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Safety Engineers Support Congressional Efforts
May 24, 2010

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) supports Congressional efforts to restore funding to the budget for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), a program the Administration proposed to cut. ASSE supports restoring VPP’s funding and, while urging amendments to assure appropriately competent persons are involved and third party safety and health audits are included, new legislation that would set VPP into law and expand the program to small businesses.

ASSE supports both an amendment to the Senate budget resolution sponsored by Sen. Enzi that would restore OSHA’s VPP funding to Fiscal Year 2010 levels and SB 3257, Sen. Enzi’s bill to set into law VPP and expand the program to include more small businesses. ASSE President, C. Christopher Patton, CSP, notes the bill will help ensure that VPP avoids becoming a point of contention when priorities for OSHA change from one Administration to the next.

ASSE suggested the following amendment language be considered: Develop through negotiated rulemaking a third part audit system that will allow employers to meet the monitoring requirements under the program by engaging appropriately competent persons who, through existing accredited occupational safety and health professional certifications, can demonstrate their professional competence and independence.


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