Voluntary Protection Program

The Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) in Nevada recognizes employers and workers who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries. In the VPP, management, labor, and SCATS work cooperatively and proactively to prevent fatalities, injuries, and illnesses.  These goals are achieved through a system focused on hazard prevention and control, worksite analysis, training, management commitment and worker involvement.

To participate, employers must submit an application to SCATS and undergo a rigorous on-site evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. Union support is required for applicants represented by a bargaining unit. VPP participants are re-evaluated every three to five years to remain in the programs. VPP participants are exempt from OSHA Enforcement programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status.

Program Information

The Nevada VPP promotes effective worksite-based safety and health. In the VPP, management, labor, and SCATS establish cooperative relationships at workplaces that have implemented a comprehensive safety and health management system. Approval into VPP is OSHA’s official recognition of the outstanding efforts of employers and employees.

Why Participate

 

PROVIDE PROTECTION

• Protect workers from workplace hazards
• Work with SCATS to identify and implement best practices to protect your workers
• Develop innovative safety and health programs

 

IMPROVE YOUR CULTURE

• Create a better working environment
• Boost worker morale by involving workers
• Improve communication in the workplace

 

BUILD A REPUTATION

• Receive official recognition from DIR/SCATS
• Become a leader in your industry
• Attract skilled workers looking for a safe and healthy workplace

 

SAVE MONEY

• Lower worker compensation premiums
• Improve your worker retention
• Reduce worker days away from work

 

How can my business participate in VPP

• Submit your VPP application to SCATS
• Involve employees in the safety process
• Correct all hazards identified
• Implement and maintain effective safety and health programs
• Maintain your company’s accident and injury rates below the national average for your industry
• Have a minimum of one year operating history under your current health and safety management system
• Permit the company’s name to be used in the publicity and recognition activities of the program
 
Ready to apply for VPP?  Here are some resources to get you started
 
 

VPP Stars: 

Establishment Name Location Beginning
Cintas Corporation, Location 623 Reno, NV 02/01/16
Copper Mountain Solar Boulder City, NV 01/01/15
Sherwin Williams Western Emulsion Plant Fernley, NV 11/01/12
Cintas Corporation, Location 67 Sparks, NV 05/01/12
Calply / L&W Supply Sparks, NV 10/01/12
Johns Manville Fernley, NV 02/02/11
San Diego Gas & Electric / Desert Star Energy Center Boulder City, NV 06/01/09
Sherwin Williams Sierra Nevada Distribution and
Service Center and Pacific Contract Transportation Systems
Reno,NV 05/01/08
Chevron Phillips Performance Pipe Reno, NV 01/01/06
General Electric Measurement and Control Minden, NV 08/01/04