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OSHA Announces Meeting to Discuss Modernizing Its Voluntary Protection Program

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a stakeholder meeting on June 15, 2023 to discuss modernizing, improving, and expanding the agency’s Voluntary Protection Program. Established in 1982, OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) recognizes workplaces that demonstrate best practices in safety and health management and serve as industry models. OSHA notes that the VPP is effective at reducing injuries and illnesses at participant worksites. For example, the average VPP worksite had a Days Away Restricted or Transferred case rate of 60% below the average for its industry for site-based construction for 2021.

The discussion at the June 15 webinar will include comments and suggestions on the following topics: (1) leading indicators for measuring future performance of safety and health management systems; (2) suggestions for how OSHA can encourage more employers to apply to VPP; (3) suggestions for how OSHA can solicit more frequent and timely feedback on the VPP; (4) suggestions for how OSHA can increase the use of effective safety and health management systems by companies not in the VPP; and (5) suggestions for how OSHA can grow the VPP.

The meeting will be held on June 15, 2023 from 10am to 4:30pm. Those wishing to participate in the meeting must register here by June 1, 2023.

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