Curtis Lumber - Taking the headache out of Home Improvement

The Safe Way
is the Curtis Way
for all of our Employees,
Customers and Vendors.

Doing business for over 100 years makes you realize something, it's important to meet tight deadlines and service customers, but if people get hurt doing it or product gets damaged - we're working against ourselves. Because of this, Curtis Lumber has focused on safety and developed one of the nation's leading safety programs. Our goal is to handle material safely & properly in order to reduce costs, protect people, and deliver the product in the condition we receive it from the manufacturer. By doing this, we keep our overhead down and prices competitive for you.

Curtis Lumber is proud to be partnered with OSHA & VOSHA. Our programs insure a safe work environment for our employees as well as a safe place for our customers to shop. Curtis Lumber is the smallest VPP company in the Nation. All twenty-two of our locations are currently involved in the Voluntary Protection Program. (VPP) We also have 8 VPP Star Sites and 4 New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) sites.

Current VPP Sites:
Ballston Spa, Schuylerville, Delmar, Hoosick, Granville, Queensbury, Warrensburg, Fort Plain and Burlington

What is VPP?
The Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) promotes effective worksite-based safety and health. In VPP, management, labor, and OSHA establish cooperative relationships at workplaces that have implemented a comprehensive safety and health management system. Approval into VPP is OSHA's official recognition of the outstanding efforts of employers and employees who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health.

What is the Authority for VPP?
The legislative underpinning for VPP is Section (2) (b) (1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, which declares the Congress's Intent "to assure as far as possible, every working man and woman in the Nation safe and healthful working conditions and to preserve our human resources - (1) by encouraging employers and employees in their efforts to reduce the number of occupational safety and health hazards at their place of employment, and to stimulate employers and employees to institute new and to perfect existing programs for providing safe and healthful working conditions."

How Does VPP Work?
In practice, VPP sets performance-based criteria for a managed safety and health system, invites sites to apply, and then assesses applications against these criteria. OSHA's verification includes an application review and a rigorous onsite evaluation by a team of OSHA safety and health experts. Sites that make the grade must submit annual self-evaluation and undergo periodic onsite re-evaluations to remain in the programs.

How Has VPP Improved Worker Safety and Health?
Statistical evidence for VPP's success is impressive. The average VPP worksite has a lost workday incident rate of 52% below the average for its industry. These sites typically do not start out with such low rates. Reductions in injuries and illnesses begin when the site commits to the VPP approach to safety and health management and the challenging VPP application process.

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