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VPP - benefits, pitfalls and misconceptions

April 29, 2015 Melissa Kephart, CSP

Having your safety system certified as part of OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs appeals to many.

Although the benefits of VPP are varied, there are misconceptions about the impact that implementing VPP has on a safety management system, as well as some consequences that are misunderstood by upper management soon after certification is awarded.

This paper will discuss the typical VPP application and certification, and discuss some of the pitfalls and misconceptions around using VPP to improve your occupational safety management system.

Download this whitepaper and learn:

  • How some benefits of VPP are less important than you think
  • Why employee involvement is a critical part of any VPP application
  • How many organizations fail by focusing too much on the ‘soft’ side of safety

About the Author

Melissa Kephart, CSP

Melissa Kephart, CSP is a Client Service Consultant for Medgate providing consultation to clients in the areas of implementation planning, work process review, training, and sustaining support. Prior to working with Medgate, Melissa was a management consultant providing safety and industrial hygiene expertise to senior-level government managers. Melissa has extensive experience in custom OHS software development, agency-level safety program management, and Voluntary Protection Programs.

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