What is VPP?

The Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), adopted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on July 2, 1982, recognize and partner with businesses and worksites that show excellence in occupational safety and health. Based on cooperative action among government, industry and labor, VPP addresses worker safety and health issues and expands worker protection. Sites are committed to effective employee protection beyond the requirements of OSHA standards. Requirements for VPP participants are based on comprehensive management systems with active employee involvement to prevent and control the potential safety and health hazards of the site. Companies that qualify, view OSHA standards as a minimum level of safety and health performance and set their own more stringent standards, where necessary, for effective employee protection. VPP participants develop and implement systems to effectively identify, evaluate, prevent and control occupational hazards to prevent employee injuries and illnesses. As a result, the average VPP worksite has a lost workday incidence rate at least 60 percent below industry average

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