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Benefits of OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program

March 7, 2017
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If you don’t know about or fully understand the benefits of OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program, we encourage you to invest the time to learn more.  For a quick summary of the program including a brief history, program fundamentals, and benefits to employers, a logical first step would be to visit OSHA’s web page, All About VPP.  While the program represents “OSHA’s official recognition of the outstanding efforts of employers and employees who have achieved exemplary safety and health”, the systems based approach to achieving safety (the outcome of having successfully managed risk), presents a clear path for all employers and employees to follow. 

Once you have read this one page summary, it is time to visit OSHA’s VPP website.  “In VPP, management, labor, and OSHA work cooperatively and proactively to prevent fatalities, injuries, and illnesses through a system focused on: hazard prevention and control; worksite analysis; training; and management commitment and worker involvement.”  The web site will introduce you to specific program information, participant information, ways to participate, policy and guidance. While reviewing the website, be sure to read a few of the highlighted success stories.

Visiting these websites may generate more questions than answers as you begin to digest the information.  But that’s ok because to fully understand VPP and its benefits, you really need to see it in action, which brings us to the next logical step in the learning process. You can contact your local OSHA office to identify local VPP members.  Reach out to a few VPP companies.  They will be very happy to tell you about their experience, answer your questions, and will likely invite you to visit their facility. One of the VPP program’s fundamental principles is mentoring, providing guidance and assistance to those that are interested in achieving safety.

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