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The Voluntary Protection Programs recognize worksites committed to effective employee protection beyond the requirements of OSHA standards and encourage cooperative relationships among labor, management, unions and government. The Leominster plant's "Star" designation came after an OSHA team's on-site review of its application and safety and health programs, interviews with employees and a complete tour of the worksite.
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Through the VPP, employers and employees have experienced significant decreases in fatalities, injuries and illnesses; associated cost reductions including lowered workers' compensation expenses; positive changes in company culture and attitudes toward safety and health and average injury rates 50 percent lower than other companies in their industry. VPP membership is open to deserving employers in any industry.
Requirements include a high degree of management support for and employee involvement in job health and safety; a high-quality worksite hazard analysis; prevention and control programs and comprehensive safety and health training for all employees. Each of these elements must be effective, in place and in operation for at least one year before a company can apply to join the program.