OSHA Seeking to Grow, Strengthen Voluntary Protection Programs



OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) has formally been around since 1982, when the first site was approved for the program.  In short, the VPP is a partnership between OSHA, Management of the Employer, and laborers, with the intent of making jobsites safer for everyone involved.  Employers seeking to participate in the VPP must first apply to the program and then undergo a “rigorous onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals” in order to be accepted. 

The benefits of the VPP for the employer are that they increase jobsite awareness, which in turn should lead to fewer injuries and fatalities.  They are also exempt from programmed inspections by OSHA for as long as they stay in the VPP. OSHA will still inspect VPP participant jobsites for reports of imminent danger, investigative inspections, and employee complaints.

In turn, OSHA gains ambassadors for health and safety, whom they hope will help spread the message.

Today, OSHA will be holding its second of two meetings to review the current VPP and determine ways to strengthen and grow it.  OSHA is asking the program’s stakeholders to help with ideas for overall VPPP process and flow, corporate/long-term participant involvement, and Special Government Employee Activities. 

If you wish to comment on the program, you will be able to do so, by following this link, until September 15, 2017.

What do you think of the Voluntary Protection Program? Does it make sense for contractors to get involved?