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Labor IG Criticizes OSHA’S VPP Oversight;
Michaels Defends Efforts, Will Mull Changes

Dec. 26, 2013, 5:00 AM

More than 10 percent of employers in the Voluntary Protection Program of the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration had injury and illness rates above industry averages or were cited by the for violations, according to a report released by the department’s Office of Inspector General Dec. 16.

The report, Voluntary Protection Program: Controls Are Not Sufficient to Ensure Only Worksites With Exemplary Safety and Health Systems Remain in the Program (No. 02-14-201-10-105), was intended to determine whether OSHA sufficiently oversaw the VPP during fiscal 2012. The program exempts participants from most programmed OSHA inspections as long as the ...

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