DENVER, July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- A water and wastewater system operated
by CH2M HILL OMI for the city of Rio Rancho, N.M., has earned the New
Mexico Environment Department Occupational Health and Safety Bureau's
highest designation for workplace safety -- the "Zia Star" status in its
Voluntary Protection Program.
Rio Rancho is the first CH2M HILL OMI-operated municipal water and
wastewater system to be recognized with VPP status. The site is one of
seven CH2M HILL OMI facilities to achieve top safety awards through the
first half of this year.
The Zia Star Voluntary Protection Program is New Mexico's version of
the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Voluntary
Protection Program, with program elements that mirror federal OSHA.
OSHA VPP recognizes and promotes effective workplace safety and health
management. To earn VPP status, companies must have a high degree of
management support and employee involvement; high-quality worksite hazard
analysis, prevention and control programs; and comprehensive safety and
health training for all employees. Each of these elements must be in
operation for at least one year before a company can apply to join the VPP.
Government safety and health experts also conduct rigorous on-site
evaluations and audits of proposed VPP sites.
"This is like winning the Super Bowl of safety," says Mark Lasswell,
CH2M HILL OMI president. "The 'Zia Star' designation reflects the
excellence of our companywide practices to ensure safety is our priority
consideration as we plan and execute all work activities for and with our
municipal and industrial clients."
Since 2002, more than 60 CH2M HILL OMI technical experts have operated
and maintained the city of Rio Rancho's water and wastewater system, which
includes 22 wells, 13 reservoirs, six wastewater treatment plants and a
water treatment plant. New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau
officials will present a VPP flag and plaque to the team at a ceremony to
be held later this summer.
In addition to the "Zia Star" Voluntary Protection Program designation,
CH2M HILL OMI-operated sites have earned six other safety awards around the
country so far this year:
-- The wastewater treatment facility in West Liberty, Iowa, received the
National Safety Council Perfect Record Award. In order to be
considered, a company has to complete a minimum of 12 consecutive
months without an injury.
-- The Dodge City, Kan., wastewater treatment facility received the Kansas
Water Environment Association's Class C Plant Safety Award for the
eighth consecutive year. Plants receive this award for their documented
safety program and the plant's safety record without a "loss of time"
accident. CH2M HILL OMI in Dodge City has gone more than 7,000 days
without a lost-time accident.
-- The wastewater treatment facility in Key West, Fla., received the
Florida Water Environment Association's Top 10 Facility Safety Award.
Facilities win this award for their outstanding safety programs and
commitment to both public and worker safety.
-- The Crestview, Fla., wastewater treatment facility won the Florida
Water & Pollution Control Operators Association's Top 10 Facility
Safety Award. For consideration, a facility must have both outstanding
safety programs and commitment to public and worker safety.
-- The wastewater treatment facility in Fayetteville, Ark., was granted
the Arkansas Water Environment Association's Safety Award for cities
with populations over 20,000. Facilities that win this award must
display outstanding performance and professionalism.
-- The wastewater treatment facility in DeFuniak Springs, Fla., received
the Florida Water Environment Association's Safety Award for facilities
with exceptional safety programs.
Clients in government and industry rely on the people of CH2M HILL OMI
to provide a range of custom-tailored operations and maintenance solutions.
The company's services include water and wastewater system optimization;
contract O&M of water, wastewater and other utilities; and complete
municipal operations, including administration, public works and community
development -- all backed by a commitment to safety, quality, innovation
and customer service. Founded by CH2M HILL in 1980, the Denver-based
company serves clients in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada and Puerto Rico.
For more information, visit http://www.omi.ch2mhill.com.
Employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global firm providing engineering,
construction, operations and related technical services to public and
private clients. CH2M HILL has more than 19,000 employees around the world.
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