About VPP

 

Photo courtesy of L&I. VPP flag ceremony Cascade Sonoco VPP flag ceremony Cascade Sonoco Courtesy of L&I.

The Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) is a national program of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).  In VPP, management, labor and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries’ (L&I) Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) establish cooperative relationships at workplaces. These workplaces have implemented safety and health programs that focus on: hazard prevention and control, worksite hazard analysis, training, management commitment, and employee involvement.

The VPP concept recognizes that the objectives can never be fully achieved by enforcement alone. DOSH encourages employers to prevent and control occupational safety and health injuries and illnesses by recognizing and encouraging positive models of successful safety and health management.

VPP participants are a select group of facilities that have designed and implemented outstanding safety and health programs. STAR participants meet all VPP requirements. MERIT participants have demonstrated the potential and willingness to achieve STAR status and are implementing planned steps to fully meet STAR requirements.VPP

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