OSHA on Friday, April 18, published a new directive that cancels and replaces OSHA Instruction OSHA CSP 03-01-002, which provides guidance for the implementation of Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). The new instruction modified the Safety Management (PSM) standard will allow OSHA to employ an alternative re-approval process, the Compressed Re-Approval Process to Recognize Sustained Excellence (CRP), for qualifying VPP Star participants, according to the directive’s abstract.

The new instruction incorporates Dec. 2003 revisions to the benchmark injury and illness rates used within VPP, and modified procedures for program applications, onsite evaluations, and annual participant self-evaluations for participants in the agency’s Process Safety Management (PSM) standard. It also creates an alternative re-approval process that can be conducted on site for Star participants with a good record of safety and health management.

The directive became effective on April 18.

Visit the link below (pdf) to read the directive.