OSHA will hold a stakeholder meeting July 17, 2017, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future direction of the agency’s Voluntary Protection Programs. 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.

Questions OSHA invites stakeholder input on 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 the VPP while operating with available resources and maintaining the integrity of the program?
  • How can the agency modify the VPP to enhance the efforts and engagement of long-term VPP participants?
  • How might the agency modify the corporate VPP for greater leverage and effectiveness?
  • How can the agency further leverage participant resources, such as Special Government Employees?

Meeting, Commenting Details

The meeting will be held July 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Frances Perkins Building, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210.

Those wishing to attend must register by July 10 at VPP Stakeholder Meeting Registration.

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. The docket closes Sept. 15, 2017.