The VPP recognize employers and workers in the private industry and federal
agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and
maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics
averages for their respective industries. In VPP, 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. To
participate, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo a rigorous
onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. Union support is
required for applicants represented by a bargaining unit. VPP participants are
re-evaluated every three to five years to remain in the programs. VPP
participants are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain
their VPP status.
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