2019 Conference

2019 Midwest Safety and Health Conference and Expo

The 2019 Region VII Conference is scheduled for May 20-22, 2019 at a new venue, The Hyatt Regency Wichita in Wichita, Kansas.

The event represents our vision and goal to expand the outreach of the annual conference. We re-branded the annual conference as “The Midwest Safety and Health Conference and Expo”. With this new objective in place, we strive to offer a regional ES&H conference not only to attendees involved with the VPP program, but also to safety professionals throughout the Midwest. This summarizes our continuous journey to maintain and improve our safety knowledge and culture while expanding what we have to offer. So join us on the journey in safety excellence in and beyond the Region VII.

The 2019 Midwest Safety and Health Conference and Expo Registration Link (Sponsored by Region VII VPPPA)

Experience hospitality at its finest at Hyatt Regency Wichita. Set along the Arkansas River, Hyatt Regency Wichita is one of the premier luxury hotels in Kansas offering modern guestrooms, revitalized meeting venues and a convenient downtown location. Connected to Century II Convention Center, Hyatt Regency Wichita is minutes from Intrust Bank Arena, Exploration Place, Historic Old Town, Orpheum Theatre and much more.

Hyatt Regency Hotel Room Reservation Link

The Region VII Scholarship

The Region VII scholarship was established in 2009 to recognize students who are leaders and role models in their schools and communities and who are pursuing either an undergraduate or graduate degree or pursuing a degree in the Trades Programs.

This annual scholarship is granted to one student who is either employed at a VPPPA Full Member site or is a child, grandchild or step child of an employee of a VPP site. Mr. Bill Turner, Chairperson of the VPPPA Region VII Board commented, “This scholarship program is another great way of moving VPPPA Region VII forward while accomplishing two goals. First, we the Board of Directors want to make sure that we continue to look for ways to give back to the membership and secondly, it is an opportunity to help at least one student down the road to a higher education.”
The Region VII VPPPA Board of Directors is committed to growing this scholarship program in the future. It will take commitment from other establishments as well to assist in achieving sustainability of this worthy program. If you or your company would like to contribute to this scholarship fund, please contact the Region VII Board of Directors. The Deadline for application submittal is March 29th, 2019.

2019 Region VII VPPPA Scholarship Application

The Star Among Star Award

The Star Among Stars program has been established to recognize VPP participants within Region VII with total case incidence rates (TCIR) and days away/restricted/transferred case incidence rates (DART) well below the BLS national average. All Star, Demonstration, Merit, and Conditional sites are eligible for the Recognition Program provided they meet the outlined requirements. The Stars among Stars Program has been established to recognize VPP participants within Region VII with total case incidence rates (TCIR) and days away/restricted/transferred case incidence rates (DART) well below the BLS national average. All Star, Demonstration, Merit, and Conditional sites are eligible for the Recognition Program.

To review the guidelines, criteria and to submit an award application, please use the attached form.

2019 Star Among Star Awards Application

Bowling / Pizza Party Fundraiser /2019 VPPPA Region VII Scholarship Fund.

Join the Monday Evening “FUN”-draiser!!!!

Team-building networking and fun. Sign-up on Registration Link on-line.

Location: The Ally Indoor Entertainment Wichita Kansas

  • $75 per participant
  • Includes bowling, pizza, hor d’oeuvres and beverage tickets
  • Round trip transportation provided (shuttle leaves hotel at 4:45 pm)
  • 4 Bowlers per Team
  • Singles welcome and will be placed on a team
  • Raffle fundraisers during event
  • Prizes at the end of event
  • Proceeds to benefit the Scholarship Fund

Sign up when registering and support this great program!

Keynote Speaker – Eric Giguere

Life for Eric Giguere only looked up. A capable worker with a good job and good pay, he married on September 28, 2002. Within a week, the newlyweds would be on their honeymoon. Six days after the wedding Eric went to work and looked forward to leaving for his honeymoon after his shift was over. That joy never came to be.

Eric had 5 years experience as a union laborer, and was two months into his first trenching project. The crew was installing a 12-inch water main. Eric got down into the 6.5 foot trench to inspect the pipe, and the trench walls collapsed. He was buried under several feet of soil. Eric panicked. He was unable to breath under the crushing weight. His fear began to subside and a feeling of warmth and comfort overcame him. Eric was dying.

He regained consciousness in the hospital where he learned of the quick action of his team to dig him out. The doctors told Eric he suffered permanent brain damage from the lack of oxygen. Despite the odds against any life other than one of permanent disability, Eric never stopped fighting to overcome what he was told was now impossible.

Eric is an average guy who had the typical attitude toward safety: “Accidents happen, but not to me”. Until the one that nearly took his life. Now Eric’s mission in life is to make sure the arrogance he had toward safety doesn’t become yours. His message is simple and serious, “This can happen to you.”

Eric lectures about his experience and his focus on safety – your safety. He has consulted for many companies, such as ExxonMobil, NiSource, PG&E and Questar Gas. He has spoken at many safety seminars including the American Society of Safety Engineers’ Professional Development Conference, the National Safety Council, the Common Ground Alliance Conference and Expo and the VPPPA. Eric has a great relates with the average “working man” and tells audiences about his personal story from the heart.

Tuesday Evening Vendor Reception

Join everyone Tuesday evening for the vendor reception. Light food and drinks are included with your conference registration. Visit all of the exhibitors and take the time to network with numerous attendees. The silent auction will be in full display with funds going to the annual scholarship fund. This is a great annual event that is attended by many and closes a busy Tuesday conference agenda. Enjoy!