The Friendly, W.V., manufacturing facility owned by Albany, N.Y.-based Momentive Performance
Materials Inc. — a provider of specialty materials solutions for silicone, quartz and ceramics
applications — has been designated a Star Site through the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration’s (OSHA’s) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).
The VPP Star program recognizes worksites that have set up comprehensive, successful safety
and health management systems and whose illness and injury rates are equal to or below the national
industry average, and whose workplace hazard control programs are self-sufficient. To qualify for
Star status, Momentive’s Friendly facility was audited in safety, health and operational programs
and underwent a thorough onsite review by OSHA.
“Employee participation, supported by management leadership, is essential to the
success of our safety program,” said Mark Leskowicz, environmental health and safety manager at the
site. “Employees are encouraged to identify potential safety improvements and help develop
October 19, 2010