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Victoria Invista site recertified as OSHA Star site

By ALLISON MILES
Feb. 16, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Updated Feb. 15, 2012 at 8:16 p.m.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration on Thursday awarded Victoria's Invista site a Star status recertification within OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program. Pictured, from left, are Rick Martinez, VPP coordinator for OSHA's Corpus Christi area office, Michael Rivera, area director for OSHA's Corpus Christi area office, Steve Harvill, local site manager and Dave Dotson, Invista's senior vice president of operations.

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To learn more about the Occupational Health and Safety Administration's Voluntary Protection Program, visit http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/vpp.

The US Occupational Health and Safety Administration on Thursday recertified Victoria's Invista site with Star status under its Voluntary Protection Program.

Recognition was based on the site's performance regarding safety, health and operations.

Victoria was the first Invista site to earn star status - OSHA's highest designation - in 2007 and is the first to achieve recertification, said Dave Dotson, Invista's senior vice president of operations.

The review process is an in-depth procedure with more than 19 elements, said Michael Rivera, OSHA area director for the Corpus Christi office.

A team visits the site, where it speaks with employees, reviews practices, digs through information and points out an improvement or two, he said. Only 50 South Texas work sites have achieved Star recognition.

"As an agency and for me personally, it really is heartening to come to a site like Invista and to see folks who are not only compliant, but are actually going beyond compliance," he said to the approximately 150 people who gathered at Victoria Tower for the Thursday ceremony.

Local site manager Steve Harvill said the recognition was an honor, but added the recertification took work on everyone's part.

"All of that is really a measure of all the hard work Invista employees have done to improve safety year over year over year," he said. "One of our tenets is that we want people to go home just as safe as they came in early in the day."

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