Based on a cooperative relationship between management, labor and government, the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) promote worker protection, requiring active employee involvement and management commitment. The VPP process emphasizes the continual identification and elimination of hazards beyond Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards.
Benefits of VPP Participation
- Injury and illness rates at VPP sites on average are 50 percent below industry norms.*
- Fewer injuries and illnesses mean greater profits as workers' compensation premiums and other costs plummet. VPP worksites have saved more than a billion dollars since the federal program began in 1982.*
- Establishment of a cooperative relationship between the worksite and OSHA.
- Increased morale, a feeling of ownership among employees and an improved relationship between labor and management at the worksite.
- Reduced compensation costs, absenteeism and insurance premiums along with the improved labor management relationship make VPP sites more competitive.
- Participants provide effective input into OSHA's standard setting process, with examples of proven ways to protect workers in their industries.
- Continuous improvement of successful programs through internal and external reviews as part of the VPP process.
- Positive community recognition and interaction.
*Source: OSHA Office of Cooperative and State Programs