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OSHA’s VPP Benefits Employers and Workers

Monday, July 6, 2009
OSHA’s VPP Benefits Employers and Workers

OSHA’s VPP Benefits Employers and WorkersIf you want to excel professionally, lead your industry in the health and safety field, and have a strong positive impact on your company’s bottom line, you should consider being part of the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). VPPs promote effective worksite-based safety and health. In the VPP, management, labor, and OSHA establish cooperative relationships at workplaces that have implemented a comprehensive safety and health management system. Acceptance into the VPP is OSHA’s official recognition of the outstanding efforts of employers and employees who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health.

How Does VPP Work?

In practice, VPP sets performance-based criteria for a managed safety and health system, invites sites to apply, and then assesses applicants against these criteria. OSHA’s verification process includes an application review and a rigorous onsite evaluation by a team of OSHA safety and health experts. Sites that make the grade must submit annual self-evaluations and undergo periodic onsite reevaluations to remain in the program.

How has VPP improved worker safety and health?

Statistical evidence for VPP’s success is impressive. The average VPP worksite has a lost workday incidence rate 52 percent below the average for its industry. These sites typically do not start out with such low rates. Reductions in injuries and illnesses begin when the site commits to the VPP approach to safety and health management and the challenging VPP application process.

How does VPP benefit employers?

Fewer injuries and illnesses mean greater profits as workers’ compensation premiums and other costs plummet. Entire industries benefit as VPP sites evolve into models of excellence and influence practices industry wide.

The benefits far outweigh the costs.

OSHA’s VPP Benefits Employers and Workers1Source Safety and Health has helped a wide range of companies in a variety of industries improve their safety and health management systems and performance. 1Source Safety and Health’s team of professionals, including nine Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH), two Certified Safety Professionals (CSP), two Certified Professional Environmental Auditors (CPEA), and one Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE), have performed hundreds of safety and health audits.

Becoming a participant in the VPP typically starts with a “gap analysis.” The gap analysis helps to identify and prioritize your company’s needs. A skilled team then helps build and implement a program and process that will lead to OSHA VPP participation.

Some results of achieving OSHA VPP participant status include

  • Keeping workplace injury and illness rates below the industry average for over 20 years in a row (ALSTOM Power)
  • Combined improved quality, safety, and productivity records over a 7-year period (Potlatch Consumer Products Division)
  • Fifty-percent reduction in workers’ compensation costs over a 4-year period and customer recognition for commitment to safety and health (Curtis Lumber)

If you have questions or would like more information on how your company can participate and benefit from this program, please contact Colin J. Brigham, CIH, CSP, CPE, CPEA, Vice President Safety Management and Ergonomics at 610.524.5525, ext. 24, or email.



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