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WISHA’S VOLUNTARY PROTECTION PROGRAM. John Geppert Division of Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Program Cooperative Programs Supervisor. VPP: A Path for Achieving Safety and Health Excellence. Recognize and Promote Effective safety and Health Management.

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WISHA’S VOLUNTARY PROTECTION PROGRAM

John Geppert

Division of Occupational Safety and Health

Consultation Program

Cooperative Programs Supervisor


Vpp a path for achieving safety and health excellence
VPP: A Path for Achieving Safety and Health Excellence

  • Recognize and Promote Effective safety and Health Management.

  • Cooperative relationship between Management, Labor, and WISHA

  • Proactive Approach to Safety

  • Continuous Improvement Process


Vpp contact
VPP Contact

  • Ken Werenko with the Department of Labor &

    Industries, Department of Occupational Safety &

    Health (DOSH), Voluntary Protection Program (VPP)

    Specialist, Phone (360) 902-5515 [email protected]


Overview Objectives

To Learn:

  • What is VPP?

  • What are the benefits of participating in VPP?

  • What is required to participate in the VPP?

  • What are the elements of VPP?

  • What is the VPP application process and onsite evaluation?

  • What resources are available to sites interested in applying for VPP status?

  • What are some new ideas to take back to your site on how to obtain VPP status?


Vpp philosophy
VPP PHILOSOPHY

  • VPP sites serve as models of excellence and mentor other companies.

  • VPP promotes innovations and facilitates expansion of cooperative programs

  • VPP fosters a cooperative learning environment - Assistance in their efforts to reach safety & health excellence.


Key concepts the voluntary protection program vpp
KEY CONCEPTS THE VOLUNTARY PROTECTION PROGRAM (VPP)

  • Safety and health management systems that go beyond the WISHA standards can protect workers more effectively.

  • WISHA encourages, supports, and recognizes voluntary improvements and expansions to worker protection programs.

  • VPP participation demonstrates leadership in safety and health.

  • Participants have successfully implemented a high quality safety and health program.


INDUSTRIESIN VPP Nationally representing over 1500 sites out of approximately 7.2 million worksites (29 Sites)

  • Size Independent

    • 47% Have < 200 Employees

    • Smallest Employer: 6 Employees

    • Largest Employer: 17,700 Employees + 14,000 Contract Employees


What is does it take to build a cooperative effort
WHAT IS DOES IT TAKE TO BUILD A COOPERATIVE EFFORT?

  • MANAGEMENT COMMITMENT.

  • EMPLOYEE PARTICIPATION.

  • WISHA VERIFIES, EVALUATES, AND RECOGNIZE VPP PATICIPATION.


Star vpp
“STAR” VPP

  • DESIGNED FOR WORKSITES WITH COMPREHENSIVE, SUCCESSFUL SAFETY & HEALTH PROGRAMS

  • OPEN TO ANY COMPANY WITH INJURY/ILLNESS INCIDENCE AND DAYS AWAY/RESTRICTED WORK ACTIVITY RATES BELOW THE INDUSTRY'S NATIONAL AVERAGE

  • STAR PARTICIPANTS ARE EVALUATED ONSITE EVERY THREE YEARS, & WITH ANNUAL INJURY RATE REVIEWS


Wisha merit vpp
WISHA MERIT VPP

  • THIS TRANSITIONAL PROGRAM IS OFFERED AFTER A STAR APPLICATION HAS BEEN DETERMINED AS NOT MEETING THE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS, BUT WISHA DETERMINES THE EMPLOYER HAS DEMONSTRATED THE COMMITMENT AND POTENTIAL TO ACHIEVE THE STAR REQUIREMENT WITHIN TWO YEARS.

  • MERIT IS USED TO SET GOALS, THAT WHEN ACHIEVED, WILL QUALIFY THE SITE FOR STAR PARTICIPATION.

  • APPLICATIONS NOT ACCEPTED FOR MERIT VPP.


What are the benefits
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

  • IMPROVED EMPLOYEE MORALE

  • REDUCED INJURIES/ LOST WORKDAYS

  • FINANCIAL SAVINGS

  • PUBLIC RECOGNITION

  • COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

  • PARTNERSHIP WITH DOSH


Worksites improve their recordable and lwdi by 35
WORKSITES’ IMPROVE THEIR RECORDABLE AND LWDI BY 35%

WA’s average result are LOWER compared to national rates

  • 47 % Total recordable incident rate

  • 59 % Days away/restricted work incident rate


Key elements of the vpp
KEY ELEMENTS OF THE VPP

  • MANAGEMENT LEADERSHIP

  • EMPLOYEE INVOLVEMENT

  • WORKSITE ANALYSES

  • HAZARD PREVENTION AND CONTROL

  • TRAINING


Vpp application process with estimated timeline

On-site review conducted

(3-7 days)

Company rep. counseled on

application preparation

Hazard & 90 day list items

addressed/verified (1 –4 mo)

Report submitted to company

rep. for review (1 mo)

Company rep. completes

& submits application

Report submitted to WISHA

AD for concurrence (1-2 mo)

Application reviewed by

WISHA VPP rep (1-2 mo)

Report approved by Director

of Labor & Industries (1 mo)

Application returned for

revision OR accepted

Director sends

congratulatory letter

Company rep. and WISHA

prepare for on-site review

Company rep. and

Union notified

VPP Application Processwith estimated timeline

Commitment by company

representatives to VPP

5 to10 months for process

Company rep. can withdraw

at any time


What happens when team comes onsite for vpp
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN TEAM COMES ONSITE FOR VPP

  • ONSITE VERIFICATION TEAM (FOUR EVALUATORS/CONSULTANTS)

  • ONSITE THREE TO FIVE DAYS

  • TEAMS REVIEW STEPS


Teams review steps
TEAMS REVIEW STEPS

  • INITIAL MEETING

  • DOCUMENT REVIEW

  • WALKTHROUGH

  • INTERVIEWS - Formal / Informal

  • CLOSING MEETINGS

  • DRAFT REPORT / RECOMMENDATION


Congratulations
Congratulations!!!!!

  • Approval by the Director of Labor & Industries


Suggested steps towards achieving vpp status
SUGGESTED STEPS TOWARDS ACHIEVING VPP STATUS

  • RESEARCH AND FACT FINDING ABOUT VPP.

  • DETERMINE LEVEL OF COMMITMENT AND SUPPORT FROM MANAGEMENT AND EMPLOYEES.

  • COMMIT TO VPP.

  • ASSESS & IMPROVE PROGRAMS AS NECESSARY.

  • PREPARE VPP APPLICATION.

  • SUBMIT VPP APPLICATION.

  • APPLICATION REVIEWED, AMMENDED IF NECESSARY AND ACCEPTED.

  • SCHEDULE ONSITE EVALUATION VISIT.


Help is available
HELP IS AVAILABLE

  • VPPPA

    • (703) 761-1146 (8:30 am to 5:00 pm EST)

    • Networking, Mentoring, and Outreach

    • http://www.fiesta.com/vpppa

  • OSHA http://www.osha.gov/oshprogs/vpp

  • WA-WISHA http://www.wa.gov/lni/wisha


Electronic resources

Resources

Electronic Resources

  • VPPPA website: www.vpppa.org

  • OSHA website: www.osha.gov

  • DOE website: www.doe.gov

  • DOE VPP Homepage:

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website: www.bls.gov

  • Federal Register Updates: http://www.osha-slc.gov/FedReg_osha_data/FED20000724A.html

  • VPP Policies and Procedures: http://www.osha.gov/oshprogs/vpp/


WISHA’S VOLUNTARY

PROTECTION PROGRAM

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