Oregon OSHA - 350 Winter Street NE Room 430 - Salem, Oregon 97301-3882
|For Immediate Release: |
June 8, 2007
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Kevin Weeks, Public
Information Officer, 503-947-7428
Wilsonville employer recognized for workplace safety
Vault newest member of Oregon VPP safety program
Wilsonville producer of concrete pre-cast vaults has joined an elite workplace
safety program committed to keeping workers safe and reducing injuries.
Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division
(Oregon OSHA) today presented "VPP Star Award" status to Utility Vault
in Wilsonville. The Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) is a workplace safety and
health management program that encourages employers to voluntarily meet rigorous
workplace safety standards to protect workers and reduce injuries. Currently,
15 Oregon worksites participate in VPP.
"Utility Vault has reached
a level of safety and health management excellence," said Michael Wood, administrator
of Oregon OSHA. "VPP demonstrates that the employer has made a commitment
to becoming self-sufficient for its safety and health needs. The program provides
employers with a blueprint for success by working with Oregon OSHA, and when we
work together we can accomplish incredible things to make workplaces safer."
the past three years, Utility Vault has maintained an average for workplace injuries
and illness with time lost from work that is 94 percent below the statewide industry
average for concrete manufacturers. In 2006, Utility Vault reported one injury
case with time lost from work during more than 160,000 hours of production.
achieve VPP status, a worksite must have a three-year average injury and illness
rate at or below the rates of other employers in the same industry. The worksite
undergoes an extensive Oregon OSHA review of workplace conditions, safety records,
employee safety and health programs, and regulatory compliance. The review includes
Oregon OSHA interviews with employees.
Evaluators review 19 program elements
during the approval process, including management commitment to safety and health,
employee participation in safety, workplace self-inspection, providing safety
and health training, emergency programs and drills, and preventive maintenance.
VPP participants are removed from Oregon OSHA's routine scheduled inspection list
for the duration of their participation. Employees do not lose any rights under
the program. Oregon OSHA still investigates accidents, formal complaints, and
Thirteen worksites are members of Oregon OSHA's Voluntary
Protection Program. Additional Oregon OSHA VPP sites are AmeriTies West LLC in
The Dalles, BOC Edwards Medford Electronic Materials in White City, GE Security
in Tualatin, Georgia-Pacific Toledo pulp and paper mill, Georgia-Pacific Philomath
mill, Georgia-Pacific Coos Bay mill, iLevel by Weyerhaeuser Service Center in
Beaverton, Marvin Wood Products in Baker City, Masterbrand Cabinets in Hillsboro,
PW Eagle in Eugene, Stanley Hydraulic Tools in Milwaukie and Timber Products Spectrum
Division in White City.
Two federal facilities in Oregon, the United States
Postal Service Evergreen DCU in Hillsboro and Washington Group International in
Umatilla, participate in the national Voluntary Protection Program coordinated
by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
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