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Our Story

Our story began in 1984 when OSHA first hosted a meeting for Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) site participants to network, gather and share the benefits of involvement in the VPP program. Unfortunately, the next year OSHA was unable to host a meeting for the group. Realizing the significance of the VPP meeting, two companies, Georgia Power and Mobil Chemical, took it upon themselves to sponsor the meeting instead. During this gathering, the attending participants decided to form an association that would provide support for companies participating in VPP. Ronald R. Amerson from Georgia Power was elected as the founding chair of the association.


35 years later and VPPPA has continued to be a leader in safety and health excellence with an ever-growing network of member sites and industry professionals. To read more about the history of VPPPA check out our timeline.


Our Celebration

It’s VPPPA’s 35th birthday. We’re celebrating by giving away birthday gifts ALL year long! Stay tuned as we will be giving away two new prizes each month. 

Answer this VPPPA trivia question correctly and you will be entered to win a $200 Amazon gift card!



Question: What year was the Leader magazine first released? (Hint: Check out our VPPPA timeline.)


Rules and Regs for Prizes
The rules and requirements to enter this contest are as follows:


  • To enter, please provide your answer, first name, last name, email address and phone number.
  • To be eligible to win, you must be a VPPPA member in good standing.
  • Winners are not eligible to win multiple prizes in the 35th Birthday Celebration.

NOTE: If you do not know your site’s member ID, please contact the national office by emailing the Membership team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




You have until November 22 at 3:00 pm ET to answer this question. A new question will be posted the week of November 25, 2019.

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Facts about 1984, the year VPPPA was born:

  • Apple Computer Inc unveiled the Macintosh personal computer for $1,995, selling almost 250,000 in 1984.
  • The Top Song was Like A Virgin by Madonna. Other influential songs included: White Horse by Laid Back, Better Be Good to Me by Tina Turner, Jam on It by Newcleus and Thriller by Michael Jackson
  • The Top Movies included Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, Indiana Jones and Gremlins
  • US Life Expectancy: Males: 71.1 years, Females: 78.2 years
  • Notable books include: You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay and What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Arlene Eisenberg & Heidi Murkoff
  • Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1984: $368,000
  • DNA fingerprinting was introduced.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first appeared in comic books. In 1987, the first TMNT cartoons appeared.
  • The World Population was ~4,726,000,000
  • In 1984 women earned 37% of computer science degrees. In 1998, women were at 27%. In 2011, only 12% of CS degrees went to women.
  • During the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, McDonald's "If the US wins, you win!" campaign for free food when USA wins a medal, causing big financial losses because team USA won more medals than expected, due to many Soviet countries boycotting the Olympics.
  • "Baby on Board" signs were marketed by their creator, Micheal Lerner.
  • In July of 1984 President Ronald Reagan called ice cream "a nutritious and wholesome food" and established National Ice Cream Month.
  • Bill Murray is thought to have coined the modern use of the phrase "you're toast" by adlibbing a line in Ghost Busters.


Top Ten Baby Names of 1984:

Jennifer, Jessica, Ashley, Amanda, Sarah, Michael, Chris, Topher, Matthew, Joshua, David