The Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) in Nevada recognizes employers and workers who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries. In the VPP, management, labor, and SCATS work cooperatively and proactively to prevent fatalities, injuries, and illnesses. These goals are achieved through a system focused on hazard prevention and control, worksite analysis, training, management commitment and worker involvement.
To participate, employers must submit an application to SCATS and undergo a rigorous on-site evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. Union support is required for applicants represented by a bargaining unit. VPP participants are re-evaluated every three to five years to remain in the programs. VPP participants are exempt from OSHA Enforcement programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status.
The Nevada VPP promotes effective worksite-based safety and health. In the VPP, management, labor, and SCATS establish cooperative relationships at workplaces that have implemented a comprehensive safety and health management system. Approval into VPP is OSHA’s official recognition of the outstanding efforts of employers and employees.
Why Should Your Business Participate?
Protect workers from workplace hazards
Work with SCATS to identify and implement best practices to protect your workers
Develop innovative safety and health programs
IMPROVE YOUR CULTURE
Create a better working environment
Boost worker morale by involving workers
Improve communication in the workplace
BUILD A REPUTATION
Receive official recognition from DIR/SCATS
Become a leader in your industry
Attract skilled workers looking for a safe and healthy workplace
Lower worker compensation premiums
Improve your worker retention
Reduce worker days away from work
How can your business participate in VPP?
Submit your VPP application to SCATS
Involve employees in the safety process
Correct all hazards identified
Implement and maintain effective safety and health programs
Maintain your company’s accident and injury rates below the national average for your industry
Have a minimum of one year operating history under your current health and safety management system
Permit the company’s name to be used in the publicity and recognition activities of the program