A Message from the Chairperson

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Thanks for visiting the Region X VPPPA Website!

Region X of the Voluntary Protection Program Participant’s Association (VPPPA) serves current Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) sites and those seeking VPP status across Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. With over 35 years as a proven safety and health program for private industries and federal agencies, OSHA’s VPP initiative utilizes strategies and cooperative relationships between labor, management and government to reduce workplace illnesses and injuries. Being recognized by OSHA as a VPP site is an honor earned only by those committed to the highest safety and health standards.

For VPPPA members, the concept of staying alert and ahead of safety issues is the very foundation of all that we do. However, with the current health crisis, the call to stay focused is not only more pivotal than ever before, but the things we need to focus on have evolved in response to the mental and emotional ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporting our fellow workers no longer means simply confirming appropriate use of PPE, but also being an empathetic sounding board. As we work to sharpen our situational awareness, we should also hone our listening skills. We are in this together, and the only way we can get to the other side is to support each other.

This kind of support is a huge part of why VPPPA was created in the first place - to provide a network for VPP sites to support each other through the exchange of ideas and expertise in their ongoing efforts to maintain their VPP status. Just as no site can earn or maintain its VPP status without employee and management commitment, each VPPPA also needs the involvement of its members to keep a conducive safety conversation going. The Region X Board of Directors can also provide assistance for those looking to become a VPP site, as well as assist both members and non-members in other safety related efforts, including training and education.

One such training and education opportunity is provided through our annual Region X VPPPA Safety and Health Summit. Our next event will be held at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, Washington, on May 18-20, 2021. Be sure to check our Events section for further updates and registration information. This is always a highly-informative and well-attended event, so we hope you can join us!

Whether you’re a current VPP site or working towards VPP status, we’d love the chance to provide support and answer any questions you have, so feel free to contact any of our “Board of Directors”.

Thanks for stopping by!

Rocky J Simmons
Region X VPPPA Chairperson