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September 27, 2017

Bennet Introduces Bill to Cement Successful Worker Safety Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) this week introduced legislation to make permanent a successful workplace health and safety program for both public and private employers.

"Workers across Colorado and the country should be confident that their safety is a priority in their workplace," Bennet said. "VPP is a proven model that encourages labor and management to work together to ensure safety across the country. This legislation would allow VPP to continue conducting its successful and cost-effective work to improve health and safety in workplaces."

The Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Act, originally introduced in April 2016, would codify an effective program operated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) encouraging workplaces to incorporate voluntary programs to improve the health and safety of their worksites. The program reduces OSHA inspection burdens on workplaces that have a proven commitment to safety and a record of compliance with standards. Participating worksites must implement safety and health management programs, and maintain below-average injury and illness.

Since VPP was created in 1982, it has grown to incorporate more than 2,000 worksites.

Click HERE for a copy of the bill.

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