IR #2008-09
February 25, 2008

Kate McGuire
(415) 703-5055

Cal/OSHA Presents Voluntary Protection Program STAR Flag to
Richlynn Contracting Co., Inc. in Ceremonies in Benicia

Benicia, CA—The Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Occupational Safety & Health (DIR/DOSH) today awarded the coveted Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) STAR Flag to Richlynn Contracting Co., Inc., a general engineering and building contractor, in ceremonies at the Valero Refinery site in Benicia.

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

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 Cal/OSHA minimum 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 more than 60 VPP sites in California flying the STAR flag.

Richlynn, which was founded in 1991 by its president, Richard Lopez, performs mechanical, civil, structural, rigging, pipe fabrication and general tenant improvements as a contractor at the Valero Benicia Refinery, which is already a VPP site. In addition, staff from Valero Refinery acted as mentors in helping Richlynn in its bid to become a VPP site.

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 and provides consultation to employers. For more information about the Voluntary Protection Program and other topics, visit the DOSH web site at