(Prescott Valley, Ariz. – Nov. 6, 2015) – On, Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 2:30 p.m., the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) Consultation Department presented Prudential Overall Supply, with its “STAR Site” designation through the Voluntary Protection Program, “VPP.” Companies and jobsites that are awarded the STAR designation demonstrate exemplary and comprehensive safety and health management systems.
ADOSH held a VPP Ceremony at the Prescott Service Center, where Prudential Overall Supply was awarded the STAR designation and presented with the VPP plaque and flag. During the ceremony, Jessie Atencio, assistant director of ADOSH, spoke on the significance of a VPP achievement and its importance to the State of Arizona.
“This is the first time Prudential Overall Supply has been recognized with the STAR designation. It’s so important for companies to receive this recognition because they become the model for top safety in the workplace,” said Atencio. “Prudential Overall Supply really is a STAR site when it comes to factoring in the health and safety of every employee on the team.”
VPP is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) highest program of recognition across the United States. It recognizes employers and workers in private and federal workplaces who have exemplified effective safety and health management systems to achieve injury and illness rates that are more than 50 percent below the national average.
To qualify for VPP status, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo an onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. VPP participants and sites earning the “STAR Site” designation are re-evaluated every three to five years in order to remain in the program. VPP participants are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status.
Currently, only 38 Arizona companies out of more than 135,000 are VPP “Stars.” To qualify for VPP status, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo an onsite evaluation. VPP participants and sites earning the STAR Site designation are re-evaluated every three to five years.
Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) operates under an approved plan with the U.S. Department of Labor to retain jurisdiction over occupational safety and health issues within Arizona, excluding mining operations, Indian Reservations, and federal employees. This jurisdiction encompasses approximately 2.1 million employees and 130,000 public and private establishments. For more information on ADOSH, Consultation Partnership Programs and the Industrial Commission of Arizona, please visit http://www.ica.state.az.us/ or call (602) 542-5795.