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October 10, 2017
Falls Church, VA - In a bipartisan effort to promote workplace safety, U.S. Senators Michael Enzi (R-WY) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) re-introduced legislation, S. 1878, to make the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) a permanent part of workplace safety in American industry.
VPP recognizes workers, managers and companies who use best practices that go above and beyond the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) minimum safety requirements to enhance workplace safety and health. VPP worksites significantly reduce injuries and illnesses for approximately one million American workers in traditionally hazardous occupations at 2,200 worksites across the country, including 700 participating local unions. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) estimates that tens of millions of taxpayer dollars are saved annually through VPP, and companies with VPP initiatives in place enjoy injury and illness rates that are more than 50 percent below industry averages.
S. 1878 is a companion bill to an identical measure in the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 1444, originally sponsored by Congressmen Todd Rokita (R-IN) and Gene Greene (D-TX) and Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-AL). H.R. 1444 enjoys bipartisan support from 34 cosponsors across the country. In recent years, state legislatures in Indiana, Virginia, Maryland and Arizona have passed similar VPP Acts with active support from labor and business representatives, and other states have signaled interest in doing the same.
“VPP saves lives,” said Mike Guillory, Chairman of the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association (VPPPA). “The VPP Act will give workers and managers confidence that this program will always be there for them.”
“Statehouses have led the way in building support for VPP, and now Congress and the Administration are getting on board,” observed VPPPA Executive Director Mike Maddox.
VPPPA, Inc., is the world’s leading organization dedicated to cooperative occupational safety and health management systems. The more than 2,200 VPPPA member sites primarily consist of worksites that have been approved, or are seeking approval, into VPP as administered by OSHA, state-plan OSHA and the U.S. Department of Energy. VPPPA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization.