Four Seasons Hotel Houston Once Again Earns VPP Star Certification and Remains Only Hotel in the United States to Hold Coveted Recognition
Sunday, August 27, 2023
Four Seasons Hotel Houston has again been recognized with VPP Star Certification, the government’s highest safety award. The Hotel was the first in 2018 and remains the only hotel in the United States to receive this distinction in the hospitality industry, issued by the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This recognition, which crosses multiple industries, speaks to the arduous process involved in attaining this rare distinction. Under the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Star validation process, OSHA recognizes employers who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) averages in their industry. In VPP, management, employees and OSHA work cooperatively and proactively to prevent fatalities, injuries, and illnesses through a systems approach focused on: management commitment and worker involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and safety and health training. The Hotel was awarded VPP Star Certification for going above and beyond its legal obligation to protect its workers’ safety and health, demonstrated through the maintenance of low injury rates and a commitment to unremitting improvement within the company and its culture at all levels. The Hotel’s historical injury and illness rates are significantly below the national average for the hotel and hospitality industry, with a Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) approximately 85 percent below the national average for hotels. “Providing a safe and healthy working environment for our team is of the utmost priority,” says Tom Segesta, General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Houston. “Our team of 325 employees is proud and dedicated to proactively creating and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment at all times, which not only benefits our employees, but also our valued guests.” In achieving this honour, Four Seasons Hotel Houston will serve as a mentor to other Four Seasons properties around the country working toward achieving the same prestigious OSHA recognition.