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Region 3 News Release: 08-1382-PHI (osha 08-192)
Oct. 6, 2008
Contact: Alisha Brown
Phone: 215-861-5101

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA recognizes Cabot Supermetals for stellar workplace safety and health

BOYERTOWN, Pa. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) certified Cabot Supermetals as a star site, or the highest level, in its prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). During a recent ceremony at the company's Boyertown facility, John Hermanson, OSHA's regional administrator in Philadelphia, presented the company with the VPP star flag.

"Cabot Supermetals consistently has demonstrated a strong commitment to employee safety and health," said Hermanson. "The company has maintained an injury and illness rate below the industry average for three years."

Cabot Supermetals refines tantalum and niobium ores and produces potassium tantalum fluoride. The company has 180 employees.

Designed for worksites with comprehensive, successful safety and health programs, the VPP is open to all industries and to employers with injury rates below their respective industries' national averages.

More than 2,030 worksites nationwide have earned entry into OSHA's VPP. Over the years, the VPP has proven to be an effective means of reducing injuries, illnesses, fatalities and costs, while fostering a more productive workforce and increasing employee morale.

OSHA has improved workplace safety and health over the past 37 years. This success is reflected in the latest data (2006