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It's that time of year again! In conjunction with Safety+ 2017, taking place Aug. 29- Sept. 1, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana, elections are scheduled to be held for VPPPA National Board of Directors' positions. This year there are seven open positions.

We are thrilled to announce our newest contest #HowISafety. One of the greatest things about our members is their passion for safety! This contest is an excellent way for members to share their personal experiences and spread awareness of safety practices.

We couldn’t make this contest any easier if we tried! To ensure each of our members are receiving the benefits they deserve, we need your site rosters to be updated. Please update the roster that was included in our membership mailing with all of your current employees.

On March 9, 2017, Representative Todd Rokita (R-IN), along with Representatives Gene Green (D-TX) and Martha Roby (R-AL), re-introduced H.R. 1444, the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Act.  The VPP Act is legislation to make permanent a key voluntary workplace safety program.  This is the second consecutive Congress in which Rep. Rokita, Rep. Green, and Rep. Roby have introduced this bipartisan legislation.

The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association (VPPPA) and the Louisiana Governor’s Safety & Health Conference are teaming up in 2017 to present the joint safety and health event, Safety+, an Integrated Safety & Health Management Systems Symposium. The event will take place in New Orleans, LA, Aug. 29 – Sept. 1, 2017. The two events will join thousands of safety and health professionals from across the country and expose both sides to new best practices, training, safety equipment, ideas and safety and health vendors.

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.