Free Pre-Conference Workshops 

The free pre-conference workshops are June 18, 2019, 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 18, 2019 (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 18, 2019 (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. 


Anatomy of an Injury
June 18, 2019 (1:00 PM to 2:30 PM)  

In this anatomy & physiology presentation, the attendee will gain a new and exponential understanding of ergonomics and be able to identify quickly the causative agents of MSD’s and remedy the causative effects in the workstation and at home. Although the class is registered for intermediates it is for all levels of ergonomic knowledge. Come see why ergonomics does not need to be complicated.


Managing Industrial Rescue Teams
June 18, 2019 (1:00 PM to 2:30 PM)  

A presentation that defines the challenges to safety professionals regarding rescue teams from an experienced rescuer. The discussion will cover the balancing aspects and liabilities of the company, workforce, and regulatory expectations pertaining to training, equipment, and documentation necessities. Comparisons will be on the pros and cons of in-house, 3rd party, and combination training considerations.


Dangerous Delusions
June 18, 2019 (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);

• Compliant behavior was ‘safe’;

• They had tamed the beasts of human error, variability, and unpredictability;

• Safety is a linear process;

• Risk is a simple quantitative entity to be controlled; and

• They were invincible.

The closer you get to zero, the more acute these delusions become and the speaker shows that these delusions may be rife in your organization too. Attendees will learn to examine common and accepted practices that can adversely affect safety efforts and discuss alternate approaches that can mitigate unintended consequences.

Confined Space Program & Rescue Team Fundamentals
June 18, 2019 (1:00 PM to 2:30 PM)  

This free workshop will cover confined space entry and rescue team requirements.  Eddie Sisco with Emergency Response Services (ERS) will facilitate discussion on rescue team basics, as well as look at cost and justification of using internal resources compared to contracting outside standby services.  Eddie will lay out the requirements for an effective confined space program and discussed ways to manage a VPP-level confined space rescue team.  Demonstrations of rescue equipment will be part of the presentation that will be performed by trained rescue personal.  

ERS is one of the nation's leading providers of Industrial Emergency Response Training and Services. ERS trained over 8,000 Industrial Responders last year from a very diverse cross section of industries. This diverse client base gives them valuable experience and a wealth of knowledge about “what works and what doesn’t work” when it comes to Industrial Emergency Response. Demonstrations of rescue equipment will be part of the presentation.   Eddie has 40 years of experience as a firefighter and a rescue service trainer and is a founding partner of ERS.