Member Categories

Although many member sites of the association have achieved VPP status through OSHA, OSHA state plans or DOE, VPPPA serves many different membership categories, including, but not limited to: sites pursuing VPP or looking to improve their safety, health and environmental programs, corporate offices, Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) sites, agencies and companies who provide promotional products and educational tools and services.

  • Full membership in the Chapter shall be limited to any interested worksite that has gained acceptance into, and is currently approved for, any of the Federal or Federally-approved State-Plan-State Voluntary Protection Programs and similar voluntary programs of other government agencies (hereafter referred to as VPP). Two representatives of Full members (one representing management and one representing labor) may vote at meetings of the membership and serve as a Director or Officer of the Board. See the Dues Table below.
  • Associate membership shall include a worksite, corporate office, or educational institution. The worksite must be interested in the process of actively pursuing VPP approval. This can be determined by participation in the Mentoring Program and networking events and/or attending conferences and workshops. Corporate offices may join as an Associate member, but only if they do not have any worksites that are in the VPP. Educational institutions may qualify for Associate membership by cooperatively working with government agencies to improve worker safety and health. Associate members may not vote at meetings of the membership, nor serve as a Director or Officer of the Board. See the Dues Table below.
  • International Associate membership shall include a worksite outside of the United States and its territories pursuing the elements of VPP or a similar occupational safety and health excellence program. International Associate members shall strive to improve workplace safety and health through programs provided by VPPPA such as exchanges, networking, conferences, and specialized training. International Associate membership is intended to mutually benefit both international and national members of the Chapter. International Associate members may not vote at meetings of the membership, nor serve as a Director or Officer of the Board. See the Dues Table below.
  • Corporate membership shall be limited to any headquarters office of the same company, division, or corporation, which provides guidance and/or support directly to an approved VPP worksite. Corporate members may not vote at meetings of the membership, but are eligible to serve as a Director or Officer of the Board. The only exception is Board members (Director or Officer) shall be eligible to vote at meetings of the membership. In addition, the corporate location must be within Region VII in order for a person to participate as a Director or Officer of the Board. Corporate worksite member dues are $250 per year.
  • Non-profit organization (NPO) membership shall be limited to the office of 501(c)(3) or (6) organizations. NPO members may not vote at meetings of the membership, nor serve as a Director or Officer of the Board. Non-profit membership dues are $360 per year and cover all organizational staff.
  • Union membership shall be limited to local and international unions that support at least one site, which is eligible for VPPPA Full or Associate membership. Individuals, acting in their capacity as representatives from this category, may not vote at meetings of the membership, nor serve as a Director or Officer of the Board. Union membership dues are $100 per year and cover all local union members.
  • Affiliate membership shall include companies and organizations which provide services and products for the enhancement of safety and health in industry. Affiliate members may not vote at meetings of the membership, nor serve as a Director or Officer of the Board. The annual dues are $500.
  • Honorary lifetime membership shall be limited to individuals formally selected by vote of the Board based on the following criteria: (1) nominees for honorary membership must be ineligible for any other class of membership and/or are no longer employed by OSHA, other government agencies, or a VPP site; and (2) nominees for honorary membership must have made substantial and lasting contributions to the VPP or the VPPPA, either while working for OSHA, other government agencies, or while members of the VPPPA. Honorary members are not eligible to vote at meetings of the membership, nor serve as a Director or Officer of the Board.
  • Agency membership shall be limited to a headquarters office of federal agencies which regulate the safety and health of working conditions in workplaces owned or operated by said federal agency, which is developing, establishing, or implementing a voluntary program to encourage and recognize excellence in worker safety and health or other regulatory achievements, and an office of federal, state, or territorial agencies which regulate the safety and health of working conditions in workplaces not owned or operated by said agency, which is developing, establishing, or implementing a voluntary program to encourage and recognize excellence in worker safety and health or other regulatory achievements. Agency members may not vote at meetings of the membership, nor serve as a Director or Officer of the Board.
    • Agency I – Annual dues are $4,500 during all years in which programs similar to VPP are being developed.
    • Agency II – Starting the first full calendar year in which the agency is making program approvals, the dues are $2,700 per year.
    • Agency III – Limited to the staff of federal, state or territorial agencies that regulate the safety and health of working conditions in workplaces NOT owned by the federal agency. Dues are $360 per year.