August 18, 2010 | Dave Janney

Next Week’s VPPPA Conference

Many of our clients operate VPP Star sites.  If you are by chance going to the VPPPA conference in Orlando next week, stop by the TapRooT® booth and say hello.  We will be in Booth 503 in the exhibit hall.

I am also giving two presentations this year:

Making the Business Case for Safety

Tuesday @ 8:00 a.m.

This workshop will discuss how safety professionals can make their efforts relevant to management and using the budgeting process to ensure they have the resources to drive improvement throughout the organization.  Attendees will learn the importance of having a champion, developing partnerships, establishing buy-in at different levels, and marketing their efforts internally and externally. Finally, how to show a return on investment to make your business case strong will be presented.

This talk is non-technical in nature but addresses the real-life truth that no matter how technically proficient you are, you have to effectively make safety part of the business to be successful.

Safeguards Analysis; Raising the Bar on your Worksite Analysis Programs

Wednesday @ 10:30 a.m.

This workshop is an introduction to Safeguards (barriers) that protect targets (people/assets/environment) from hazards (energy).  Through Safeguards Analysis, organizations discover missing Safeguards and the opportunity to strengthen existing ones.  After a brief introduction to the concept and use of the tool, attendees will participate in a hands-on analysis of a video taken at a worksite.  Finally, a discussion on how to involve employees and integrate the concept into your Worksite Analysis element and Hazard Recognition training will be presented.

This presentation gives a brief introduction to just one of the techniques we teach in our root cause analysis courses.  You will walk away from this talk with something you can use right away and will help you improve your business.

So we hope to see you in Orlando.  By the way, I’ve developed a short tips sheet about how TapRooT® can be leveraged in your VPP program.  Please e-mail me ( for a free copy.

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