OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) recognizes organizations who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintained injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries. The program involves proactive cooperation between management, labor, and OSHA to prevent fatalities, injuries, and illnesses through a system focused on hazard assessment and control, training, and commitment to safety throughout all levels of an organization.
Participation in the VPP requires that employers submit an application to OSHA and undergo a rigorous onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. Union support is required for applicants represented by a bargaining unit. VPP participants are re-evaluated every three to five years to remain in the programs. VPP participants are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status.
For more information, see OSHA’s VPP Web Site.
Since 2010, Certified Environmental Management has been recognized as a VPP Star worksite. Our participation in this program not only demonstrates our own commitment to health and safety, but also gives us first hand experience in attaining and maintaining VPP Star status.
CEM can help you in any stage of your VPP participation, from the initial application to re-evaluations.