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Volume 6 Number 6 - July 2006
SafePath VPP Readiness
We are excited to announce a new addition to the SafePath product family,
SafePath VPP Readiness — a benchmarking tool to help you
determine your Star Certification status. Over 180 benchmarks provide
expert guidance. With it, you evaluate the critical success factors
for Star certification, your progress toward audit-readiness along with the
quality and, capability of your safety management practices.
These safety management
benchmarks are grouped
by elements and sub-elements of the VPP reference model.
Whether you are seeking certification or facing recertification, it
expedites annual program reviews as it simplifies your preparations.
Originally developed as an internal consulting tool, I'm making it
available to the public - it contains the breadth of my knowledge on how to
benchmark a site for VPP certification.
STAR in 3!
A SafePath Software Bundle
Fast track your certification with clarity, precision and certainty.
Step 1: Model -
Understand the VPP Reference Model with SafePath VPP Foundation
— Start by understanding and getting your arms around what VPP is all
about…then educate and develop buy-in from the rest of your site …help
others “get it.” Avoid Pitfall # 1:
Wasting time and resources by spinning your wheels due to a lack of
clarity of the exact VPP requirements.
Step 2: Measure - Benchmark your Certification
Readiness with SafePath VPP Readiness — Benchmarking is one
of the most valuable parts of the VPP process. Identify and close
readiness gaps and drive continuous improvement in a systematic and
efficient manner. Become a VPP-caliber Star site in a fraction of the
time. Avoid Pitfall # 2:
Believing that getting your documentation in order is the key to
Step 3: Manage – Manage using Leading
Performance Metrics with SafePath Dashboards — Give Managers
“Monday Morning Metrics” using leading indicators of performance so they
can manage safety like quality & productivity.
Avoid Pitfall # 3:
Treating certification like a project with application submission as
its end date.
ISSUE" QUESTIONS & ADVICE – Union Buy-in
continue to struggle with obtaining buy-in for VPP from our union. The
union leadership team keeps saying that they are supportive but refuse to
officially get involved or endorse our efforts. To date the majority of
their involvement has been limited to telling us what is wrong but they
refuse to get involved in helping us fix the problems. Do you have any
ADVICE: It sounds like “The train has left the station and when
you looked back you saw that the union was still standing at the
station”. You need to back up and offer them a ride again. They
obviously aren’t ready to step forward with you so build smaller steps.
It is not
uncommon to get out ahead of the comfort level of the bargaining unit.
What you need to figure out is: what is their sticking point? Frequently it is
being stuck due to a belief of “past betrayals” and that this is a “flavor
of the month” that won’t last. If the union leadership is being honest
and they see the value in VPP then the sticking point may be their
membership does not trust what is being done. If that is the case, the
union leadership probably doesn’t feel comfortable getting in front of the
membership and pushing VPP.
to give the union leadership something that they can use to sell VPP to
their members. One thing that I have seen that works well is a full time
union appointed VPP coordinator. You get an extra position to help and the
union gets an additional job. The position will create a communication
channel with the union, and you get to involve the union in the creation of
solutions which you stated you are struggling with.
the first activities that I would involve the union in is benchmarking.
Getting their perspective on where you are would be invaluable. From there
you can involve them in the prioritization and solutions in plugging any
thing to consider is making all of your VPP activities very visible.
Publishing your results will demonstrate to all that you are serious and
are “walking the talk”. The SafePath VPP Benchmarking tool and
Dashboards are the perfect tools for this. Best of Luck!
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