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What Countries Will Be Represented at the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit?

June 23rd, 2016 by

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Here’s a partial list …

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Singapore
  • Trinidad
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

That’s why we call the Summit a GLOBAL Summit. Every continent is represented.

Sing up for the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit now and learn best practices from around the world. Register at:

http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/register-for-summit

And find out about all the great sessions and keynote speakers by visiting the Summit web site at:

http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit

Who Could You Network With at the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit?

June 22nd, 2016 by

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Who would you like to network with if you were going to share best practices and learn how others have solved problems?

The TapRooT® Summit is a great place to meet industry leaders.

Here a partial list of companies that have signed people up for the 2016 Summit:

  • Agrium
  • Air Liquide
  • Arizona Public Service
  • Ashplundh
  • Avangrid Renewables
  • Balitmore Gas & Electric
  • Barrick
  • California Resources
  • Chevron
  • CHS
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Duke Energy
  • Enerplus
  • Exelon
  • Exxon
  • FirstEnergy
  • Formosa Plastics
  • GE
  • Genetech
  • Hallam-ICS
  • Intergen
  • Lawrence Berkeley national Lab
  • Liberty Carton Company
  • Marathon
  • Matrix Services
  • Monsanto
  • Nalco Champion
  • National Grid
  • Northern Star Generation
  • NRG Energy
  • Nuclear Fuel Services
  • Occidental
  • Oceaneering
  • PCS Nitrogen
  • Prarie State Generation
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • PSH JV
  • Red Cedar Gathering
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • Saudi Aramco
  • Siemens
  • Siltronic
  • SNOLAB
  • Teranga Gold
  • Tuscon Electric
  • US Well Services
  • United Technologies
  • Valspar
  • Vancouver Airport Authority
  • Weatherford
  • Westar Energy
  • Willbros

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What are some of the job titles of people attending the 2016 Summit?

  • Airside Safety Officer
  • Area HSE Manager
  • Compliance Specialist
  • Corporate ESH Director
  • Corporate HSE Manager
  • Corrective Action Program Manager
  • Director of Corporate Safety
  • EHS Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Emergency Management Manager
  • Engineering Superintendant
  • Environmental Steward
  • Facility Manager
  • Global H&S Advidor
  • HSE Regional Leader
  • HSE Director
  • HSE Specialist
  • HSE Supervisor
  • Human Performance Specialist
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Industrial Operations manager
  • Issue Management Program Leader
  • Lead Production Supervisor
  • Loss Prevention System Advisor
  • Manager, H&S
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Operational Excellence Manager
  • Operations Staff
  • PDM Coordinator
  • Process Safety Manager
  • PSM Specialist
  • QHSE Leader
  • Quality Auditor
  • Quality Manager
  • Quality Systems Auditor
  • RCA Leader
  • RCA Manager
  • Refining Consultant
  • Reliability Specialist
  • Results Supervisor
  • Risk Manager
  • Safety & Training Specialist
  • Safety Associate
  • Safety Specialist
  • SHE Supervisor
  • SHEQ Divisional Manager
  • Site CAP Manager
  • Sr. Director, Serious Injury & Fatality Prevention
  • Sr. Safety Analyst
  • Staff Compliance Specialist
  • Supervisor Training
  • Team Leader H&S
  • Training Director
  • Training Specialist
  • Upstream HSE Team Lead
  • Vice President, HSE
  • VP & Regional Manager
  • VP HSE
  • WMS Advisor
  • Work Week Coordinator

And those are just partial lists!

Imagine the things you could learn and the contacts you could make.

Add your company and your job title to the list by registering at:

 http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/register-for-summit

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TapRooT® Users Share Best Practices at the Summit!

June 20th, 2016 by

Our Global TapRooT® Summit attendees help one another by sharing best practices. We’d love to hear from you this year! Learn more about joining us in San Antonio the first week of August at the Summit website!

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Using Safeguards Analysis to Find Root Causes

June 17th, 2016 by

Here is a great best practice tip from TapRooT® User, Jeff Linstedt from our last Global Summit.

https://vimeo.com/157205462

Come to the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit and learn to solve your most pressing issues!

How do you define business critical?

June 16th, 2016 by

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Today, I was talking to someone in an industry that has had a major price reduction in the commodity that they produce.

They said that they couldn’t attend the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit (August 1-5, San Antonio, TX) because there was a corporate travel ban. Only “business critical” travel was allowed.

That got me thinking … What is business critical travel?

If your travel would:

  • save someone’s life,
  • stop a major accident that would ruin your company’s reputation,
  • save your company big $$$$ (at least 10X more than the cost of travel),
  • keep one of your biggest client’s happy by preventing a quality issue, or
  • stop critical equipment from failing,

Would that be business critical?

I understand the need to meet budgets and cut costs in times of economic difficulties.

What I don’t understand is being “penny wise and pound foolish.”

I hope your company isn’t making a mistake by stopping critical improvements from being made. Critical improvements that would have been learned at the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit BUT won’t be because someone was afraid to ask to attend because only business critical travel is being allowed.

Want to learn about the sessions and lessons that will be shared at the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit? See the complete Summit schedule at:

http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/summit-schedule

Then register for the Summit at:

http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/register-for-summit

Preparedness: Responding To An Accident

June 15th, 2016 by

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In these videos (Part One and Part Two above), Alan Smith introduces fascinating case studies of serious incidents he has been involved in and lessons learned. He is the former Head of Major Crime Operations – Grampian Police, Scotland. As a career detective, he was the lead investigator in numerous homicide investigations. He is a Certified TapRooT® Instructor/Facilitator and has in-depth experience in numerous offshore tragedies including Piper Alpha and the MV Bourbon Dolphin. He is an Accredited Senior Investigator in Counter Terrorism and Kidnap and Ransom. Alan is the former Chair of the Scottish Senior Investigating Officer’s Conference.

Alan will be co-teaching Interviewing & Evidence Collection Techniques at the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit, August 1 & 2, San Antonio. He will also be leading a special session you don’t want to miss: Risk Assessing the Perfect Murder.

It’s not too late to register for the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit!

Enter the June Caption Writing Contest!

June 13th, 2016 by

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Here in the TapRooT® office, we thoroughly enjoy your all’s clever captions during our caption contests. This month, we decided to make it TapRooT® Summit themed since our trip to San Antonio is coming up soon! Take a look at the picture of one of our Tech guys, Garrett, from the 2014 TapRooT® Summit, and come up with the most clever caption you can in 5 words or less to enter to win.

Contest Instructions:

1. Create your caption in five words or less. All captions with more than five words will be disqualified.

2. Type your caption in the comments section of this post by June 29th.

3. If you haven’t already, subscribe to the TapRooT® Friends & Experts e-newsletter to find out if you won.
(Email the Editor at editor@taproot.com with subject “Subscribe to Win”)

Our in-house instructors will vote on the most clever caption, and the winner will be announced via our e-newsletter and a blog post on June 30th.

Prize! The winner will receive a Big Texas Prize inspired by the upcoming Summit to thank you for joining TapRooT® in changing the way the world solves problems.

Why would Mark plead with you?

June 13th, 2016 by

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We’re so impressed with how a large retail pharmacy approached a problem and their corrective actions not only improved their processes but also earned an impressive award! What can you proactively improve at your facility? How can we help?

If you’d like to learn more about how to be proactive in healthcare, check out our Medical Track at the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit, August 3-5, San Antonio, Texas.

LAST WEEK to Register and Get a Chance to Win a Great Prize!

June 8th, 2016 by

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Register now! It only takes one ticket to win!

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We are giving away an Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch to the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit early bird prize drawing winner and you still have a chance to win but it’s the LAST WEEK to get a ticket in the drawing.

Here’s how it works: Register on or before June 15 and receive ONE ticket in the drawing.

The early registration drawing will be held at the Kickoff Session, Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. at The Westin Riverwalk (You must be present to win!). This drawing is in addition to the other prize giveaways we have planned for the 2016 Summit.

If you are planning to register for the Summit, don’t delay!

REGISTER NOW for the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit!

Monday Accident & Lessons Learned: Why Arc Flash is Important

June 6th, 2016 by

Electrical energy helps us in many ways, but when it is misused and an arc flash occurs … perhaps this video will help people get the message that arc flash precautions are important!

WARNING – GRAPHIC CONTENT AT VARIOUS POINTS – DON’T WATCH IF YOU WILL BE UPSET

Want to learn more about arc flash safety? We have a session about it at the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit. The session titled “Arc Flash Prevention” is from 1:40-2:50 on Thursday in the Safety Best Practices Track. 

Scott King and Terry Butler will present Employee and contractor protection utilizing general electrical principles as referenced by OSHA and NFPA 70E 2015 guidelines and qualified low voltage safety training.

Learning Objectives for this session include:

  • Provide an overview of the importance of Arc Flash Safety
  • Understanding Electrical Hazards
  • Safe Work Practices
  • Incident Energy Exposure Levels
  • Risk Assessment Analysis
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Safety Training

See the complete 2106 Global TapRooT® Summit schedule at:

http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/summit-schedule

And register for the Summit at:

http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/register-for-summit 

 

 

 

 

Need to Learn Root Cause Essentials Before the Global Summit? Here is the Solution!

June 3rd, 2016 by

We’re offering our 2-day course right before the Global TapRooT® Summit!  Take the course and then stay for the 3-day Summit.  LEARN MORE!

 

May Contest Winner!

May 31st, 2016 by

The results are in, and apparently many of you know your TapRooT® Summit history. Way to go!

We asked, “In what year did Mark Paradies organize the first TapRooT® Summit?”

Although many answered correctly, I’m sure those of you who didn’t get to play are dying to know… 1994! Can you believe the TapRooT® Summit began in Gatlinburg, TN with just 33 attendees 23 years ago? We hope this gets you excited for the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit in San Antonio in August!

We had many responses, over half of them being correct, but there can only be one winner. After removing the incorrect responses and shuffling the correct ones, the winner of the May Contest is…

Charles Fowler – congratulations!

Thank you all for playing! Stay tuned for more contests this summer.

Don’t forget, registration for the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit is OPEN. Click here to register today.

Monday Accident & Lessons Learned: Everyday Hazard Analysis

May 30th, 2016 by

Here is a video with lessons learned about a fatal accident involving equipment (a scissor lift).

But there is an additional lesson that we can learn.

Every worksite should have a supervisor perform a quick Safeguard Analysis before people start work.

In this case, power lines were an obvious hazard (high voltage). And getting equipment with booms or lifts near them would cause the natural Safeguard (distance) to fail. If this Safeguard Analysis had been performed proactively, the worker could have been warned OR the actions (visually warnings and signage) could have been implemented to prevent the fatality.

Don’t wait for a fatality. Use TapRooT® to proactively prevent fatalities.

Would you like to learn to use TapRooT® to look for problems before accident, quality problems, and other failures happen? Then you should attend the upcoming TapRooT® for Audits Course on August 1-2 in San Antonio, Texas (just before the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit on August 3-5). Register here:

 http://www.taproot.com/store/TapRooT-R-1608SANA01-Audits.html

Certified TapRooT® Instructors: Important Information about Recertification and the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit

May 27th, 2016 by

Here are some exciting new developments and training updates for Certified Instructors.

In the next video, Michelle Wishoun and I discuss all the great things you can expect at this year’s Summit and why you need to be there.

Modify your schedule for the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit: Click here to learn how.

Don’t be afraid of Causal Factors!

May 27th, 2016 by

Is this your brain on Causal Factors:

What is a Causal Factor?  

What is NOT a Causal Factor?

Wait, is a Causal Factor the same as a root cause?  

When I find the Causal Factor, does that mean I know who/what to blame?  

Are you just plain tired and confused of all this root cause analysis terminology? REGISTER for this course and don’t be afraid of the big bad wolf Causal Factor!  Taught by one of my favorite people, Mr. Ken Turnbull.  You won’t regret it!

 

Special 2-Day Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting + TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis

May 27th, 2016 by

In just two days (right before the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit), learn how to troubleshoot equipment failures along with the essentials to conduct a TapRooT® root cause analysis incident investigation.  Then stay for the 3-day Summit!  LEARN MORE!

 

 

Where do you draw the line on what to investigate?

May 27th, 2016 by

At what point is something important enough to investigate? View the Slideshare below to examine this important question and REGISTER for Advanced Trending Techniques.

 

 

Avoid Known Problem-Solving Weaknesses in Process Improvement with TapRooT® Quality Problem-Solving

May 27th, 2016 by

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Register for this Pre-Summit Course AND the Quality Track at the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit and maximize your success!

Interviewing & Evidence Collection Techniques

May 26th, 2016 by

I’m so excited to be co-teaching Interviewing & Evidence Collection Techniques at the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit with Alan Smith. If you want to learn a little about Alan, click here.  With Alan’s background as a former Detective Superintendent with the Grampian Police in Scotland, and my background in psychology and legal (preparing accident/injury cases for court), we will leave no stone unturned.  I guarantee there is no other course like this anywhere. Register today!

 

 

Can you answer “YES” to any of these six questions?

May 26th, 2016 by

Check out the Slideshare below  If you can answer “YES” to any of the six questions, THIS is the course you are looking for!

 

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Are you Using these FIVE Dynamic NEW Features of TapRooT® VI?

May 26th, 2016 by

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We have a 3-day Software Track at the 2016 Global Summit too!  
Look for “Software” on the left menu bar HERE to view the track schedule!

 

NEW Summit Session: Carl Dixon Teaches the Value of Recognizing the Illusion in Ourselves and in Others

May 26th, 2016 by

Are you building an empire on an illusion? Or is it a dream?

In the course of a lifetime, we are continually obliged to choose thoughts and take actions that support our progress and our very existence. Many times a day we must make a choice of what we are going to do, how we are going to do it, and why we are going to do it. We need a guiding thought on which to base these choices, and as humans have gotten more and more removed from the basic needs of survival we have created the ability to willfully be immersed in a made-up world constructed solely of the thoughts we select.

It’s natural, and perhaps inevitable, that sometimes we meander off the path of what’s best for us when the very powerful human brain can be ordered such that we’ll believe that something false is real, or that something real is false.

Il-lu-sion
noun
1. a thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses.
2. A deceptive appearance or belief
3. A false idea or belief

Behaviour driven by illusion on a personal level or on an institutional scale is all around us, and is not a trifling thing. Illusion can lead either slowly or quickly to any and every kind of disaster or dissolution BECAUSE IT FLIES IN THE FACE OF REALITY.

The crash must come. “Reality will rear back and bite and bite like a snake”

When we invest our entire being, our future and our happiness into an illusion it is only a matter of time before all is lost. Yet, humankind must have hope to go forward with life and be inspired to greater effort; reality in itself does not inspire. Hope drives all progress. Humans are creative beings who need to make our world to order. We dream of what could be and set to work creating it.

How valuable then to recognize Illusion in ourselves or in others, with its twisting of what is, and distinguish it from the Real. Acknowledging the Real allows us the Dream.

“The Dream is a ladder; the illusion a wall”

Join CarDixon.Carll Dixon at the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit for this life-changing session, “A Life of Illusion – Getting to What is Real” (Best Practice Session 3) on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Dixon is a Canadian rock musician who has been a part of such bands as Coney Hatch, April Wine and The Guess Who. In 2008 he was involved in a near fatal car crash that could have cost him everything. His story is more than a tale of “had it all and almost lost it”; for Carl the story became, “What now?”

“Our thoughts determine our path; if we find ourselves on a bad path it’s never too late to substitute better thoughts in place of unsatisfactory ones. We have the ability to decide our thoughts, to choose strength over weakness, courage over fear, stoicism over complaint. Sure, it’s not always easy, but it can become a habit every time you remember that the strong choice is the better choice”.

Learn more about other alternative sessions you can choose to customize your schedule by visiting http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/summit-schedule and clicking on the “Alternative Sessions” radio button on the top left menu bar.  This will display all of the alternative sessions in the red boxes on the schedule.  Let us know if you need help registering for any of them or if you want to change your schedule to add Dixon’s session at: editor@taproot.com.

 

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