duncan. "They are an example to follow among California’s more than 1.1 million employers and deserve this designation for their hard work."

The Cal/VPP STAR is designed to recognize employers and their employees who have implemented safety and health programs that effectively prevent and control occupational hazards. These programs go beyond minimal Cal/OSHA standards and provide the best feasible protection at the site. Cal/VPP STAR establishments are considered to be leaders in the field of workplace safety and health. There are currently 48 VPP sites in California flying the STAR flag.

"We are proud to join an elite group of sites who have earned STAR status under Cal/OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program and would like our community to know of our commitment to maintain our facility as a world class operation in health and safety," said William Earnest, Hamilton Sundstrand site manager.

With 2006 revenues of $5 billion, Hamilton Sundstrand employs approximately 17,500 people worldwide and is among the world's largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and industrial products. Headquartered in Windsor Locks, Conn., it also is a major supplier for international space programs.

Candidates for the Cal/VPP STAR program are required to complete a rigorous health and safety process. There are five key elements required to achieve induction into the program including management commitment, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, health and safety training, and continual improvement. Applicants must submit documents to support the implementation of the five Cal/VPP elements along with the last three years average Injury & Illness Rates and Loss Work Day Incident rates.

For more information about the Voluntary Protection Program and other topics, visit the Cal/OSHA web site at http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh.

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