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Voluntary Protection Programs

OSHA Stakeholder Meeting

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose for the stakeholder meetings?
OSHA intends to host two meetings with stakeholders this summer to generate new ideas and get feedback on OSHA's ideas related to improving the sustainability of VPP - especially as it relates to OSHA's interactions with active VPP participants.

What are some of the goals of the stakeholder meetings?

  • What can OSHA do to enhance and encourage the efforts of employers, workers, unions and trade associations to identify and address workplace hazards through the VPP?
  • How can OSHA support increased participation in VPP while maintaining the integrity of the program and operating within the available resources?
  • How can OSHA recalibrate VPP to enhance the efforts and engagement of long-term VPP participants?
  • How might OSHA recalibrate Corporate VPP for greater leverage and effectiveness?
  • How can OSHA further leverage participant resources such as the Special Government Employees?

Will there be any discussion of existing or proposed OSHA standards or regulations?
No. The purpose for these meetings is to generate new ideas and get feedback on OSHA's ideas related to improving the sustainability of VPP, especially as it relates to OSHA's interactions with active VPP participants. These meetings are not intended to create, update, amend, change or remove any existing or proposed OSHA regulations or standards. There are other more appropriate venues for those discussions.

Who may attend the stakeholder meeting in New Orleans, LA?
The stakeholder meeting in New Orleans, LA is free of charge and open to the general public. Anyone interested in improving occupational safety and health and specifically in enhancing the sustainability of the VPP can register and then attend. The meeting will be held August 28, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Great Hall B of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. You must register for the meeting before August 23.

Do I have to sign up for the VPPPA conference to attend the OSHA Stakeholder Meeting in New Orleans, LA?
No. You do not have to sign up for the VPPPA Conference, nor do you have to be a member of VPPPA to attend the OSHA Stakeholder Meetings.

If I attend the VPP stakeholder meeting in New Orleans, LA will I be granted access to the VPPPA national symposium?
No. The VPPPA national symposium "SAFETY +" is an event hosted by the VPPPA. You can register with the association here: http://www.vpppa.org/national-symposium

How do I register for the stakeholder meeting in New Orleans, LA
Attendees can register online here: https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0019-0016-b6d21cbf3980471ea6e0bf2b391faacb Attendees must register before the close of business on August 23, 2017. Any registrations received after August 23, 2017 will not be considered. If you have any issues with registration or the registration form, please contact: The Office of Partnerships and Recognition at (202) 693-2213.

The registration form mentions two levels of participation for these stakeholder events, participants and observers. What is the difference?
Because of limited time at these stakeholder events, we are asking individuals to indicate their level of engagement. Participants have clear proposals and prepared comments relating to VPP sustainability. Observers have a clear interest in the future of VPP, and wish to learn about potential proposals. Regardless of the level of participation at stakeholder events, the Directorate of Cooperative Programs, Office of Partnerships and Recognition strongly encourages stakeholders to submit their comments suggestions and recommendations to the docket.

Will my company be reimbursed for my travel expenses?
No. Any expenses incurred during travel to and from the stakeholder meetings is solely the responsibility of the attendees.

How do I submit my comments to the docket?
A new docket, "VPP Sustainability" has been created for the stakeholder meetings. The Docket Identification Number is OSHA-2017-0009. To comment on OSHA's VPP programs, go to the VPP Sustainability Docket. Please submit comments prior to the close of business on September 15, 2017.

Will there be an update on discussions from the July 17th stakeholder meeting in Washington, DC?
Yes. There will be a review of the July 17, 2017 meeting along with comments and suggestions from the public on potential avenues for action.

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