About VPPPA

The Region VII Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association (VPPPA), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is a member-based association with over 100 member companies. We are headquartered at the following address:

We are one of 10 established chapters of the National VPPPA, each one serving a presence in the 10 OSHA regions. Region VII’s geographical area is Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

Region VII VPPPA is led by an elected Board of Directors that consists of safety and health leaders, both hourly and salary employees, from union and non-union sites. The Board is governed by a set of By-laws tailored to the needs and environments of the region.

Region VII VPPPA

  • PO Box 12449
    St Louis, MO 63132

Our Mission

The purpose of Region VII VPPPA is to be a leader in health, safety and environmental excellence through cooperation among communities, workers, industries and governments.

Our Goal

The association’s goal is to educate industry within the Chapter’s geographical area about the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) and other voluntary governmental efforts to improve workers’ safety and health and environment.

Our Objectives

Our goal is accomplished through our dedicated effort to provide members with quality programs and services aimed to help continuously improve safety & health and environmental management systems.

The annual Region VII VPPPA Conference is the premier forum for occupational safety & health and environmental professionals, hourly workers and business leaders from sites seeking VPP approval and organizations striving to improve their safety and health management systems.

Region VII VPPPA is dedicated to providing educational workshops to assist sites at all stages of the VPP process. Our Applications Workshop is an eight-hour educational workshop tailored toward worksites interested in applying to the VPP through OSHA, OSHA State-Plan or the Department of Energy (DOE). Our Sustaining Star Quality Workshop is a four-hour educational workshop that offers experienced participants from VPP certified sites a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and discover fresh approaches to meeting the requirements for VPP re-approvals.

The Region VII Mentoring Program is a formal outreach process to assist companies interested in the VPP or improving their safety and health management systems. The program matches interested sites with current VPP Star site personnel to help them achieve VPP recognition.

OSHA’s Special Government Employee (SGE) Program is supported by Region VII and its membership. A SGE serves in the capacity of a Federal volunteer while they assist OSHA personnel during VPP onsite evaluations.

We’re also dedicated to recognizing the extraordinary efforts of sites and individuals through selected recognition and scholarship programs. The Region VII Mentor of the Year acknowledges the individual that epitomizes and exhibits support, time, effort and action in VPP. And the Region VII Scholarship Program rewards students who are leaders and role models in their schools and communities and who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree or a degree in the trades.