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September 19, 2012
ASSE supports changes to OSHA’s VPP

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has commended OSHA on its recently released VPP review report. In a letter to OSHA Chief Dr. David Michaels, ASSE President Richard A. Pollock wrote:

“The review validates the value of VPP and provides, in most respects, a positive set of recommendations for ensuring that the program can continue to encourage the involvement of employers who have joined with their workers in a commitment to safe and healthy workplaces.”

ASSE urged OSHA to take recommended steps addressing internal controls, audits, consistency in administration and enforcement, staff training, and data collection. The intent of the recommendations is to make the organization more effective and to ensure that only employers that meet program guidelines can participate. ASSE also urged caution in adopting a recommendation to put participants that have experienced a fatality on inactive status.

The OSHA review of the VPP followed a 2009 GAO report that concluded, “… improved oversight and controls would better ensure program quality.”

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