Posts Tagged ‘safety and health management system’

Safety Training Resources is Prepared to Assist VPP Sites with Training and Guidance

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Jeff Viehmann, president of Safety Training Resources, recently participated in OSHA‘s most innovative on-site evaluation training for its Voluntary Protection Program. Mr. Viehmann was allowed to join qualified applicants from VPP sites to complete the required training to become a “Special Government Employee” (SGE). 

The 3-day SGE training class was held at Monsanto’s Creve Coeur facility and hosted by Jon Alexander.    The SGE training was conducted by Matt Gaines (OSHA’s Region VII VPP Manager), Mike Minicky (OHSA’s Region VII Compliance Assistant Specialist), Bob Sander (SGE – United States Postal Service), and Jon Alexander (SGE – Monsanta). 

The SGE Program was established to allow industry employees to work alongside OSHA during Voluntary Protection Programs‘ (VPP) on-site evaluations.  Not only does this innovative program benefit OSHA by supplementing its on-site evaluation teams, but it gives industry and government an opportunity to work together and share views and ideas.

As VPP grows, the support of SGEs will continue to be a critical component of the programs. The SGE Program encompasses the spirit of VPP – industry, labor, and government cooperation. This cooperation embodies the idea of continuous improvement, which allows SGEs to bring a unique perspective to the team effort and take back to their sites ideas and best practices to further improve worker protections.

As part of a VPP onsite evaluation team, a Special Government Employee (SGE) contributes to the typically week-long assessment of a VPP applicant’s or participant’s safety and health management system. The team duties include but are not limited to:

  • Reviewing the written safety and health management system and supporting documents
  • Conducting a site walkthrough to observe working conditions and to verify that:  hazards have been appropriately controlled, and a comprehensive safety and health management system has been successfully implemented
  • Conducting formal and informal employee interviews.
  • Helping to prepare the written VPP Onsite Evaluation report and sharing finds and recommendations.

All SGEs are initially appointed to a three-year term of service. SGEs serve at the pleasure of the Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health. Service as an SGE is contingent upon proper ethical conduct.  Mr. Viehmann participated and completed the SGE Training alongside 10 qualified applicants from VPP sites.  Due to Safety Training Resources not being an approved VPP site, Mr Viehmann was not sworn-in as an SGE

Safety Training Resources is prepared to leverage this very exclusive training experience  to assist companies  prepare for their initial VPP evaluation.  In addition, Safety Training Resources is prepared to assist MERIT sites improve their safety and health management systems as they strive for STAR recognition and support STAR sites as they prepare for their recertifications.


Safety Training Resources offers “REASON” to stop taking safety risks and get your safety culture back in balance.

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Safety Training Resources’ on-site consultation program will assist your company achieve its goal of operating an exemplary safety and health management system.

Safety Training Resources will:

  • Involve employees in the safety consultation process;
  • Correct all hazards identified
  • Implement and maintain a safety and health management system
  • Help maintain your company’s Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred (DART) rate and Total Recordable Case (TRC) rate below the national average for your industry

In addition, Safety Training Resources will assist your company to:

Provide Protection

  • Protect workers from all safety and health hazards that may exist at your workplace;
  • Work with Management to identify and implement best practices to protect your workers;
  • Develop an innovative safety and health management system for your business that will protect your workers.

Create a Culture

  • Create a better working environment free of safety and health hazards;
  • Boost worker morale by involving workers in creating a culture that emphasizes a safe and healthful workplace;
  • Improve communication among workers and management;
  • Encourage safety in the community as workers may transfer safe and healthy work practices outside of the workplace.

Build a Reputation

  • Receive official recognition for maintaining an exemplary safety and health management system;
  • Become a leader in your industry by providing a safe and healthy workplace for workers;
  • Attract skillful workers looking to join a business that is at the forefront of its industry in providing a safe and healthy workplace for its workers.

Save Money

  • Lower worker compensation insurance premiums;
  • Improve your worker retention and reduce costly turnover;
  • Reduce worker days away from work to keep operations and production running smoothly.

Safety Training Resources’ role is to assure these conditions for Missouri’s working men and women by providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.safetytrainingresources.com.

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