(PHOENIX – June, 17 2015) The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) Consultation Department presented the McCarthy Building Companies project, Yuma Regional Medical Center, as a “STAR Site” through the Construction Voluntary Protection Program “C-VPP” on June 16, 2015. Companies awarded the “STAR” designation demonstrate exemplary and comprehensive, safety and health management systems through evaluation.
During the ceremony, McCarthy was awarded the “STAR” designation and presented with the VPP plaque and flag. Jessie Atencio, assistant director of ADOSH spoke on the significance of a VPP achievement and its importance to the community. VPP is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) highest program of recognition across all United States OSHA organizations.
“This is the third year in a row that McCarthy Building Companies has been awarded with the designation for a project,” said Jessie Atencio, assistant director and consultation and training program manager for ADOSH. “The Yuma Regional Medical Center is an excellent example of a safe working environment.”
Currently, less than 40 Arizona companies 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.