The Purpose of an OSHA VPP Audit
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) allows private industry and federal agencies to take part in what is known as the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). It is an OSHA initiative designed to encourage facilities to work toward healthier and safer workplaces.
VPP sites implement and maintain comprehensive health & safety management systems to reduce fatalities, illnesses, and injuries. Each facility establishes mechanisms to ensure that workers and management actively participate in health & safety programs.
After a facility’s application to OSHA has been accepted, an extensive on-site evaluation or VPP audit is conducted by safety and industrial hygiene professionals. The team evaluates:
· injury/illness data
· hazard prevention and control
· worksite analysis
· management commitment
· worker involvement.
VPP sites are exempt from programmed OSHA inspections. To maintain their exempt status, each site must successfully undergo a VPP audit every 3 – 5 years.