Our Chandler site has achieved certification to VPP Star worksite status by OSHA, reflecting the company’s commitment to safety excellence. We have long been an industry leader in employee health and safety and a source of safety benchmarking by companies across the United States. Approval into VPP is OSHA’s official recognition of the outstanding efforts of employers and employees who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health standards.
Promoting a culture of safety not only to our clients, but also to everyone within our own company, is critical to success. We would not have been able to achieve OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star status without the commitment of our employees and our safety leadership team.
The work we do helps keep our end user—warfighters, law enforcement, commercial pilots, oilfield workers and the general public—safe and out of harm’s way. But the only way to be successful in the energetics business is to put employee safety above all else, and the VPP Star status reinforces this message. Safety is at the core of everything we do here – it’s more than policies and procedures; it’s how we do business, and it’s how we live.
About OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP)
VPP certification recognizes companies for outstanding safety and health management systems and for maintaining injury and illness rates below the national Bureau of Labor statistics averages. It is attained only after intensive and lengthy preparation, extensive employee interviews and rigorous onsite evaluation conducted by health and safety professionals. Star status is OSHA’s highest VPP certification level. In VPP, management, labor and OSHA work cooperatively and proactively to prevent fatalities, injuries and illnesses through a system focused on:
- Hazard prevention and control
- Worksite analysis
- Management commitment and worker involvement
To participate, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo a rigorous onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. Union support is required for applicants represented by a bargaining unit. VPP participants are re-evaluated every three to five years to remain in the programs. VPP participants are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status.
OSHA and PacSci EMC believe continuous improvement of safety and health programs are the best way to prevent occupational illnesses and injuries. The VPP was created in 1982 to encourage industry-related facilities to strive for safety excellence and OSHA formally announced the program in 1986. VPP sites have shown that their commitment to employee protection extends beyond the OSHA standards.
PacSci EMC joins a notable group of less than 50 Arizona companies who have earned the OSHA VPP Star status. To learn more about OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program, please visit their website at: