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OSHA Voluntary Protection Program - On-Demand

OSHA Voluntary Protection Program - On-Demand

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OSHA Voluntary Protection Program - On-Demand

Webinar now available On-Demand.

WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: What will the future hold for VPP in the Biden Administration? Will Congress become involved in codifying the program? Tune in for answers!

The Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) recognize employers and workers in the private industry and federal agencies who 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, and satisfy identified metrics.

In VPP, management, labor, and OSHA work cooperatively and proactively to prevent fatalities, injuries, and illnesses through a system focused on: hazard prevention and control; worksite analysis; training; and management commitment and worker involvement. To participate, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo a rigorous onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. Union support is required for applicants represented by a bargaining unit. VPP participants are re-evaluated in order to continue in the programs, and status can be removed if an employer is classified as a "Severe Violator" based on issued citations. 

VPP participants are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status, but can be subject to other enforcement actions. The VPP program became contentious in the Obama administration, and was the subject of stakeholder review in 2017 but no real revisions were made during the Trump years, although many suggestions were offered. What will the future hold for VPP in the Biden Administration? Will Congress become involved in codifying the program? Tune in for answers!

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • How to apply to the VPP Program
  • What the benefits of the VPP program are
  • Ways to participate
  • Preparation for onsite evaluations
  • How to retain VPP status

Adele L. AbramsAdele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP
Firm president
Adele is an attorney, safety professional and trainer who is president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C. in Beltsville, MD, Charleston, WV, and Denver, CO, a multi-attorney firm focusing on safety, health and employment law nationwide. As a certified mine safety professional, Adele provides consultation, safety audits and training services to MSHA and OSHA regulated companies. 

Adele is a regular columnist for numerous magazines on legal, employment, mine and occupational safety/health issues, and is co-author of several books related to mining, construction, employment law, and occupational safety and health.

She is a member of the Maryland, DC and Pennsylvania Bars, the U.S. District Courts of Maryland, DC and Tennessee, the U.S. Court of Appeals, DC, 3rd and 4th Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. She is a graduate of the George Washington University’s National Law Center, and earned her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

Her professional memberships include the American Society of Safety Professionals, National Safety Council, the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, Associated Builders and Contractors, the Industrial Minerals Association-North America, and the American Bar Association. In 2017, she received the NSC’s Distinguished Service to Safety Award.