For my parents generation, a defining moment was the day President John F. Kennedy was shot. My parents and their friends all could remember what they were doing at the precise moment they heard the news. For my generation, a defining moment was September 11, 2001.
The value of EHS extends far beyond the workplace. Just ask Pacific Gas and Electric Co., which is facing $1.4 billion in proposed fines for a September 2010 pipeline blast that leveled parts of a residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif., and killed eight people.
The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., was the site of the 2014 National VPPPA Conference, which wrapped up Thursday.
During the event, the Voluntary Protection Program Participants’ Association celebrated the 30th anniversary of the organization and the conference.
According to the International Labor Organization, 2.3 million people worldwide die annually as a result of occupational illnesses and accidents at work. In addition, there are 860,000 injury-causing occupational accidents every day. The direct or indirect cost of occupational illness and accidents at work is estimated at $2.8 trillion (U.S.$) worldwide.
On the eve of the Voluntary Protection Program Participants’ Association’s 30th national conference, VPPPA honored six manufacturing sites that have been in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program for 30 years or more.
OSHA Administrator David Michaels and former OSHA heads John Henshaw and Charles Jeffers were among those on hand for a Sunday night reception at the Gaylord Resort and Hotel in National Harbor, Md., site of the 2014 National VPPPA Conference.
During the reception, VPPPA recognized: