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The guidelines are derived from “best-in-class” OSHA programs, such as the Voluntary Protection Programs and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program, as well as national and international consensus standards. The resource applies to various industries, but the construction industry will have its own “Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs for the Construction Industry,” which Michaels said will be coming out in the near future.

Nanotechnology has been called the second Industrial Revolution.  Its vast potential for improving our world will continue to inspire innovations in a dizzying array of beneficial applications.  Despite the promise this evolving enabling technology has generated, the uncertainties surrounding the human health and environmental implications of engineered nanoparticles, the tiny engine driving this new transformative technology, inspire concern. 

In today’s society, workplace threats can happen anywhere and at any time. Often, the companies that experience workplace violence never saw it coming and had no plans in place to reduce the effects of a security breach. Some two million American workers are victims of workplace violence each year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in two-thirds of workplace homicides, the assailant has no known personal relationship with the victim. While assailants can be contractors, members of the public, clients, or suppliers, our first thoughts often shift to current and former employees, their friends and even their families when an incident of violence occurs in the workplace.

Congratulations to Mike Maddox, former chairman of VPPPA, on his retirement. Mike Maddox served as chairman of the board for nearly 20 years. Mike was honored for his contributions to VPP and to the Association at the 32nd Annual National VPPPA Safety & Health Conference in Kissimmee, FL. A video message from his peers can be viewed here.

Thank you for participating in our Awards and Scholarship Programs! This year, we had a record number of students apply for our scholarships and were able to award $10,000 to tomorrow's safety and health leaders.