Sharing a Gold Star Performance
|(left to right) Linda Dolbeck, John Anderson, Donna Sharrow, Chris Mallon, Ted Stanfield, Norman Blais and Joe Whalen hoist the VPP flag outside International Paper’s Ticonderoga Mill, NY.|
Today, a star flies proudly in front of International Paper’s Ticonderoga mill, a symbol of an entire constellation of individuals and diverse interests who worked together to achieve the nation’s highest recognition for safety. A rigorous audit proved Ticonderoga’s employees are taking extraordinary actions to exceed federal safety standards at the mill.
The entire community benefits.
More than 70 employees earned certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of automated external defibrillators. Employees are also now serving their community on state and federal Emergency Response (HAZMAT) and Medical Response teams.
Other Ticonderoga employees have been selected to share their experience and expertise with other companies in New York. The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration, in awarding the Voluntary Protection Program’s star to Ticonderoga, noted the mill is an example for other industrial facilities.
Safety requires a sustained effort. At International Paper it is also a shared effort.