ABC Virginia's New Partnership with VOSH
What is Virginia BUILT?
The Associated Builders and Contractors – Virginia Chapter (ABC-VA) and the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) program have entered into a strategic partnership to bring a groundbreaking recognition program to ABC-VA members. News Release
Virginia BUILT is designed to encourage and recognize ABC-VA members who voluntarily implement highly effective safety and health management systems to benefit construction workers and reduce or eliminate injuries, illnesses and fatalities on construction sites in Virginia.
Virginia BUILT’s unique approach to workplace safety and health incorporates a “mentorship” program as a key component. The Mentorship Tier is the introductory tier of participation in the partnership for those employers actively working with the ABC-VA Virginia BUILT Council (VBC) to improve their safety and health management systems to meet VOSH requirements, with the goal of becoming a Tier One participant. Safety and health experts from Tier Two and Tier Three participants serve as the mentors.
Another essential component of Virginia BUILT is the incorporation of the ABC STEP program (Safety Training Evaluation Process) as the gateway to participation in Virginia BUILT. Founded in 1989 as a safety benchmarking and improvement tool, STEP has evolved into a world-class safety management system that dramatically improves safety performance among participants regardless of company size or type of work. Participating ABC member firms measure their safety processes and policies on 24 key components resulting in recognition through progressive levels of achievement (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond).
Virginia Built Tiers
The introductory tier of participation in the partnership for those employers actively working with the ABC-VA Virginia BUILT Council (VBC) to improve their safety and health management systems, with the goal of becoming a Tier One participant. Mentorship Tier participants are actively working on developing and implementing an effective safety and health management system that meets current VOSH regulatory requirements.
The introductory tier of recognition in the partnership for those employers actively working with the ABC-VA Virginia BUILT Council (VBC) and VOSH to improve their safety and health management systems. Tier One participants have developed and implemented an effective safety and health management system that meets current VOSH regulatory requirements.
The intermediate tier of recognition in the partnership for those employers that demonstrate outstanding safety and health performance and have built an established safety and health management system that exceeds current VOSH regulatory requirements. Tier Two participants actively mentor other contractors and subcontractors.
The highest achievement tier in the Virginia BUILT program for participants having an exceptional safety and health management system that serves as a model for other construction employers. Tier Three participants actively mentor other contractors and subcontractors.
The Benefits of Virginia BUILT
Benefits are provided commensurate with the level of participation in Virginia BUILT. Participants that achieve Tier Three recognition will receive an exemption from planned construction inspections from the VOSH Program, which allows VOSH to focus its limited compliance resources on high injury and illness rate employers.
Construction contractors that participate in Virginia BUILT will substantially improve safety and health protections for Virginia workers through cooperative efforts to reduce injuries, illnesses and fatal accidents. Virginia BUILT participants will implement safety and health management systems which have consistently demonstrated decreased bottom line costs associated with dramatically reduced injury and illness rates and improved productivity and employee morale and retention. Reducing private sector employer costs associated with injuries, illnesses and fatal accidents enhances a company’s economic viability and competitiveness, and increases available capital for reinvestment, expansion and new hiring.
Costs avoided include workers’ compensation charges, insurance premium increases, property damage, production downtime, employee replacement and retraining, and litigation expenses.
Questions? Contact the Virginia Built Council
Patrick Dean, ABC Virginia Chapter
Mike Saunders, Balfour Beatty Construction
Frank Trujillo, Miller and Long
Brian Rizzo, Hourigan
Elizabeth Barnette, Damuth Trane
Anthony Bowers, ColonialWebb
Dave Thompson, Henderson, Inc.