In order to achieve this, Shermco improved several programs focused on employee and management involvement, hazard prevention and control, worksite analysis and environmental, health and safety training.
Ron Widup, president of Shermco, said “Our goal is to complete Stage III of the Challenge program before the end of calendar year 2013. After the completion of Stage III we plan to submit our application to OSHA for evaluation and acceptance into the VPP under the Star program. Shermco accepted this challenge and opened its doors to OSHA to be recognized as an industry leader in safe and healthful work practices. As a 24-hour a day, seven day a week service company our employees and management work diligently each day to provide a quality product with an extremely high regard for safety at all times and in all circumstances.”
About the OSHA VPP
The VPP recognizes employers and workers in the private industry and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries. 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; training; and 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. 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.
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