VPP Questions and Answers

Do DOSH VPP staff need to come to my worksite?

Yes. They must verify that the safety and health program described in your application is fully operational, implemented and addresses all potential hazards at the site.

Who comes on an onsite review?

A VPP representative from DOSH will call you to arrange a mutually convenient time. The onsite team usually consists of a team leader, a safety specialist, an industrial hygienist and a back-up leader. All of these team members are DOSH employees acting in a non-enforcement mode.

What will happen if violations are seen during the onsite review?

The DOSH VPP team will be looking for evidence that your program is creating and maintaining safe and healthy working conditions. If violations are seen during the review, the VPP team will work with you to determine how and when to correct the violations. When violations are corrected you will need to notify your DOSH VPP representative.

Why do VPP team members need to talk with employees?

The VPP team needs to evaluate employees' overall awareness and involvement in the program, and to determine their understanding of what VPP approval would mean for them and their employer.

What if I choose not to do what the team determines necessary to meet VPP requirements?

The Department of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH) knows that because you volunteered for this program, you have a great deal of faith in what VPP stands for and how it can help your business. We try to make the process convenient for you, but if you decide against what is necessary then you have the option to withdraw your application. If you decide to withdraw your application, contact your DOSH VPP representative.

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