In today's business, many tools and systems exist for verifying your company's commitment to the customer. For example, a well-implemented ISO 9000 system can speak directly to your commitment to quality. However, the question still exists, how can a company's commitment to safety of the employees be measured? Would you be surprised to find out a system that speaks to that very commitment has existed for over twenty years?
In 1982, the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) was developed as a cooperative compliance program intended to unite private industry and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration under the shared vision of employee protection. The VPP program was designed to recognize and promote effective safety and health management and to provide candidates with a mechanism for obtaining a desired performance.