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State VPP Programs
The federally operated VPP is available wherever OSHA has jurisdiction. For the 21 states and two U.S. territories that operate their own safety and health programs for the private sector, and the three states with programs for the public sector, VPP is optional. Nineteen states and Puerto Rico have established programs modeled after the federal VPP and approved by OSHA. Additionally, Hawaii is committed to establishing a VPP-type program, and Vermont and the U.S. Virgin Islands are considering it.

To receive OSHA approval, a state's VPP must be at least as effective as the federal VPP, but not necessarily identical. Many states have crafted VPPs with different requirements and program structures. For example, nine of the state-operated VPPs offer only the Star level. To qualify for North Carolina's Carolina Star, a worksite's injury and illness case incidence rate must be half of the state average or better. In South Carolina's Palmetto Star program, a worksite's case incidence rate and its rate for days away from work, restricted activity, or job transfer due to a workplace injury or illness must be 50 percent below the state average for the past 3 years. Minnesota and Wyoming offer participation to general industry, construction, and public-sector worksites. Other states offer more limited eligibility.

These states and their VPP partners share a recognition of VPP's value to employers, workers, and the state agency that regulates occupational safety and health.

Randy Wilson, Plant Manager for George Weston Bakeries, Inc., a Cal/OSHA Star worksite in Placentia, CA, calls VPP "the ultimate team experience, the most rewarding accomplishment in my professional career, and a symbol of pride for the employees, the company and the community."