The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has awarded General Dynamics Aviation Services’ maintenance center in Westfield, Mass., its “Star” status. It is the highest level of recognition in the administration’s voluntary protection program.
The Westfield facility was accepted into the program in 2002 and earned “Merit” status a year later. It was elevated to the new Star status after demonstrating it was self-sufficient in identifying and controlling workplace hazards.
To qualify for the program, a site’s employees and management must work together to establish their site-specific plan for work safety, hazardous material handling training, emergency preparedness and health management. Program members conduct their own safety reviews and are not subject to routine OSHA inspections.
Program participants must provide OSHA with proven examples and programs– often exceeding the requirements of OSHA standards. They also provide effective input into OSHA’s standards-setting process and training opportunities for OSHA staff.