City of Goodyear

The city of Goodyear has been honored for its workplace safety efforts by Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

The city’s public works and parks and recreation departments were recognized by the state organization. 

It designated Goodyear as a “star” site in its voluntary protection programs. VPP is the highest level of recognition a workplace can obtain for safety and health excellence, and the “star” status is top award.

No other city in Arizona currently has this certification.

“We pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service to our community, and in order to do that we need healthy, safe employees. We want our employees to go home in the same, or even better, condition than they came to work in,” Goodyear City Manager Julie Karins said.

The city has been focused on its wellness and safety program for a decade, according to Lyman Locket, Goodyear’s human resources director. 

“This effort emphasizes the ‘whole employee’ philosophy as a central component of our organizational culture,” Locket said.

“Achieving this prestigious status confirms that we’re on the right track.” 

To arrive at the designation, Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health administration closely evaluated the city’s health and safety practices. The evaluation consisted of observation, a thorough documentation review, formal and informal interviews with city leadership and staff, and in-depth site inspections.

The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health was impressed by the city’s comprehensive wellness and safety protocols, which include regularly scheduled mandatory safety meetings, hands-on safety training, contests and surveys focused on safety, job hazard analysis and standard operating procedures, citywide and department-level safety committees, and its holistic approach to employee and culture strategy. The city was also praised for its COVID-19 response.

“There’s a reason the city of Goodyear won an award at the industrial commission’s Annual Workplace Safety Recognition Day,” ADOSH Director Jessie Atencio said. 

“The city has repeatedly demonstrated that they take the health and wellbeing of their employees seriously and their methods should be viewed as best practices among other municipalities. The city of Goodyear’s VPP Star Site status is well deserved.”