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
|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|
|Weyerhaeuser Tacoma Distribution Center||3838 So 74th Street||Tacoma||57||June 2009|
|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
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.
Voluntary Protection Program
- Elements of VPP
- VPP Self Checklist for Determining Your Site’s Readiness for VPP
- Gear Up For VPP
- Management of Change – Best Practices
- VPP Application
- VPP Application Supplement B for Process Safety Management (PSM) Sites
- VPP Manual
- Yearly Self – Evaluation Template for Current VPP Sites
- Yearly Self – Evaluation Supplement B for Current VPP Sites with PSM
Labor and Industries Resources Related to VPP
- L&I Safety & Health Web Site
- Recordkeeping (OSHA 300 Logs)
- Accident Prevention Program
- Request Consultation - Find out how L&I consultants can help you
- Safety Through Achieving Recognition Together (START)