OSHA Seeks input on VPP Modernization Project
This past week, OSHA announced a request for public input on how it can modernize, improve, and expand its Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). Since 1982 OSHA’s VPP has recognized workplaces that practice praiseworthy safety and health management. Applicants must complete an arduous onsite assessment before being accepted into the program. Once in the program though, they are exempt from planned OSHA inspections. The establishment of VPP has been revolutionary as it is one of the first programs to employ a management system structure emphasizing management leadership, worker participation, hazard identification and training. Due to the success of the program, OSHA resources are stretched making it difficult to ensure the quality of applicants’ safety and health management systems.
OSHA is seeking input to help modernize and enhance its VPP while continuing to promote the use of workplace safety and health management systems. Specifically, the VPP Modernization Project is seeking input on:
- Aligning VPP more closely with current occupational safety and health management practices and system standards.
- How the program can contribute to expanding the use and effectiveness of safety and health management systems.
- Whether and how resources and tools such as special government employees, consensus standards, third-party auditors and other methods could serve to expand the program’s capacity without compromising its effectiveness and oversight.
- Whether certain kinds of hazards need special attention in the VPP certification process.
Comments are due April 14. Learn more HERE.