March 7, 2017





Falls Church, Va. – 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.

Mike Guillory, chairman of VPPPA said “We are excited about this opportunity to partner with the Louisiana Governor’s Safety & Health Conference. We have been looking for more opportunities to work with safety professionals on a state level and expose more people to safety excellence education and trade ideas. Safety+ will continue to provide excellent resources and education for both VPP and non-VPP companies.”

Kathy Trahan, President/CEO, Alliance Safety Council stated “We are thrilled to be partnering with VPPPA and taking our Louisiana Governor's Safety & Health Conference on the road this year. Together, these two conferences will provide safety professionals with an abundance of timely educational workshops and strategic networking opportunities. It is our belief that these collective venues for information sharing will help to create safer, healthier workplaces.”

VPPPA unveiled a new name and logo for their annual event, formerly the Annual National VPPPA Safety & Health Conference, in January 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.

VPPPA, Inc., is the world’s leading organization dedicated to cooperative occupational safety and health management systems. Consisting of both VPP and non-VPP companies, member sites continuously striving to achieve safety and health excellence. VPPPA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization.