Roe Introduces Bipartisan Voluntary Protection Program Act
“WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) introduced H.R. 1956, Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Act with Reps. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) and Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), and released the following statement:
“As a former small business owner, I knew one of my top priorities was to ensure a safe work environment for my employees by creating a culture of safety within my former practice,” said Roe. “For these reasons, I am proud to work with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to introduce the VPP Act. The VPP encourages employers to follow rigorous safety guidelines; and in exchange, they receive relief from the number of inspections to which their business is subjected. Not only do employers and employees benefit from the VPP and its safety initiatives, the federal government saves money on enforcement inspections and related actions; and our bill would ensure we continue to invest in these preventative efforts. I appreciate my colleagues supporting this legislation on a bipartisan basis and look forward to creating safer workplaces for American workers.”
Note: The VPP, first created by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration in 1982, currently has almost 2,200 participant worksites – 39 across the state of Tennessee – with 900,000 employees benefiting from this safety-oriented focus. The VPP sets performance-based criteria to make accidents less likely by encouraging businesses to proactively implement health and safety management training for employees. This approach has a proven record, with participant sites holding a Days Away Restricted or Transferred (DART) case rate of 52 percent below average. Read the full legislation here.