Present the pros and cons of an employer participating in the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) or the Star Program. Based on the pros and cons, explain why you would or would not recommend participation to an employer where you worked.
Discuss the predicament that a safety professional faces knowing that some OSHA regulations are outdated and may not provide adequate protection for workers. Recommend an approach that you believe would overcome the issue.
In 2017, the Acme Company had 30 individuals with recordable injuries, four individuals with a recordable illness from an occupational exposure, but no fatalities. The company had 400 employees who worked 40-hour weeks with 2 weeks off during the year. Calculate the total injury and illness rate (IR) for the company in 2017 using the following formula: IR = N X 200,000 ÷ T (N = number of injuries illnesses, and fatalities; Y = total hours worked by all employees during the period in question). Discuss how the calculated IR might be used by OSHA in determining programmed inspection schedules and how the company might use the IR to improve safety at the facility.
Explain your thoughts on OSHA’s use of incorporation by reference and whether you believe it improves safety and health in the workplace. Discuss how you believe standards that are incorporated by reference can be used to improve safety and health at a workplace you know about.
Your answer must be at least 200 words in length.