The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) Consultation Department presented Kitchell as a “STAR Site” through the Construction Voluntary Protection Program (“C-VPP”) on May 15, 2015. In a VPP ceremony, Kitchell was awarded the “STAR” designation and presented with the VPP plaque and flag.
Speaking on the significance of a VPP achievement and its importance to the state of Arizona were industry officials David Parker, chairman of the Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA); Michael Sanders, commissioner at ICA; Bill Warren, director of ADOSH; and Jessie Atencio, assistant director and consultation and training program manager of ADOSH.
“This VPP status is well-deserved since safety is so ingrained in Kitchell’s culture,” said Atencio. “It’s important for Arizona to have companies like Kitchell that can be trusted to exemplify effective safety and health management systems.”
Currently, 36 Arizona companies are VPP “Stars.” To qualify for VPP status, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo an onsite evaluation. VPP participants and sites earning the STAR Site designation are re-evaluated every three to five years.
ADOSH operates under an approved plan with the U.S. Department of Labor to retain jurisdiction over occupational safety and health issues within Arizona, excluding mining operations, Indian reservations and federal employees. This jurisdiction encompasses approximately 2.1 million employees and 130,000 public and private establishments. More information on ADOSH, Consultation Partnership Programs and the Industrial Commission of Arizona is available at http://www.ica.state.az.us/.