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OSHA VPP and Other Cooperative Programs
Presented by Kate M. McMahon, Aaron R. Gelb, and Lindsay A. DiSalvo

Membership in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) has long been coveted by employers with exceptional safety programs. VPP recognizes employers that implement effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national averages for their industries. To be accepted into the Program, employers must undergo a rigorous onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals and are re-evaluated every three to five years on myriad metrics to remain in the Program. Importantly, VPP members are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections. However, VPP came under intense scrutiny from the Obama/Biden Administration because it was perceived as being too easy for employers get into, too difficult to be removed, and provided too much of an enforcement shield. With a transition back to a Democratic Administration, that negative view of VPP may resurface, resulting in further chipping away at participation opportunities and the attendant benefits to employers in the program.

This Webinar will examine the basics of VPP, discuss possible changes to participation and the impact on employers that are currently flying or wish to fly the VPP flag. Participants will learn:

• What is VPP
• Pros and Cons of participating in VPP
• How do you get in and remain in VPP
• Obama/Biden OSHA’s criticisms of and changes to VPP
• STAR and other Cooperative Programs

Aug 24, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Kathryn M. McMahon
Partner, OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice @Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Kathryn M. McMahon is a partner in the national OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group of Conn Maciel Carey LLP. She focuses her practice in the areas of occupational safety and health (OSHA) law and environmental law. Ms. McMahon helps clients manage incident and fatality inspections, and litigation related to alleged violations by federal OSHA and state OSHA programs. She also represents industry stakeholders in all aspects of OSHA rulemaking, including proposed rules regarding silica, injury and illness recordkeeping, hexavalent chromium, and beryllium, among others.
Aaron R. Gelb
Partner, OSHA and Labor & Employment Practices @Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Aaron R. Gelb Heads Conn Maciel Carey’s new Chicago office. His practice specializes in labor & employment and OSHA litigation. He has extensive experience litigating equal employment opportunity matters in federal and state courts, having tried numerous cases to verdict and defended employers before the EEOC as well as fair employment agencies nationwide. Aaron also advises employers through inspections, investigations, and enforcement actions involving fed OSHA and state OSH programs, and manages the full range of litigation against OSHA.
Lindsay A. DiSalvo
Associate, OSHA and Labor & Employment Practices @Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Lindsay A. DiSalvo is an associate in both Conn Maciel Carey LLP's national OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group and Labor and Employment Group, where she focuses her practice on all aspects of occupational safety & health law. Ms. DiSalvo represents employers in inspections, investigations and enforcement actions involving OSHA, the Chemical Safety Board, MSHA, EPA and state and local safety related agencies. She also handles all aspects of OSHA litigation, from criminal prosecutions to appeals of citations.