Veolia, Schenectady Receives Workplace Safety and Health Award
Press release courtesy of Veolia, Schenectady
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognized Veolia Schenectady this spring for its commitment to workplace safety and health by awarding the site with OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) certification. The fully permitted 10-day-in-transit facility, a containerized waste transportation and temporary storage site, is located in Schenectady, NY and operated by Veolia North America’s Environmental Solutions & Services (ESS) business.
“This certification highlights the importance and emphasis Veolia places on the health and safety of our employees, customers and the communities in which we operate,” said Bob Cappadona, Veolia North America President and COO, ESS. “Sites like Veolia Schenectady truly embody our ‘Goal Zero’ safety pledge to strive for zero work-related injuries and illnesses which is a foundational element of our safety culture.”
VPP recognizes employers and workers in the private industry and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems. These organizations also maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries.
Veolia Schenectady employs 17 local residents and operates as a transportation terminal that is permitted to hold containerized waste for a maximum of 10 days. Since the site’s inception eight years ago, the facility has served as a transfer point, consolidating small containerized waste volumes from local service vehicles to tractor trailers for long haul transportation. The material is then transported to waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities across the United States and Canada for responsible and sustainable waste management.
The Veolia Schenectady site joins nine other ESS VPP certified sites across the United States and Puerto Rico, including locations in California, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Texas and Washington.
Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With nearly 169,000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, to preserve available resources and to replenish them.
In 2017, the Veolia group supplied 96 million people with drinking water and 62 million people with wastewater service, produced nearly 55 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 47 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of €25.12 billion in 2017 (USD 30.1 billion). www.veolia.com