Bristol Recognized With Highest Honor in OSHA Safety Program
he Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has accepted Bristol into its Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) at the Star Level. The honor places Bristol’s employee Health and Safety program at the highest level of achievement offered by the VPP, and recognizes the team’s dedication to safety during the construction of a heavy-duty vehicle maintenance facility at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Washington. This is the second time that Bristol has been commended by the program for work at JBLM; in 2010, VPP awarded Bristol Merit Status during the development of a Tactical Equipment Maintenance Facility (TEMF).
At the October 24 ceremony, Dean Ikeda, Acting Regional Administrator, OSHA Region 10, Seattle, presented Bristol Design Build Services, LLC, with a VPP plaque and flag. Ikeda spoke about the team’s dedication and commended Bristol employees and management for working together to identify and eliminate workplace hazards. “This mutual commitment pays dividends in the form of fewer injuries and illnesses,” he said.
The VPP “recognizes and partners with businesses and worksites that show excellence in occupational safety and health.” Participants in the program rate at least 50 percent below the industry average for lost workday incidents. Currently, only 2,463 companies in the United States meet the criteria for VPP status. Acceptance is based on a determination that the best management practices recognized as effective by OSHA are being practiced on an everyday basis. These practices include: high levels of involvement from management and employees; worksite analysis; hazard prevention and control; and safety and health training.
Bristol, an alliance of companies, provides engineering, construction, environmental remediation, fuels systems, and range and unexploded ordnance services to clients around the country from offices in Alaska, Colorado, North Carolina, Texas and Washington. The companies are all wholly owned subsidiaries of the Bristol Bay Native Corporation, a regional Alaska Native Corporation with annual revenues exceeding $1.4 billion. For more information, please visit www.bristol-companies.com.