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Title: OSHA's VPP and SHARP Programs
Type: Text Slide
By the end of February 2012, nearly 2,400 establishments also belong to OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). These establishments have programs that are based on the same core elements found in any injury and illness prevention program. The same is true for OSHA's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program which, by the end of February 2012, recognized more than 1,500 smaller employers for their achievements.
The SHARP program provides compelling evidence that such programs can and do work for small businesses. The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (2011) followed 16 SHARP employers over a 12-year period from 1999 to 2010. The study compared the employers' injury and illness experience prior to and after achieving entry into the SHARP program. The preliminary results of the study show that the average number of claims for these employers decreased by 52 percent, the average claim cost decreased by 80 percent, the average lost time per claim decreased by 87 percent, and claims (per million dollars of payroll) decreased by 88 percent.