Voluntary Protection Program News Release: #04-01
Date: April 12, 2004
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Ireland and Northern Ireland to Pilot OSHA's VPP
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.
Secretary, John Henshaw and Office of Partnership and Recognition
Director, Cathy Oliver, meet with Ireland and Northern Ireland delegates
in Washington DC.
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