Hawaii Voluntary Protection Program (HVPP)


The Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) promote effective worksite-based safety and health. In the VPP, management, labor, and OSHA 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 who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health.

Voluntary Protection Program

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the Voluntary Protection Program?
The Hawaii Voluntary Protection Program, also known as “Hana Po’okela”, meaning “excellent work”, recognizes exemplary achievements by employers in the area of workplace safety and health.
Is there a benefit to being in the program?
Fewer injuries and illnesses mean greater profits as workers’ compensation premiums and other costs plummet. Entire industries benefit as VPP sites evolve into models of excellence and influence practices industry-wide. In addition to national recognition as an employer committed to voluntarily making its workplace as safe and healthy as possible, employers accepted into the program are removed from HIOSH’s Programmed Inspection Schedule.
How many companies in Hawaii are in this program?
Nationally, less than one-tenth of one percent of companies are in a voluntary protection program. In Hawaii please view the Active and Inactive Employers.
How do I know if our company qualifies for the program?
Contact HIOSH Consultation and Training Branch, 830 Punchbowl Street Rm. 423, Honolulu, HI 96813; Phone (808) 586-9116, Fax (808) 586-9104.
Are there any other sources of information on the program?
The OSHA website at www.osha.gov and the Voluntary Protection Program Participants Association website at www.vpppa.org have more information on the program.


ATTN: HVPP Coordinator
830 Punchbowl Street, Rm 425
Honolulu, HI  96813
[email protected]
(808) 586-9116