Safety is a high priority at the Calgene Monsanto site, 1920 Fifth St. Recently, the site earned a coveted California Voluntary Protection Program Star awarded by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
Those who earn this designation are recognized for implementing outstanding safety and health programs that are effective at preventing and controlling occupational hazards. The focus is on programs that exceed minimum standards and provide the highest level of protection and precautions.
The Calgene site has continually improved its safety provisions to meet the highest standards, a news release said, collecting three Cal/VPP Stars since 2003.
“Numerous changes to our safety program, many driven by VPP, contributed to our overall improvement in our proactive safety culture and practices,” said Timothy Connor, site director for Calgene Monsanto. “Some of those changes include the adoption of operational procedures and electrical standards that reduce the possibility of fire hazards, improved emergency response procedures, and additional protocols which facilitate prevention of illness and recordable injuries.”