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All of OSHA Should be VPP, ASSE Tells House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections

Posted in on Thu, Jul 12, 2012

On June 27, the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing entitled ”Promoting Safe Workplaces Through Voluntary Protection Programs.”  Among several issues its comments addressed, ASSE urged consideration that an OSHA standard requiring all employers, as in VPP, to have in place an injury and illness prevention plan (I2P2) may be the only way OSHA’s overall approach to workplace regulation can be in line with how the best results in workplace safety are achieved.  As an ASSE member said, “All of OSHA should be VPP.”  ASSE also reiterated its strong support for VPP, backed continued research into the effectiveness of all OSHA programs, and stated its agreement that incentives designed to discourage workers from reporting injuries cannot be part of VPP.  You can watch the hearing at http://edworkforcehouse.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=99.

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