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OSHA Sets New Policy for VPP Fatalities

Posted in on Tue, Jun 18, 2013

On May 29, OSHA issued VPP Policy Memorandum #7: Further Improvements to the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) to set new policy and procedures for fatalities and catastrophes at VPP or a Mobile Workforce (MWF) site, effective immediately.  Among the new procedures, regions must notify the Assistant Secretary and the Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs and coordinate with the Directorate of Enforcement Programs.  If the fatality/catastrophe triggers an enforcement inspection, the status of the VPP/MWF participant will be changed to “Inactive Pending Fatality/Catastrophe Inspection.”  This status will be reflected on OSHA’s Web site and other communications and also triggers a request from OSHA that the participant remove any VPP identification and that any  Special Government Employees (SGE) cannot be SGEs while e in “Inactive Pending Fatality/Catastrophe Inspection” status.  When the enforcement inspection is completed, termination is now required “(w)hen a fatality is deemed work-related, or when a site is placed in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program, or when a willful violation(s) is issued to the VPP/MWF participant regardless of the genesis of the enforcement inspection…”

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