OSHA is requesting information on potential rulemaking to update the standards for powered industrial trucks used in the general, construction, and maritime industries. OSHA is requesting information on: the types, age, and usage of powered industrial trucks; maintenance and retrofitting; how to regulate older powered industrial trucks; types of accidents and injuries associated with operating these machines; costs and benefits of retrofitting the machines with safety features; and other components of a safety program. 

Welcome to our Member of the Month program! Have you, or a colleague, gone above and beyond at work? Nominate them to be a VPPPA Member of the Month. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get more information or to submit someone's name for consideration. 

A free report from the National Safety Council (NSC) reviews how employers can increase productivity and safety by reducing workplace fatigue. A single employee with sleep problems can cost an employer thousands of dollars in lost productivity, absenteeism, and more. With 97 percent of employees reporting at least one risk factor for fatigue, most employers are impacted by this issue. The NSC report discusses the effects of fatigue on the workplace and gives employers specific, actionable guidance on implementing a fatigue risk management system.

By February 15th of each year, VPP participants must submit their annual self-evaluation to their Regional VPP Manager. The injury and illness rates from the VPP participant's annual self-evaluations are forwarded to the National Office where OSHA uses the information to update records and statistics, to showcase successes related to implementation of VPP requirements, and to demonstrate that VPP participants are committed to continuously improving employee safety and health at their worksites.

The VPPPA is seeking nominations for the open board position of Director from a VPP Contractor/Construction Site. Click here to read more about joining the VPPPA National Board. 

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