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TapRooT® Around the World: Antwerp, Belgium

December 18th, 2014 by

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Join TapRooT® on February 4-5, 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium for a 2-Day Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis Course. Antwerp is the second largest city in Belgium that contains one of the biggest ports in the world, Port of Antwerp, making it known as a global city. Along with the educational, beneficial course TapRooT® is offering, Antwerp is a beautiful, historic city that needs exploring. Many of the buildings have been restored for the public to appreciate since a large portion has been destroyed over the many years of battles and wars. Take in all the history and Root Cause Analysis all in one.

 

Food: 

Caffe Mundi: A small coffee shop that specializes in their fresh, gourmet coffee and lunch menu.

Het Gerecht: The name of this French cuisine restaurant is translated as The Court. Come enjoy a fine dining cuisine like you’ve never had before.

Simply Emily: A quaint little cafe serving only the freshest homemade soups and quiches.

Attraction: 

Central Station: One of the beautiful train stations in all of Europe and voted as one of the top choices of touring by travelers.

Museum aan de Stroom: This museum is an attraction worth visiting to take in it’s beautiful architecture and interesting exhibits.

Steen Castle: Visit a real life castle and study the details of the architecture and the history behind it.

 

Interested in registering for this course? Click here

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Don’t forget to Save the Date for our upcoming annual Global TapRooT® Summit in June 2015 in Las Vegas. Click here for more information.

TapRooT® Around the World: Central and South America

December 18th, 2014 by

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Upcoming TapRooT® Public Courses:

Sao Paulo, Brazil 2-Day February 26, 2015 

For more information regarding our public courses around the world, click here.

LAST CHANCE to Lock In Course Rates Before January Price Increase!

December 17th, 2014 by

Are you planning to take TapRooT® training in 2015? We wanted to let you know course rates will increase January 1, but you can still reserve your seat in a 2015 public course at 2014 rates if you register before midnight, December 31, 2014.

This recent public course in Calgary, Canada is looking good!

This recent public course in Calgary, Canada is looking good!

TapRooT® is not only valued by accident investigators, but is also a valued skill for those who:

  • need to solve quality-related issues
  • have equipment downtime problems
  • experience failure to achieve optimal operational success

Take a look at the course list, and save up to $300 per course by locking in on 2014 rates. Register now:

http://www.taproot.com/courses

Find and Fix the Root Causes of Equipment Related Failures

December 17th, 2014 by

Don’t end up “fixing” the same equipment problems over and over again. Don’t let equipment issues cause quality, operations, and safety issues. Find the real root causes of your equipment reliability issues and develop effective fixes that will keep them from happening again by using this systematic process.

Did you know that we have 3-day and 1-day courses? What’s the difference? 3-Day Courses include the 1-Day Equifactor® Course along with the 2-Day Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis Course so you have it all in one. The 1-Day courses are just the separate Equifactor® course that requires a previously taken 2-Day course along with it, not necessarily all in one trip.

Why take an Equifactor® course? You will not only receive invaluable knowledge for your business, but also a Free single-user copy of TapRooT® Software. (A $2890 Value!) You can’t get a better deal than that.

 

Watch this video for more information regarding Equifactor® course.

 

Steps to register for the course and Free Software.

1) CLICK HERE

2) Select a 1-Day Equifactor® Course of your choice (Having already taken a 2-Day course or accompanying it with a 2-Day course)

3) Register for the course and add it to your cart

4) Done!

 

Upcoming Equifactor® Public Courses:

Las Vegas, Nevada | December 10. 2014

Calgary, Alberta | January 16, 2015

Houston, Texas | March 16, 2015

TapRooT® Around the World: Onsite Course in France

December 15th, 2014 by

Thanks to Harry Thorburn for these photos from a recent Onsite Course in Champagne, France.

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Want more information regarding our Onsite and Public courses around the world? Click Here. 

Summit Attendee Shares His Favorite Aspect from the 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit

December 11th, 2014 by

Summit attendee, Dan Avery, discusses what he loved the most about our Global TapRooT® Summit.

Don’t have time to listen to the whole video? Read the dialogue below.

What is your favorite part about the Summit?

“So far, you have had some interesting speakers. One of the speakers was really funny. I always enjoy coming to these.”

Well, thank you for coming this year and we hope to see you next year!

“Absolutely be at Las Vegas!”

 

Interested in joining us at the Summit in June 2015 in Las Vegas? Click here for more information. 

Another successful TapRooT® course in Dubai!

December 11th, 2014 by

Today marks the end of yet another great course in Dubai. Here are some pictures of the students and the final team exercise presentations:

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Our next set of courses in the Middle East will be in March; a 2 day in Dubai or a 5 day in Doha. To join one of these courses, register HERE

TapRooT® Around the World: Recent TapRooT® Course Photos

December 10th, 2014 by

Thanks to the instructors of these TapRooT® Courses who sent us these great pictures of recent courses around the world!

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For more information regarding our Public and On Site Courses around the world, click here. 

Plan a Trip to Roma Next Spring … And Get Some Great TapRooT® Training!

December 10th, 2014 by

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Rome is a great place for a spring vacation. The sights, the food, and the shopping are amazing!

And when you can combine the trip with some great TapRooT® Training (a 2-Day TapRooT® Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis Course), you are getting two great experiences at once!

The 2-Day TapRooT® Course is a great value. In two days you will learn how to apply the standard TapRooT® Tools (SnapCharT®, Safeguards Analysis, the Root Cause Tree®, the Corrective Action Helper®, and SMARTER) to find and fix the root causes of problems.

What kind of problems can you solve using TapRooT®?

  • Major safety accidents
  • Drug/medical device quality issues
  • Medical sentinel events
  • Process safety accidents/incidents
  • Equipment reliability issues
  • Neat-miss accidents
  • Production issues
  • Cost overruns
  • Schedule slippage issues
  • Customer complaints
  • Security issues
  • Product waste issues
  • Hardware/software failures

And that’s just to name a few!

And the instructors scheduled to teach the course are Mark Paradies and Linda Unger – the inventors of TapRooT®!

The course is being held at a great hotel in the center of Rome. Watch this video for a bird’s eye view of the location…

 

Here’s the hotel’s web site:

http://www.hotelnazionale.it

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As you can see, the hotel is just a couple of blocks from the Pantheon. And near many of Rome’s tourist attractions.

You probably won’t get an opportunity like this again. Because this course is so special, you should register today for the March 18-19, 2015 course to make sure you save your spot! Also, get your hotel reservation set. You don’t want to miss this great training in a great location.

Risk Assessments: Move Beyond Behavior Based Safety

December 9th, 2014 by

Risk Assessments are necessary in all safety processes, particularly to move programs beyond Behavior Based Safety (BBS).

At least qualitative Risk Assessments (RA) need to be included during any safety-related discussions or interactions, conversations, and meetings. RA are needed every time any safety-related decision needs to be made; and therefore, to move safety programs beyond traditional BBS principles and practices.

RA in safety processes, including BBS – type programs, improve decision-making by making them less subjective, emotional and biased. Safety decision-making needs to be based on the comparative risk levels of the options under consideration. Any chosen safety decision needs to be the option for which the likelihood and quantum of benefit and gain outweighs the likelihood and quantum of loss and harm more than for any other option.

Which option provides the best chance of gain and benefit at both personal and corporate levels?

One such illustrative example is related to un-demonizing the term “shortcut”.

The original, best definition of a shortcut is very simple, positive and with no emotive undertones:

“a smarter, better way of doing a job”

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“the method, procedure that best reduces the time / $ / energy needed to achieve business objectives.”

Can a shortcut ever be an appropriate, lower risk and authorized job method? And how?

In any safety discussions between managers, supervisors and workers, this definition can help clarify the troublesome distinction between “finding a shortcut,” and “taking a shortcut without an authorized risk assessment.” Finding is undeniably “smart.” Taking without RA is patently “dumb.”

Issues of workplace complexity and relationships between managers, supervisors and workers need to be addressed to be able to move safety programs and cultures beyond BBS principles and practices. Workplace relationships are based on trust, respect, credibility, encouragement, and valued appreciation of jointly-found solutions of challenges and issues. RA provides processes needed in relationship-based safety RBS.

Positive relationships include establishing and holding common beliefs that we want everyone to come to work with their brains as well as their brawn, (and hopefully their hearts), because we all recognize that it is in everyone’s interest for everyone to be always challenged to find smarter better ways of doing our jobs. That is what business is about! It is the never-ending goal of finding smarter, more efficient, more effective, more productive and safer (lower risk) ways of doing our work.

However, too often we tell our people we need and want their “shortcut” ideas for more efficiency and productivity, but as soon as they do give them we jump on them and label their suggestions with negative emotive labels such as “violations” or “breaches” of existing rules and describe them in meaningless, undefined terms such as “unsafe acts” or “at-risk behaviors”. Use of these negative, emotion-loaded terms actually discourages searching for the deep underlying root causes of an apparently stupid, careless, and lazy “violation.”

It is more appropriate to use non-emotive descriptors such as “variations,” “adaptations,” “departures,” or very simply “work-arounds.”

All day-to-day safety meetings, discussions, and personal risk taking behavioral choices involve BBS questions such as:

  • Which procedure or method is safer (lower risk) than another?
  • Which is the safer tool, plant, equipment for this job?
  • Which risk control option is better than the others?
  • Which route should be taken?
  • Which control panel design is less error-provoking than the other?
  • Which roster is best for managing fatigue?
  • What is the appropriate time that we need to allocate to this incident investigation?
  • What to say and how to interact / converse with my peers, supervisors and managers?

These real examples of safety optioneering processes make a compelling argument for doing at least a qualitative (but preferably a Semi – Quantitative) Risk Assessment.

In fact, Risk Assessments will be recognized as definitely needed every time any safety-related decision needs to be made and therefore can move safety programs beyond traditional BBS principles and practices often confused and undermined by subjective beliefs, biases and perceptions.

How can you improve your confidence in the accuracy, reliability, consistency of Risk Assessments?

Learn Best Practices in the training courses being offered as below.

Houston, Texas
May 20-21, (Weds-Thurs)

To register: http://www.taproot.com/store/2-Day-Risk-Management-Training-1505HOUS20.html

Calgary, Canada
May 27-28, (Wed-Thurs)
To register: http://www.taproot.com/store/2-Day-Risk-Management-Training-1505CALG27.html

Las Vegas, Nevada
June 1-2 (Mon-Tues before the TapRooT® Summit)
To register: http://www.taproot.com/store/2-Day-Risk-Management-Training-1506LASV01-RISKMGMT.html

IN-HOUSE Courses are also available. Contact us for a quote.

Jim WhitWhiting.Jiming, an international expert in risk management and root cause analysis will be conducting the courses detailed above. The courses are the updated versions of a highly successful course that he has been offering for a number of years to over 200 attendees at Pre-Summit courses at past TapRooT® Summits. Due to increasing requests for more offerings of the course, the TapRooT® folks and Jim have decided to offer three RAMBP PUBLIC Courses in North America in 2015.

Jim was on Committees developing the Risk Management Standard AS/ISO 31000 which has been adopted word for word by US standard bodies as ANSI Z690.2 and Canadian bodies as CAN/CSA/ISO 31000. He has developed Risk Assessment unique tools and processes for maximizing the confidence of the results of assessments need to make all safety-related decision-making such as – what is a tolerable risk ?

5 Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training in Dubai

December 7th, 2014 by

I am in Dubai this week teaching the five day course. Here are some pictures of the students on day one working on their first exercise, building a SnapCharT®:

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VIEW MORE PHOTOS from Dubai (Click here to view more.)

This course did fill, so I’m very sorry if we were not able to accommodate you this time. Our next courses in the region will be in March; the 2 day course in Dubai and 5 day course in Doha. To see the schedule and register, click HERE

Summit Attendees Share Favorite Aspects of 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit

December 5th, 2014 by

Take a look at this video testimonial of Billy Hendricks who attended our 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. He discusses some important information he took back to work with him from our great summit sessions.

Don’t have a chance to listen to the whole video? Read the dialogue below.

Billy, what did you think about the Summit Session, OSHA: Be Prepared for Sweeping Workplace Safety Changes?

“The former leader of OSHA under the Bush administration put an emphasis on safety of how important it was to you and me and to our company’s, and how we need to get passionate about being safe. Everything we do, every single day, not only in our workplace but at home, is so important to do it safely so that we can continue on.”

What were other sessions you enjoyed, as well?

“We just got done with the session on Body Language and how to interpret someone’s body language. It’s not just the interviewing and getting the answers but also finding out what their body is telling you when doing an interview. It is an important part in an interview investigation to find a root cause of something.”

Absolutely! Very helpful and important information in Barb’s session. 

 

Want more information on the Summit and the sessions offered in the upcoming one in June? Click Here. 

Registration for our June 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit will be available on December 30. Stay tuned!

TapRooT® Around the World: St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

December 4th, 2014 by

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Bring in the New Year with a trip to St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada! Our TapRooT® instructors will be teaching a 2-Day Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis Course on January 19-20. Not only will you learn an incredible amount of beneficial knowledge for your company, but you’ll also get the chance to visit this beautiful, historic city. St. John’s is considered to be the oldest English-founded city in North America. It’s English culture, beautiful harbour and colorful architecture gives it a distinct difference from the rest of Canada.

Food: 

RocketFood: This quaint bakery and fresh food cafe has been recognized on the Food Network and several international magazines meaning it can’t be anything less than delicious.

Raymond’s: If you’re interested in a more gourmet, fancier atmosphere then visit Raymond’s.

ONE11 Chophouse: A great steak isn’t all this high-rated chophouse has to offer. The warm, fine dining experience is one of the best around.

Attractions: 

Newman Wine Vaults: Enjoy a variety of flavors of fresh wine at one of Newman’s Wine Vaults.

East Coast Trail: Would you consider yourself an outdoor enthusiast? Take a hike on the East Coast Trail and see views of St. John’s that you can’t see anywhere else.

Commissariat House: The rich history of St. John’s is something to take in and enjoy. Experience a piece of it at the Commissariat House.

 

Ready to register for this course? Click Here

Want more information on our other international TapRooT® Public Courses? Click Here

TapRooT® Around the World: Course Photos from Chesapeake Energy

December 3rd, 2014 by

Thank you to Chesapeake Energy for these pictures from their TapRooT® Onsite Course. chesapeak energy

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Want more information on our Onsite courses? Click here.

TapRooT® Around the World: Course Photo from Bogota, Colombia

November 26th, 2014 by

Thanks to Camila Sierra for these great photos from a TapRooT® course in October in Bogota, Colombia.

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For more information regarding courses, click here. 

TapRooT® Around the World: Course Photos from Birmingham, England

November 19th, 2014 by

Thanks to Harry Thorburn for these pictures of such a great course in Birmingham, England.

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For more information regarding our courses around the world, click here.

2014 Global TapRooT® Summit Attendees Share Favorite Aspects from the Summit

November 14th, 2014 by

Steve Lerner shares what he will be taking back to his workplace to improve his organization after attending his very first TapRooT® Summit. Check it out:

Don’t have time to watch the video? Read the dialogue below.

What do you think about the Summit?

“I think the Summit is absolutely awesome. I had a great time. Learned quite a bit of stuff. Networking with hundreds of different people with what they do and what works for them and what’s not working for them and finding out that our problems are not just our problems. Most everybody is going through some of the same things.”

So, what would you say to your co-workers about the Summit?

“Yes, we need to come to the Summit more often since this is my first one.”

Have you learned any best practices that you’ll be taking back? 

“Yes, we had a couple of really good ideas, actually. The best practices that we created over the last couple of months, we are going to add going into corrective actions and digging deeper into tracking corrective actions. Not just talking about TapRooT® itself, but how effective are our corrective actions that we’re coming up with?”

Well, we’re glad that you came and got to see how great our Summit is and we hope that you will be back next year.

 

For more information regarding the upcoming Global TapRooT® Summit in June, 2015, click here. 

TapRooT® Around the World: Course Photos from Copenhagen, Denmark

November 12th, 2014 by

Thanks to one of our Instructors, Ken Reed, for providing these great pictures. Always hard at work at TapRooT® courses.

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Want more information regarding TapRooT® Public Courses around the world? Click here.

2014 Global TapRooT® Summit Attendees Share Favorite Aspects from the Summit

November 7th, 2014 by

Gard Clark attended the 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit and shared what he enjoyed the most about the Summit and how he can use it back home.

If you don’t have access audio or don’t have time to watch it, here is what Gard had to say:

What is your favorite part about the Summit? 

“My favorite part this year was how all the presentations worked together to build a theme and, for me, that was team work and getting your corrective actions done and using the TapRooT® method to figure out what you were doing.”

Great, well we look forward to seeing you next year. Thank you!

 

For more information regarding the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit coming up in June, click here. 

TapRooT® Around the World: Monterrey, Mexico

November 6th, 2014 by

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Are you planning to join TapRooT® in Monterrey, Mexico for a 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training (Spanish) on December 1-5?

Monterrey is one of the largest cities in Mexico, and is home to many important industries and businesses such as CEMEX and Mercedez-Benz Mexico. This amazing city is also surrounded by the Sierra Madre Oriental mountains which are filled with public trails and canyons for anyone to admire the natural beauty that Monterrey has to offer. We still have a few spots left, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to travel and gain knowledge to benefit your company.

Food:

El Gaucho: This warm, friendly restaurant offers classic Mexican cuisine that can cater to all pallets.

Sante Fe: In the mood for a little fine dining? Sante Fe offers all the best gourmet dishes, wines and desserts.

Bread Panaderos: Everyone loves a fresh bread bakery that also serves freshly ground coffee. Order a snack or a whole loaf to take home with you.

Attractions:

Horno 3: A museum of technological history, innovations and interactive exhibits must be interesting. Check out this museo del acero to find out for yourself.

Parque Fundidora: This large municipal park is always hosting activities for all ages and is a great place for site seeing the beautiful city.

Planetario Alfa: Museums and an IMAX Theater all in one. Take a tour through Mexican history or watch the latest educational movie in the state of the art IMAX Theater.

To register, click here.

For more information regarding our other courses, click here.

For information on the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit, click here.

TapRooT® Around the World: Course Photos from Reykjavik, Iceland

November 5th, 2014 by

Working hard at a recent TapRooT® course in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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For more information on our Public Courses all over the world, click here.

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