Public Meeting Notices
|2014 Wage Info|
• AMW Statutory
Max - $4,256.94
• Arizona Minimum Wage - $7.90
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- 08/20/14: Federal OSHA extends comment period for proposed amendments to recordkeeping regulations to October 14, 2014. For more information, click here.
- 08/01/14: Commission posts 2014 Summary of Commission Action regarding Physicians' and Pharmaceutical Fee Schedule.
- 07/02/14: Annual ICA Claims Seminar (Aug 14-15) is fast approaching and there are deadlines for room and registration! Details here.
- 06/26/14: Commission adopts AMW Statutory Max for CY 2015: $4,337.82 - details here
- 05/23/14: Cool off at the ADOSH Summer Safety Summit in Flagstaff July 23-24 at Sinagua Middle School! OSHA 10-hour classes and over 24 safety presentations planned for Arizona's employers and employees! - details here
- 05/12/14: Annual ICA Claims Seminar is scheduled for August 14-15, 2014 at the Wigwam Resort Hotel in Litchfield Park, AZ. Details now available . . .
- 05/06/14: Arizona responds to Federal OSHA's threat to take action against Arizona state OSHA plan. Click here to read response.
- 04/30/14: Training Webinars in Claims Handling & Processing - Fall 2014 [Sorry - No more Spring webinars] - click for info about Fall classes
- 04/14/14: The Special Fund Insolvent Carrier (SB1310) report has been updated. To view updated report, click here. To view original report see Recent News entry for 12/12/13 below.
- 04/03/14: SCF Companies Become CopperPoint. Details here.
- 03/20/14: Federal OSHA threatens action against Arizona state OSHA plan. Click here to read letter.
- 01/15/14: AZ Medical Data Report for Service Year 2012 now available - details here
- 12/12/13: Special Fund Insolvent Carrier (SB1310) To view report, click here. This report has been updated. To view update, see 04/14/14 Recent News entry above.
- 10/17/13: Commission announces Arizona minimum wage of $7.90 for CY 2014
- 09/05/13: Admin & Special Fund Assessment Rates for CY 2014
- 09/03/13: Commission posts 2013-2014 Physicians' and Pharmaceutical Fee Schedule (Eff Oct 1, 2013) - sign in here to access it
- 07/10/13: Commission adopts AMW Statutory Max for CY 2014: $4,256.94
- 02/11/13: The Claims Division has developed a procedure for Change of Physician Requests under A.R.S. § 23-1062.02. - details here
- 10/31/12: Claims Division Revises AMW Procedure Effective Dec 3, 2012
- 06/11/12: 2010 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries [Revised] Available
- 04/27/12: Commission recognizes National Workers' Memorial Day
- 03/29/12: New Arizona-Specific Residential Fall Protection Effective March 27, 2012 - details here
- 11/22/11: OSHA Videos Now Available: Preventing Construction Worksite Hazards
- 10/14/11: Commission announces Arizona minimum wage for CY 2012
- 07/06/11: New Cranes and Derricks, Hexavalent Chromium, and Steel Erection Safety Standards
Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH)
Bill Warren, Director
800 W Washington St, Phoenix AZ 85007
(PO Box 19070, Phoenix AZ 85005-9070)
Phone: (602) 542-5795
Toll Free: (855) 268-5251
FAX: (602) 542-1614
2675 East Broadway, Tucson AZ 85716
Phone: (520) 628-5478
Toll Free: (855) 268-5251
FAX: (520) 322-8008
Click for Phone List of ICA Divisions
What is VPP?
The Voluntary Protection Program promotes effective worksite-based safety and health. In the VPP, management, labor, and ADOSH establish cooperative relationships at workplaces that have implemented a comprehensive safety and health management system. Approval into VPP is ADOSH's official recognition of the outstanding efforts of employers and employees who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health.
How was VPP started?
On August 30, 1993, the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health submitted a plan change supplement concerning Arizona’s Voluntary Protection Program. After federal review of the Arizona VPP, Arizona’s program was found to be generally identical to the federal Voluntary Protection Programs. The exception is that the state’s VPP is limited to the Star Program in general industry, which includes political subdivisions, but excludes the Merit and Demonstration Programs and the construction industry. Arizona’s VPP Program was approved December 30, 1993.
In Arizona, an applicant must have an average injury incidence rate and lost workday rate for a three-year period that is at or below the national average for the employer’s industry and a comprehensive safety and health program that is and has been in effect for at least one year. A worksite must ensure management commitment to worker safety and health protection, a written safety and health program, worksite analysis of existing or potential hazards, hazard prevention and control, safety and health training, employee involvement in safety and health activities and annual program evaluations. In addition, there must be formal signed statements from any collective bargaining agents indicating their support of the VPP application.
How Does VPP Work?
In practice, VPP sets performance-based criteria for a managed safety and health system, invites sites to apply, and then assesses applicants against these criteria. ADOSH's verification includes an application review and a rigorous onsite evaluation by a team of ADOSH safety and health experts.
ADOSH approves qualified sites to the status of "Star"--the highest recognition level in the VPP. Sites that make the grade must submit annual self-evaluations and undergo periodic onsite re-evaluations to remain in the programs.
Check out our VPP Stars!!
Read ADOSH's Affirmation of Commitment to VPP.
How Has VPP Improved Worker Safety & Health?
Statistical evidence for VPP's success is impressive. The average VPP worksite has a Days Away Restricted or Transferred (DART) case rate of 52% below the average for its industry. These sites typically do not start out with such low rates. Reductions in injuries and illnesses begin when the site commits to the VPP approach to safety and health management and the challenging VPP application process.
How Does VPP Benefit Employers?
Fewer injuries and illnesses mean greater profits as workers' compensation premiums and other costs plummet. Entire industries benefit as VPP sites evolve into models of excellence and influence practices industry-wide.
How Does VPP Benefit ADOSH?
ADOSH gains a corps of ambassadors enthusiastically spreading the message of safety and health system management. These partners also provide ADOSH with valuable input and augment its limited resources.
What is Mentoring?
The mentoring program, formalized in 1994, matches a potential VPP site with a current VPP site. The mentor site helps the candidate improve its safety and health management system and assists managers and employees in preparing for participation in the VPP.
How do I get started?
If you are interested in finding out more about the VPP program, you may obtain additional information on this web site here, or contact Jessie Atencio, Assistant Director, at (520) 628-5478, or Babak Emami, Consultation Supervisor, at (602) 542-1769.