OSHA Challenge provides interested employers and workers the opportunity to gain assistance in improving their safety and health management systems. Challenge Administrators experienced in safety and health guide Challenge Participants through a three-stage process to implement an effective system to prevent fatalities, injuries, and illnesses. An electronic tool is provided which breaks down the actions, documentation, and results desired. Graduates of OSHA Challenge receive recognition from OSHA as they incrementally improve their safety and health management systems. OSHA Challenge is available to general industry and construction employers in the private and public sectors under OSHA's federal jurisdiction.
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How Do I Become an OSHA Challenge Participant?
First, an interested employer – referred to as an OSHA Challenge Candidate -- must associate itself with an appropriate Administrator. (Some employers may also qualify to be an Administrator for their own facilities.) The Candidate then completes a brief application that the Administrator submits to OSHA. Upon acceptance by OSHA, the Candidate becomes a Participant.
The Participant's primary contact with OSHA is through its Administrator, who will assist the employer to develop an effective safety and health management system by working through the stages of OSHA Challenge. Participants may begin at either stage one, two, or three -- placement is determined by the comprehensiveness of the safety and health management system already in place. Participants must show progression through the stages.
There are no direct costs for participating in this voluntary program.
How to Qualify as a Challenge Participant
The OSHA Challenge is open to General Industry and Construction employers in both private and public sectors under OSHA's federal jurisdiction. Candidates (prospective Participants) must be interested in and committed to improving their safety and health management systems and ultimately applying for VPP. Candidates also must have the sponsorship of an accepted Challenge Administrator. Once OSHA reviews and accepts a Challenge Candidate's application, the applicant becomes known as an OSHA Challenge Participant.
Challenge Administrators and How to Qualify
Administrators act as the primary contact for their OSHA Challenge Participants and OSHA. They guide Participants through the three structured stages to achieve incremental improvements in Participants' safety and health management systems. Administrators also play an important role in collecting and reporting information on each Candidate and Participant, such as progress and injury/illness data.
Challenge Administrators may be corporations, nonprofit associations, and federal agencies. However, Administrators may not be private safety and health consultants or for-profit associations.
OSHA will review potential Administrators' qualifications and make a decision. Requirements include demonstrated knowledge and experience in safety and health management systems, availability of adequate resources, and a commitment to the OSHA Challenge.
For More Information on OSHA Challenge, including the application process:
Contact the OSHA Office of Partnerships and Recognition at (202) 693-2213.
At this time, interested applicants may be accepted into the OSHA Challenge at OSHA's discretion as resources allow.
The OSHA Challenge will run for at least two years. OSHA will evaluate the program's effectiveness at the end of the first year and at the conclusion. Based on the evaluation, OSHA will decide whether to continue the program, convert it to an ongoing OSHA Challenge program, or terminate the program.
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