U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

Workplace safety: OSHA seeks comments on VVP information collection procedures

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting public comment on proposed information collection requirements for the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP).

Established in 1982 to promote cooperation among government, industry and labor in the area of employee protection, the VPP recognizes effective worksite-based safety and health management systems.

Approval into VPP is OSHA’s official recognition of the outstanding efforts of employers and employees who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health. In order to earn and maintain VPP approval, participants must apply for entry into the program and undergo annual evaluations that indicate adherence to ongoing procedural enhancements and requirements.

OSHA recently modified procedures for VPP applicants including on-site evaluations and annual participant self-evaluations. In order to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of these procedures, OSHA has invited interested stakeholders to submit comments on the following aspects of the VPP:

whether the information collection requirements are necessary for the proper performance of the agency's functions, including whether the information is useful;

the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden (time and costs) of the information collection requirements, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

the quality, utility and clarity of the information collected; and

ways to minimize the burden on employers who must comply, for example, by using automated or other technological information collection and transmission techniques.

Comments are due by 4:45 p.m. on Monday, April 21, 2008, and may be submitted electronically at www.regulations.gov.

Comments are also being accepted via fax (OSHA Docket Office at 202.693.1648), or can be mailed (Attn: OSHA Docket Office, OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2007-0090, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Room N-2625, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20210).



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