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Volume 4 Number 2
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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
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.
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
Here are a few specific
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.
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,
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.
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
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ownership, establishing the proper mix of measures, or your rates have
stalled, perhaps it’s time for assistance from an outside third party.
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change a lot easier than a person from within.
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two new products in the SafePath product family, “VPP Foundation” and
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
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product family click here:
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