On January 30, 2008, OSHA's Region V Columbus Area Office held an OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Company Meeting with their VPP member sites and potential VPP sites. The Columbus Area Office invited all of their current VPP participants within their jurisdiction, as well as any company over the past year that had contacted the Area Office because they were interested in pursuing VPP. Over 60 people attended the half-day meeting, including: twelve current VPP companies, eleven companies interested in the program, representatives from the Columbus Area office and a representative from the Region V Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association (VPPPA) Board. The meeting was held at the Coca-Cola North America Columbus Syrup Plant, a recent VPP Star member.
The purpose of the meeting was to offer a forum for current VPP companies and those actively working to achieve VPP status to meet the Region's Area Office Director, share information and best practices, and discuss VPP issues. The meeting also covered issues such as OSHA enforcement, VPP recertification, OSHA's Special Government Employees (SGE) Program, and VPP annual reports. Due to the overwhelming positive feedback from the meeting attendees, the Columbus Area Office plans to make this meeting an annual event. Examples of some of the meeting attendees' testimonials include the following:
"The best practice session was very beneficial in helping me see how these practices may be incorporated into my work environment."
"As we are not yet a VPP company, the background on VPP was beneficial in helping me understand what is involved with the certification."
"It was good to be able to meet representatives from other facilities and speak with OSHA representatives."
"Nice to hear success stories."
"The Question and Answer session was very beneficial as it provided real examples and ideas which were great."
"It would be very helpful to have this meeting at least twice a year offering education on VPP, safety and VPPPA."
"This was a great opportunity to network and find a VPP mentor."
Origin: Region V Chicago Regional Office and Columbus Area Office
Attendees: 60+ (representatives from 12 VPP companies and 11 companies interested in VPP)
Sources (Date): Julie Evans, Team Leader, Region V and Deborah Zubaty, AD, Columbus Area Office and Howard Eberts, CAS, Columbus Area Office (July 2008)Back to Top
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