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IRELAND AND NORTHERN IRELAND TO PILOT OSHA'S VPP


Voluntary Protection Program News Release:   #04-01
Date: April 12, 2004
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: 202-693-1999

Ireland and Northern Ireland to Pilot OSHA's VPP
 
OSHAs Assistant Secretary, John Henshaw and Office of Partnership and Recognition Director, Cathy Oliver, meet with Ireland and Northern Ireland delegates in Washington DC.
OSHAs Assistant Secretary, John Henshaw and Office of Partnership and Recognition Director, Cathy Oliver, meet with Ireland and Northern Ireland delegates in Washington DC.
 
Washington, DC -- A Delegation from Ireland and Northern Ireland participated in a study tour March 22-30, 2004 in Washington, D.C. to learn about the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), OSHA's premier recognition program. Both Ireland and Northern Ireland have agreed to work with their government, business and labor partners to pilot the VPP for the purpose of recognizing employers and workers in their respective countries for excellence in worker safety and health.

As part of the study tour, the Delegation was provided with an introduction and overview of VPP policies, operations and safety and health management system guidelines. The Delegation also participated as observers on an OSHA VPP onsite review; visited a VPP site; and met with the VPP Participants' Association (VPPPA). Assistant Secretary John Henshaw also met with the Delegation.

Members of the Northern Ireland Delegation were Dermot Breen, Deputy Chief Executive, and Cyril Anderson, Head, Business Advisory Service, in the Health and Safety Executive. Mary Dorgan, Assistant Chief Executive, Health and Safety Authority, was the delegate from Ireland.

This successful study tour provided a good foundation for future U.S.-European Union cooperation.