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Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) May Have A Chance

OSHA’s David Michaels had previously announced that under the new OSHA 6 year plan, the focus would be on enforcement issues and that the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) would lose its OSHA funding.  Micheals suggested that other government groups may find ways to continue funding the program, such as a “self pay” option.   A new bill hopes it will put this issue to rest and protect the VPP for years to come.  

U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has introduced legislation aimed to protect the VPP.  “No program has been more successful in creating such a culture of safety in the workplace than the VPP.  Since it was created in 1982, Republican and Democrat administrations alike have fostered its growth. It now includes 2,284 work-sites, a quarter of which are unionized, covering almost a million employees,” Enzi added.

Does your company participate in the VPP?  Do you think that the government should help fund programs that help to protect workers, like the VPP?

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