The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) is the largest Naval shore facility in the Pacific Northwest. The Shipyard's capabilities include alteration, overhaul and repair, construction, and drydocking of all types of naval vessels. In January 2006, it became the third naval shipyard to achieve OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Star recognition, joining Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in New Hampshire and Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia.
When PSNS began the VPP process in 1995, their Total Case Incidence Rate (TCIR) was 22.8. Through the implementation and maturation of VPP tenets, the site has demonstrated drastic reductions in those rates. In 2007, their TCIR was reduced to 5.6 – a reduction of 75 percent since initiating the VPP process. Their 2007 rate is also 47 percent below the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) national average for the ship building and repair industry. The table below presents PSNS' TCIR over the past decade and the steady reduction once becoming involved with OSHA's VPP.
|2006 BLS Average||10.7|
PSNS determined that employee involvement was a key component for driving success. They worked hard to increase safety awareness among all employees and empowered the work force to accept responsibility for their own personal safety and the safety of their co-workers. Examples of how they accomplished this include:
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