The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has scheduled the second of two meetings to “reshape” the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) for August 28, 2017. The first meeting was held on July 17, 2017.

OSHA established the VPP on July 2, 1982, to promote cooperation between government, industry, and labor to improve worker safety, health, and protection.

The federal agency said it 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.”

OSHA seeks ideas in three specific areas:

  • Overall VPP process and flow;
  • Corporate/long-term participant involvement; and
  • Special Government Employee activities.

OSHA will accept public comments from those not attending the August 28 meeting in person. It said the comment period ends September 15, 2017.