SEATTLE – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has certified the Walsh Group, a commercial construction management company in Seattle, as a “Star” employer in the agency’s Voluntary Protection Programs.
Now in its 40th year, the VPP is the highest level of OSHA recognition for workplace safety and health excellence.
OSHA announced the designation as part of its recertification of the company in the program. The designation recognizes employers and employees who demonstrate exemplary achievement in the prevention and control of occupational safety and health hazards as well as the development, implementation and continuous improvement of their safety and health management systems.
The Walsh Group employs about 23 people in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
“We applaud the Walsh Group’s exemplary achievement, its designation as a Star Level site in the Voluntary Protection Programs and its commitment to workplace safety and health,” said OSHA Acting Regional Administrator Christopher Adams in Seattle. “The company’s commitment to employee and management engagement – including participation of leadership in meetings focusing on safety and health for all trades and project activities, and extensive job safety and hazard analyses – is exceptional.”
At the time of its recertification, the Walsh Group was working on two commercial construction projects at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.
OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs recognize and promote effective worksite-based safety and health management systems.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.