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Voluntary Protection Program Worried Incentives Discourage Reporting

VPP LogoThe Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association Inc. announced October 11 that it supports OSHA’s position that workplace safety and health incentive programs should not encourage underreporting of injuries and illnesses.

“Incentive programs are a useful and common means to motivate people and strive for improvement,” said VPPPA executive director R. Davis Layne in a news release. “However, the association and its members disapprove of programs that discourage employees from reporting injuries because they want to receive a reward. Good incentive programs feature positive reinforcement for demonstrating safe work practices and taking active measures in hazard recognition, analysis and prevention”

“We have found that incentive programs based primarily on injury and illness numbers often have the effect of discouraging workers from reporting an injury or illness,” Michaels said. “We cannot tolerate programs that provide this kind of negative reinforcement and this type of program would keep a company out of the VPP until the program or practice is corrected.”

VPPPA, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is dedicated to promoting advances in worker safety and health excellence through cooperation among communities, workers, industries and governments. The nearly 2,100 VPPPA member sites primarily consist of worksites that have been approved, or are seeking approval, into VPP as administered by OSHA, state-plan OSHA and the Department of Energy.

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