Created to promote effective worksite-based safety and health, VPP has rapidly grown in recent years. Consistently since the Programs began, the average VPP worksite has had a recordable incidence rate for days away from work, restricted work activity, and/or job transfer (DART rate) about 50 percent below the average for its industry.
VPP sites are exempt from programmed enforcement inspections, but employers and employees retain their rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. OSHA enforcement inspections will result from valid complaints, workplace accidents or fatalities, chemical leaks and spills, and other significant events.
The most recent VPP directive was published in April of 2008.
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Lamont Smith is the Recognition Program Manager of the N.C. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Division.
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