The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that it has recognized the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, WA, for its continued excellence in worker health and safety.
At a ceremony at the facility on Sept. 8, OSHA honored the shipyard for again achieving the “VPP star,” the highest level in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). The facility has been in the VPP since January 2006.
“The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard continues to demonstrate that a systematic approach to safety involving labor and management working together in a cooperative manner can be extremely successful,” said Richard S. Terrill, OSHA’s Region 10 administrator. “Adopting a cooperative approach has significantly reduced hazards and consequently reduced injuries.”
The mission of the shipyard is to perform reactor servicing, ship overhaul, ship repair, and alteration to U.S. naval surface ships and submarines. The shipyard also recycles nuclear submarines and surface ships for the Navy. With approximately 9,400 employees and 2,500 contract workers, the shipyard performs its work primarily in the Pacific Northwest but also has projects at off-yard sites, such as in San Diego, CA; Mayport, FL; Kings Bay, GA; Pearl Harbor, HI; and abroad.
OSHA's VPP recognizes and promotes effective workplace safety and health management. Management, labor, and OSHA establish a cooperative relationship at a worksite that has implemented strong safety and health systems. To qualify for VPP status, a site must meet or exceed all OSHA regulatory standards and submit to an OSHA review of the site’s programs.
For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.