Free Pre-Conference Workshops 

The free pre-conference workshops are June 19, 2018, from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM, prior the opening conference session at 3:00 PM. These pre-workshops are included with the registration costs.


VPP 101

June 19, 2018 (1:00 PM to 2:30 PM)  

Wondering what VPP is and what it is all about? This workshop will provide you an opportunity to learn more about what VPP is and what the requirements are. This workshop will include a more in depth review than the conference breakout session.


Conference First Timers Workshop
June 19, 2018 (1:00 PM to 2:30 PM)  

Is this your first Region IV VPPPA Safety & Health Excellence Conference? If so, this presentation will be beneficial to your conference experience. The presentation will cover what to expect during the conference and how to have a successful conference. The session will allow participants to ask questions and make some great connections that will be valuable throughout the conference. 


4 Step Incident Analysis (ITA)
June 19, 2018 (1:00 PM to 2:30 PM)  

This workshop will take a tactical approach to identifying the root cause in an incident.  The class will review basic investigation principles that will help participants learn to understand the context of the event. 

In this session, the participants will learn different approaches for analyzing events and collecting information that lead to an incident. The analysis tool prompts an investigator to evaluate the conditions and behaviors that contribute to the incident in a systematic process. The process provides data that you can trend and identify causes as well as specific defense failures.


The Lucky Factor: Mistakes That Get Us Hurt
June 19, 2018 (1:00 PM to 2:30 PM)  

Many companies today embrace goals or themes related to Zero Harm, Target Zero, and etc. Translating this to a personal level, hasn’t been the desired outcome for every day of our lives? After all, no reasonable person wants to get hurt! Given this shared goal of zero injuries, a fair question might be, “Why are we still getting injured – both on and off the job?” 

While some incidents are the consequence of systems failures, many stem from human error. We all make mistakes, but fortunately they don’t always get us hurt. In fact, only a small minority lead to injury. However, depending on the level and type of hazardous energy around us, the outcome could be completely different. It’s also not a stretch to see how these same errors could result in problems with poor quality, equipment damage, reduced output, or other key performance indicators. 

Quite often, the outcome of the mistakes we make almost feel like a matter of luck. We have to ask ourselves, how many more “rolls of the dice” do we want to take before taking a closer look at the predictable pattern behind these incidents. And, if we can gain a better understanding of the problem, we can certainly reduce these mistakes – and their effects – through development of personal skills to overcome the “luck factor”.


Safety Begins In The Hiring Process
June 19, 2018 (1:00 PM to 2:30 PM)  

Safety begins in the hiring process by hiring a person that matches or exceeds the physical job demands.  Learn how to legally perform employee selection that reduces injuries.

Safety does begin in the hiring process if the Safety or Risk Manager puts in place a physical ability Test.  Peer reviewed and published information shows, by selecting the right applicant for the job, a reduction in injury rates up to 47% and an increase in employee retention up to 21%.  You will leave the session with increased knowledge of how to select employment testing vendors, when it is and is not appropriate to recommend an employment test and how to determine if employment testing will create a negative or positive ROI.  This session will also review recent case history involving physical ability and other employment testing.


The Seven Delusions In Disaster-Prone Organizations
June 19, 2018 (1:00 PM to 2:30 PM)  

Organizations are like the Titanic: Our delusions let us enter dangerous waters at full speed, ignoring obvious signs of impending catastrophe. Frequently those that have suffered disasters have been operating ‘near-zero’ in their safety performance measurements, and they all shared the same delusions: That they were well in control (of their risks), that compliant behavior was ‘safe’, that they had tamed the beasts of human error, variability and unpredictability, that safety is a linear process, that risk is a simple quantitative entity to be controlled, and that they were invincible. The closer you get to zero, the more acute these delusions become. Mark shows that these delusions may be rife in your organization too…