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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

2021 DOSH Voluntary Protection Program Seminar goes Nationwide, Virtually.

The 9th Annual Melvin E. James Honorary Lectures on Safety and Health was held virtually on March 16, 2021. This event began in 2013 as an in person event in the Tumwater Auditorium and was held every year until the pandemic forced its cancellation in 2020. The DOSH VPP team collaborated with the National Voluntary Protection Program Participants Association (VPPPA) of Falls Church, Virginia to present the 2021 event. The VPPPA shared their YouTube channel and 379 participants viewed the event broadcast, about twice as many that have benefitted from prior in person events.

The theme of the 2021 event was Safety Culture. Director Joel Sacks, DOSH Acting Deputy Assistant Director Jeff Killip and Terry Schulte of NuStar Energy, who is the National VPPPA Chairperson, opened the event. Mark Norton, Norton Safety Services of Tucson Arizona, presented “Who Pushed Autopilot”. Soren Bjerregaard and Ben McCormack, SAIF Corporation of Oregon, presented “Safety Culture: What is it, how do we know where we are and how do we improve it?” Amy Leneker (Former L&I employee), The Leneker Team, closed out the event with “Dare to Lead – Courage Over Comfort When It Matters Most”. Darren James, DOSH VPP, hosted the event and Rebecca Llewellyn, Governors Industrial Safety and Health Conference Manager helped behind the scenes of the broadcast.

Everett Cintas Celebration

Everett Cintas Celebration

List of Current VPP Sites
Company Address City No of Employees Certification Year
Ascensus Specialties 4800 State Rt 12 Elma 64 June 1999
Solvay Chemicals 3500 Industrial Way Longview 28 July 2001
Oldcastle Infrastructure 2808 A Street SE Auburn 121 May 2004
Western Forest Products 18637 Evergreen Way Vancouver 96 August 2005
Honeywell Electronic Materials 15128 E. Euclid Ave. Spokane 310 September 2005
River Road Generating Plant 5201 NW Lower River Rd Vancouver 18 April 2006
Honeywell Aerospace 15001 NE 36th Street Redmond 800 February 2007
Nucor Steel Inc. 2434 Andover Street Seattle 315 September 2007
Ferndale Generating Station 5105 Lake Terrell Road Ferndale 19 July 2008
Jacobs 572 Hatch Street Walla Walla 13 November 2009
Serta Simmons Bedding Company 1414 Valley Ave NW Puyallup 152 July 2010
Bayer Crop Science 776 S Booker Road Othello 12 April 2011
Phillips 66 Pipeline Co. 2423 Lind Ave SW Renton 2 May 2011
Trident Seafoods 1400 4th Street Anacortes 304 August 2011
Phillips 66 Pipeline Co. 520 East "D" Street, Tacoma 11 March 2012
AGC Biologics 2021 20th Ave SE Bothell 329 August 2012
Phillips 66 Pipeline Co. 6317 East Sharp Ave Spokane 12 December 2012
Phillips 66 Pipeline Co 6864 Stratford Rd Moses Lake 3 February 2013
Veolia 5720 C NE 121st Ave #105 Vancouver 15 May 2014
Cascades Sonoco 4320 95th St SW Suite C Tacoma 43 June 2014
Mortenson Construction 821 3rd AVE S. Kent 8 December 2014
NuStar Energy, Shore Terminals LLC 250 East D Street Tacoma 9 January 2015
Trident Seafoods Pier 91 Pier 91 Seattle 285 May 2015
Starbucks Coffee Company Kent Flexible Plant 18411 77th Pl. S. Kent 294 May 2015
Cintas Corporation 3808 N. Sullivan Rd Bldg. N1 Spokane 62 April 2017
Cintas Corporation 1306 W. Washington St. Pasco 21 April 2017
Trident Seafoods 1930-B Merrill Creek Pkwy Everett 262 July 2018
Cintas Corporation 6400 Merrill Creek Parkway Everett 198 April 2019
Cintas Corporation 631 Valley Ave Puyallup 192 January 2020
MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions 3701 South Norfolk Street Seattle 72 January 2020


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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