The 18-year-old program encourages cooperation between employers, employees and OSHA by recognizing workplaces that conduct safety risk assessments, mitigate hazards and maintain a record of reduced losses, the article stated.
According to the article, Senator Enzi introduced S.B. 3257
in April, which would codify and make permanent the VPP within OSHA. The bill remains in committee.
Employer and safety organizations that fear the funding and OSHA personnel who oversee the program are being shifted to enforcement duties and are supporting the senator''s efforts, the article added.