Another NuStar Energy site achieves VPP status
By Aaron Corvin
NuStar Energy, Shore Terminals LLC in Portland has gone well beyond minimum safety requirements, achieving recognition as a Voluntary Protection Program company.
Oregon OSHA recently awarded VPP status to the bulk liquids storage facility, which receives and moves products by ship, rail, and pipeline. The site employs 13 people.
NuStar currently has 24 VPP sites. The company "is committed to safety and has been part of the VPP process since the early 90s," said Robert Dowell, VPP site coordinator for NuStar.
The Voluntary Protection Program is built on the idea that enforcement of safety regulations alone can never fully achieve the objectives of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
To be considered for VPP recognition, a company's safety and health management system must excel in all areas, including management leadership, employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and safety and health training.
For more information about the program, visit http://osha.oregon.gov/consult/Pages/VPP.aspx.