February 1, 2017





Falls Church, Va. – 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.

Maddox’s array of VPP experience spans initiatives to implement VPP for 37 NuStar Energy sites, mentoring services for more than 30 companies striving to attain VPP status, serving as a special government employee (SGE) and participating in nearly 130 VPP on-site audits and serving as the voice of VPPPA as a subject matter expert when presenting to hundreds of congressional leaders and other companies on the value, mechanics and elements of the program.

He has been recognized by the Former Assistant Secretary of Labor at OSHA, Edwin Foulke and the VPPPA Region VI regional administrator for assisting OSHA with process safety management training requirements. Additionally, he has been instrumental in VPP training at a local level for regional coordinators in New Mexico as well as for OSHA employees at the federal level.

Maddox’s long-term relationships with congressional leaders resulted in the bipartisan Voluntary Protection Program Act (H.R. 2500) being introduced in the House of Representatives in 2015 by Congressman Gene Green (D-TX), Congressman Todd Rokita (R-IN) and Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-AL). In 2016, a companion bill was introduced in the Senate (S.2881) sponsored by Michael Enzi (R-WY) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) to make the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) a permanent part of the workplace safety picture.

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.