Voluntary Protection Programs

OSHA Stakeholder Meeting

The Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (OSHA) would like to invite you to a public meeting to solicit suggestions for growing and strengthening the Voluntary Protection Programs.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold a stakeholder meeting August 28, 2017, in conjunction with the National VPPPA symposium in New Orleans, LA, to continue to discuss the future direction of the agency's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). The discussion will include comments and suggestions from the public on potential avenues for action.

OSHA is seeking to reshape VPP so that it continues to represent safety and health excellence, leverages partner resources, further recognizes the successes of long-term participants, and supports smart program growth. Some of the questions OSHA invites stakeholder input include:

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

The meeting will be held August 28 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Great Hall B of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana. Those wishing to attend should register by at https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0019-0016-b6d21cbf3980471ea6e0bf2b391faacb. Attendees can choose from several levels of participation in the discussion.

For those who may not be able to attend in person, a docket has been opened to receive comments. You can provide your input and/or read others' comments here: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=OSHA-2017-0009. The docket closes Sept. 15, 2017.


Doug Kalinowski, Director
Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (OSHA)

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