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The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association is pleased to announce that VPP veteran, Mike Maddox, formerly vice president of corporate VPP for NuStar Energy, has been hired as the executive director of the association. Maddox brings more than 20 years of VPP experience to this role along with more than 40 years of occupational safety and health experience.  He retired as chairman of the association in August 2016 and from NuStar Energy in January 2017.

The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association unveiled a new name and logo for their 2017 annual event, taking place in New Orleans, LA, Aug. 29 – Sept. 1, 2017. The new name, Safety+, reflects the evolving identity of the association as a resource for all safety and health professionals including non-VPP-centric companies working towards safety and health excellence. The change represents the successful transition of the association as the premier global safety and health organization rather than a place that is only for companies who are VPP.

Welcome to 21st century safety where mobile devices (smart phones and tablets) can be used for more than texting, navigating and catching Pokémon. Safety procedures, guidance documents, checklists, JSA’s, etc. can be available for employees anytime, anywhere on any mobile device. In 2020, over 50 percent of the workforce will be Generation X and Generation Y; they have lived with mobile devices in their hands since childhood. 

Falls from heights and on the same level (a working surface) are among the leading causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. OSHA has issued a final rule on Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems to better protect workers in general industry from these hazards by updating and clarifying standards and adding training and inspection requirements.