Over the next three to five years, the Risk Management and Safety Department will be working with faculty and staff across the University and the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) to earn certification through the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).
VPP certification is a coveted mark of workplace safety, and data shows that injury rates are 50 to 70 percent lower at VPP workplaces than at workplaces that are not certified. In order to achieve certification, the University’s injury rate must be at or below the industry average for colleges and universities, and then IOSHA will assess the University against a set of criteria.
Everyone has a role to play in decreasing workplace injuries. RMS has established a VPP Outreach Committee that will be visiting leadership teams across campus and sharing next steps to create a safer workplace environment.
How can you help?
Report potential hazards or near misses through the Incident Reporting Tool.
While the University’s ultimate goal would be to have no work-related injuries, pursuing VPP certification is one major step towards this goal. Learn more about the Voluntary Protection Program at Notre Dame.
Originally published by Marissa Gebhard at riskmanagement.nd.edu on February 19, 2019.