Is defined as “that science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of those environmental factors or stresses arising in or from the workplace, which may cause sickness, impaired health and well-being, or significant discomfort among workers or among citizens of the community
Industrial Hygiene Services are the services that monitor, test and analyze the specified environment for air quality factors that may impact the working environment.
Voluntary Protection Program ((VPP)
OSHA Definition –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. 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 every three to five years to remain in the programs. VPP participants are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status.
- Helpful Tips – Envirotest is here to help you and your team in navigating the OSHA processes and requirements. To help in this process we would encourage you to review the following tips;
○ Start with getting management’s support and involvement in this quantitative review. Make sure managers understand that as part of their approval, they will have to follow up and address all issues that might be uncovered.
○ Emphasize that OSHA is currently testing this audit process – it is not a standard or even a nationwide policy at this point. Plus, the audit addresses areas that are not covered by specific OSHA requirements, such as management leadership and employee participation. Managers also should know that audit results constitute a legal paper trail of their “problems.”
○ Make a presentation to senior facility staff outlining the audit steps and their involvement in the process. Ideally, senior staffers would become part of the audit team that goes out to collect the data needed – or at least they support the team’s work.
○ Work through safety committees to organize a game plan for implementing the OSHA self-audit. Then see how your performance rates.
Envirotest provides our clients with application assistance to help ensure an accurate and efferent application process and approval. Depending on your location (State) your requirements may vary. If you are in a state that operates its own OSHA-approved program, check with your state agency to learn specifics regarding its VPP application process.
Envirotest would also encourage you to review the Federal Register Notice, 74 FR 927, January 9, 2009.
If you need more information, contact our CIH or you can contact your nearest OSHA VPP Manager or Coordinator through OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices. ○ Link –
A strong safety and health program exemplifies commitment to the prevention of occupational illness and injury beyond satisfying the requirements of government standards. It is the central element which qualifies a company for participation in the Voluntary Protection Programs. Companies participating in Star or Merit are expected to have comprehensive programs including elements such as employee participation and annual comprehensive self-evaluation.
○ Envirotest provides audit services for all types of environmental programs and processes. Specific audit requirements are identified and outlined with our clients and then documented and findings returned with certified reporting.
- Annual Program Reviews and Recertification
Star participants are reevaluated between 30 and 42 months following initial program approval.
Star participants are reevaluated between 30 and 42 months following initial program approval. After the first recertification, participants are evaluated every five years,