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Annual Evaluation of Calendar Year 2012 Injury and Illness Rates


The Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) promotes effective worksite-based safety and health. In the VPP, management, labor, and OSHA establish cooperative relationships at workplaces that have implemented a comprehensive safety and health management program. Participation in the VPP requires each VPP participant to evaluate annually the effectiveness of their safety and health management programs. The self-evaluation must include assessments of all the VPP elements and sub-elements of the VPP participant's safety and health management program.

By February 15th of each year, VPP participants must submit their annual self-evaluation to their Regional VPP Manager. The injury and illness rates from the VPP participant's annual self-evaluations are forwarded to the National Office where OSHA uses the information to update records and statistics, to showcase successes related to implementation of the VPP requirements, and to demonstrate that VPP participants are committed to continuously improving employee safety and health at their worksites.

Below is a summary of the findings from the calendar year 2012 annual evaluation of VPP participants' injury and illness rates.

Site-Based Non-Construction VPP Participants

During calendar year 2012, the VPP participants experienced the following results. On average, rates for site-based non-construction VPP participants are 43 percent below the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR) and 44 percent below the BLS Days Away from Work, Restricted Work Activity, or Job Transfer (DART) rate for their respective industries. This data was collected from 1,330 Federal jurisdiction site-based non-construction VPP participants representing more than 448,000 employees.

Based on the National Safety Council – Injury Facts (# DART avoided x $ 39,000), in 2012 site-based non-construction VPP participants saved more than $179 million by avoiding DART injuries for one year. The Federal VPP participants alone saved the government more than $32 million by avoiding DART injuries.

Other interesting results from the 2012 VPP Annual Evaluation:

  • Site-based non-construction VPP participants avoided an estimated 7,792 TCIR injuries when compared to expected results within their respective industries.
  • Site-based non-construction VPP participants avoided an estimated 4,612 DART injuries when compared to expected results within their respective industries.
  • The 1309 site-based non-construction VPP Star participants are, on average, 43% below the BLS TCIR and 44% below the BLS DART for their respective industries.
  • The 21 site-based non-construction VPP Merit participants are, on average, 52% below the BLS TCIR and 55% below the BLS DART for their respective industries.
  • The 122 Federal, site-based non-construction VPP participants are, on average, 30% below the BLS TCIR and 28% below the BLS DART for their respective industries.
  • The 226 site-based non-construction VPP participants covered by the Process Safety Management (PSM) standard are, on average, 61% below the BLS TCIR and 62% below the BLS DART for their respective industries.
  • There are 492 site-based non-construction VPP participants that experienced 0 recordable injuries and illnesses during 2012.

Site-Based Construction and Mobile Workforce VPP Participants

During calendar year 2012, VPP participants experienced the following results. On average, site-based construction and mobile workforce VPP participants are 61 percent below the BLS TCIR rate and 55 percent below the BLS DART rate for their respective industries. This data was collected from 78 Federal jurisdiction site-based construction and mobile workforce VPP participants representing more than 23,000 employees.

Based on the National Safety Council – Injury Facts (# DART avoided x $39,000), in 2012 site-based construction and mobile workforce VPP participants saved almost $8 million by avoiding DART injuries for one year

Other interesting results from the 2012 VPP Annual Evaluation:

  • Site-based construction and mobile workforce VPP participants avoided an estimated 452 TCIR injuries when compared to expected results within their respective industries.
  • Site-based construction and mobile workforce VPP participants avoided an estimated 216 DART injuries when compared to expected results within their respective industries.
  • The 75 site-based construction and mobile workforce VPP Star participants are, on average, 61% below the BLS TCIR and 55% below the BLS DART for their respective industries.
  • The 3 site-based construction and mobile workforce VPP Merit participants are, on average, 83% below the BLS TCIR and 82% below the BLS DART for their respective industries.
  • The 22 site-based construction and mobile workforce VPP participants covered by the PSM standard are, on average, 83% below the BLS TCIR and 94% below the BLS DART for their respective industries.
  • There are 27 site-based construction and mobile workforce VPP participants that experienced 0 recordable injuries and illnesses during 2012.
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