VPP Status

Continuous Process Improvement Through Contractor Prequalification

While contractor safety prequalification is a requirement of VPP sites, many hoping to reach certification, and those which already have, struggle to mitigate their hidden business risks, or share stakeholder information across internal departments. While prequalification is essential, compliance is more than a 1-time event, it is an ongoing process that must be monitored, maintained, and managed consistently if an organization wants to effectively mitigate risk within its supply chain.

Join Pat Cunningham as he explores prequalification options which address risk mitigation, stakeholder concerns, program integration, and the dynamic nature of compliance - while at the same time tangibly improving efforts in continuous process improvement. Pat will also give an example of a management systems audit that can be used for assessing suppliers and contractors using the principles of OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program.

PRESENTERS

Pat Cunningham, MS

Pat Cunningham, MS

Director of Safety & Auditing Services, BROWZ

Pat Cunningham has a Masters in Occupational Health & Safety Management and over 25 years of experience in the field of safety. In addition to his appointment to the VPPPA Education Committee, Pat is a Delegate to the National Safety Council. Prior to BROWZ, Pat worked for Xcel Energy as the Director of Corporate Safety.

During that time, he was tasked with forming a contractor safety and qualification department for Xcel Energy. With this new department, Pat and Xcel Energy gained significant insight into the metrics of supply chain compliance to company protocols, the need for in-house employee training, supplier training and internal compliance of company policy.

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