Voluntary Protection Program

On April 3, 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded Bahnson subsidiary Intermech Inc., the agency’s Voluntary Protection Program’s STAR status recognition, the highest level of recognition available in DOE’s safety program. Intermech, a subcontractor to Bechtel National, Inc. on the Waste Treatment Plant Project at the Hanford Site in Richland, Washington, is the first subcontractor to receive the recognition throughout the DOE’s U.S. complexes.

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Background Information¹

……The Department of Energy Voluntary Protection Program (DOE-VPP) promotes safety and health excellence through cooperative efforts among labor, management, and government at the Department of Energy (DOE) contractor sites. DOE has also formed partnerships with other Federal agencies and the private sector for both advancing and sharing its Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) experiences and preparing for program challenges in the next century. The safety and health of contractor and federal employees are a high priority for the Department…..

….The Department initiated its VPP in January 1994 to promote improved safety and health performance through public recognition of outstanding programs…..Similar to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) VPP program, DOE-VPP provides several proven benefits to participating sites, including improved labor/management relations, reduced workplace injuries and illnesses, increased employee involvement, improved morale, reduced absenteeism, and public recognition……

…..The DOE-VPP has three (3) levels of recognition; STAR, MERIT and DEMONSTRATION. Contractors whose programs meet the requirements for outstanding safety and health programs receive STAR recognition, the highest achievement level…..

¹Excerpted from the U.S. Department of Energy Website