VPP participants are a select group of facilities that have designed and implemented outstanding safety and health programs.  The voluntary part of VPP means it is voluntary for companies/organizations to participate.

The Voluntary Protection Programs are designed to recognize and promote effective safety and health management.  The cornerstone of the program is management, labor, and government (OSHA) cooperation.

Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) became a VPP STAR site in 2006 and still holds this status.
This means the NNSY Safety and Health Management system meets or exceeds all VPP requirements.

There are four pillars to a successful VPP Program

  • Management and Labor Commitment
  • Worksite Analysis
  • Hazard Prevention
  • OSH Training

The VPP concept recognizes that compliance with OSHA standards alone can never fully achieve the objectives of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.


Good safety and health management programs that go beyond OSHA standards can protect workers more effectively.  With that said here at NNSY not only do we abide by OSHA standards, the shipyard took steps further to look out for your safety by creating our own OSHE chapters, Industrial Process Instructions (IPIs) and Technical Work Documents (TWDs) which meet or exceed OSHA standards, while complying with Navy and Industry Standards.