Looking for a presentation from the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Click on a link below to view the presentations for:

 Best Practice Session 1

  • TapRooT® Users Share Best Practices
  • Equipment Reliability Best Practices
  • Kaizen Event Using TapRooT® and the RCT

 Best Practice Session 2

  • Grading Your Investigations
  • Policy Considerations for Evidence Collection
  • Strange Way to Live
  • Procedures Talk – Checklist Manifesto
  • Why the 5 Whys Fail
  • Communicating Safety

Best Practice Session 3

  • What’s New in the TapRooT® Software
  • Proactive Equipment Reliability Tools
  • Digging Deeper into Work Direction & Human Engineering Causes
  • RCA of Multiple Similar Events
  • The New International Standard for OHS Management Systems – ISO 45001

Best Practice Session 4

  • The Business End of Equipment Reliability
  • Developing Proactive Performance Measure
  • Finding Causal Factor Using Safeguards and the 5 Questions
  • Process Quality Best Practices

Best Practice Session 5

  • Applying NSP to Interviewing
  • How to Stop Normalization of Deviance
  • How to Find Generic Causes Using Extent of Condition / Extent of Cause
  • Daily Tracking of Errors and Defects / Wastes
  • How We Implemented the TapRooT® Enterprise Software

Best Practice Session 6

  • Stopping Human Error with Type 4 Corrective Actions
  • The Foundations of Equifactor®
  • Performance Excellence Criteria – It’s Not Just Your QMS
  • Praising the 49 Character Traits

Best Practice Session 7

  • Improve Your Instructor Skills Using Reflective Practice Tools
  • Failure to Recognize a Sentinel Event
  • Pike River Mine Accident
  • Performance Excellence Workshop
  • Process Safety Management Benchmark: Comparing Seveso 3 to OSHA PSM
  • Investigating Using Optional Techniques in the TapRooT® V5 Software

Best Practice Session 8

  • Performance Improvement Program – Gap Analysis

And don’t forget to SAVE THE DATE for the next Global TapRooT® Summit scheduled in San Antonio, Texas, August 1 – 5, 2016.

Quick Links

What Makes The TapRooT® Summit So Valuable

Each year we consult with and teach root cause analysis to the world’s leading companies. This interaction makes us premier “knowledge brokers.”

Instead of keeping all the best practices we learn to ourselves, we share them once a year at the TapRooT® Summit.

This sharing started out as a simple three day meeting of our best TapRooT® users. Over 20 years, it has grown to an international event with world-renowned speakers and multiple tracks designed to share best practices within and across industries and professions.

Pre-Summit Courses

To enhance your knowledge even more, before the Summit there are optional two-day courses to pick from!

And participants can get CEU credits for both the Summit and the Pre-Summit Courses!

Save $200 when you register for a Pre-Summit Course and the Summit. Here are the Pre-Summit Courses handpicked by Mark Paradies that will be held two days prior to the Summit:

2-Day TapRooT® Incident Investigation & Root Cause Analysis Course

Special 2-Day Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting and Root Cause Analysis

Advanced Causal Factor Development Course

Advanced Trending Techniques

TapRooT® Analyzing and Fixing Safety Culture Issues

Risk Management Best Practices

TapRooT® Quality/Six Sigma/Lean Advanced Root Cause Analysis Training

Getting the Most from Your TapRooT® Software

Hazard Recognition

Proactive Use of TapRooT®

NEW Interviewing & Investigation Basics

NEW Combating Fatigue

NEW Stopping Human Error

VIEW Pre-Summit Course descriptions.

What Past Participants Have To Say


Here are just a few of the comments we receive from participants who rave about the well-organized event with excellent speakers, practical and directly applicable best practice sessions, enjoyable/valuable networking, and fun activities:

  • The TapRooT® Summit continues to be the best gathering I’ve ever attended.
  • The speakers were absolutely wonderful – every one of them!
  • Outstanding! Great combination of technical breakout sessions and self-introspective / self-growth general sessions. Also, top-flight peers to talk and share ideas with.
  • The keynote speakers were way beyond my expectations. Networking opportunities were excellent.
  • Overall, enjoyed the diversity of speakers and sessions. Dr. Beverly Chiodo’s speech on character and its importance was a highlight.
  • Awesome! I look forward to attending future events and will be recommending this to my company.
  • The Best Practice Sessions were invaluable.
  • This week inspired me to go home and revitalize my improvement program. The networking with others in my field was well worth the money.

Who Attends A TapRooT® Summit?

Hundreds of companies have seen the value that Summit attendance provides. Here are a few examples you may recognize…

Abbott Labs Alcoa Ameren American Electric Power
Bayer BUMED Cameco Champion Technologies
Encana ENSCO Entergy EPA
Anglo Gold Ashland Babcock & Wilcox Barrick
Boart Longyear BP Brookhaven National Lab Chevron
CNSC Cogentrix ConocoPhillips Duke Energy
Encana ENSCO Entergy EPA
Exelon Expro ExxonMobil FAA
FedEx First Energy Flint Hills Refining Fluor
GE General Dynamics Genetech Good Samaritan Hospital
Halliburton Hess Hydro One INPO
Integris Health Irving Oil KBR Luminant
Marathon Oil Mercy Hospital M-I SWACO Military Healthcare System
Momentive Performance Materials Monsanto MSHA Norsk Hydro
Parsons PCS Petrobras Petro-Canada
Petroleo Brasileiro Pfizer Potash Pratt & Whitney
Praxair Qantas Rio Tinto Rust-Oleum
Sandia National Labs Sasol Saudi Aramco Sealed Air
Shell Siemens SKF Talisman Energy
Total TVA Valero United Region Healthcare
United Technologies Wackenhut Weatherford Westar

Who Should Attend The Summit?

People who want to:

  • Save lives
  • Reduce risk
  • Improve safety
  • Change behavior
  • Stop human errors
  • Improve production
  • Eliminate sentinel events
  • Manage performance improvement
  • Create effective performance measures
  • Enhance equipment reliability and maintenance
  • Maintain their TapRooT® Certified Instructor status
  • Become a TapRooT® Software Super-User/Administrator
  • Learn the latest improvements to root cause analysis and investigation techniques

Register Today!

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Our Guarantee

We know you have only so much time and resources to give to training and conferences in any given year. We are confident that the TapRooT® Summit will be the best conference you attend this year and worth every effort you make to get there.

One way you can judge our commitment to you is our SUMMIT GUARANTEE.

Attend the Summit and go back to work and use what you've learned. If you don't get at least 10 times the return on your investment, simply return the Summit materials and we'll refund the entire Summit fee.

With a guarantee like this one, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

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