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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Rep. Gene Green Speaks at 31st Annual National VPPPA Safety & Health Conference

August 27, 2015
Press Release

GRAPEVINE On Monday, Rep. Gene Green (D-TX-29) attended the National Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association (VPPPA) Safety & Health Conference in Grapevine, Texas. He received an award for his Congressional leadership on workplace safety and the Voluntary Protection Program Act, and spoke to participants.

“I proudly represent Texas’ 29th District, which is home to the Houston Ship Channel and the largest petrochemical complex in the country. Many of the refineries, chemical plants, and factories that line the Houston Ship Channel and the Port of Houston and employ thousands of my constituents, are VPP sites. I support VPP sites because we know they are safer for employees and surrounding communities.”

Nationwide, VPP worksites consistently average injury and illness rates 50 percent below their industries’ average, saving employers and the federal government tens of millions of dollars a year in avoided injuries.

He continued, “VPP is supported by business owners and labor unions in Houston and throughout the country because it works. No program has been more successful in creating a culture of safety in the workplace than VPP. That’s why I have proudly been the main Democratic sponsor of the Voluntary Protection Program Act since 2010. It would, for the first time, authorize VPP in federal law—meaning no matter who’s in the White House, VPP will be here to stay—and give Congress, instead of OSHA, control over VPP’s funding.”