Timber Products in White City joins VPP safety program
Timber Products Spectrum Division (TP Spectrum) in White City, Oregon
today received 'VPP Merit Award' status from the Oregon OSHA Voluntary
Protection Program (VPP). The Voluntary
Protection Program is a national program that encourages employers
to voluntarily meet rigorous workplace safety and health management standards
to protect workers and reduce injuries.
"By achieving VPP status, Timber Products Spectrum Division has demonstrated
that they are among the 'best of the best' for workplace safety management,"
says Peter De Luca, administrator of Oregon OSHA. "This facility
had a lost-workday injury rate in 2002 that was 44 percent lower than
the state industry average for specialty laminators. That safety record
is accomplished because this mill makes a daily commitment to working
To achieve VPP status, a work site must have a three-year average injury
and illness rate that is at or below those of other employers within their
industry. The work site also undergoes an extensive Oregon OSHA review
of workplace conditions, safety records, employee safety and health programs,
regulatory compliance, which includes interviews with employees. Evaluators
review nineteen program elements including management commitment to safety,
employee participation, self-inspection, safety and health training, emergency
programs and drills, and preventative maintenance. Oregon OSHA's VPP companies
are removed from routine scheduled inspection lists for the duration of
their participation. Employees do not lose any rights under the program,
and Oregon OSHA still investigates accidents, formal complaints and chemical
Timber Products Spectrum Division employs over 50 people at the White
City facility, which manufactures wood laminate products used in furniture,
shelving, cabinets, stage sets and other applications. The company joined
the Oregon OSHA Safety
and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) in May 1999 before
becoming a VPP site in 2003
Timber Products Spectrum Division is one of seven VPP sites in Oregon.
The additional VPP sites in Oregon are Frito-Lay Beaverton, Kerr McGee
Chemical LLC in The Dalles, Georgia-Pacific Toledo pulp and paper mill,
Georgia-Pacific Philomath mill, Georgia-Pacific Coos Bay mill, and DPR
Construction's Lewis & Clark Campus Housing Project in Portland.
Oregon OSHA offers a variety of conferences, on-site training, educational
resources and consultation services to help Oregon employers create safer
workplaces and reduce the amount of productivity lost due to injuries
that occur at work. For more information about the VPP
or SHARP programs,
contact Mark Hurliman, Oregon OSHA VPP/SHARP program coordinator at 503-947-7437.
For more information about Timber Products Spectrum Division, contact
Mike Martin at 541-826-2246.