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Sundyne Arvada celebrates OSHA worksite certification

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Sundyne Arvada, manufacturer of centrifugal pumps and compressors for use in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries, has celebrated the successful recertification of its Star status for OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).

Meghan Meger, an OSHA representative, presented the award to Shawn Olson, GM of Sundyne Arvada, during a ceremony attended by Sundyne employees and Arvada Mayor Marc Williams.

The VPP award

VPP is OSHA's premier recognition programme for worksites that do an excellent job of protecting their employees. VPP certification recognises that Sundyne voluntarily goes above and beyond its legal obligations to protect workers' safety and health, as demonstrated via low injury rates and the facilitation of a continuous improvement culture within the company.

Attaining the certificate

In 2010, Sundyne submitted an extensive written application addressing the major elements of the programme. That same year, OSHA evaluated Sundyne, sending a team of safety and health experts to conduct an extensive onsite review.

The team verified that the Sundyne safety and health management system was operating effectively and that it met VPP requirements for a Star site.

OSHA's Meghan Meger, right, presents the VPP Star award to Shawn Olson, center, while Sundyne President Jeff Wiemelt, left, looks on.

Retaining the certification

Retaining VPP is difficult: OSHA conducts reapproval evaluations at Star sites on a regular basis.

In 2013, Sundyne successfully went through a recertification of Star status. Sundyne has maintained VPP's high standards and is proud of its employees' grassroots programme and commitment to health and safety.

"One of our core values is employee well being," stated Sundyne President Jeff Wiemelt during the award ceremony. "A strong safety culture, as recognised by VPP Star, is essential to living that value."

Sundyne has become a critical partner in OSHA's mission to protect American workers. Sundyne voluntarily shares expertise and experience with OSHA, as well as with other communities and businesses via outreach activities. This year, Sundyne presented on VPP best practices at the Region VIII VPPPA Conference in Denver and at the Wyoming Workforce Summit. Sundyne is also scheduled to present in August at the National VPPPA Conference in Maryland.


The Sundyne product portfolio features innovative high-speed integrally geared, multistage and sealless pump and compressor technologies that meet API and ISO standards. With a global channel consisting of more than 300 sales and service locations, and a manufacturing network that employs over 850 people across five facilities, Sundyne provides high quality engineered fluid handling solutions to customers around the world.

Edited from source by Elizabeth Corner

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