CleanAir recognizes the importance of the health, safety and welfare of our most valuable resource: our employees. Furthermore, we realize that safety plays a vital role in increasing the value of our products and services for our clients. Key considerations in CleanAir's approach to our health and safety policy include the development of programs which promote consistency; standardization of equipment and procedures throughout the corporation in order to maximize the ability to interchange personnel; and participation in internal joint venture projects. Special attention is afforded to each safety program component to ensure ease of implementation, comprehensive training and that it can be adequately monitored.
Safety procedures that CleanAir develops and implements are posted on a company intranet site devoted to safety.
The primary goal is zero incidents in the workplace. A secondary goals are completing the OSHA Challenge or similiar certification for all our offices and ultimately becoming a recognized VPP (Voluntary Protection Program) Star company.
The OSHA Challenge Program caters to employers interested in improving their safety and health management systems and expediting their efforts to attain VPP status. CleanAir's president, Bill Walker has signed the agreement with OSHA promising to provide leadership's commitment and resources to effectively implement a VPP caliber safety system.
After completing the OSHA Challenge cooperative program, CleanAir plans to apply for VPP status. VPP is designed to recognize and promote effective safety and health management. In the VPP, management, labor, and OSHA establish a cooperative relationship at a workplace that has implemented a strong safety program.
VPP participants are a select group of facilities that have designed and implemented outstanding health and safety programs. "Star" participants meet all VPP requirements. "Merit" participants have demonstrated the potential and willingness to achieve Star program status, and are implementing planned steps to fully meet all Star requirements.
The following benefits have been cited by current VPP participants:
Improved employee motivation to work safely, leading to better quality and productivity; Reduced workers' compensation costs; Recognition in the community; Improvement of programs that are already good, through the internal and external review that's part of the VPP application process; VPP participant sites generally experience from 60 to 80 percent fewer lost workday injuries than would be expected of an "average" site of the same size in their industries.