12/19/2013 NUWC Keyport recognized by OSHA as a VPP Star Site
from : NUWC Keyport Public Affairs


KEYPORT, Wash. – Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Keyport was recognized by the Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) as the newest Star work site as part of the agency’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), the Navy announced Dec. 19.


VPP is a collaboration between employees, labor, management and OSHA designed to recognize and promote effective workplace safety and health management. The Star status is the program’s highest level of recognition.


"It’s taken a sustained effort over a number of years to achieve the VPP Star milestone," said Rear Adm. Dave Duryea, NUWC commander. "That’s an indication of the tremendous value we place on the health and well-being of our personnel and of the pride we take in our ability to effectively and efficiently provide products and services to the fleet."


NUWC Keyport applied for Star status with a strong program in place to minimize workplace injuries as well as contribute to the overall well-being of the workforce through safety and health management practices. The command’s safety office and management-employee safety council underwent a rigorous documentation and verification process which resulted in recognition from OSHA.


"We understand that being healthy and safe ultimately benefits us as individuals, as well as benefitting our command, our warfighters, and our nation," said Capt. Dave Kohnke, commander, NUWC Keyport.


As a Naval Sea Systems Command field activity, NUWC Keyport's mission is to operate the Navy's full-spectrum research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and fleet support center for submarines, autonomous underwater systems, and offensive and defensive weapon systems associated with undersea warfare and related areas of homeland security and national defense.





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