b'US Department of Labor seeking publicOSHA-2022-0012, using the Federal e-Rulemaking comments on modernizing program thatPortal. The deadline for comments is April 14, 2023. recognizes employers committed to best safety, health practicesLearn more about OSHA and the VoluntaryProtection Programs. OSHAs successful Voluntary Protection Program helps provide safe workplaces ### Media Contacts: WASHINGTONThe U.S. Department of Labor announced that its Occupational Safety and HealthAmanda McClure, 202-693-4675, Administration is inviting the public and workplacemcclure.amanda.c@dol.gov safety stakeholders to share their comments on howVictoria Godinez, 202-693-4667 , the agency can best honor companies who make godinez.victoria.c@dol.gov exceptional commitments to workplace safety and health, and encourage others to follow.Release Number:23-226-NATEstablished in 1982, OSHAs Voluntary Protection Program recognizes workplaces that demonstrate best practices in safety and health management and serve as industry models. In the last 40 years, the program has attracted a wide variety of organizations in many industries. VPPs success has stretched OSHAresources and made it more difficult to ensure the quality of program applicants safety and healthmanagement systems.By opening the program to public comments, OSHA seek input from all perspectives to assist the agency as it modernizes and enhances the VPP, andcontinues to promote the use of workplace safety and health management systems. The VoluntaryProtection Programs modernization project isseeking stakeholder input on issues such as:Aligning the program more closely with recent occupational safety and health managementpractices and system standards. How the program can contribute to expanding the use and effectiveness of safety and healthmanagement systems. Whether and how resources and tools such as special government employees, consensus standards, third-party auditors and other methods could serve to expand the programs capacity without compromising effectiveness and over-sight. Whether particular categories of hazards need special attention in the VPP certification process.OSHA is asking a series of questions in 10 sections to elicit useful responses to support the projects aims. Interested members of the public should submit comments and attachments, identified by Docket No.6'