Paid Pre-Conference Workshops 

The pre-conference paid workshops are June 19, 2018 prior to the free pre-workshops and the opening conference session. Free pre-workshops begin at 1 PM and the Opening Sessions begins at 3 PM.

Lunch and breaks are included with each of the pre-paid conference workshops.


Strengthening Star Quality Workshop
June 19, 2018 (8 AM to 12 PM)                                                                                                                                                          Lunch / Break Included
Costs: $150 Members / $200 Non-Members

Been in VPP for a while and looking for some fresh ideas about how to improve your program? Continual improvement in your safety and health program is one of the keys to success in a Safety & Health Management System, and one of the expectations of VPP, but are you running out of ideas? This four-hour workshops offers the unique opportunity to network with other VPP participants and learn in a peer-to-peer environment to discover fresh approaches to meeting the requirements for VPP re-approvals. 

At this workshop, participants will share ideas on:

  • How to maintain employee enthusiasm and involvement in the VPP
  • How to make the Annual Self-Evaluation work for you and grow the process
  • How other VPP worksites are maintaining the level of commitment needed for VPP
  • What OSHA is looking for in the VPP Re-certification Process


How To Re-Boot An Off Track Behavioral Based Safety (BSS) Process
June 19, 2018 (8 AM to 12 PM)                                                                                                                                                          Lunch / Break Included
Costs: $150 Members / $200 Non-Members

Behavior-Based Safety processes are sophisticated initiatives with numerous key elements that include voluntary observations, observation checklists, one or more steering committees, observation data analysis, individual and group recognition for observers, safety action plans for improvement of safe behavior, and so forth. Typically, during initial start-up, a BBS process is carefully designed and implemented according to behavioral principles and local needs. 

However, given the number and complexity of the key BBS elements, it is possible that, over time, these elements may drift away from their original design. This can lead to reduced participation and fewer observations, frustration among steering committee members, and a suboptimal effect on safe behavior. 

The purpose of this workshop is to describe common ways that BBS process can drift and why they happen, approaches for reinvigorating and rebooting a BBS process, and examples of BBS rebooting plans. Participants will learn how to assess their BBS process to identify specific elements that may have drifted, how to determine if their BBS process needs a minor or major reboot, and how to design a BBS rebooting plan. 


VPP Application Workshop
June 19, 2018 (8 AM to 2:30 PM)                                                                                                                                                          Lunch / Break Included
Costs: $175 Members / $225 Non-Members

Program Description: This full-day interactive, educational workshop is tailored toward worksites interested in applying to OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).  All companies are welcome to attend this vital and informational workshop. Participants will learn step by step how to complete the VPP application, participate in various VPP application exercises, and review samples from VPP applications submitted by VPP Star worksites. Attendees will network with regulatory agency and industry representatives from current VPP sites to share best practices on completing a successful VPP application. This workshop is sponsored by the VPPPA and co-presented by regulatory agencies and VPP site representatives using materials from actual applications. Attendees will learn what the regulators are looking for in a VPP Application and what other sites have done to meet those expectations by  hearing from actual sites on how they implemented VPP principles. In addition, attendees learn how to successfully achieve safety excellence at their worksite.

Prerequisites:  In order to ensure effective training and that all attendees receive the most from this workshop, the following prerequisites are recommended for all attendees participating in this full-day educational workshop.

  1.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop with Microsoft Office on it.
  2.  Complete a pre-workshop questionnaire to identify attendee needs and desired outcomes from this workshop.
  3. Sites with a collective bargaining agreement, should assure participation by a representative from the bargaining unit attend the workshop.
  4. Attendees are encouraged to reach out and meet the appropriate regulatory agency representative prior to the workshop.
  5. Review the content in the provided Web-based share file/link with the VPP application workshop PLUS the following prior to attending the VPP application workshop:
    •  VPP Policies & Procedures (federal and state plan)
    • VPP 101 presentation and material
    • VPPPA benefits information to include VPP board of directors and National VPPPA Office contact information
    • Mentoring application (in case mentor has not been assigned yet).
    • The following helpful links:
      •   OSHA VPP webpages (state and federal) 
      •   National VPPPA and Regional VPPPA webpage
      •   BLS link (3 year reference)
      •   List of current VPP star sites (based on Region)