|DATE: April 12, 2001 NO: 01-48||
CONTACT: Krystyna Markiewicz PHONE: (907) 269-4958
Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Logistics of Alaska, Inc. becomes the third VPP (Voluntary Protection
Program) site in Alaska to be honored with a Star Award, Commissioner
of Labor and Workforce Development Ed Flanagan announced. Flanagan
presents the award during a ceremony at the company site in Fairbanks
on Friday, April 13, 2001.
March, the Alaska Safety Advisory Council recognized Air Logistics
of Alaska with a Governor’s Safety Award of Excellence for 2000. The
company, which employs 48 full-time employees, provides contract and
charter helicopter transportation services to pipeline, oil industry,
natural resource, and government agency project activities throughout
the state. In addition to having an excellent industrial safety record,
the company recently completed its 10th consecutive year of accident/incident
free flight operations.
Air Logistics joins BP Central Power Station (CPS) in Prudhoe Bay, which was first approved for VPP Merit status on July 14, 1999 and then for VPP Star on October 18, 2000, and UniSea, Incorporated in Dutch Harbor, the second site awarded VPP Merit.
Federal OSHA first adopted the VPP on July 2, 1982. The Alaska OSH has offered the Voluntary Protection Program, designed to recognize and promote effective safety and health management, to Alaska employers since December 1997.
Participation in the program is voluntary and does not exempt the work site from OSH enforcement activities in case of employees’ complaints and accident investigations. However the work site is removed from general scheduled inspections for the approved period of time (from 18 months up to 5 years).
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