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OSHA Seeks Suggestions for Strengthening, “Reshaping” VPP
OSHA held a meeting in Washington, D.C., on July 17 to discuss the direction of its Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), which are intended to promote effective work site-based safety and health. During the meeting, the agency heard comments and suggestions from the public on this topic. Specifically, OSHA sought input on what the agency can do to encourage the efforts of employers, workers, and unions to identify and address workplace hazards through VPP. The agency also invited feedback on how it can modify VPP to enhance the efforts and engagement of long-term VPP participants; how it might modify corporate VPP for greater leverage and effectiveness; and how OSHA can further leverage participant resources such as special government employees. Agency representatives were also interested in comments regarding how OSHA might support increased participation in VPP while operating with available resources and maintaining the integrity of the program. OSHA anticipates hosting a second stakeholder meeting in New Orleans, La., the week of Aug. 28. “OSHA is seeking to reshape VPP so that it continues to represent safety and health excellence, leverages partner resources, further recognizes the successes of long-term participants, and supports smart program growth,” the agency’s press release reads. A docket on Regulations.gov is open through Sept. 15, 2017, for individuals interested in submitting comments or reading others’ input.

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