VPPPA Board Chooses Executive Director

Susan Jordan Sikes, whose career in safety and health includes 21 years with OSHA, is taking the post after R. Davis Layne retired in July. She said the staff wants to achieve Star status in their headquarters.

The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association, Inc. brought aboard a new executive director during its 28th annual conference, which ended Aug. 23 in Anaheim, Calif. The VPPPA national board of directors announced Susan Jordan Sikes will take over the position starting in October. She succeeds R. Davis Layne, a former top official at OSHA who retired as VPPPA executive director in July and is now serving the association as senior advisor.

"In our search for a replacement for Davis Layne, our attention quickly turned to someone all of us have known for numerous years, but who also brings great experience and knowledge along with her passion for VPP," VPPPA Chairperson Mike Maddox said in the association's news release.

"It is truly an honor and privilege to serve as executive director for the national VPPPA," Sikes said. "I look forward to the endless opportunities before me and to serving multitudes of passionate and professional people who share the vision of achieving occupational safety and health excellence. The national VPPPA staff and I are committed to achieving OSHA VPP Star approval in our headquarters and to working diligently to increase and promote VPPPA member services. We will continue to work closely with our partners in OSHA, labor, private industries, federal and state agencies, and other countries to grow VPPPA and to provide assistance in our collective efforts to reduce occupational injuries, illnesses, and deaths."

According to the release, Sikes has 27 years of experience in occupational safety and health, including 21 years at OSHA, where she worked as a regional training and grants officer, compliance safety and health enforcement officer, safety and health program management expert, and regional VPP manager. She left the agency in 2006 to join Plexus Scientific Corporation, where she assisted the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army in establishing the Department of Defense Voluntary Protection Programs Center of Excellence.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Safety Management Software - Free Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Software’s comprehensive suite of modules help organizations to record and manage incidents, inspections, hazards, behavior based safety observations, and much more. Improve safety with an easy to use tool for tracking, notifying and reporting on key safety data.

  • Create Flexible Safety Dashboards

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations allows you to easily create and view safety KPIs to help you make informed business decisions. Our best of breed default indicators can also save you valuable time and effort in monitoring safety metrics.

  • Schedule and Record Observations

    IndustrySafe's Observations module allows managers, supervisors, and employees to conduct observations on employees involved in safety critical behavior. IndustrySafe’s pre-built BBS checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Why Is Near Miss Reporting Important?

    A near miss is an accident that's waiting to happen. Learn how to investigate these close calls and prevent more serious incidents from occurring in the future.

  • Get the Ultimate Guide to Safety Training

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common FAQs.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - June 2019

    June 2019

    Featuring:

    • ASSP SAFETY 2019 PREVIEW
      New Orleans Networking
    • NATION SAFETY MONTH
      Heed These Summer Safety Tips
    • TRAINING
      Education, Skill Development, and Behavior Change
    • SAFETY MANAGEMENT
      What Good Looks Like
    View This Issue

Bulwark Quiz