OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Requirements: so You Think You'Re Ready for OSHA VPP?

Paul Snyder, CSP

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Many companies have heard of the OSHA VPP or Voluntary Protection Program but likely don’t know much about it. They know it involves OSHA and their goal has probably been to “mostly” comply with the OSHA regulation and avoid an inspection. But today over 2000 companies are participating in VPP because VPP is really a safety and health management system they promotes and recognizes safety excellence and emphasizes employee involvement. Much of its criteria are similar to other Environmental Health Systems (EHS) management systems like ANSI Z-10 and ISO 1800. VPP was not developed in the dark. It is based on known successful safety programs from companies known for safety excellence.

There are five cornerstones or elements for VPP. Management commitment; Employee involvement; Workplace Analysis; Hazard Prevention and Control; and Training. An OSHA team (often including non OSHA safety professionals) assess applicants programs for their ability to meet the VPP elements. There are two key levels in VPP – STAR and MERIT. STAR is awarded to a work site that meets all VPP elements and has an injury/illness rate at or below the national average of their industry category. A site awarded MERIT has demonstrated the potential and commitment to achieve STAR but the required elements are not fully in place. OSHA sets an agreed upon timetable for MERIT sites to achieve STAR. All VPP sites are re-audited on a 3-5 year schedule against the VPP criteria. OSHA also expects to see an effort at continuous improvement.

There are a number of reasons why there are over 2000 companies in partnership with OSHA via VPP. While it is true VPP sites are exempt from routine OSHA inspections, most companies site reduced operating cost with improved safety; improved employee morale and positive recognition by community, business peers and customers. The webinar will further describe the requirements of VPP, benefits, the application process, getting started and describe why some site fail.

Course Objective

To describe the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program and convince participants to further consider the program for their company. Today we hope to show that the VPP elements are a proven safety management system. Many companies use the VPP model as their safety system, often requiring all their sites to achieve STAR status. There must be benefits to getting involved with VPP and OSHA. What are they?

We will describe the VPP recognition levels - the requirements that must be in place to be awarded VPP STAR or MERIT and the other lesser known VPP recognition programs.

We will describe the application process and getting started.

There are a number of VPP misconceptions and we will clarify them. Anyone interested in VPP should be aware of “show stoppers” and why some sites fail to remain in VPP.

Course Outline

  • What is VPP?
  • VPP history
  • Why consider VPP
  • VPP Requirements 
  • Getting Started and the Application Process
  • Misconceptions
  • Show Stoppers and Why Some VPP sites have failed
  • References and resources

Target Audience

  • Safety personnel
  • Facility and Corporate Management with responsibility for safety and health
  • Safety Committee members
  • Supervisors
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Speaker: Paul Snyder, CSP,

Paul Snyder, CSP. Mr. Snyder has over 40 years safety and industrial hygiene experience including 32 years with a major chemical manufacturer. Mr. Snyder worked extensively with OSHA on the Voluntary Protection Program and served on the Region III VPPPA board and as a Special Government Employee (SGE). Since 2007 he has been providing safety management consulting to major corporations.


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