Wednesday, September 10, 2014

OSHA's Michaels Asks VPPPA Members to Be OSHA Advocates

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Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, spoke at the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association (VPPPA) annual meeting in National Harbor, MD, on Aug 25, 2014. OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) establishes cooperative relationships between OSHA and workplaces that have implemented a comprehensive safety and health management system.

VPP participants play a major role in the success of safety campaigns. One of OSHA's major focuses as of late is to make sure temporary workers are protected from workplace hazards. Michaels urged VPPPA members to take part in the agency's temporary worker initiative by promoting OSHA's new recommended practices.
Despite OSHA’s focus on making the VPP as effective as it can be, adequate financial resources are not always available to fund many initiatives, including the agency’s top priorities. In response, Michaels explains, OSHA is constantly improving its internal process to vet the highest quality applicants possible to be accepted in the program.

Find Michaels’s complete remarks here.