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Are you are looking to become a recognized leader in your industry and community? Can you demonstrate a commitment to workplace safety and health? Then the Voluntary Protection Program might be the program for you.

VPP in WA is based on a national program of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) whereby management, labor, and the government establish cooperative relationships. Workplaces that achieve VPP status have strong safety cultures that focus on preventing workplace injuries and illnesses through management commitment, employee involvement, hazard prevention and control, worksite hazard analysis, and training. They also have injury and illness rates below those of their industry counterparts.

VPP encourages companies to protect workers by going well beyond minimum safety requirements. The program is built on the idea that enforcement of safety regulations alone can never fully achieve the objectives of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. STAR participants meet all VPP requirements. MERIT participants have demonstrated the potential and willingness to achieve STAR status and are implementing planned steps to fully meet STAR requirements.

News and Events

2019 Voluntary Protection Program Seminar: Melvin E James Honorary Lectures on Safety, was held on March 19, 2019.

These are the presentations from this seminar:

Everett Cintas Celebration

Everett Cintas Celebration

List of Current VPP Sites

Ascensus Specialties Elma 1999
Solvay Chemicals Longview 2001
Oldcastle Infrastructure Auburn 2004
Columbia Vista Corp. Vancouver 2005
Intermech Inc. Richland 2005
Honeywell Electronic Materials Spokane 2005
Schweitzer Engineering Pullman 2006
GE Power and Water, River Road Generating Station Vancouver 2006
Honeywell International Aerospace Redmond 2007
Nucor Steel Inc. Seattle 2007
NAES PSE Ferndale Generating Station Ferndale 2008
Weyerhaeuser Tacoma Distribution Center Tacoma 2009
Jacobs Walla Walla 2009
Simmons Bedding Company Puyallup 2010
Bayer Crop Science Othello 2011
Phillips 66 Pipeline Co. Renton 2011
Trident Seafoods Anacortes 2011
Phillips 66 Pipeline Co. Tacoma 2012
CMC Biologics Bothell 2012
Phillips 66 Pipeline Co. Spokane 2012
Phillips 66 Pipeline Co. Moses Lake 2013
Veolia Environmental Services Vancouver 2014
Cascades Sonoco Tacoma 2014
Mortenson Construction University
NuStar Energy, Shore Terminals LLC Tacoma 2015
Trident Seafoods Pier 91 Seattle 2015
Starbucks Coffee Company Kent Flexible Plant Kent 2015
Cintas Corporation Spokane 2017
Cintas Corporation Pasco 2017
Trident Seafoods Everett 2018
Champion and Associates Auburn 2018
Cintas Corporation Everett 2019

If you want to become a recognized leader in your industry and community, and you can demonstrate a commitment to safety and health, then the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) might be right for you. VPP recognizes employers and workers in the private industry and government agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries.

Everyone benefits when a company achieves VPP status:

  • Employers lower their workers’ compensation costs.
  • Employees come home safely after work.
  • Labor and management work together cooperatively.
  • Company is identified in their industry for safety and health leadership.
  • Communities recognize leadership in safety and health.

And there’s more. Being a VPP work site:

  • Establishes a positive working relationship with L&I's Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
  • Helps you avoid surprise workplace inspections.
  • Offers opportunities to network with other VPP participants.
  • Creates confidence that you are in compliance with safety and health regulations.
  • Honors you with a nationally recognized VPP flag to display at your work site.

Principles of VPP

In VPP, management, labor and government work cooperatively and proactively to prevent fatalities, injuries and illness.

The principals are:

  • Management commitment and Employee involvement
  • Hazard prevention and control
  • Worksite analysis
  • Training
Applying for VPP

VPP application process checklist:

  • Involve management and line staff in the process.
  • Complete the VPP Self Checklist for determining your site’s readiness for VPP.
  • Maintain your company's Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred (DART) rate and Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR) below the national average for your industry.
  • Email the WA VPP Team or call them at 360-902-5431 to discuss your plans and set up an informal tour of your worksite.
  • Consider a mentor and learn from someone who has successfully achieved VPP Status. The WA VPP Team can help you find someone if needed.
  • Request a free, confidential full service L&I safety, health, and risk management consultation and work to ensure that all hazards are corrected.
  • Submit your VPP application and PSM Supplement B (if your site is covered by the Process Safety Management (PSM) rule.
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