A bipartisan effort in Congress would make sure that an OSHA assistance program sticks around.
VPP recognizes companies that have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries. VPP participants are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status.
The bill would ban the federal government from charging companies for participation in the program.
Inspection exemptions would continue except for investigations arising from employee complaints, fatalities, catastrophes or significant toxic releases.
OSHA would also be required to take steps to increase small business participation in VPP.
OSHA administrator David Michaels has said that under his direction, the agency would focus more on compliance and less on programs such as VPP.
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