"I am pleased to announce the achievement of star status - OSHA's highest award - for the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Barstow," said Ken Atha, OSHA's regional administrator in San Francisco. "This is a significant accomplishment for the Marine Corps and OSHA, and demonstrates that employee safety and health is a priority at this base."
Organizations achieving star status typically have fewer injuries and illnesses, as they operate with a high level of management leadership and employee involvement in their safety and health programs.
The facility joins an elite corps of almost 2,000 worksites nationwide that have earned VPP status. The VPP "star" designation came after an OSHA onsite review of the facility's safety and health programs, interviews with employees and a complete tour of the worksite.
OSHA's VPP recognizes and promotes the agency's vision of an effective safety and health management system in every workplace in America. VPP approval is OSHA's official recognition of the efforts of employers and employees who have achieved exemplary performance in occupational safety and health.
To qualify for VPP status, sites must meet or exceed all OSHA regulatory standards and submit to an OSHA review of their programs. Employers that have been accepted into the VPP represent more than 270 industries. Program participants typically achieve injury and illness rates more than 50 percent below their respective industry's average