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October 18, 2009

Are You Ready for OSHA "VPP" Treatment?

If you think OSHA only hands out citations and fines, think again. OSHA has recognized more than 2,000 worksites as VIPs in its Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). The average VPP worksite has a Days Away Restricted or Transferred (DART) case rate 52% below the average for its industry. OSHA says VPP participation can also lead to lower employee turnover and increased productivity and cost savings.

What is VPP?
The VPP sets performance-based criteria for a managed safety and health system, invites sites to apply and then assesses applicants against the criteria. OSHA's verification includes an application review and a rigorous onsite evaluation by a team of OSHA safety and health experts. In the VPP, management, labor and OSHA establish cooperative relationships.

Approval into VPP is OSHA's official recognition of employers and employees who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health. Highlights from a recently completed evaluation of VPP participants show that, in 2007, VPP participants:
  • Averaged 54% below the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Total Case Incident Rate for their industries
  • Avoided 13,829 TCIR injuries and 7,708 DART injuries
  • Experienced zero recordables at 354 VPP sites
Based on figures provided by the National Safety Council, VPP participants saved more than $300 million by avoiding DART injuries in 2007. That shows workplace safety is good business. If you're ready for the VPP treatment, you can learn more here.

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