Improvements to Voluntary Protection Programs Sought by OSHA

OSHA is searching for ideas that will improve the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). Notably, they’re focused on the following questions:
  • ​What can the agency do to enhance and encourage the efforts of employers, workers and unions to identify and address workplace hazards through the VPP?
  • How can the agency support increased participation in VPP while operating with available resources and maintaining the integrity of the program? 
  • How can the agency modify VPP to enhance the efforts and engagement of long-term VPP participants?
  • How might the agency modify Corporate VPP for greater leverage and effectiveness?
  • How can the agency further leverage participant resources such as Special Government Employees?
As written comments are being collected, OSHA will also hold a public day-long in-person meeting as another means of obtaining feedback. The meeting will be held on Monday, July 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT in the Frances Perkins Building, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210. AIHA will be represented at this meeting. 

OSHA will likely hold a second Stakeholder Meeting tentatively scheduled to occur in conjunction with the VPPPA National Conference the week of August 28th in New Orleans. Additional information on these types of events is available here.