Here are some frequently asked questions about OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP).
Q. Who benefits from VPP?
A. OSHA says that the foremost beneficiaries of the VPP are workers who, at day’s end, arrive home safe and healthy to families and who feel safer on the job.
But there are lots of benefits to go around.
- Employers benefit as a result of fewer injuries and illnesses, which means greater profits as workers’ compensation premiums and other costs go down.
- Industries benefit because VPP sites are models of excellence that can influence best practices industrywide.
- Unions benefit because labor-management cooperation on safety and health sets the tone for improved cooperation in other areas.
Q. Why pursue VPP membership?
A. The VPP process of managing safety and health systematically—using one set of flexible, performance-based criteria—is working in workplaces large and small. OSHA says the VPP has been effective in various industries, from construction to poultry processing to petrochemical plants, from tree nurseries to nursing homes, and from mom-and-pop operations to federal laboratories. It works in union and non-union shops. More than 180 distinct industrial classifications are represented, and the number is growing. VPP has proven more successful in reducing work-related injuries and illnesses than mere compliance with specific regulations.
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Q. Why partner with OSHA?
A. OSHA maintains that the VPP demonstrates that management, labor, and government can work together successfully as partners to make workplaces safer. The agency points out that very few worksites opt out of the VPP, despite continuing high performance requirements that OSHA verifies in comprehensive, periodic onsite reviews at every VPP site. It would appear that participants are pleased with the VPP experience and with the outstanding worker protection they voluntarily achieve year after year.
Q. Does VPP really work?
A. The evidence of VPP’s success is impressive. OSHA’s data show that VPP work-related injuries and illnesses that keep employees away from work or necessitate their restricted duties or job transfer are dramatically below industry experience. As a result, VPP worksites have saved more than a billion dollars since the program began in 1982. In addition, many VPP participants report workplace improvements such as lower turnover rates, reduced absenteeism, and improved employee morale.
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