OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs
S & B Engineers and Constructors, Ltd. successfully completed the final stage in its application to OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program better known as VPP. VPP is the premier recognition of a company's safety and health management programs and systems. This designation and posting of the trademark-registered logo tells the industry that we have a safety program and safe worksites that maintain the highest standard for workplace safety. VPP is so highly renowned that safety professionals across the country and thousands of executive managers of refineries, chemical plants, and manufacturers identify this program as being the highest level of recognition and achievement in the safety arena. Of the hundreds of thousands of companies in the U.S., only about 2,000 have received acceptance into VPP. S & B's acceptance not only marks a highpoint in that a construction company is accepted, but that S & B was accepted as a Mobile Workforce and accepted at the Star level, the highest level of achievement in VPP.
It is worth noting the different types of acceptance into VPP. Many of us are aware that "fixed sites" that fly the VPP flag such as refineries, chemical plants, and manufacturers comprise over 90% of VPP's membership. It is common for a company, like Valero or Shell, to have two or more sites that are VPP Facilities. Once a site has become VPP, the site usually requires all of its contractors to become VPP, especially since that contractor will work in that facility and must follow all of the sites rules. This arrangement has opened the door for many construction companies to receive the VPP designation, but only for that "fixed site."
S & B's VPP Star Mobile Workforce designation is a noticeable difference when compared to that of VPP for a "fixed site" in that S & B's designation goes where ever we have a workforce. This key feature allows S & B to fly the VPP flag at our worksites and use the VPP logo on vehicles, hardhats, etc. as a way of telling our industry of our achievement.
Congratulations to our employees on keeping a culture of “safety first.”