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Created in 1982, OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs recognize and partner with businesses and worksites that show excellence in occupational safety and health. Sites are committed to effective employee protection beyond the requirements of OSHA standards. VPP Participants develop and implement systems to effectively identify, evaluate, prevent, and control occupational hazards to prevent employee injuries and illnesses. As a result, the average VPP worksite has a lost workday incidence rate more than 50% below the average of its industry. In return, OSHA removes participants from programmed inspection lists.
Indiana's Voluntary Protection Programs, modeled closely after its Federal counterpart, welcomed its first VPP site in 1997. With 46 participants at both the Merit and Star levels, Indiana ranks in the top five of state plan states in number of participating sites. Indiana's VPP sites range in size from fewer than 20 employees to more than 8,000. We have participants in industries that span from pharmaceuticals to snack foods and from scrap recycling to the production and processing of seed corn. Indiana eagerly welcomes additional qualified participants.
All fixed facilities covered by IOSHA are eligible to join the Indiana Voluntary Protection Programs. Each worksite that applies must show a commitment to effective safety and health management systems and work towards becoming an industry leader in occupational safety and health. Although there is currently no program in place for temporary worksites such as construction projects, IOSHA currently enters into and encourages formal partnership agreements with construction companies for particular projects.
We are proud of our Indiana companies that have attained a level of excellence that qualifies them for the designation as a Star or Merit VPP site. View list of VPP Participants >>.
For more information regarding
THE INDIANA VOLUNTARY PROTECTION PROGRAMS,
Mike Gaskill, Manager
402 West Washington Street, Room W-195
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204