The Department of Energy Voluntary Protection Program (DOE-VPP) recognizes DOE contractor participants for going above and beyond the basic requirements of DOE safety and health regulations, orders, and standards. The DOE-VPP promotes excellence in contractor safety and health programs and encourages DOE contractor participants to seek continuous improvement in safety and health through cooperative efforts by managers, employees, bargaining units (where applicable), and DOE. The program origin was based on close parallels with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) VPP and continues to share similarities, including the philosophy of strictly voluntary participation by member organizations. The DOE-VPP community includes a collaborative network of DOE staff and site contractors working to share safety and health best practices through VPP Assessments and conference knowledge-sharing.