Participating in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) offers businesses a number of advantages, including enhanced safety performance, lower injury and lost workday rates, positive public recognition and direct impact on the bottom line.
The authors provide the reader with a thorough understanding of what the VPP is, how it developed, and the business case for pursuing VPP recognition, explaining:
- How to develop an effective safety and health process that meets the VPP application requirements
- Key steps for preparing for an on-site VPP evaluation to ensure success, with an included application that you can customize and use as the basis of your application
- The four elements, or cornerstones, of the VPP
- Tips and techniques you can use to strengthen your safety and health management system
- Post-evaluation issues, such as maintaining excellence, submitting annual reports, and preparing for re-approval evaluations
- Resources available to approved worksites or those worksites interested in pursuing VPP status
The CD-ROM included with the book contains valuable supplemental information, such as the Federal Register notices mentioned in the text, templates of VPP documents, samples of VPP submittals, and the OSHA VPP Policies and Procedures Manual.
Preparing for OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs: A Guide to Success is a comprehensive guide for companies and their managers and employees on how to achieve VPP recognition.
Brian T. Bennett, Ph.D., CSP, has over 20 years of experience in the chemical manufacturing field, 20 of which included involvement with the VPP. He has published articles on this subject in professional journals and presented lectures on this topic at professional development conferences across the country, including ASSE’s 2009 Professional Development Conference (PDC).
Norman R. Deitch, OHST, has worked for 28 years for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). He was OSHA Region 2 VPP Manager for 17 years and has led over 300 VPP on-site evaluations. Mr. Deitch has lectured on this topic at professional development conferences across the country, including ASSE’s 2009 Professional Development Conference (PDC).
“In my 30 years of professional practice, I have seen many organizations struggle to find the right mix of corporate statements, organizational structure, policies, practices, and training techniquesin order to improve workplace health and safety; by following the VPP process and the guidance contained in this text, an organization can find its way to superior health and safety.” John L. Henshaw, Assistant Secretary of Labor, 2001-2004