The voting for VPPPA’s Got Talent ends Feb. 26! To vote, visit our YouTube page and click the “thumbs up” icon located directly below the video on the right. The contestant with the most “likes” will receive complimentary national conference registration, free airfare and lodging at the Gaylord Palms.

One challenge faced by companies is getting employee safety training to stick. Several VPP-approved sites are employing interactive training methods to encourage a higher level of engagement, improve training oversight and strengthen project safety culture. Interactive training methods—often referred to as simulator, mock-up or scenario-based training—immerse employees in an environment they can experience, rather than read about.

In an unexpected move, Congress paved the way for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to increase its monetary penalties for the first time since 1990. The federal budget agreement passed in late October contains provisions for the agency to increase maximum fines to make up for previous inflation in the intervening 25 years. It also provides for annual increases to match subsequent inflation.

OSHA is unveiling a public review draft of its updated Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines. In order to make the guidelines as effective and useful as possible, OSHA is asking stakeholders and experts to send their comments about the guidelines.

Falls Church, VA – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has strengthened the Special Government Employee (SGE) Program for its Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). In a July 30, 2015, update to the guiding document for the program, OSHA expanded the role of SGEs in VPP evaluations, allowing the agency to make greater use of VPP company expertise.

Sing your way to VPPPA's 32nd Annual National VPPPA Safety & Health Conference! This year we introduced VPPPA’s Got talent and it was such a huge success that we’re bringing it back! Not only did we receive many quality submissions, but the eventual winner of the contest, Annette Eaves, started the conference on a high-note by performing a heartwarming rendition of the National Anthem, during the 31st Annual National VPPPA Safety & Health Conference’s Opening General Session.

The Leader was nominated for a national Folio award for editorial excellence! The annual awards program—spanning all corners of the magazine publishing industry—recognizes the very best in editorial and design. It’s the most comprehensive and prestigious awards program of its kind in the industry.

As part of the VPP Participants’ Association’s (VPPPA) congressional outreach, dedicated volunteers shared their experiences with the programs with over 100 congressional offices, representing all corners of the country and crossing party lines. Despite its small size, VPP helps to protect approximately one million workers across the U.S. at more than 2,300 different worksites. These congressional outreach events help to keep VPP on the minds of Congress and their staffs. Two outreach participants agreed to share their experiences with the visits and share their advice for newcomers.

The privately-owned railroad industry, which operates trains on more than 140,000 miles of track in the U.S., is a vital part of the nation’s economy. Railroads efficiently move large quantities of freight over long distances. According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), railroads move almost 40 percent of freight in the U.S., and tonnage is expected to increase by more than 22 percent in the next 25 years.


GRAPEVINE – On Monday, Rep. Gene Green (D-TX-29) attended the National Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association (VPPPA) Safety & Health Conference in Grapevine, Texas. He received an award for his Congressional leadership on workplace safety and the Voluntary Protection Program Act, and spoke to participants.

Falls Church, VA – On June 3, 2015, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed a bill for the historic Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Act in Virginia. The bill will continue developing the successful VPP system, which encourages companies to take safety above and beyond the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) safety requirements. Senator Kenneth Alexander (D-Norfolk) and Delegate G. Manoli Loupassi (R-Richmond), cosponsored the bill which passed unanimously in the general assembly.

ARLINGTON, Va. (January 16, 2015) – The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has received American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval for ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2014, American National Standard-Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies.

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02/04/16

The voting for VPPPA’s Got Talent ends Feb. 26! To vote, visit our YouTube page and click the “thumbs up” icon located directly below the video on the right. The contestant with the most “likes” will receive complimentary national conference registration, free airfare and lodging at the Gaylord Palms.

11/19/15

In an unexpected move, Congress paved the way for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to increase its monetary penalties for the first time since 1990. The federal budget agreement passed in late October contains provisions for the agency to increase maximum fines to make up for previous inflation in the intervening 25 years. It also provides for annual increases to match subsequent inflation.

11/16/15

OSHA is unveiling a public review draft of its updated Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines. In order to make the guidelines as effective and useful as possible, OSHA is asking stakeholders and experts to send their comments about the guidelines.