VPP Certification & Support

You CAN get there from here…

Did you know that an airplane flying from Los Angeles to Honolulu is off course 90% of the time? The trick to getting to the desired destination lies in avoiding over correcting and under correcting. The same is true for getting and staying VPP certified.

To support you, SafePath supports three core VPP-based safety management functions:

Adopt: The VPP Safety Management Model

We enable organizations to move from a reactive, enforcement-centric approach into a proactive, performance-centric safety management approach

Apply: Monthly/Annual KPI Measurements

Benchmark “AS IS” performance against best practices for safety management as defined in the VPP model

Align: Day-to-Day Safety Management & integrate with core business processes

Enable organizations to manage safety like they manage productivity and quality. “Make it Real”


Our approach addresses two critical points of failure expressed by our clients —

How can we

  1. Shift our processes to improve performance?
  2. Shift our people to engage & support?

The procedural side of safety management can be addressed in a linear fashion. With the right tools, system improvements can be made quickly and efficiently.

The people side of safety management, however, often requires a substantial shift in perception and alignment. Again with the right tools, you can expedite a shift from your EHS manager “managing & directing” to “leading & supporting” and your line management focus from “supporting” to one of “leading” safety.

This starts a shift from a cycle of mistrust in the workforce to a cooperative and collaborative relationship.

SafePath addresses these people and process challenges inherent in VPP Certification using a four-step approach.

  1. Conformance Gap. Are you conformant to the VPP model? Are you performing all of the activities in the 36 sub-elements of the VPP model? To determine this you must first map and align your policies and procedures to the key practices of the VPP safety management system. Do we have all the required pieces? The gaps reveled provide clarity on the needed changes.
  2. Performance Gap. Take an “AS IS” VPP element-specific performance snapshot and assess your site’s adoption/application progress, quality and capability against key VPP practices or benchmarks. Are our processes STAR quality? Gaps revealed will give you insight into the magnitude of change that must take place to become a VPP-caliber organization.
  3. Actionable Information. Using a systematic improvement process, you can address performance gaps. By involving all stakeholders in a collaborative effort, alignment and buy-in is obtained. This starts and maintains the cultural shift needed for safety excellence required for VPP.
  4. Sustainable, continuous performance improvement. Once your processes have been mapped to the VPP model, gaps identified, and improvements have been instituted, your challenge is holding the organization accountable and bringing (and keeping) it in alignment. This requires defining key tasks that need to occur for success and having data so that you can manage the process. Using leading metrics ensures that the tasks required for success are occurring. Managing to leading indicators allows management to remove performance constraints and improve actual capability.

Performance becomes sustainable because the management of your system is systematic. Beginning with an initial performance gap analysis to get VPP certified and then driving continuous improvement to keep you VPP certified.

Our focus is on the enabling technologies that make your job smarter, simpler and faster. SafePath software was designed to be used in concert as you pursue VPP Star status. The Master Control Plan and Dashboards allow your organization to share information that shows what is working and what is not. The Benchmarking tool provides a comprehensive and systematic means to continually assess your safety management processes for opportunities for improvement.



For educating everyone on your SHMS key practices.


For measuring gaps, aligning participants & setting realistic expectations


For managing Safety & Health like you manage productivity and quality