The following is an ideal framework to achieve a fully-prepared organization. Starting with the identification of Emergency Operations Managers, Section Team Leaders and Scribes and, you will effectively begin the process of moving towards a fully implemented Emergency Operations Program and a culture of safety. Extensive company-wide training can be implemented over time.

VPP Eligibility Checklist with BERT as a framework:

The items listed below will help you determine your eligibility for the VPP. Remember, program elements must be in place for 1 year before you apply!

Management Leadership & Employee Involvement

  • A managerial commitment to worker safety and health protection
  • Top management’s personal involvement
  • Safety and health concerns integrated into your overall planning cycle
  • Safety and health protection managed in the same way as your productivity and quality are managed
  • A written safety and health program appropriate for the size of your site and your equivalent industry that addresses all the elements in this checklist
  • A results-oriented safety and health policy
  • Clearly assigned safety and health responsibilities with documentation of accountability from top management to line supervisors
  • Adequate authority given to carry out assigned responsibilities
  • Necessary resources to meet responsibilities
  • Quality protection for all contract employees equal to that provided for your own employees
  • Meaningful employee involvement in activities that have a major effect on your safety and health program can be demonstrated
  • Annual safety and health program evaluations with written narrative reports, recommendations for program changes, action plans, and verification procedures

Worksite Analysis

  • A method such as comprehensive safety and industrial hygiene surveys to identify existing hazards in your workplace
  • A pre-use analysis procedure for new processes, materials, or equipment to determine hazards
  • Routine hazard analysis procedures such as JHAs, JSAs, BJAs, PHAs that result in improved work practices and/or training for employees
  • A written hazard reporting system enabling employees to pass on their observations or concerns to management without fear of reprisal
  • Accident investigations with written documentation
  • Method of documenting all identified hazards until they are controlled or eliminated
  • Analysis of trends in injury/illness experience and in hazards found, to identify patterns of problems and to implement program adjustments

Hazard Prevention And Control

  • Access to certified safety and health professionals
  • Engineering and administrative controls adequate for the hazards at the worksite
  • Written safety rules and practices that are understood and followed by all employees
  • A consistent disciplinary system applied to all employees (including supervisors and managers) who disregard the rules
  • Written rules for use and maintenance of personal protective equipment
  • Written plans to cover emergency situations
  • Hazard correction tracking procedure
  • Onsite or nearby medical and emergency services
  • First aid and CPR-trained personnel available onsite during all shifts
  • Use of occupational health professionals in hazard analysis as appropriate
  • Documented ongoing monitoring and maintenance of workplace equipment

Safety And Health Training

  • Manager, supervisor, and employee training with emphasis on safety and health responsibilities
  • Training in the use and maintenance of personal protective equipment
  • Emergency preparedness drills, including annual evacuations
  • Documentation of all training received, including assessment procedures


  • All of your written safety and health programs and documentation relating to the programs (see the most recent VPP Federal Register Notice) available for OSHA review