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OSHA’s VOLUNTARY PROTECTION PROGRAMS A Path for Achieving Safety and Health Excellence. Federal Agency VPP Workshop. Cathy Oliver Director Office of Partnerships and Recognition Occupational Safety and Health Administration. What is VPP?.

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osha s voluntary protection programs a path for achieving safety and health excellence
OSHA’s VOLUNTARY PROTECTION PROGRAMSA Path for Achieving Safety and Health Excellence

Federal Agency

VPP Workshop

Cathy Oliver

Director

Office of Partnerships and Recognition

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

what is vpp
What is VPP?
  • A process for achieving safety and health excellence
  • Joint Cooperation:

Labor ~ Management ~ Government

  • Official recognition of excellence
vpp basic tenets
VPP – Basic Tenets
  • Effective Safety and Health Management Systems
  • Performance-based Criteria
  • Self-Sufficient
  • Effects Culture Change
  • Continuous Improvement
vpp benefits
VPP Benefits
  • Employees
    • Safe and Healthful Work Environment
    • Improved Morale
  • Employers
    • Lower Costs (Insurance & Workers’ Comp)
    • Higher Profitability
  • OSHA
    • Role Models
    • Safety and Health “Ambassadors”
vpp elements
VPP Elements
  • Management commitment and employee involvement
  • Worksite analysis
  • Hazard prevention & control
  • Training
management commitment
Management Commitment
  • Commitment
  • Planning
  • Written Program
  • Authority and Resources
  • Line Accountability
  • Contract Worker Coverage
employee involvement
Employee Involvement
  • “Meaningful” Involvement
  • Employee Rights
  • Union Assurances
  • Access to Records
worksite analysis
Worksite Analysis
  • Self-Inspection
  • Comprehensive Surveys
  • Hazard Analysis
  • Accident Investigations
  • Trend Analysis
  • Annual Evaluation
hazard prevention control
Hazard Prevention & Control
  • Written Program
  • Engineering, Administrative, PPE Controls
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Professional Expertise
  • Occupational Health Care Programs
safety and health training
Safety and Health Training
  • Hazard Recognition
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Safety and Health Management Systems
vpp process14
VPP Process
  • Application to Regional VPP Manager
    • No Fees Associated with Program
  • Program Criteria
    • Injury & Illness Rates Below BLS Avg.
    • S&H Programs In Place 1 Year
    • Union buy-in
  • Annual and Self Evaluation
  • Onsite Evaluation
  • Re-approval Process
vpp onsite evaluation
VPP Onsite Evaluation
  • Not Compliance Oriented
  • Comprehensive SHMS Review
  • Documentation Reviews
  • OSHA-300 Records Check
  • Employee Interviews
  • Recommendation for Participation
vpp recognition
VPP Recognition
  • Star
    • Highest level of recognition
    • All VPP requirements met
    • System operating at least one year
    • Rates are below the National Average
  • Merit
  • Demonstration
how much does vpp cost
How Much Does VPP Cost?
  • Depends Upon Starting Point
    • No standard method of costing S&H
  • No Set Cost
    • Varies by Complexity
    • Necessary Documentation for Confidence
  • Several VPP Sites have anecdotally reported that after start-up up costs, it is small (less than 1% of gross operating expenses typically)
  • USA/NASA $1 = $6 pay back
growth of vpp federal only
Growth of VPPFederal Only

As of 1/31/07

Source: OSHA, Office of Partnership & Recognition

slide19

VPP Participants

  • Over 270 different industries participate
  • Size Independent
    • Smallest Site: 3 Employees
    • Largest Site: 18,000 Employees + 1,059 Contract Employees
    • 52% have < 200 Employees
  • 28% Union
who s who in vpp
General Electric

Dell

International Paper

Conoco Philips

Frito-Lay

Exxon-Mobil

Motorola

Georgia Pacific

Nabisco

Solutia

Pfizer

Tyco

3M

Lockheed Martin

IBM Corporation

Dow Chemical

Schering-Plough

Texaco

United Space Alliance

Who’s Who in VPP
federal agencies in vpp
Federal Agencies in VPP

118 Total VPP sites across 7 Agencies

  • NASA (7 sites)
  • DOL (4 sites)
  • DOD (7 sites; Army 1, Navy 4, NSA 2)
  • HHS (1 site)
  • Interior (3 sites)
  • Treasury (1 site)
  • USPS (95 sites)
vpp special government employees
VPP: Special Government Employees
  • Assists OSHA’s onsite evaluation teams with industry employees; also Federal employees
  • Invites qualified volunteers from VPP sites to participate if approved by OSHA and funded by companies/agencies
  • Gives industry and government opportunity to work together to share views and best practices
  • Currently, there are more than 700 active SGEs
  • In FY06, used 353 SGEs
  • There are 67 “SGEs” from Federal Agencies
new initiatives
New Initiatives
  • VPP Corporate
  • Mobile Workforce
  • OSHA Challenge
vpp stars portsmouth naval shipyard
VPP STARSPortsmouth Naval Shipyard
  • Oldest continuously operating shipyard in the US (June 1800)
  • Approximately 4,300 workers
  • TCIR/DART are 32% and 48% below the industry averages, respectively
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The US Mint at Philadelphia

A VPP Success Story

Prior to VPP:

  • One of the highest employee injury rates in the federal government
  • In 2002, The Mint was cited for 81 OSHA Violations with 139 specific examples of unsafe conditions.
  • Had the Mint been a private company, it would have faced $250,000 in fines for violations.
  • The Director of the Mint orders a six week work stoppage to review and address safety issues.
slide27

The US Mint at Philadelphia

A VPP Success Story

VPP: Making an Impact……

slide28

VPP - Workers’ Compensation

Medical Costs

Total Savings FY 03 - 06

(-) $410K or (-) 37%

vpp works
VPP Works…

2005 Data

  • TCIR Rate 50% below Industry avg.
  • DART Rate 53% below Industry avg.
  • Fed Agency TCIR 53% below Industry avg.
  • Fed Agency DART 44% below Industry avg.
  • Estimated 11,901 TCIR injuries avoided
  • Estimated 6,061 DART injuries avoided
  • Reduced Worker’s Compensation Costs
  • Labor, Management , and Government working together
  • Increased Productivity
  • WORKERS GO HOME SAFE
what people are saying
What People Are Saying…
  • “It has been a joint effort involving our unions, management, employees and OSHA in identifying potential hazards and health risks and developing programs that are transforming workplace safety and health into a model for other agencies and companies.”

- John E. Potter,

Postmaster General, U.S. Postal Service

vpp help
VPP Help
  • http://www.osha.gov
  • Federal Register Notices
  • Local OSHA Area Office
  • VPPPA
contact
Contact
  • Cathy Oliver

(202) 693-2213

oliver.cathy@dol.gov