For over 30 years, the VPPPA Safety + Symposium is the only national educational event for VPP worksites to achieve and maintain safety and health excellence. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to interact and directly learn from other safety professionals, industry leaders and federal agencies. Interaction with these safety professionals will help improve your company’s safety program through educational seminars, round-table discussions, and collaboration with other safety professionals.

Why attend?

  • Expand your knowledge
    Over 50 educational workshops to choose from. A well-established venue for educational opportunities for employees of various industries who are seeking safety excellence.
  • Find solutions to problems
    Stay ahead of regulatory trends. These trends often have a direct impact on how you’re expected to implement safety. Federal and state leadership provide insight into how regulatory organizations operate, which gives you an understanding of how regulatory changes come about and why.
  • Networking
    Safety professions from various industries attend Safety+ and build lasting collaborative relationships with other safety professions across various industries. You’ll gain tools for establishing and or maintaining a safe work environment whether it is a company that employs 5 employees or 5000 employees.
  • Exciting memories
    Have a fun time while attending educational workshops, networking with peers, and evening receptions.

Future Dates & Locations for Safety+

August 29 – September 1, 2026 — Gaylord Opryland


Photograph Release

By submitting the online registration form, registrants understand that photographs and video may be taken of them during VPPPA symposium events and can be used for any purpose.

Liability Waiver

Registrants agree and acknowledge that they are undertaking participation in VPPPA events and activities of their own free will, and they are fully aware that possible physical injury might occur as a result of their participation in these events. Registrants give this acknowledgement freely and knowingly and they are, as a result, able to participate in VPPPA events and hereby assume responsibility for their own well-being. 

Code of Conduct

All Safety+ Registrants must adhere to the Code of Conduct, which can be found at vpppa.org/events. Completion of this online registration serves as acknowledgement and agreement to the Code of Conduct.

Cancellation Policy

Substitutions are encouraged. Registrations are nonrefundable, but are transferable. 

Our Story

The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association (VPPPA) was born from a passion for safety and a dedication to the VPP Participants.

In 1984, OSHA hosted the first official gathering of the VPP Participants, to share their knowledge, experience and safety expertise. However, OSHA was unable to host a second meeting the following year. Realizing the significance and benefit of this meeting, VPP sites Georgia Power and Mobil Chemical volunteered to sponsor the September 1985 meeting. It was during this meeting that the VPPPA was formed, to create a living network of safety professionals and volunteers, dedicated to safety.

Over the decades, the VPPPA has grown from 30 participants to an established community of over 2,200 member sites. Today our mission is to be a leader in safety and health excellence through cooperation among communities, workers, industries and governments.

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