IR #07-53
November 1, 2007

Kate McGuire
(415) 703-5050

Cal/OSHA honors BlueLinx with coveted STAR award for innovative workplace safety practices

La Puente, CA —The Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Occupational Safety & Health (DIR/DOSH) today is awarding the coveted Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) STAR Flag to BlueLinx Corporation, the leading building products distribution company, in ceremonies at its facility located in La Puente.

“We’re very impressed by the dedication and commitment of BlueLinx management and employees to safety and health in the workplace,” said Len Welsh, chief of the California Division of Occupational Safety & Health, which administers the Cal/OSHA program. “They are an example to follow among California’s more than 1.1 million employers and deserve this designation for their hard work.”

The Cal/VPP STAR program 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 54 VPP sites in California flying the STAR flag.

“We are proud to earn STAR status under Cal/OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program and would like everyone to know how committed we are to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace,” said Greg Gablenz, branch manager.

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 and 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 DOSH web site at