OSHA to hold public meeting June 15 to discuss modernizing, improving, expanding its Voluntary Protection Programs

Original article published by OSHA

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold a stakeholder meeting on Thursday, June 15 in Washington, D.C., to discuss modernizing, improving and expanding the agency’s Voluntary Protection Programs.

VPP Logo. Voluntary Protection Programs - An OSHA Cooperative Program

Established in 1982, OSHA’s VPP recognizes workplaces that demonstrate best practices in safety and health management and serve as industry models. In the past 40 years, the program has attracted a variety of organizations in many industries.

The discussion will include comments and suggestions from the public on recommendations and potential avenues for action.

OSHA welcomes stakeholders’ assessment of the VPP’s performance and ideas on how to improve the program. The agency seeks input from stakeholders, regardless of whether they’ve had direct, indirect and no involvement with VPP facilities. OSHA is interested in various perspectives in stakeholders’ answers to questions, such as the following:

  • Are there leading indicators for measuring future performance of safety and health management systems?
  • How can OSHA encourage more employers to apply to VPP?
  • Aside from current customer experience surveys, how can OSHA solicit more frequent and timely feedback on the program?
  • Beyond the OSHA Challenge, how can the agency increase the use of effective safety and health management systems by companies not in the VPP?
  • How can OSHA improve the program’s quality or integrity?
  • Given OSHA’s limited resources, how can the agency grow VPP more efficiently?
  • In what ways, can safety and health consensus standards be used to create pathways for companies to participate in the VPP?

Read the full list of OSHA’s questions.

The meeting will be held June 15 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT. The public may attend the meeting in person in the Frances Perkins Building, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210. Register to attend in person or virtually at VPP Stakeholder Meeting Registration by June 1. Attendees can choose from several levels of participation in the discussion. Online participation will be in listen-only mode and question and comment opportunities will not be available.

Learn more about OSHA and the Voluntary Protection Programs.


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US Department of Labor seeking public comments on modernizing program that recognizes employers committed to best safety, health practices

Original article published by OSHA

OSHA’s successful Voluntary Protection Program helps provide safe workplaces

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced that its Occupational Safety and Health Administration is inviting the public and workplace safety stakeholders to share their comments on how the agency can best honor companies who make exceptional commitments to workplace safety and health, and encourage others to follow.

Established in 1982, OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program recognizes workplaces that demonstrate best practices in safety and health management and serve as industry models. In the last 40 years, the program has attracted a wide variety of organizations in many industries. VPP’s success has stretched OSHA resources and made it more difficult to ensure the quality of program applicants’ safety and health management systems.

By opening the program to public comments, OSHA seek input from all perspectives to assist the agency as it modernizes and enhances the VPP, and continues to promote the use of workplace safety and health management systems. The Voluntary Protection Program’s modernization project is seeking stakeholder input on issues such as:

  • Aligning the program more closely with recent 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 effectiveness and oversight.
  • Whether particular categories of hazards need special attention in the VPP certification process.

OSHA is asking a series of questions in 10 sections to elicit useful responses to support the project’s aims. Interested members of the public should submit comments and attachments, identified by Docket No. OSHA-2022-0012, using the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. The deadline for comments is April 14, 2023.


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OSHA launches online portal for VPP applications

First published by Safety+Health an NSC publication

Washington — OSHA has a new online portal for employers to submit applications to the agency’s Voluntary Protection Programs.

VPP is a collaboration among government, industry and labor intended to encourage best practices in employee safety and health. Employers submit their safety records and policies when they apply for VPP status and, if accepted, continue to promote safety at their sites, as well as help other employers improve their safety practices on their way to VPP status. VPP sites are exempt from programmed inspections.

According to an agency press release, the portal allows OSHA to review applications in real time and employers to correct errors/omissions more quickly. Qualified organizations with “mature safety and health management systems” can apply to VPP via the new portal.

“Applicants can use the portal to upload electronic versions of supporting documentation,” the release states, “and they can stop and complete their application at a later time without having to restart. Alternatively, after completing an applicant profile, they may download an application form to complete offline and submit their application materials by mail.”

OSHA initiated VPP in 1982 “to recognize cooperative action among government, industry and labor, as a means of addressing worker safety and health issues, and expanding worker protection.”

In the release, OSHA Deputy Assistant Secretary Jim Frederick said: “Companies in the Voluntary Protection Programs go above and beyond basic OSHA requirements and strive to create a culture of safety. This important program comprises sites that serve as models of excellence and influence safety and health practices in all industries.”


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