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MOSH's mission is to promote and assure workplace safety and health, and reduce workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. MOSH achieves its mission through various means, including consultation services, compliance assistance, outreach, education, cooperative programs, and workplace enforcement of applicable laws and regulations. By accomplishing this mission, MOSH saves lives, enhances the quality of life of working men and women and contributes to the economic vitality of the state.
Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH)
Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) works to improve the safety and health of Maryland's working men and women in both the public and private sector by providing consultation services, outreach and educational programs, establishing partnerships, setting and enforcing standards, and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. MOSH, with the assistance of the MOSH Advisory Board, develops and proposes rules and regulations designed to prevent accidents and occupational diseases in every occupation or place of employment in Maryland.
Voluntary Protection Program - What is the Maryland VPP?
The Maryland Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) is a cooperative effort by the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) and participating employers to extend worker protection beyond the minimum required by MOSH standards. VPP is designed to:
- Recognize the outstanding achievements of participating employers who have successfully incorporated comprehensive safety and health management programs into their total management system.
- Motivate other employers to achieve excellent safety and health performance in the same manner.
- Enable employers to establish a cooperative relationship with MOSH.
Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP)
SHARP is a recognition program administered by MOSH for smaller, high-hazard employers who operate exemplary safety and health programs. SHARP rewards businesses with exemplary programs by removing their company's name from MOSH's Programmed Inspection Schedule. Becoming a SHARP company takes commitment and dedication as indicated in the requirements below. A single consultation visit does not automatically make you a SHARP member.
Employers requesting SHARP must meet the following criteria:
- Be a fixed worksite (construction companies are not eligible)
- Have at least one year operating history
- Have lost workday injury and illness rate and Total Recordable Case Rate at levels below the national average for their industry SIC (Standard Industrial
- Classification codes
- Agree to a comprehensive safety and health consultative survey and to correct all hazards identified by the MOSH Consultants. Agree to follow-up visits by the Consultants.
- Agree to notify the Consultation Program Manager prior to making any changes in working conditions or work processes that might introduce new hazards into the workplace.
- Implement an effective safety and health program addressing, at a minimum, the elements of the1989 Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines
- Involve employees in the development, operation, and improvement of all elements of the workplace safety and health program.
Employers that join the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) reduce workplace accidents, injuries and workers compensation costs while increasing employee morale and productivity.
Construction Cooperative Compliance Partnership
The Cooperative Compliance Partnership (CCP) is a new way for employers in the State of Maryland and Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) to partner together, outside the scope of traditional compliance enforcement, to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for the workers in Maryland.
The purpose of a CCP is to recognize employers with proactive safety and health programs and, in turn, have MOSH work with the employer to ensure employees are not exposed to hazards. The program has been running for several years in construction activities, and has exceeded our expectations as a way to ensure safe workplaces while improving employer relationships.