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OSHA VPP (Voluntary Protection Program) Consulting

Do you want to excel professionally, to be a leader in your industry in the safety and health field, to have a strong positive impact on your company's bottom line? 1Source can help you achieve these goals by helping you through the entire process of becoming an OSHA VPP participant. Participation is increasing every year because:

  • It is a proven, effective management system
  • OSHA is looking to increase the number of participants
  • The benefits (some shown below) far outweigh the costs

"We used the services of Colin Brigham from 1Source Safety and Health, Inc. to perform an OSHA VPP Gap Analysis. Their eyes and experience provided a valuable resource, helping us to identify and address the areas of need, greatly aiding our goal of achieving OSHA VPP Star status."
— Glenn H. Hutt, CSP, CHMM, Schering-Plough Corporation, Cleveland, Tennessee

What Is the Voluntary Protection Program?

OSHA VPP endorses effective health and safety practices within the workplace. The program builds official recognition for employers and workers who demonstrate their dedication to occupational health and safety. VPP carries a set of guidelines for industries and encourages business to apply for assessments.

Before receiving verification, onsite reviews and evaluations take place to ensure clients are up to date comparing to existing outlines of the program. In order to qualify for VPP, companies must display the following elements:

  1. Management leadership/employee involvement: A health and safety management system is in order. This includes policies and procedures geared to your site for employee safety.
  2. Worksite analysis: Documentation of worksite hazards is available upon request. A system is in place to analyze employee accidents, injuries, illnesses and related data.
  3. Hazard prevention/control: Effective employee protection systems are in place. This includes emergency plans, healthcare programs, hazard correction policies and more.
  4. Occupational safety and health training: Employees receive training around health, safety, hazards and leadership. Responsibilities are clear and documentation of training programs is available.

VPP is important to the health and safety of a workplace because the program aims to incorporate these factors into the work culture. VPP ensures that clients achieve excellence in protecting employees, making it clear how health and safety are often more important than factors such as worksite productivity and timeline.

By achieving VPP status, you and your team advertise an environment that extends beyond standard health and safety compliance.

Our OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Plan

1Source helps a wide range of company sizes in a wide variety of industries to improve their safety and health management systems and performance. Our team of professionals includes nine Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH), three Certified Safety Professionals (CSP), two Certified Professional Environmental Auditors (CPEA) and one Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE). We perform hundreds of safety and health audits. The process for becoming a participant frequently starts with performing an OSHA VPP Gap Analysis. This helps you to identify and prioritize needs. We then have the team with the tools to help build your program and implement a process that will lead to OSHA VPP participation. Our OSHA VPP consultants write policies and procedures, evaluate exposures, conduct training, help change cultures and assist in control design and installation.

What Are Some of the Results of Achieving OSHA VPP Participant Status?

  • Keeping workplace injury and illness rates below industry average for over 20 years in a row (ALSTOM Power)
  • Combined improved quality, safety and productivity records over a seven-year period (Potlatch Consumer Products Division)
  • A 50% reduction in workers' compensation costs over a four-year period and customer recognition for commitment to safety and health (Curtis Lumber)
  • Long-term health and safety improvements (educating workers on the best practices for their jobs)

Need more information, or a proposal? Please fill out an Information Request form or contact Colin J. Brigham, CIH, CSP, CPE, CPEA, CSPHP, Vice President Safety Management and Ergonomics at 610-524-5525, Ext. 24.

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