In the Challenge Pilot, OSHA works cooperatively with Challenge Administrators to guide Challenge Participants to incrementally improve their safety and health management systems. An explanation of the role of each of these key players follows:
Challenge Administrators are organizational entities such as corporations, Federal agencies, or nonprofit associations. For the pilot, Challenge Administrators are invited by OSHA to participate based on their interest and qualifications. Challenge Pilot Administrators include private sector companies, Federal agencies and several nonprofit associations. At the conclusion of the pilot, Administrator selections by OSHA will be made public by official announcement in the Federal Register. Administrators will be selected based on specific criteria including: demonstrated knowledge and expertise of safety and health management systems; availability of resources and expertise to perform necessary administrative functions; and commitment to the growth of the program.
Challenge Administrators must make a commitment to sponsor a specific number of eligible participants. For the pilot, Administrators must sponsor a minimum of 10 participants. Administrators serve as the primary contact for Challenge Participants and OSHA. The Administrator will appoint and use a Coordinator(s) to assist and manage participant activities. Sponsored Challenge Participants will be guided through a series of structured stages to make incremental improvements in their safety and health management systems. OSHA provides Challenge Administrators with tools to operate, manage and track performance of their sponsored participants. Challenge Administrators report on the progress made by Challenge Participants to OSHA on a periodic basis.
The Challenge Pilot is open to private or public sector employers under OSHA’s jurisdiction who are committed to improving their safety and health management systems. These employers must have the sponsorship of a Challenge Administrator. Challenge Participants must submit company information and a statement of commitment to their Challenge Administrator. This information must be provided to OSHA for review and for approval of the participant for the pilot. Additionally, OSHA and the Challenge Administrator will determine the appropriate level or stage for the participant’s entry into the pilot based on the status of their safety and health management system.
Using the roadmap or guidance materials provided by OSHA and assistance from their Administrator, Challenge Participants will gradually progress through the stages. At each stage, certain actions, documentation and outcomes are required to be accomplished and documented. Continued participation requires that each participant exhibit continued improvements in safety and health management systems and that they provide regular progress reports to their Challenge Administrator.
OSHA recognizes Challenge Participants for each measured success and incremental improvement through the stages. OSHA will provide incentives and recognition to Challenge Participants at the completion of each stage to encourage their growth and implementation of a successful safety and health management system. Incentives may include access to compliance assistance and outreach, letters and certificates of recognition from OSHA, recognition on OSHA’s website and priority scheduling for OSHA VPP onsite evaluations.
For more information on VPP, contact the VPP Manager at your OSHA Regional Office or OSHA’s Office of Partnerships and Recognition at:
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs
Office of Partnerships and Recognition
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20210
Telephone: (202) 693-2213
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