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VPPPA's educational offerings are the number one source of best practices, knowledge and skills for worksites striving to improve their safety and health management systems. Focused on the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), VPPPA conferences, workshops and webinars also provide valuable information and training for general safety and health as well as worksites participating in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (VPP).



Spreading the message...

The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association, Inc., is dedicated to spreading the word about VPP and other voluntary occupational safety, health and environmental programs. The association works as a liaison between member sites and the news media to promote the successes of VPP companies. The association is also committed to keeping members informed of the latest regulatory developments, industry news and association activities through several printed and electronic publications.



The award-winning VPPPA Mentoring Program is a formal process to assist companies/facilities interested in the VPP or improving their safety and health management systems. The program matches interested sites with current VPP Star sites to help them achieve VPP recognition. The association utilizes a network of regional coordinators and agency officials in establishing a mentoring relationship. Depending on preferences indicated on the VPPPA Mentoring Application Form, coordinators consider similar experiences, industries, geographic location and union representation when choosing prospective mentors. Once a match has been made, the sites form a unique relationship based on the needs of the mentored site and the time and resources available to the mentor.

The VPPPA Mentoring Program is a free resource provided by the association to sites regardless of membership status. For more information, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Region VI needs SGE's

The SGE Program was established to allow industry employees to work alongside OSHA during Voluntary Protection Programs' (VPP) onsite evaluations. Not only does this innovative program benefit OSHA by supplementing its on-site evaluation teams, but it gives industry and government an opportunity to work together and share views and ideas. Qualified volunteers from VPP sites are eligible to participate in the SGE program. These volunteers must be approved by OSHA and funded by their companies to participate. After submitting an application and completing the required training, these volunteers are sworn in as SGEs and are approved to assist as VPP on-site evaluation team members. As VPP grows, the support of SGEs will continue to be a critical component of the programs. The SGE Program encompasses the spirit of VPP - industry, labor, and government cooperation. This cooperation embodies the idea of continuous improvement, which allows SGEs to bring a unique perspective to the team effort and take back to their sites ideas and best practices to further improve worker protections.


Contact the OSHA Office of Partnerships and Recognition at (202) 693-2213  or the VPP Manager at your OSHA Regional Office for further assistance.

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