Voluntary Protection Program Participants’ Association (VPPPA)
VPP participant sites generally experience from 60 to 80 percent fewer lost workday injuries than would be expected of an "average" site of the same size in their industries.
In 1982, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the implementation of the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). In 1984, OSHA held a meeting where VPP site participants gathered to network and share the benefits of participation.
From 1985 to 1990 the main function of the solely volunteer run association was to present an annual conference, with OSHA’s assistance, on the VPP and invite interested companies to attend.
In the early 1990’s, volunteer-based VPPPA chapters began to establish an association presence in each of the 10 OSHA regions. In 2002, the VPPPA had an established association chapter presence in all of the OSHA regions. VPPPA chapters continue to host local networking opportunities for VPP sites and maintain a working relationship with local agency officials such as the Department of Energy (DOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), federal OSHA and OSHA state-plan offices.
The Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) are designed to recognize and promote effective safety and health management. In the VPP, management, labor, and OSHA establish a cooperative relationship at a workplace that has implemented a strong program.
The following benefits have been cited by current VPP participants:
- Improved employee motivation to work safely, leading to better quality and productivity
- Reduced workers' compensation costs
- Recognition in the community
- Improvement of programs that are already good, through the internal and external review that's part of the VPP application process
- VPP participant sites generally experience from 60 to 80 percent fewer lost workday injuries than would be expected of an "average" site of the same size in their industries
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