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VPPPA Announces Strategic Partnership with AuditSoft

http://sargeantstudios.net/?p=1347 Release Date: January 26, 2022
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Falls Church, VA – The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association (VPPPA) today announced its latest strategic partnership with AuditSoft, a leader in innovative technology for OHS auditing purposes. The first collaboration between the two partners will be the launch of VPP Online, a new cutting-edge program aimed at simplifying the process by which Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) participants submit their annual self-evaluations.

The VPP Online platform, available for use by both federal and state plan VPP sites, allows for easy collaboration among team members by providing a single location for all report information and supporting documents to be uploaded. Additionally, the program reduces calculation errors commonly seen in the self-evaluation process by automatically calculating necessary statistics that are required for submitting the report, including injury and illness rates by NAICS code. Most importantly, this platform allows for the standardization of the online self-evaluation, by creating a consistent process to upload and deliver the necessary information in the correct format that can be repeated year after year.

“This partnership is very exciting for both organizations,” said Terry Schulte, VPPPA Chairman of the Board. “The VPP Online platform expands the capabilities of collaboration and will help make the experience of submitting annual self-evaluations much more seamless, saving VPP Managers and their teams hours of time compiling these reports.”

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires each VPP participant to perform an annual self-evaluation of its safety and health management system. This self-evaluation, reflecting the previous calendar years’ experience, must be submitted to the participant’s OSHA Regional VPP Manager by February 15 of each year. The injury and illness rates from the VPP participant’s annual self-evaluations are forwarded to the National Office where OSHA uses the information to update records and statistics, to showcase successes related to implementation of the VPP requirements, and to demonstrate that VPP participants are committed to continuously improving employee safety and health at their worksites.

“AuditSoft is immensely proud to partner with the VPPPA in launching an innovative application that truly transforms the way VPPPA members complete their OSHA VPP Annual Self Evaluation (ASE). VPP Online automates many tedious tasks and is the first corporate solution, spanning all regions and states, built specifically for real-time team collaboration. The resulting time saving allows OHS (Occupational Health and Safety) professionals to focus more time on collaboration and improving their OHS programs, rather than manual administrative tasks,” said TJ Snyman, AuditSoft COO.

The platform, expected to launch in February 2022, will be available for use with customizations being continually added to conform to each state’s unique requirements.

For more information about VPP Online, please visit: VPPonline.co.


AuditSoft was founded by a team committed to reinventing OHSMS Audits. Through the application of innovative technology and Design Thinking we have enhanced not only the process, but also the level of value-add. The value is realized through trusted actionable audit outcomes that help mitigate associated OHS risk, drives continuous improvement, proves good corporate governance, and goes beyond just compliance. Learn more at auditsoft.co.

Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association (VPPPA) Inc., is the world’s leading organization dedicated to cooperative occupational safety and health management systems. Consisting of both VPP and non-VPP companies, member sites continuously striving to achieve safety and health excellence. VPPPA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Visit vpppa.org to learn more.

Jacqueline "Jackie" Annis is an industrial hygienist with the Office of Partnerships and Recognition, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs in OSHA’s National Office.  Jackie’s primary responsibilities include developing and overseeing internal policies and procedures for the VPP, reviewing VPP on-site evaluation reports for process safety management information, serving as the National Office liaison for two of OSHA’s ten Regions, and facilitating the management of OSHA’s National Strategic Partnership Program.  She is an integral part of OSHA’s National Office team. 

She has served with the Agency for 36 years, including five years as a senior industrial hygienist in OSHA’s Office of Health Enforcement, Directorate of Enforcement Programs in the National Office and 17 years as a compliance safety and health officer in the Denver, CO Area Office.  Prior to her tenure at OSHA, Jackie worked as an industrial hygienist for the Department of the Navy in Alameda, California.  Jackie obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA in 1983.

Wayne Howard earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UC Davis and has spent 12 years with Shell (at Martinez) refinery, 3 years with the consulting firm Process Safety, 15 years with Valero (at Benicia), and the last 10 years in the Corporate Process Safety Department. He is the Valero representative to AFPM's Advancing Process Safety Initiative.

Nathan Obaugh, PE is a senior engineer in the Safety and Operational Excellence Group at NuStar Energy. Nathan has over 10 years of PSM and process design experience in the petrochemical, refining and midstream industries. At NuStar, Nathan oversees all elements of the corporate PSM program and works directly on hazard analysis, process safety studies, PSM/RMP audits and provides process engineering support to the operations and capital projects groups.

Jared Teter, PhD is a senior staff scientist with a background in physics and hazards analysis. He has extensive experience in subscale testing of energetic materials and has served as program manager for several large testing and risk management projects. He has applied engineering and risk management protocols while evaluating the risk associated with propellant and explosives manufacturing, combustible dust, and other hazardous material related processes.

Tim Belitz has a degree in Environmental Health/Industrial Hygiene from Old Dominion University and a Master’s from Duke University. He has over 25 years of Industrial Health Safety and Environmental Experience and is a Certified Safety Professional. He has many years focused on Contractor Management and Process Safety programs.

Rob Walker graduated from Virginia Tech in Microbiology and Chemical Engineering. Rob has almost 35 years of experience working in the chemical plant and refining industry. His passion for Process Safety and Mechanical Integrity began very early in his career. Rob began with his current company, Honeywell, back in 2011.

Prasad Joshi has B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Chemical Engineering from two universities in India. Prasad has over 30 years’ experience in the business. He began with Honeywell in May 2022 as Principal Maintenance Engineer. He has worked internationally in Asia and Europe.