VPP Recertification

Star participants are reevaluated between 30 and 42 months following initial program approval, unless significant problems come to DOSHs attention earlier. After the first recertification, participants are evaluated every five years, unless a problem arises. For DOSH and the VPP Specialist, evaluations of participating sites take priority over pre-approval reviews for applying sites, to ensure that participating sites maintain program qualifications.

Formal onsite evaluation of a participating VPP worksites safety and health program enables the DOSH VPP Team to assess the current effectiveness of the program in relation to the hazards at the workplace. The evaluation provides useful information regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the site safety and health program so that the site can continue to improve its program, and maintain gains already made. A DOSH evaluation team conducts an onsite assessment of the functioning safety and health program by reviewing records of activities, observing conditions, and interviewing managers, supervisors, and employees.

When the evaluation visit is completed, the evaluation team discusses its findings with worksite representatives prior to drafting the evaluation report. The teams findings regarding site participation in VPP must always be discussed in terms of meeting VPP requirements and identification of hazards. It is not the responsibility of the team or the Team Leader to decide whether an applicant will be approved, however the team does make a recommendation. The final approval decision rests with the DOSH Assistant Director and the Director of the Department of Labor and Industries. If continued VPP participation is approved, the participant receives a letter from the Director officially informing the participant of the Directors decision.

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