Safety - Voluntary Protection Program (VPP)
What makes Jasper Engines & Transmissions unique?
At Jasper Engines and Transmissions, our first, and most important core philosophy is Safety. Without creating and supporting a safe working environment in all areas of our company, JASPER would not be able to achieve our goals and maintain our core principles by which we operate.
One of primary ways JASPER promotes safety is through our participation in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program, or VPP. The VPP promotes effective worksite-based safety and health on a voluntary rather than mandated basis. The fact that it is voluntary shows our company’s commitment to assuring the safest work environment for our Associate-Owners. Approval into VPP is OSHA’s official recognition of the outstanding efforts of employers and employees who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health.
VPP has two levels employers can reach, Merit and Star, with Star being the highest level. Two of JASPER’s primary manufacturing locations (Wernsing Road in Jasper and Crawford County) have achieved the Star status! Only 80 employers in the entire state of Indiana are VPP Star Level facilities and we have two of them! We will be applying for VPP status for our Power Drive facility in Jasper now that it has met the requirement of being in operation for one year.
While achieving this status is great…it’s what we take from the experience that’s much more valuable. It is because of our high level of Management Commitment and Associate Involvement that we’ve created a work environment worthy of reaching and maintaining VPP Star Status! However, the journey to safety is never-ending. JASPER will continue to strive toward the ultimate goal of zero injuries or incidents.
“Management commitment and Associate involvement are the two pillars we build off of to have a successful safety management program. With these two foundational principles in place, JASPER can meet our goals and provide all Associates a safe and healthy place of employment.”
Jasper Engines Safety Director