Waste Management of Orange County receives safety certification
Waste Management of Orange County’s (WMOC)
Sunset Environmental Transfer Station has achieved Star Certification
as part of the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), the highest
safety achievement offered by Cal/OSHA.
WMOC’s Sunset Environmental Transfer Station is the first transfer
station in the United States to be recognized as a Cal/VPP Star
site, and only the second facility in the municipal solid waste
industry to achieve this certification, joining Waste Management’s
VPP Star Certified hauling district in Carlsbad, California.
Cal/OSHA estimates that there are 76 Star Certified sites in
California and approximately 2,000 Star sites (as designated
by Federal/OSHA) in the United States.
WMOC’s Sunset Environmental Transfer Station has 40 employees
who perform various jobs including collection drivers, maintenance
technicians, equipment operators and recycling processing line
sorters, in addition to office personnel.
The Star Certification is the result of a voluntary invitation
for site visits and consultation by the state’s work safety division,
culminating in a multi-day audit in April. WMOC first applied
for consideration for VPP in July of 2009 and spent the time
between the application submission and the Cal/OSHA official
VPP review conducting site improvements, safety program reviews
and encouraging employee participation to meet the goals of the