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Understanding and Applying OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs

June 29, 2020
June 21, 2023
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OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs, or VPPs, are programs in which “management, labor, and OSHA work cooperatively and proactively to prevent fatalities, injuries, and illnesses through a system focused on: hazard prevention and control; worksite analysis, training; and management commitment and worker involvement.”

Since its creation in 1982, more businesses have chosen to implement guidelines in their sites every year. 

Some states have more VPP sites than others. For example, Texas has more than double the number of VPP sites than any other state. Differentiations in regions comes from a variety of different factors.

Chemical and utility sites tend to be more CPP compliant than other industries and states with large unions tend to have higher rates of compliant sites.

Key Elements of Voluntary Protection Programs

In order to earn recognition as a VPP compliant site, you need to implement safety compliant processes. Start by hiring the right managers and ensuring your employees have access to an open line of communication. 

Create Solid Leadership Programs for Employee Involvement

Workplace compliance with safety programs starts from the bottom up. Make sure you get a commitment from each of your new hires to take an active role. Consider implementing leadership programs that reward your top performers for their efforts and encourage involvement.

Perform Worksite Analyses

Analyzing your work sites allows you to look for hazards before they happen. Make sure you regularly visit your worksites and reward managers who maintain compliance when no one is looking. 

Take Steps Towards Hazard Prevention and Control

Once you identify a hazard, it’s important that you put a plan in place to minimize the risk, whether it is warehouse, agriculture, healthcare, or utility work. Look for ways to take back control of your worksite by educating and informing your employees about safe practices.

Implement Health and Safety Training

An important part of health and safety training is teaching your employees to use tools effectively. Make sure you teach them the most ergonomic and healthy ways to be successful. 

The Value of the OSHA VPP Program

VPP sites stand as the pinnacle of health and safety The application process is free and large scale employers are encouraged to apply. 

A safe workplace is a productive workplace. OSHA’s VPP program encourages compliance with health and safety regulations. 

VPP sites have been shown to have less employee turnover and more instances of referral recruiting. They are also often able to secure lower insurance rates, reducing their costs. 

VPP compliant companies are able to advertise their star status, allowing them greater opportunities when it comes to marketing and sales.

Step It Up With WorkFit

Work-Fit offers personalized plans for your business that allow you to take major strides towards VPP compliance quickly. Our highly trained and educated professionals will provide your employees with the techniques they need to reduce their risk of injury on the job. 

Want to lower your risk of worker’s compensation claims, limit your insurance costs, and keep your team safe and healthy? Contact us today to get started.


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