The OSHA Challenge Pilot Program
Administrators’ February 2006 Meeting was held in
Washington, D.C. at the Department of Labor on February 8,
2006. Highlights of the meeting included Administrator and
OSHA updates, a Participant presentation, and the awarding
of OSHA Challenge Completion Letter to REPCON, Inc., the
fourth graduate of the pilot program. Also, OSHA Challenge
Stage I Completion Letter was awarded to Brandenburg
Industrial Service Company.
Former Acting Assistant Secretary Jonathan L. Snare presents participant
REPCON, Inc.’s OSHA Challenge graduation letter to R.E. Parker, President,
REPCON, Inc. (L) and Mike Blundell, VP of Safety, Health & Personnel, REPCON,
Inc. (R). [Administrator: Associated Builders and Contractors]
OSHA Challenge was launched in May 2004, and provides
participants who are interested in pursuing VPP a roadmap to
improve safety and health performance. Challenge consists of
two tracks—Construction and General Industry—and three
stages. At each stage, certain actions, outcomes and
documentation are required that meet VPP criteria. Once a
site has progressed through the stages, Participants should
be ready to apply for VPP.
Former Acting Assistant Secretary Jonathan L. Snare (R) presents participant
Brandenburg Industrial Service Company’s Stage I completion letter to Andrew
Youpel, Safety and Health Manager, Brandenburg Industrial Service Company.
[Administrator: Construction Safety Council]
Former Acting Assistant Secretary Jonathan L. Snare speaks to the OSHA
Challenge Administrators as Director of Office of Partnerships and Recognition
Cathy Oliver listens.
Attendees of February 2006 OSHA Challenge Administrators’ Meeting.
L to R: Front: John Masarick (Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc.); Susan White (Ohio Valley
Construction Education Foundation); Susan Herbert (Defense Logistics Agency);
Former Acting Assistant Secretary Jonathan L. Snare; Mary Stewart (Voluntary Protection Programs Participants
Association); Michelle Myers (Associated General Contractors); Cathy Oliver (Director, Office of
Partnerships and Recognition); and Christian Wojnar (Program Analyst, Office of Partnerships and
L to R: Back: Andrew Youpel (Brandenburg Industrial Services Company); Jim Boom (Safety and Health
Specialist, Office of Partnerships and Recognition); Tom Broderick (Construction Safety Council);
R.E. Parker (REPCON, Inc.); Mike Blundell (REPCON, Inc.); Joe Visgaitis (Associated Builders and
Contractors); Carla Slaughter (Safety and Health Specialist, Office of Partnerships and
Recognition); and Bob Brant (United States Postal Service).