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Blog Author Steve Hudgik
Monday, July 02, 2012
OSHA Reforms Voluntary Protection Programs
The Cutting Edge reports that OSHA has announced reforms to the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). The article states that reforms include:
- Increased funding to offer free advice to small businesses on worker safety practices
- Expanded whistleblower programs, with four new laws designed to protect workers from retaliation for reporting potential safety hazards.
- A shift away from incentive programs that are based on keeping injury and illness rates low.
You can read the Cutting Edge article here
In a June 28th Congressional Hearing R. Davis, Layne, executive director of the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association (VPPA) expressed disappointment that OSHA's FY 2013 budget request,
which included an overall increase in OSHA funding, had a decrease in requested funding for VPP.
Concerning the budget request, at the same hearing Jordan Barab, deputy assistant secretary of labor for OSHA stated, "OSHA is committed to VPP as well as our other cooperative programs, but we need to make difficult decisions to allocate limited resources. We have, over the last several years, increased our enforcement presence. We need to have a balanced program. Our program is not balanced, especially in whistleblower. Workers need to be the eyes and ears of OSHA, otherwise it won't work."
Labels: OSHA, VPP, whistleblower
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