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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 16. Labor And Employment
Agency 25. Safety And Health Codes Board
Chapter 200. Virginia Voluntary Protection Program

16VAC25-200-30. Categories of participation.

A. Categories of participation may include:

1. Site-based fixed worksites and long-term construction sites, including traditional Star and Merit designations.

2. Challenge participants where employers are guided by challenge administrators through a three-stage process, which can prepare an employer to achieve VPP Star status.

3. Mobile workforce participants where employers often work as subcontractors and move from site to site.

4. Corporate participants that have adopted VPP on a large scale.

B. Levels of recognition:

1. Star worksite status recognizes the safety and health excellence of worksites where workers are successfully protected from fatality, injury, and illness by the implementation of comprehensive and effective workplace safety and health management systems. These worksites are self-sufficient in identifying and controlling workplace hazards.

2. Merit worksite status recognizes worksites that have good safety and health management systems and that show the willingness, commitment, and ability to achieve site-specific goals that will qualify them for Star participation.

a. If the onsite evaluation team recommends participation in the Merit program, the site must then complete a set of goals in order to maintain Merit status and qualify for the Star program.

b. Merit goals must address Star requirements not presently in place or aspects of the safety and health management system that are not up to Star quality.

c. Methods for improving the safety and health management system that will address identified problem areas must be included in Merit goals.

d. Correction of a specific hazardous condition must be a 90-day item, not a Merit goal. However, when a safety and health management system deficiency underlies a specific hazardous condition, then corrections to the system must be included as Merit goals.

e. Reducing a three-year TCIR or DART rate to below the national average is not by itself an appropriate Merit goal. Corrections to safety and health management system deficiencies underlying the high rate must be included in the Merit goals.

f. Merit worksites are given a three-year conditional goal of achieving Star status. A participant must meet Star rate requirements within the first two years of its Merit participation. This is to afford an additional year's experience, for a total of no more than three years to gain Star approval.

g. A Merit participant qualifies for Star when it has met its Merit goals, Star rate requirements, and when all other safety and health elements and sub-elements are operating at Star quality.

h. A Merit participant may qualify for the Star program before the end of its Merit term if the participant meets all conditions in subdivision 2 g of this subsection.

3. Challenge recognizes three stages of accomplishment as specified in 16VAC25-200-40 B.

C. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit the commissioner from establishing programs that are site-specific, company-wide, statewide, or any combination thereof.

Statutory Authority

§§ 40.1-22 and 40.1-49.13 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 34, Issue 9, eff. January 25, 2018.

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