VPPPA represents its membership through a positive relationship with several federal agencies, including: the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the Department of Labor (DOL), the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). These relationships provide the membership base with a direct line of contact to the agencies responsible for running the programs in which they participate.
With legislation currently before Congress, VPPPA strives to keep members informed on legislative and regulatory developments that affect the VPP community.
VPPPA works closely with the OSHA National Office to assist in their collection of success stories. Collection of these stories enables OSHA and VPPPA to make a strong argument about the benefits of VPP. This is a way to separate VPP worksites from non-VPP worksites to opponents of the program. VPPPA member success stories help with recruitment into the program.
VPPPA member sites are encouraged to share success stories and personal experiences with OSHA. To view examples of previous submissions, please visit the OSHA website.
Visit the About VPP Programs to learn more about OSHA VPP.
DOE-VPP underwent a significant re-organization in an effort to strengthen the program. Visit the DOE website to learn more about this restructure.
Visit the About VPP Programs to learn more about DOE-VPP.
NIOSH is the federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. NIOSH is part of the Center for Disease Control in the Department of Health and Human Services.
The Voluntary Protection Program Act was introduced into both chambers of Congress earlier in 2011. Sens. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) put forward Senate Bill 807 (S.807) (PDF). They were joined by Reps. Tom Petri (R-Wis.) and Gene Green (D-Texas) with House Bill 1511 (H.R.1511) (PDF). This legislation codifies VPP, making it law and granting it budget authority. Additionally, it encourages wider participation by small businesses. The text of the legislation can be found at the links above. To check the current status of each bill, please follow these links for the Senate and House legislation at the Library of Congress's website.
The Unions and VPP document presents perspectives from union employees about how VPP empowers employees and encourages management commitment to workplace safety and health.