OSHA proposes VPP for construction firms
"OSHA has crafted a program we believe will maintain VPPâ€™s high performance standards while, at the same time, respond to the (construction) industryâ€™s unique needs," said OSHA chief John Henshaw.
VPP for Construction is a shift away from an exclusively site-based focus, explained Henshaw. It will open VPP to a broad range of previously ineligible employers â€” subcontractors, general contractors with short-term projects, mobile workforce employers, specialty trade contractors, and construction managers.
VPPC joins â€œVPP Corporate Pilotâ€ and â€œOSHA Challenge Pilotâ€ (both launched last May) as the newest member of OSHAâ€™s premier cooperative program that recognizes and promotes effective health and safety management systems.
The agency is seeking public comment on the VPPC proposal, which has been published in the Federal Register.
The core of the construction initiative continues the VPP focus on effective safety and health management systems. It mirrors general VPP design by offering participation at either the Star or Merit level.
A departure from general VPP set-ups creates two categories of participation â€” one for long-term, site-based construction projects, and the other for companies, divisions and other business units that employ mobile workforces and work at various sites or projects not always controlled by the participant.
This is how it works: