How to Get VPP Star Certification
When you work in a high risk industry, there is often a fine line between working efficiently and working recklessly. This is why it’s so important to stay up to date on safety training for contractors and employees. The best way to ensure your training programs and safety standards always meet the highest standards? Achieve and maintain Star VPP status.
What is VPP?
In the 1970’s, an experimental venture called the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) was created in California with the hope that it would help reduce the number of workplace injuries and deaths. By 1982 the program was officially taken on by OSHA and the first VPP site was named.
OSHA’s VPP recognizes businesses in the private and federal sectors that have consistently adhered to safety and health management systems that have been proven to be effective in maintaining injury and illness rates below the national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries. This is achieved when management, employees and OSHA cooperate to proactively prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities by utilizing a system based on hazard prevention and control, workplace analysis, training and manager and employee commitment.
VPP’s Proven Success
Since the inception of VPP, the rate of workplace injuries and deaths has continued to drop. From 1970 to 2009, worker deaths dropped from 14,000 to 4,400 and reported injuries and illnesses dropped from 10.9 incidents per 100 workers to fewer than 4. The average VPP workplace has a DART (Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred) case rate 52% below the average for their respective industries. OSHA also reports that VPP workplaces have saved more than one billion dollars combined since the program began in 1982.
Risk Management Partners and VPP Status
Risk Management Partners is currently working with three separate facilities to help them achieve VPP status. Achieving VPP status benefits your business in many ways:
- Reduced rate of injury and illness means lower compensation and insurance costs
- Maintaining Star level boosts employee morale and satisfaction
- Boosts company standing in the community
- Sets you apart from the competition
There are two levels of achievement and three methods of certification in the VPP:
VPP Achievement Levels
Recognizes employers and employees that have developed and implemented workplace safety and health management programs that have resulted in injury, illness and fatality rates that fall well below the national average for their respective industries.
Recognizes employers and employees that have developed and implemented beneficial workplace safety and health management programs, but still need to demonstrate additional improvements. Additionally, they must demonstrate commitment to achieving Star status within three years.
VPP Certification Types
Offered for permanent workplaces and long-term construction sites. Certification of resident contractors also falls under this type.
Offered for companies with employees or contractors who work on location at multiple sites.
Offered to large organizations that develop and implement organization-wide safety and health management programs that extend to individual sites seeking VPP certification.
All participating VPP organizations are re-evaluated every three to five years for continued certification. All businesses with VPP status are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections for the duration of their participation in the program.
For more information about how RMP can help your business achieve VPP status, contact us or call 770-232-1977.