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Volume 4 Number 7
- August 2006
SafePath VPP Readiness
We are excited to announce a new addition to the SafePath product
SafePath VPP Readiness — a benchmarking tool to
determine your Star Certification status. Over 180 benchmarks
expert guidance. With it, you evaluate the critical success
for Star certification, your progress toward audit-readiness along
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
Originally developed as an internal consulting tool, I'm making it
available to the public - it contains the breadth of my knowledge on
benchmark a site for VPP certification.
STAR in 3!
A SafePath Software Bundle
Fast track your certification with clarity, precision and
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
others “get it.” Avoid Pitfall #
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
of the most valuable parts of the VPP process. Identify and
readiness gaps and drive continuous improvement in a systematic and
efficient manner. Become a VPP-caliber Star site in a fraction
time. Avoid Pitfall #
that getting your documentation in order is the key to
Step 3: Manage –
Manage using Leading
Performance Metrics with SafePath Dashboards — Give
“Monday Morning Metrics” using leading indicators of performance so
can manage safety like quality & productivity.
Avoid Pitfall # 3:
Treating certification like a
project with application submission as
its end date.
ISSUE" QUESTIONS & ADVICE – Accountability
“I’m an EH&S
manager at a Star site. Each year it becomes more difficult to find ways
to improve. One area that we are focusing on is accountability. We are
real good at holding our hourly workers accountable. However, I feel we
could do better within the management ranks. Any words of wisdom?”
ADVICE: You just named the biggest
challenge for all Star sites. How do you continually improve on an
already excellent system? You and the rest of the Star sites in the VPP
have no choice … the day that you fail to strive to improve is the day
that you begin your decline.
So let’s talk accountability.
Demming said it “…what you measure and reward gets done…” The question
that I have for you is when you look at the big picture from the shoes of
a manager or supervisor, what is being measured and rewarded? While I am
sure that S&H performance and support is part of it (otherwise you
wouldn’t be a Star site) at the end of the end of the day from their view
point what has to happen. If you are like most places managers and
supervisors it will be productivity and quality. That’s not to say that
they don’t support safety it’s a matter of balance.
My best guess is, you asked this question because
while everyone will state that they are completely supportive of safety
some mangers and supervisors are probably doing a great job being engaged
and leading safety, while others are involved at times and not at other
times, and then there is a group that avoids being involved except when
they feel they have no choice. All organizations have these groups, what
is important is the percentage that resides in each category.
So what do you do? One thing
that mangers understand is managing and being held accountable for the
numbers. The problem is what numbers are you using for safety?
To solve this dilemma for my clients I always recommend that
they consider establishing a good suite of key performance indicators
(both up stream activity measures and bottom line performance numbers,
i.e., rates). To ensure that everyone is managing to the numbers, I like
dashboards. Publish the data and you are more likely to encourage people
to be more proactive. They can no longer hide. One thing that all
mangers understand is that you never want to go into a meeting with the
boss being the one with poor numbers. As long as the boss is willing to
manage to the numbers and hold his/her direct reports accountable the
accountability will flow down.
If you want to see an example of
an interactive dash board click here: SafePath Dashboards
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