Welcome to CoreInsights, CoreAdvantage’s Monthly VPP Bulletin.

CoreInsights has been designed to provide helpful tips and advice to VPPPA members, Safety and Health professonals, their managment and colleagues in order to assist in creating continuous safety and health improvement.

Volume 4 Number 1


  "HOT ISSUE" EXCHANGE - Annual OSHA Reports – An Opportunity to Market your Successes
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Question: “We are a new VPP site. Do you have any advice on how best to pull together our annual OSHA report?

First, before you begin to write your annual OSHA report you need to have conducted your annual VPP program review.

The annual VPP program review is a critical benchmarking of your safety management systems against the VPP criteria.

Your annual OSHA report is a combination of the results from your annual VPP program review, your site rates, and a narrative of significant changes and or accomplishments. This is your time to market yourself to OSHA and tell them all the good things that have happened.

Here are specific recommendations:

1. Follow the format provided by your OSHA Regional VPP Manager or in the absence of specific regional advice, use the format in the TED 8.4 Appendix D

2. Ensure that you have done a thorough benchmarking against each of the VPP criteria. Don’t pencil whip an annual program review based on your historical knowledge.

3. Use a team approach to perform the benchmarking review. It’s a real mistake for just one person to write up a report from their own historical knowledge. Your annual program review (bench marking) and the annual OSHA report is an important feedback loop within the VPP model that is designed to drive continuous improvement.

4. Be open and honest; report areas in need of improvement and your plans to address them.

5. Make sure that your rate data and "applicable" contractors (worked more than 1,000 hours in any calendar quarter) data are accurate. Separate your rates from your contractors.

6. Include data on significant changes and events and, what you feel have been your significant accomplishments for the year. Provide information on what you believe is your best practices. Provide data on any outreach efforts.

For additional help, a tool that you may find helpful is our SafePath VPP Foundation product. VPP Foundation breaks the VPP criteria down into 36 auditable elements. Each element is coupled with expert guidance. This allows for a systematic review. VPP Foundation was designed to facilitate your internal review whether initially applying for VPP certification or for conducting on-going annual program reviews.

To see a demonstration click here: VPP Foundation



If you are struggling with issues such as leadership, employee ownership, establishing the proper mix of measures, or your rates have stalled, perhaps it’s time for assistance from an outside third party. Frequently a person from outside an organization can help facilitate change a lot easier than a person from within.

Evaluating VPP management systems is the core of my practice. If I can be of any assistance please give me a call at 303.499.4111 or Visit us on the web at: http://www.core-advantage.com.


CoreAdvantage and TriageTraining recently launched two new products in the SafePath product family, “VPP Foundation” and "SafePath KPI".

VPP Foundation is designed to explain the basics of the VPP model and helps you confidently build a path to certification. Model policies and a series of benchmarks are provided for each VPP sub-element. Publish VPP Foundation to a local area network or intranet server and it will help you educate everyone from executives to front line workforce in order to gain buy-in and commitment.

To see a demo of VPP foundation click here: VPP Foundation

SafePath KPI is designed to enable you to develop and publish your key performance indicators. To see an example SafePath Dashboard that can help you manage and publish metrics click here: SafePath KPI

To learn more about the SafePath product family click here: SafePath


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