Blach Achieves Cal/OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Status

Santa Clara, Calif. – (October 21, 2014) Blach Construction was recently accepted into the Voluntary Protection Program by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the U.S. Department of Labor. 

The Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) recognizes companies, employees and project sites that have effectively implemented safety and health management systems while maintaining injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages. Acceptance into this program is very low and companies that achieve this “status” are considered leaders in their respective industries.

Blach Construction is one of 15 general contractors in California to be recognized by the Voluntary Protection Program. To apply, companies must submit an application to OSHA, undergo a rigorous on-site evaluation by a team of safety professionals and garner Union support.

“I am extremely proud of Blach’s acceptance into the VPP and its position as a safety leader in the building industry,” commented Director of Environmental Health & Safety Mike Holland. “This achievement has demonstrated publicly that Blach’s commitment to safety is not only a priority, but part of its overall culture.”

To celebrate its VPP status, Blach Construction recently hosted a BBQ at San Jose State University’s new health center jobsite, located in downtown San Jose. The event was attended by more than 150 people, including representatives from the Associated General Contractors of California (AGC), OSHA, local unions, major subcontractors and guests. In addition to celebrating the company’s recent VPP status, the new health center project was also recognized as a VPP-designated jobsite. For more information about this project, click here.

Blach Construction Company ( builds structures of enduring quality and value throughout Northern and Central California. The company’s experience encompasses a broad cross-section of commercial, industrial and institutional building types, including education, healthcare, technology, life sciences, professional services and civic/community facilities. Blach is also a recognized leader in sustainable design and construction. The company is based in the Silicon Valley, with a full-service regional office located in Monterey.           

Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2014