Safety+ Symposium

Maximizing the Potential of Voluntary Protection Programs Worksites Starts Here!

For over 30 years, the VPPPA Safety + Symposium is the only national educational event for VPP worksites to achieve and maintain safety and health excellence. Safety+ offers VPP participants the opportunity to engage with fellow attendees to exchange ideas, gain new perspectives, and grow professionally.

Registration is now open!

VPPPA’s Safety+ Symposium will be held in Washington, D.C. on August 23-25, 2022. Reconnect with your Occupational Safety & Health peers and learn how to further develop your passion for safety. Registration opens on February 22, 2022, don’t miss out on all of the fun!

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6:30am – 5:00pm — Registration

7:00am – 8:30am — Labor and Management Open Forum

10:00am – 11:30am — Opening General Session & Keynote

12:00pm – 1:15pm — Lunch

1:30pm – 2:15pm — Regional Business Meetings

2:30pm – 3:45pm — Workshops

4:00pm – 4:45pm — Workshops

4:50pm – 6:30pm — Regional Networking Reception

7:30am – 4:00pm — Registration

8:00am – 9:00am — Mega Sessions

9:00am – 4:00pm — Exhibit Hall Hours

9:00am – 10:00am — Expo Hall Opening & Brunch

10:15am – 11:30am — Workshops

11:45am – 12:30pm — Workshops

12:45pm – 2:00pm — Lunch in Expo Hall

2:00pm – 3:15pm — Workshops

3:15pm – 4:00pm — Expo Hall Break

4:00pm – 4:45pm — Workshops

A 2½ hour tour of Washington, D.C. fully narrated by licensed tour guide conductors. Includes stops at the FDR, Lincoln, Vietnam, Korean Veterans and Iwo Jima Memorials.

​Member Rate $50, Nonmember Rate $60

Please indicate your interest on your registration form as this event is RSVP only!

8:00am – 1:30pm — Exhibit Hall Open

8:00am – 9:00am — Coffee Break in Expo Hall

8:00am – 3:00pm — Registration

9:00am – 10:15am — Workshops

10:15am – 11:00am — Expo Hall Break

11:00am – 11:45am — Workshops

12:00pm – 1:00pm — Lunch in Expo Hall

1:15pm – 2:00pm — Workshops

2:15pm – 3:30pm — Workshops

3:45pm – 4:30pm — Closing General Session

6:00pm – 10:00pm — Closing Networking Reception (RSVP Required)

8:00am – 5:00pm — “SGE, Now What?” Post-Symposium Workshop

8:00am – 5:00pm — “VPP Application Workshop” Post-Symposium Workshop

8:00am – 12:00pm — “VPP Re-Approval Workshop” Post-Symposium Workshop

8:00am – 12:00pm — “VPP: Do Not Overlook Industrial Hygiene” Post-Symposium Workshop

* Schedule subject to change

Jonna Mendez

We are excited to welcome Jonna Mendez, former CIA Intelligence Officer, as a keynote speaker at the Safety+ Symposium, during the Opening General Session on Tuesday, August 23.


Jonna Mendez is a retired CIA intelligence officer with 27 years of service. During her career she lived overseas on multiple undercover assignments, serving tours of duty in Europe, South Asia, and the Far East. Her work took her throughout Western Europe, the sub-continent, and Asia.

She joined the CIA’s Office of Technical Service (OTS) in early 1970, an office remarkably similar to the “Q” Branch in the James Bond Movies. OTS provided the CIA with the technical wherewithal to facilitate its operations around the globe. Within a few years, she was overseas as a Technical Operations Officer with broad technical skills and a specialty in clandestine photography. Her duties included training the CIA’s most highly placed foreign assets, in some of the least hospitable countries in the world, in the use of spy cameras and processing the intelligence they gathered. Adding disguise skills to her resume, by 1993 she had risen to the position of CIA’s Chief of Disguise, where she was responsible for a worldwide staff that created identity transformations for both CIA officers and foreign assets working with the U.S. government.

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Occupational Safety takes on a slightly nuanced meaning when applied to Jonna’s career – a career as a technical operations officer doing massive international travel, collecting intelligence on the plans and intentions of our country’s enemies. Nevertheless, there are identifiable similarities across many professions. Using Moscow as one of the most challenging venues, Jonna would like to introduce you to the way the CIA handled day-to-day danger, both to its employees and to the foreign agents working for the CIA, keeping everyone out of harm’s way.

The VPPPA will be hosting its first Scholarship Golf Tournament on Sunday, August 21, to raise funds for our Scholarship Program. The VPPPA Scholarship Program offers four annual scholarships, each in the amount of $3,500, to support students who have demonstrated leadership and commitment to safety and health in their schools and communities. Members and family (child, grandchild, spouse) of full-member sites in good standing should apply for VPPPA scholarships when pursuing a vocational, undergraduate, or graduate degree in the safety, health, or environmental fields.

Included in your golf registration will be the green fees, carts fees, lunch, two drink ticket and transportation to the Renditions Golf Course. Grab three of your colleagues to form a group or sign up as a single player!


Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel
999 Ninth Street NW Washington, D.C. 20001
Phone: (202) 898-9000

​Deadline for hotel reservations is August 1, 2022.

Regular Hotel Reservations $184.00

Government Hotel Reservations $172.00

Reservation Deadline: August 1, 2022

A limited number of government rate rooms are available at the official hotel. Government employees are required to show a government ID to receive the government rate.


Walter E. Washington Convention Center

801 Mount Vernon Place NW,
Washington, DC 20001

By Metro:
Take the Orange, Red, or Yellow lines to the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro station or ride the Green and Yellow lines to the station at Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street Convention Center.
Visit for maps, schedules and more information on traveling by metro or bus.

By Train:
Take the Amtrak to Union Station.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (5 miles)
Washington Dulles International Airport (28 miles)
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (31 miles)

You’ll find parking spaces in several lots within blocks of the Convention Center, (available on a first come, first serve basis).

Booking Your Flight

Take advantage of the VPPPA and Delta cooperative program and earn SkyMiles for you and VPPPA through Delta’s SkyBonus® Program. When purchasing your tickets to attend the regional conferences online at, enter your SkyMiles number and the VPPPA SkyBonus® number (US458190813) in the information section. Be sure to save the VPPPA SkyBonus® number in your profile to continue earning more points on future flights.

Avoid “Housing Pirates!”

We have been informed that registrants have been contacted by fax, email or phone with offers for cut rate housing. The intent is to convince you that the offer is made on behalf of VPPPA, or that the soliciting company is a viable alternative to going to the hotel directly. This is NOT TRUE and generally leaves the conference attendee at a considerable disadvantage. Only use the phone numbers and links provided above to make your hotel reservations with the VPPPA conference hotels.

Want to get more involved? Ever thought about becoming a Special Government Employee (SGE)? VPPPA, in conjunction with OSHA, is pleased to offer a three-day SGE training course prior to the start of Safety+.

The course is free, but you must apply by July 15, 2022. Secure your spot today and take your safety career to the next level!

SGE Training Dates: August 20-22, 2022

Location: The Renaissance Washington D.C., the official hotel of the Safety+ Symposium

Deadline is July 15, 2022.


Exhibit Hall hours are subject to change.


2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Grand Opening of the VPPPA Expo 2022 Brunch
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


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9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Final touches only
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.


1:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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Logistics, General Questions
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Exhibits, Sponsorship, Advertising
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Advertising & Sales Coordinator

Workshops, Education, Speaker Management
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Senior Education Coordinator

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Partnership Manager

Communications, Press Needs, Media
Kerri Usher
Communications & Outreach Manager

Membership and Registration
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Membership & Outreach Manager

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