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Frequently Asked Questions: Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) - cont.
  1. Once my site is approved as a Star Worksite, is that it?
    Reaching Star status is not the end, but really just the beginning. As a Star Worksite you not only have a responsibility to strive for continuous improvement in your own safety programs, you also have a responsibility to support the VPP by mentoring other companies that are seeking Star status. In some cases your company can also support the VPP by sponsoring volunteer VPP team members, similar to OSHA's Special Government Employees (external link to Directives section of You can also participate in the VPPPA (extermal link to which is a private, non-profit organization that works to support the goals of the VPP.

  2. So what is mentoring anyway?
    Mentors inform, counsel, train, and assist other establishments to reduce injuries and illnesses. All Star sites agree to mentor other establishments that have an interest and desire to improve their safety and health management systems and work toward becoming Star worksites.

  3. There can I get more information?
    The VPP Coordinator can help you with any questions you have about the application process, self-assessment, or any other questions pertaining to VPP.
You can also contact Virginia VPP Star worksites. These sites have mentors that have been through the entire VPP process and are quite willing to help other companies that want to pursue Star certification.

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