Veolia’s site-based industrial cleaning operations at Valero Houston Refinery has been accepted into OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) at the Star Award level, the highest level granted. OSHA will formally recognize Veolia’s team at an upcoming ceremony for its outstanding efforts in achieving exemplary occupational safety and health systems.
“Without exception, from our C-suite to front-line personnel, each of us have made the commitment to be actively invested in safety,” said Steve Hopper, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Veolia Environnement North America’s Industrial Business. “Each employee takes responsibility and accountability for the safety of themselves and their co-workers across all our worksites and facilities. This certification is greatly appreciated and valued. We view it as recognition of our commitment to and belief in our continuous improvement philosophy.”
Best practices and other valuable concepts that Veolia employees learn through participation in the VPP are shared and implemented at Veolia worksites across the country. To date, Veolia Environnement North America holds twelve Star VPP Certifications: one wastewater treatment facility, five at industrial cleaning and maintenance operations and six at hazardous and regulated waste management sites. The company also has additional sites pending certification.
During past VPP audits, OSHA has identified two Veolia programs as industry best practices, both of which are active at the Valero Houston Refinery site. They include the company’s “Act Now For Safety” program, which gives every Veolia employee not only the authority, but the obligation to correct any unsafe condition in the workplace. As a reminder, each employee carries an “Act Now For Safety” card bearing the signature of the company’s CEO.
The other best practice is the Peer-2-Peer Safety Observation & Intervention Program. This pro-active method enables active employee involvement through peer-to-peer observations to identify and eliminate at-risk or unsafe work practices and unsafe working conditions. The objective is to reduce accident and employee injury potential in the work environment and raise employee safety awareness through training, observation, intervention and correction of at-risk or unsafe work practices and unsafe working conditions.