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January 2022

Two Walsh Group federal projects selected for OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program

SEATTLE, WA - Two Walsh Group federal projects have been selected to continue their participation in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). The Regional Confinement Facility and Information Systems Facility projects at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington have been named Star Worksites, the highest level of VPP participation.

The Voluntary Protection Program recognizes employers and workers in the private industry and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries.

The Star program within VPP is designed for sites whose safety and health management systems operate in a highly effective, self-sufficient manner and meet all VPP requirements.

(Pictured: Regional Confinement Facility)

(Pictured: Information Systems Facility)

This partnering with OSHA and contractors is a building block that sets a firm foundation of positive safety culture within the construction industry. The Walsh Group has been been recognized as a VPP participant at Joint Base Lewis-McChord since 2013.

“I remember how proud of a moment it was in when we were accepted into the OSHA VPP as a Star participant, and today, here we are continuing the tradition of excellence. It truly exemplifies the commitment of our people in this region.” said John Lindsey, Health, Safety and Environment Manager at The Walsh Group.

“A key value of the Walsh Group’s mission statement is to be the leader in safety," said Mark Reed, Senior Project Manager at The Walsh Group. "This VPP re-approval exemplifies our commitment to our workers, owners, and trade partners that safety is not just a catch phrase, but an actionable activity completed every day of our lives and careers. This achievement is only accomplished by everyone’s dedication to excellence."

OSHA has conducted three on-site assessments for determination for participation in the STAR program since 2013:

- JBLM Brigade Headquarters- Initial Assessment (2013)
- JBLM AAC Large Hangar and Air Traffic Control Tower (2017)
- JBLM Regional Confinement Facility and Information Systems Facility (2021)



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