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 2


  "HOT ISSUE" EXCHANGE - Establishing Safety & Health Goals and Objectives
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Question: “Historically our primary safety goals have been centered on injury rates. We were recently certified as a Merit site. One of our Merit goals is to expand our safety and health goals beyond just the rates. … Any suggestions?”

Answer: First, I am going to assume that you have already performed your safety and health planning for 2006 and have completed your 2005 annual VPP program review and annual OSHA report. If you have not you should back up and do so.

The reason for the above recommendation is that your annual planning, VPP program review and, annual OSHA Report should have identified specific opportunities for improvement and or things that need to be accomplished and or fixed. These are issues that you potentially need to develop goals around.

Here are a few specific recommendations:

1. Site safety and health goals typically fall into two categories, those that involve bottom line performance and those that involve upstream activities. Upstream activities involve both things that normally occur, i.e., audits, safety meetings, training sessions, etc., and specific new initiatives, i.e., training all first line supervisors in root cause analysis in 2006. You should always create a balanced mix of goals that involve both bottom line performance and upstream activities.

2. If you have not done so brainstorm the activities that must occur in order for you to be successful. For instance, audits, hazard reporting, incident investigations, safety meetings, etc. You will find that you have created a list of the VPP sub-elements in addition to some other items. Next look at each item and determine whether you have the desired quantity and quality occurring. These topics will be ripe for setting goals around.

3. When looking at quantity and quality look at measurable activities, i.e., number of meetings, percent attendance, lag time to correct identified hazards, etc.

4. Lastly always involve the parties that must be held accountable for the achievement of the goals.

5. A topic closely associated with goal setting is key performance indicators. Creating the right suite of key performance indicators provides you and line management the data needed to manage safety and health in the same manner as they manage the core business process. I will discuss key performance indicators and the use of dashboards in the next issue.

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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