Southwire’s Villa Rica Plant Recertified as a VPP Star Site

Southwire’s Villa Rica Plant

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has recertified Southwire’s Villa Rica Plant, Ga., factory as a Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Star site. 

OSHA’s VPP recognizes businesses and employees in the private sector and government agencies that have adopted effective safety and health management systems and have accident and illness rates that are lower than the national norms for their particular industries. 

“We are very proud of the Villa Rica team’s accomplishment in achieving this VPP recertification,” said plant manager Jeff Kilgore. “It demonstrates the team’s commitment to our safety objectives and continuous improvement expectations.” 

With this recertification, Southwire’s Villa Rica Plant has demonstrated excellent accomplishment in the prevention and control of occupational safety and health hazards, as well as the development, implementation, and ongoing improvement of its safety and health management system. 

Southwire’s Villa Rica Plant

“Our team members helped the OSHA auditor understand our manufacturing processes and determine what we could do to reduce our ergonomic risk in our Cabling Department,” said Aaron Tomko, environmental, health, and safety (EHS) specialist. “On the final day of the audit, the OSHA auditors commented on the culture that team members created and drove.” 

The recertification process consists of reviewing four major components of the program: worker involvement, hazard prevention and control, worksite analysis and training, and management commitment. 

“This recertification demonstrates the efforts made by team members in our facility,” said Tomko.”They take responsibility for not only their own safety but also the safety of their coworkers.” We got the highest achievement level in the program, which speaks volumes about the culture that our Villa Rica team members developed and continue to drive.”