2019 Conference Schedule and Workshop Overview

Conference workshops and Schedule

2019 Conference Program at a Glance 4-25-19

2019 Region VII Workshops Schedule 4-25-19

Monday, May 20th

VPP Application Workshop (pre-registration recommended)

The VPP Application Workshop® provides hands on experience in VPP application development.  You will be guided through the VPP application process.  Hear from industry leaders at VPP worksites on what it takes to develop a complete and successful application.  You will learn step-by-step how to put together the major components of an application and how to properly write an application by reviewing samples from applications submitted by VPP Star worksites.

Strengthening Star Quality Workshop (pre-registration recommended)

Once your site has achieved VPP Star status, where do you go from there?  This workshop focuses on “continuous improvement,” providing information on what OSHA is looking for in the VPP re-approval, how other VPP worksites are maintaining the level of commitment, how to make the most of your annual evaluation and what evaluation criteria are used to measure management leadership and commitment.

CPR/AED/First Aid Refresher Training Certification (FREE for All Attendees)

The refresher course will review critical skills needed to respond to and manage a medical emergency until emergency medical services arrives. Skills covered in this course include basic first aid, CPR instruction, choking relief in adults, children, and infants along with AED use and what to do for sudden cardiac arrest situations. The course is free to registered attendees.

Bowling / Pizza Party Fundraiser /2019 VPPPA Region VII Scholarship Fund.vJoin the Monday Evening “FUN”-draiser! Location: The Ally Indoor Entertainment Wichita Kansas

Team-building networking and fun. Sign-up on when registering online.

$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!

Tuesday, May 21st

Meeting of the Membership

Opening General Session

Keynote: 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.

Do we Really Need Equipment and Machine Guarding?

This presentation will show “the Ugly, the Bad and the Good” for equipment and machine guarding.  The five W’s will be presented: WHO – says we need it?  WHAT is it all about? WHEN do I have to do it?  WHY do I need it? WHERE do I need it?  This is a simple straight forward presentation on the Do’s and Don’ts for safeguarding practices to protect your employees from possible injuries from exposed hazards, while allowing your OSHA citations to go to someone else.

Using the PSM Standard for Safety Management in General Industry

How and why the tenants of OSHA’s PSM Standard (CFR 1910.119) and the EPA’s RMP Standard (40 CFR 68) should be applied as a process management system in General Industry; specifically in facilities not using a Highly Hazardous Chemical (HHC).  We will explore the benefits offered by keeping it simple in process management by using a standard that was designed for HHCs to achieve world class safety results.

Interface Issues in PHAs – BowTie

Some companies over-rely on the HAZOP method of identifying process risks, and in the process miss potential high consequence scenarios because the HAZOP method is blind to that type of scenario or there is insufficient information for HAZOP. We call this an “interface issue”. The Bowtie method, as an activity based method, has its own problems but can identify interface issues. This presentation identifies three types of interface issue, presents the problem with HAZOP for each, and then presents the use of Bowtie method to address the interface issue. The presentation will include a quick introduction to the Bowtie method which will use real-world examples for each and will be suitable for intermediate level staff.

Workplace Violence

This workshop will cover workplace violence awareness and prevention. Statistics describing the extent of the problem, types of workplace violence and risk factors that would cause a workplace to be vulnerable to violence will be presented. OSHA’s guidelines and recommendations on workplace violence prevention programs will be discussed. There will also be a discussion of anger and conflict management as it relates to the prevention of co-worker violence.

Substance Abuse in the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know

Drug and alcohol abuse is on the rise in the workplace and it’s becoming harder to detect.  We will discuss:

  • The Effects of Substance Abuse in the Workplace.
  • Discuss Pain Killers and Opioid Epidemic.
  • We will explore marijuana and medical marijuana, its legal landscape and emerging technology.
  • Explore the laws and learn what types of drug testing is allowed.
  • Understand drug testing options and procedures.
  • As a company, what are the best practices you can do to minimize substance abuse.

Static Electricity, It’s a real threat!

Recognizing the hazard of static electricity in the movement and handling of 􀃓Flammable liquids and combustible dust. From the loading and unloading of trucks, railcars, vac truck operations, totes, drums and FIBC bags, static electricity can cause accidents if not managed property. Review of applications and solutions to mitigate and address the hazard including systems to implement process control which reduces the human error involved in daily.

Hazards Associated with Electricity & the Human Body

Contact with overhead & underground power lines are never planned, but the results can be devastating.  Vivid examples of the hazards associated with working around high voltage powerlines will be illustrated & discussed. The first step to preventing these accidents is recognizing the hazards & understanding how electricity effects the human body. If you or your company operate equipment that extends, rotates, or pivots in the air or underground, this presentation is for you.

The Bad Side of Town

Have you ever noticed how being on the bad side of town heightens your awareness level? Whether you’ve had a bad experience, or by reputation alone, there’s an overwhelming urge for self-preservation.

Can this awareness level be applied to recognizing your state of mind when a workplace injury occurs? Explore the signs that you are on the bad side of town at work when it comes to injuries and use the tools provided in this session to manage those states.

Review of the newly updated OSHA Walking Working Surfaces Standard

The final rule for OSHA 1910 Walking Working Standard became effective January 17, 2017. Under the new rule, employers have more flexibility when selecting fall protection systems that are most suitable for their workers.  The updated rule reflects the incorporation of new technologies and better industry practices.  We will provide a good overview of the changes, along with finding fall protection solutions for your facility and jobsite. We will break out into groups to brainstorm ideas, learn from each other, and determine solutions.

OSHA VPP Education Series: How to Correctly Prepare the Annual VPP Report

OSHA requires each VPP participant to perform annually a self-evaluation of its safety and health management system. This self-evaluation, reflecting the previous calendar years’ experience, must be submitted to the participant’s OSHA Regional VPP Manager by February 15 of each year. In recent years it has been determined that the submitted annual VPP Reports tend to have gaps or missing information and steps. This workshop will review what is required in each annual VPP report.

OSHA VPP Education Series: Common Deficiencies found During VPP Evaluations

So, when the OSHA VPP team shows up at your facility for the dreaded audit, what exactly are they looking for? Find out from the one person who has been doing VPP audits for years. You will learn some of the common deficiencies found and how best to prepare for your first VPP audit or your recertification audit.

Health and Wellness Series: T.R.U.S.T.ing the Power of Your Brain

Research has proven that conversations are no longer just a way of sharing information. They are the foundation for building trust, creating relationships and improving culture. More importantly, they trigger changes in our neurochemistry that uncover the true power of our brain. In this session, we will discuss the negative influence of the Brain’s Fear Center, the power of our Executive Brain, and the Best Practice for shifting to a place of Trust. It is time to begin connecting, engaging, navigating, and growing with others!

Health and Wellness Series: The Myths of Work-Life Balance

Do you feel frustrated and dissatisfied with yourself and your life? Do you feel like you don’t have enough time to balance your work tasks and your personal obligations? Well, I am excited to tell you that there is a simple yet effective way to create greater satisfaction in your life. Research shows that people tend to be most fulfilled in their life when they are living in accordance with their values and purpose. In this session, you will uncover your values and intentions, transform your idea of time management, and begin living your best life. Your perfect work-life balance is within reach. It is time to begin living a happier, healthier life!

Large Group Session: Fire Investigations – Basic Origin and Cause

Investigating a fire incident has many elements. This general session will review elements of a thorough fire investigation process including:

  • Why fires need a full investigation
  • Describe methodology used
  • Overview of fire patterns for fire origin identification
  • Ignition sequence theory for cause determination
  • Demonstrate O&C via scene review

Tuesday Evening: Vendor and Attendee 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!

Wednesday, May 22nd 

Kansas Active Shooter Mitigation

The Kansas Highway patrol has developed a Kansas-based active shooter training initiative titled Kansas Active Shooter Mitigation (KASM). This training initiative was developed to provide critical information in a timely manner to educators and administrators on what to expect in the event of an active shooter, as well as potential options and considerations to mitigate that threat. This training program will be taught by designated KHP personnel. Additionally, this training course is modular and will be adaptable to address active shooter awareness and mitigation in the workplace and in the public

What’s the Difference between a Safe Driver and a Defensive Driver? Crash Avoid ability – Can it be Done?

When it comes to driving, being safe and being defensive are not the same.  In this presentation you will discover the “Ten Key Indicators” of a Defensive Driver.  At the end of this session you will be able to determine if you are a defensive driver, and if not, what you can work on to become one.

Ten Feet Tall and Bullet Proof

It is very common for people to believe that bad things only happen to other people. Do the terms “that can’t happen to me” or “I’ve been doing this job for 30 years and I’ve never been hurt” sound familiar? Explore why adults think they are “safe enough” and learn new ideas on how to advance your safety culture by getting people to think differently about their own personal safety.

Achieving Zero Injuries

Your culture determines your performance when it comes to production, quality and safety. There are two key factors that need to be addressed to achieve zero injuries. Current training approaches that are ineffective will be discussed. Key strategies for success will be presented. A mini-training will give participants an experience of how to change unsafe attitudes and behaviors.

Compliance Calendars – Tips and Tricks for the “To-Do” List Lover

Managing EHS compliance, including employee training, equipment inspections, environmental programs, VPP best practices, and much more can be overwhelming. As a safety manager, consultant, or VPP Company coordinating the tasks that need to be completed can be challenging, and missing a deadline could leave your organization exposed to compliance or VPP risk. An interactive compliance calendar aids in time management, helps delegate tasks to employees, and ensures day-to-day action items are completed. Join Hellman & Associates, as we share the techniques and best practices we have developed to keep our employees accountable, organized, and proactive, ensuring compliance for our company and our clients.

Human Trafficking

Everyone has a role to play in combating human trafficking. Human trafficking is a hidden crime, and the first step to combating it is to identify victims, so they can be rescued and help bring their perpetrators to justice. By identifying victims and reporting tips, you are doing your part to help law enforcement rescue victims, and you might save a life. Law enforcement can connect victims to services such as medical and mental health care, shelter, job training, and legal assistance that restore their freedom and dignity. The presence or absence of any of the indicators is not necessarily proof of human trafficking. It is up to law enforcement to investigate suspected cases of human trafficking.

GHS/HazCom: The Game – Can You Pass the Compliance Test?

We’re past the GHS deadlines and HazCom continues to rank as OSHA’s 2nd most frequently cited standard —a position it has held since the Agency’s adoption of the United Nations’ GHS Revision 3 in 2012. Common reasons for employer noncompliance range from deficiencies with employers’ Written Plans, to faulty SDS management processes, to ineffective container labeling. And while EHS professionals are still trying to catch their breath from the initial GHS adoption in 2012, they should brace themselves for more changes ahead, since OSHA has expressed intent to align with GHS Revision. 7. This proposed update aims to bring HazCom into greater alignment with more current global hazard communication best practices. Should OSHA proceed down this path, it will be paramount that employers understand what’s currently required to comply, so that they can prepare for the impact the future changes may have on their HazCom Program.

The 5S Approach to Housekeeping Excellence

5S (Sort- Shine- Systemize- Set in Order- Standardize) is intended to improve productivity while maintaining a safe work environment. Disorder is neither productive, nor safe. 5S is a simple and practical method to instill a quality culture at the work place. It is relatively easy to undertake and requires minimal additional resources. Learn how to drive employee engagement and morale through Housekeeping improvement activities at your site.

Our speakers will utilize a PowerPoint Presentation and a “discussion format” that will feature detailed info on the following Bullets

  • History of 5S
  • Elements of 5S: Sort, Shine, Systemize, Set in Order, Standardize
  • How our site implemented the program:
    • Employee engagement
    • Red Tag Zone Review
    • Organized workbenches for frequently used tools
    • Shadow boards
    • Cleaning stations
    • “Super market of parts”
  • 5S resources and how/where to obtain them: Shadow boards, foam tool box inserts, floor markings, etc.
  • Q&A will be allowed throughout and at the conclusion of the slide deck.

 Substance Abuse in the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know

Drug and alcohol abuse is on the rise in the workplace and it’s becoming harder to detect.  We will discuss:

  • The Effects of Substance Abuse in the Workplace.
  • Discuss Pain Killers and Opioid Epidemic.
  • We will explore marijuana and medical marijuana, its legal landscape and emerging technology.
  • Explore the laws and learn what types of drug testing is allowed.
  • Understand drug testing options and procedures.
  • As a company, what are the best practices you can do to minimize substance abuse.

Industrial Hygiene and VPP

VPP management systems improve safety and health at industrial and manufacturing facilities. Organizations should consider both the safety and industrial hygiene aspects of all processes, jobs and tasks as part of their management system. This presentation will discuss the key steps in evaluation of your current IH program and address the necessary elements for achieving a best practice IH program within a VPP organization.  Program development strategies will be explored and multiple VPP site case studies will be reviewed for excellence demonstration on how integration of IH into each aspect of VPP management system strengthens employee safety and health initiatives.

Calm After The Storm: Tornado Devastation – Real Life Story of Survival, Recovery and Reflection

As Matt Gaines stood at the front door of his home in Smithville, Missouri on an early March, 2017 evening, he heard a roar like a train and knew he needed to get downstairs. In a basement room connected to his garage, all took cover. Debris fell from the floor joists and debris flew uncontrollably as the EF2 tornado ripped through Gaines’ home and the Smithville community. But when the worst was over, Matt knew their house was gone: He could look up and see the sky. This open discussion will go over the day’s events, how a 3 foot by 2 foot space saved their lives, life and preparation lessons learned along with how a community and endless strangers, friends and family helped pick up their entire life one piece at a time.

OSHA VPP Education Series: SGE Forum/Caucus Meeting  (Target: Present and Interested SGE Candidates)

Do you want to live a healthier, more fulfilling life but aren’t quite sure how? Then, this program is for you by discovering the 10 techniques to living a healthy lifestyle. With more than 30 years of experience in the medical world, Dr. Bouda has compiled all of his expertise into 10 simple tools to transforming your life. It is time to become proactive in designing the healthy life you’ve always desired!

Health and Wellness Series: Leading a Multi-Generational Workforce

Leading A Multi-Generational Workforce is focused on educating, motivating and training your audience on the communication challenges that exist between generations but, more importantly, the tools and skills needed to successfully navigate these interactions. Once we understand and break down the different communication, motivation and leadership styles of the generations, we are able to open up a whole new understanding of our engagements. Your audience will walk away from this presentation with a research-proven three-step process to maximizing communication with each generation that they can implement today.

Health and Wellness Series: Dealing with Difficult People

Many of us have heard of “Crucial Conversations”, but it is time to take it to the next level by learning how to transform uncomfortable conversations into opportunities for growth and relationship building. Learn how to explore another’s thoughts, meanings, and experiences, even with the most difficult of people. In this session, we will discuss how to set the context for caring, courage and candor, explore desired outcomes, share each other’s perspectives, discover what’s important to both of you, and contract for success. It is time to transform uncomfortable conversations into opportunities for growth!

Large Group Session: Are You Fire Safe?

This large group presentation will inform you on fire hazards located at home and work along with statistics on the dangers of fire to better prepare you and your family in a fire emergency.

Closing Luncheon and Award Presentations