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By: Mary Ann Haberman
January 25, 2018
NAES, the largest third-party operator of power plants in the United States, proudly operates 14 VPP sites across the country. NAES-operated facilities that have achieved VPP recognition are the best of the best, seeking safety and health excellence by implementing additional measures that go above and beyond the minimum requirements set forth by OSHA. These facilities are the safest, the most innovative, and employ the most passionate ambassadors for the safety programs across the NAES fleet of facilities. Excellence in safety and health at these sites is achieved through the education and training programs, advocating for innovative improvements in the safety management systems at the sites, and through the collaborative efforts of participants.
Each facility pursuing VPP was given a specific objective and a lot of flexibility, so each team came up with solutions to problems that resulted from discovering their own path to VPP. This freedom helped the teams to build momentum and sustain confidence as the date of the VPP onsite evaluation approached. This evolution of safety continued to increase as each team member sincerely believed in what they were doing, and had the management commitment and support to complete their objectives.
Brooklyn Navy Yard Cogeneration Plant is a 286-megawatt combined cycle cogeneration power plant located in Brooklyn, New York. The plant includes two separate power blocks and is operated on natural gas as the primary fuel and low sulfur distillate oil as the backup fuel. Power is supplied to Con Edison and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Committee (BNYDC). In addition, steam is supplied to Con Edison, BNYDC, and the Red Hook Water Treatment Plant.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard facility continues to operate with a Special Government Employee (SGE) on-site and strives towards continuous improvements. In effort to achieve VPP in the future, Brooklyn Navy Yard continues making improvements to their safety program. Improving the facility's current safety and health management system remains the goal of the employees and management team.
Logan Generating Plant, located on the Delaware River in Logan Township, New Jersey, is a 225-megawatt cogeneration facility fueled by pulverized coal. The plant provides 203 megawatts of electricity, enough for approximately 203,000 homes, to Atlantic City Electric. It also supplies steam to a nearby Ferro Corp. facility.
On November 17, the Logan Generating team received notification that the facility would continue as an OSHA VPP Star facility. The VPP recertification process was driven by a plant-wide "VPP Team" comprised of a diverse group of team members that included management, maintenance, operations, and office personnel. This dedicated team worked together to maintain top notch programs. The hard work, dedication, and most of all the TEAMWORK required to maintain VPP Star status in this Premier Partnership Program is no small feat and was clearly demonstrated by every member of the Logan team.
VPP is all about above and beyond, and the Logan Generating Team remains fully engaged. It's not just about flying the flag – it has given the team a vision, a goal, and the means for attacking and achieving the goals. This was the ultimate team building exercise for Logan employees, being focused on one objective during a time of restructuring, and doing more with less as so many companies are. It was truly an evolution of safety for the Logan Generating Facility, and the journey is not over. Logan Generating will continually improve the safety and health management system since they all truly believe that the safety program must improve, each and every day.
Carneys Point Generating Plant, located on the grounds of the DuPont Chambers Works facility in Carneys Point Township, New Jersey, is a 245-megawatt cogeneration facility fueled by pulverized coal. The facility provides up to 188 megawatts of reliable, economical electricity, enough for approximately 188,000 homes, to Atlantic City Electric, plus additional electricity to DuPont. Carneys Point also supplies the Chambers Works complex with all of its process steam.
Carneys Point staff was notified on December 19th, 2017 that the facility officially received VPP Star status. When the facility first started the process of applying to VPP nearly 6 years ago, their goal was to be recognized as a VPP participant and to fly the VPP Star flag, but what actually happened was an evolution of the safety programs. VPP sparked a process of improvement that turned into the ultimate team building exercise. “This is a significant achievement for the facility and should be something that every member of the Carneys Point team can be proud of.” said Mike Salvador, General Manager of Carney’s Point and Logan Generating (also a VPP Star facility). “…The OSHA VPP Star Program is not easily achieved, it intentionally requires those who pursue it to dedicate a considerable amount of time and effort to accomplish and then maintain safety programs that are effective, but more importantly that they are inclusive and in an atmosphere where employee involvement is paramount to a successful program.”
The VPP application process first began by organizing a plant-wide "VPP team" comprised of a diverse group of team members that included management, maintenance, operations, and office personnel. Everyone involved believed in the cause, and it became part of who they are, so when the OSHA onsite evaluation team suggested that the facility's hand rails were not sufficient to protect employees from a fall, the entire team rallied together to build and install new handrails in just hours. During the closing conference, the evaluation team detailed the superior performance demonstrated by the Carney’s Point Team, and specifically mentioned numerous Best Practices developed and implemented by the staff of the facility.
Brooklyn Navy Yard, Logan Generating, and Carney’s Point lead the NAES fleet in our commitment to never losing focus on continuous improvement opportunities.