Free Pre-Conference Workshops 

The free pre-conference workshops are June 20, 2017, 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 20, 2017 (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.


Safety Leadership: Conventional Wisdom & Unintended Consequences
June 20, 2017 (1:00 PM to 2:30 PM)  

Best practices should reduce the frequency and severity of accidents and injuries in the workplace, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Even common practices such as cardinal safety rules, campaigns targeting zero accidents, substantial incentives for reaching safety goals, penalties for infractions, detailed procedures and protocols for working safely, and the like can sometimes have unintended consequences. This session will examine these and discuss approaches that can help to achieve the results we all want without the surprises.


When Your Body Wears Out, Where Are You Going To Live
June 20, 2017 (1:00 PM to 2:30 PM)  

You will gain a new and exponential understanding of ergonomics in the office and be able to identify quickly the causative agents of MSD's. See why ergonomics does not need to be complicated. Discomforts turns into pain, pain into injury and injury into workers' compensation. Although there is no empirical data that proves if or when this will happen, it is indisputable that all ergonomic issues are born in discomfort. Data from over half a million employees proves that ergonomic issues in the office are the result of awkward postures and awkward postures are the result of improper placement of equipment. 

The attendees will learn: 

  • How to identify ergonomic issues in the infantile stages
  • How to mitigate the risk without spending money
  • How to explain to employees they do not need that new chair or keyboard tray
  • How to document and followup with the case


Preparing For Your First VPP Audit
June 20, 2017 (1:00 PM to 2:30 PM)  

This presentation will outline a path a help guide for a site that is preparing for VPP and help the site prepare for their first VPP Audit. Discussion will center around building of a VPP timeline along with ideas on team member participation and how to avoid "show stoppers." Helpful hints will be covered on getting your site VPP ready with "Above and Beyond" safety ideas that can help showcase your best during the audit. 


Risk Reduction Programs in Healthcare - Improving Your Costs - Are They Worth It? 
June 20, 2017 (1:00 PM to 2:30 PM)  

Are your workers’ compensation injury costs going out of the roof?  Many organizations have felt an increase in their employee workers’ compensation injury costs in the last few years that has hit their financial bottom lines.  Organizations are looking toward being proactive and implementing aggressive prevention programs to decrease their workers’ compensation costs while increasing employee morale.  Participants in this class will be given tips on what a risk reduction program is comprised of and how to implement it in the workplace. 


Conference First Timers Workshop
June 20, 2017 (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.