Based on a cooperative relationship between management, labor and government, the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) promote work place safety and health, requiring active employee involvement and management commitment. The VPP process emphasizes the continual identification and elimination of hazards beyond U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards.

Participant Benefits

  • Injury and illness rates at VPP sites on average are 50 percent below industry norms.*
  • Fewer injuries and illnesses mean greater savings for employers as workers’ compensation premiums and other costs plummet.
  • Increased morale, a feeling of ownership among employees and an improved relationship between labor and management at the worksite.
  • Reduced compensation costs, absenteeism and insurance premiums along with increased productivity make VPP sites more competitive.
  • Participants provide effective input into OSHA’s standard setting process, with examples of proven ways to protect workers in their industries.
  • VPP sites are dedicated to safety and health outreach, improving the health and wellbeing of their communities.

*Source: OSHA Office of Cooperative and State Programs

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