AISI Supports the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Act, H.R. 632

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For Immediate Release:
March 18, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has voiced its support for a bill authorizing and strengthening the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).  VPP is a cooperative government-industry approach to improve workplace safety and health, a primary concern of the manufacturing sector and the steel industry.    AISI sent a letter of support to Representatives Tom Petri (R-WI) and Gene Green (D-TX) in support of their legislation, H.R. 632, which directs the Secretary of Labor to encourage establishment of comprehensive safety and health management systems and codifies the VPP to encourage excellence.

“The steel industry places the highest priority on occupational health and safety matters,” said Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of AISI.  “It is imperative that our valuable employees remain safe and healthy at their workplaces.”

By sharing information, best practices and the common goal of improving occupational safety and health, the steel industry has made substantial efforts to decrease the number and frequency of workplace incidents, Gibson said.  The VPP, in which a number of AISI member company facilities participate, is critical to improving collaborative efforts by OSHA, companies and employees to protect workers at steel facilities. 

“The VPP legislation is a critical step towards recognizing the importance of coordination between all stakeholders to maximize safety and health.  We urge all members of the House of Representatives to cosponsor H.R. 632, and support its passage this year,” concluded Gibson. 

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