National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) member Cupertino Electric Inc. was honored with the Golden Gate Partnership Recognition from the state of California, given to companies who implement and maintain effective safety and health management systems.
Cupertino Electric, which is based in San Jose, California, received the recognition in December 2015.
It is the policy of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health to provide opportunities for entire industries and individual establishments to work as partners with labor and Cal/OSHA in implementing and maintaining high standards of workplace safety and health management.
The resulting partnerships offer several levels of recognition to qualified companies and their employees:
- Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and VPP Construction: The leadership recognition levels for companies that have highly effective safety and health management systems.
- Cal/SHARP: For high-hazard companies that are maintaining advanced safety and health management systems.
- Golden Gate: For high-hazard companies that are maintaining effective safety and health management systems.
Golden Gate recognition is site-specific. A company may be eligible to receive a letter of commendation from the Cal/OSHA Consultation Service if it requests and receives a Cal/OSHA Consultation on-site visit at one of its worksites and subsequently meets the qualifications for Golden Gate recognition.
Companies qualified for Golden Gate recognition do not receive any kind of exemption, except the traditional exemptions associated with actively working with the Cal/OSHA Consultation Service.
At Cupertino Electric, it’s said that safety is not a behavior, but a state of mind.
The company’s iterative approach, strong management commitment, ability to engage employees, use of technology, formal training program, and innovative focus has earned it national and industry recognition for its safety program. Cupertino Electric, established as a top electrical contractor in the nation, was named the 2012 ENR California “Specialty Contractor of the Year.”
For more information on Cupertino Electric, go to http://www.cei.com. For more information on the Golden Gate Partnership Program, go to https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/cal_vpp/gate.html.