March 19, 2009 | Dave Janney

TapRooT® Summit – Building your Business Case

Safety, Process Safety & Risk Management Track

The Summit is fast approaching, and you want to attend (of course)!  Nevertheless, we understand that for you to spend your valuable time away from work and fund attendance to an event like the Summit, you have to be able to show your organization the benefits.

I’d like to discuss the Safety, Process Safety & Risk Management Track.  Managing your risk and preventing problems can make you life much easier.  This track provides a good balance of usable safety techniques as well as risk management tools.  Look at how much you will learn and think about how this will benefit your organization:

You’ll meet in the morning and afternoon with attendees from all tracks to hear the keynote speakers:

•    Dr. Joel Fish, Brian Tink, and Jim Thompson will talk about how just one root cause analysis changed an industry practice.

•    E.D. Hill from Fox News will talk about “Lessons Learned from Success.”  

•    Mike Kelley will deliver an empowering talk called “Establishing a Culture that Promotes Super-Performance” where he will discuss his view that personal and professional growth are tied together and how they ultimately add to the success of the organization.

•    Mark Paradies, our President, and Dave Prewitt will present thoughts on systematic ways to manage performance. 

•    Best selling author John Miller will open the day on Friday with a powerful talk on personal accountability. 

These keynote talks provide a good balance of usable techniques, personal improvement, and motivation, and alone are easily worth the $995!

Beyond the keynote talks, the Safety, Process Safety & Risk Management Track offers:

•    You’ll start the track with “Becoming the Best.”  Dennis Osmer will share how he improved OSHA injury rates to below 1.0 in his discussion, “Pursuit of World Class EH&S,” and Brian Dolin will present “Systematic Safety & Process Safety Improvement,” with tips for recognizing and addressing the little issues before they become big ones.
•    In “Safety Improvement Ideas,” Randy Bennett will discuss “Implementing Aspects of Process Safety in Non-Process Safety Facilities,” and Heidi Reed will give you information on “Using TapRooT® to Prepare for Emergency Drills.”

•    In “22 Ways to Become a Safety Champion,” David Lynn will discuss ways to leverage culture and belief systems to drive better than compliance performance through strong leadership.

•    With more information on culture, Mike Kelley and Michelle Lindsay will present “The Keys to Successful Safety Culture Change.”  If you could transform your culture and improve production at the same time, how much would that be worth?

•    For the risk folks, learn “What’s New in the ISO 31000 Risk Management Standard,” presented by Malcolm Gresham and Jim Whiting.

•    Have you been wondering what is going on down under?  Find out in the session “Safety Improvement Ideas from Australia.” Greg Allan will discuss “Measuring Safety Performance & Improving Safety Culture,” and Brian Morgan and Michael Smith will give valuable advice in “Hazard Recognition – A Practical Approach.”

•    “Some Less Than Obvious Lessons Learned from the BP Texas City Refinery Explosion.” Mark Paradies, Ken Turnbull, David Lynn, and Mike Kelley will share information about one of the country’s most infamous industrial accidents, which many have claimed was driven by cost cutting, but instead resulted in billions in costs, 15 lives, and a complete turnover of top management.  This story should motivate your boss to let you attend the summit! 

•    “Making a Business Case for Improvement,” presented by…me.  I will challenge you to take off your safety hat, put on your sales hat, and show how much your efforts contribute to the organization so you can get the resources you need to be successful.    
That is a lot of value for $995!  And that does not count the benchmarking with old and new friends from your and other industries. 

And by the way, there is one more thing – the last session you attend will be “Planning Your Improvements” where TapRooT® Instructors will facilitate attendees in developing action plans for when you return.  The difference in success and failure can come down to one simple process; setting goals and following through to achieve them.

I am convinced that the summit is the best value you can find.  I want to introduce you to what us quality geeks call failure costs and prevention costs:

•    According to the State of Texas Department of Insurance (Worker’s Comp Division,, the average cost of an injury claim is $15,000 (back injuries are more).

•    Medical costs, lost time, overtime, lost production, fines, damaged equipment, and so forth are considered failure costs.

•    Training, auditing, ergonomic engineering improvements, risk assessments, etc. are considered prevention costs.  These costs are always less than failure costs, and require less effort, because you can plan and work them into your routine and your budget.  

Be proactive!  Tell your management that you want to incur a small prevention cost – $995 to attend the Safety, Process Safety & Risk Management Track at the 2009 Summit. 

Write down the value to you of each of these sessions, and put some thought around your existing failure costs.  What if you could reduce these costs just a small %?  And how much is the summit worth to you?  I think you’ll agree, much more than the cost.

Don’t forget our 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 fee.

P.S. – I would be remiss if I did not mention that it is also a great idea to come two days early and attend a two-day course at a cost of $1895 for a course and the summit (a $200 discount).  See the list of two-day pre-summit courses here:    

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