IR #07-50
October 10, 2007

Kate McGuire
(415) 703-5050

Cal/OSHA recognizes Waste Management Carlsbad for its exemplary workplace safety program

Carlsbad, CA – The Department of Industrial Relations' Division of Occupational Safety & Health (DIR/DOSH) is awarding the coveted Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) STAR Flag to Waste Management Carlsbad in ceremonies beginning at 10:30 a.m. today.

"We're very impressed by the vision and commitment to safety and health in the workplace by Waste Management Carlsbad management and employees alike," said DIR Director John Duncan. "They are an example to follow among California's more than 1.1 million employers and deserve this designation for their achievement."

The California Voluntary Protection Program STAR is designed to recognize employers and their employees who have implemented safety and health programs that effectively prevent and control occupational hazards. These programs go beyond minimal Cal/OSHA standards and provide the best feasible protection at the site. Cal/VPP STAR establishments are considered to be leaders in the field of workplace safety and health. There are currently 59 VPP sites in California flying the STAR flag, four of which have been added this month.

"We are very proud of this award and are keenly aware that we have joined an elite group of companies who truly honor safety and health in the workplace," said Ken Ryan, Waste Management Carlsbad District Manager. "It took a lot of hard work and dedication and I'd like to say thank you to every member of the Waste Management Carlsbad team who helped to make it happen."

Candidates for the Cal/VPP STAR program are required to complete a rigorous health and safety process. There are five key elements required to achieve induction into the program including management commitment, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, health and safety training, and continual improvement. Applicants must submit documents to support the implementation of the five Cal/VPP elements along with the last three years' average Injury & Illness Rates and Loss Work Day Incident rates.

DIR/DOSH protects workers and the public from safety hazards through its Cal/OSHA, elevator, amusement ride, aerial tramway, ski lift and pressure vessel programs, and provides consultative assistance to employers. For more information about the Voluntary Protection Program and other topics, visit the Cal/OSHA web site at