Category: Courses

TapRooT® Public Courses In South America

January 29th, 2015 by


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Bogota, Colombia

Upcoming TapRooT® Public Courses:

Sao Paulo, Brazil 2-Day February 26, 2015 

Bogota, Colombia 2-Day March 11, 2015

Bogota, Colombia 3-Day March 11, 2015

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

Upcoming TapRooT® Public Course in Nairobi, Kenya

January 29th, 2015 by

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Take out your calendars! TapRooT® will be in Nairobi, Kenya February 26-27 for a 2-Day Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis Course. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to travel to Nairobi. From a simple rail depot founded by the British in 1899 to the center of the coffee, tea and sisal industry today, Nairobi has grown to be the 14th largest city in the entire continent of Africa. As it continues to grow, so does its business culture and international business hub.

Food:

Tamambo Karen: Enjoy this modern, gourmet coffee garden with a variety of flavors on the menu.

Naked Pizza: This unique, delicious pizza place in Nairobi is well known and loved by the locals. Enjoy it even from their foodtruck!

Eagles Steak House: Want a more fine dining experience? The’ve got excellent food, view and service.

Attractions:

Nairobi National Park: You can’t go to Kenya without visiting their famous National Park and wildlife.

Nairobi Railway Museum: See the original railway that started up the city of Nairobi back in 1899.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: If you have a heart for the protection and preservation of Nairobi endangered species, then you’ll want to visit.

 

REGISTER HERE for this Nairobi, Kenya course on February 26, 2015.

SAVE THE DATE for the upcoming annual Global TapRooT® Summit held in Las Vegas this June. Click here for more information.

TapRooT® Public Courses In Canada

January 26th, 2015 by

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Upcoming TapRooT® Public Courses:

Calgary 5-Day February 23, 2015

Calgary 2-Day March 16, 2015

Edmonton 2-Day March 19, 2015

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

Risk Assessment and Management Best Practices

January 26th, 2015 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 ?

Pictures from the 2-Day TapRooT® Incident Investigation & Root Cause Analysis Course in Houston, TX

January 23rd, 2015 by

Linda Unger, VP at SI, sent these pictures of Ken Turnbull, one of our contract instructors, teaching a bunch of great students.

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TapRooT® Around the World: Cape Industries

January 22nd, 2015 by

Thank you to Derek Rutherford for sharing these photos with us from a recent Onsite course at Cape Industries.

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

Upcoming TapRooT® Public Course in New Plymouth, New Zealand

January 22nd, 2015 by

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TapRooT® hosts public courses all over the world, including New Zealand. Come out to New Plymouth, New Zealand on February 16, 2015 for a 5-Day Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training to learn how you can be proactive and perform better investigations. New Plymouth is a coastal city on the west coast of New Zealand that has been named a “model community” because of its beautiful infrastructure. The small population walks and cycles along the coastal walkway (pictured above) and enjoys the each other’s company and the view. Talk about a great place to visit and take a TapRooT® course!

Food:

Table Restaurant: Placed within the Nice Hotel, this gourmet, award winning restaurant ensures you will enjoy food, wine and friends.

The Mayfair: Want a burger, fries, salads, pizzas or snacks? The Mayfair has it all and some drinks to go with it.

Cow Ree: This small vintage cottage set right on the beach makes for a fun, enjoyable evening out for a great meal.

Attractions:

Pukekura Park:  You’ve never experienced a local park with such beautiful scenery and events-including a lights show you won’t forget!

Coastal Walkway: Enjoy a nice walk along the coast with a perfect view of the mountains.

Taranaki Aviation Transport and Technology Museum: If you’re interested in all things to do with aviation and technological transportation, then this museum is for you.

 

REGISTER HERE for this Public Course today

SAVE THE DATE for the upcoming Global TapRooT® Summit. For more information and registration click on the links.

Find and Fix the Root Causes of Equipment Related Failures

January 21st, 2015 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.

Still deciding? Watch the video below to hear our Equifactor® instructor, Ken Reed, talk about why this course is right for you.

 

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:

Calgary, Alberta | January 16, 2015

Houston, Texas | March 18, 2015

Brisbane, Australia | March 18, 2015

Onsite TapRooT® courses

January 20th, 2015 by

Thanks to TapRooT® instructor Ralph Blessing for sending this picture of an onsite course being held today for one of my clients in Illinois. In the picture, instructor Ralph Brickey is teaching the students how to find Causal Factors.

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By the way, not all of our instructors are named Ralph, but they are all excellent instructors! We can teach any of our courses at your site (10 or more people), and we have instructors throughout the world. If you are interested in holding a course at your site, just e-mail us at info@taproot.com

Do You Need a Job?

January 16th, 2015 by

Today, Schlumberger announced it was planning on laying off 9,000 employees worldwide. The rapid drop in oil prices is having a negative employment impact.

If any TapRooT® Users find themselves unemployed, I’d like to remind them to watch for job opportunities here:

http://www.taproot.com/archives/category/career-development/job-postings

We post new job openings every week for people that have TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Skills.

What? You haven’t attended a TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course? 

NOW is the time BEFORE you need a new job that requires TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training.

See our course schedule around the world and click on your continent to see local courses at:

http://www.taproot.com/store/Courses/

TapRooT® Around the World: Schenzhen, China

January 15th, 2015 by

Thank you to Reb Brickey from Chinese General Nuclear Power for taking a few pictures of a recent Onsite course in Schenzhen, China.

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Want more information regarding our Onsite or Public courses? Click Here.

TapRooT® Around the World: Cameron Voghera, Italy

January 14th, 2015 by

Thanks to Reb Brickey for providing some group pictures from a recent Onsite Course in Italy.

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Interested in registering a Public or Onsite TapRooT® Course? Click Here. 

Join us at our annual Global TapRooT® Summit in June! Register Here.

Course in Spanish in Europe?

January 12th, 2015 by

One of our TapRooT® Users in Europe is interested in having 2 or 3 people trained in a course conducted in Spanish. Would anyone else be interested?

If we get enough response, we’ll get the course scheduled for later this year in Spain.

Leave your response as a comment here. 

5 Reasons to Bring Your Family to our June Summit!

January 7th, 2015 by

We all know about the late night adventures Vegas has to offer, but what if family fun is more your style?

June is a great time for family fun because the kids will just be finishing up another school year. Don’t be afraid to bring them to play during the Global TapRooT® Summit June 1 – 5, 2015. They’ll love these 5 types of attractions, and you’ll get a kick out of them too.

1. Animals

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay – See their Shipwreck exhibit, where water, fish, sea turtles, and sharks surround you – behind glass walls, of course!

Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat – Come see white lions, tigers, leopards, and panthers, not to mention dolphins! If you have some extra bucks to spare, your child can even be a dolphin trainer for a day.

2. Rides

Adventuredome – Your kids – and you – will be wowed by the Adventuredome Theme Park’s 25 simulations, rides, and IMAX experiences for all ages.

Gondola Rides at the Venetian – Enjoy this quintessential Italian boat ride through the waters near the Venetian Hotel, complete with your own singing gondolier.

Nevada Southern Railway – Do your kids love trains? Take them for a ride Saturday or Sunday after the Summit. For an extra fee, they can even ride in the engineer’s cab!

3. Fun Learning

Ethel M Chocolate Factory Tour – This free self-guided factory tour is just as delicious as it sounds, with generous free samples to boot. Don’t forget to check out the Cactus Garden and M&Ms world as well.

Las Vegas Natural History Museum – Learn about ancient dinosaurs, Egyptian pharaohs, and much more at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.

4. Nature

Red Rock Canyon, Springs Preserve, and Mount Charleston all offer hiking, camping, and a peaceful getaway from the madness of Las Vegas life.

5. Entertainment

Pinball Hall of Fame – This quirky attraction boasts over 1,000 vintage pinball machines for you and your family to play. Each game costs from 25 to 50 cents. Finally! Machines in Vegas the kids can have fun on too.

Volcano at the Mirage – Come early for this free water, light, and music show outside the Mirage.

Bellagio Fountains – You’ve heard of these famed fountains; now bring the kids and see the hotel’s classic music and light show up close and personal for free.

Tournament of Kings Dinner Show – Take your family back in time and watch jousting, dancing maidens, and invading armies, all while eating like medieval knights: With your fingers.

What happens in Vegas doesn’t have to stay in Vegas. You can create memories with your family that you’ll never forget. When you come to the Global TapRooT® Summit Week 2015, you can learn the latest root cause analysis best practices and bring the family for some good clean fun too.

TapRooT® Around the World: Public Courses in Bogota, Colombia

January 5th, 2015 by

Thank you to Camila Sierra for providing these wonderful pictures of some recent Public TapRooT® Courses in Bogota, Colombia.

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Want more information or registration for one of our international Public TapRooT® Courses? Click Here

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

Want to learn more about our International Public and Onsite courses? Click here

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.

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

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.

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