March 26, 2008 | Mark Paradies

The Sessions to Attend if You Are Interested in Safety & Risk Management Best Practices

The TapRooT® Summit has 10 “Best Practice Tracks” focussed specific topics. One of those topics is:

Safety and Risk Management Best Practices

The purpose of this posting is to provide those interested in safety and risk management with a little better idea of the talks and discussion sessions they will experience if the attend the Safety & Risk Management Best Practices Track at the TapRooT® Summit.

Here is a list of sessions with a brief description of each session:

1. Hazard Recognition: The First Step in Safety & Risk Management – Peter Berkholz, Engineering Manager, Capability Resources

Peter will discuss practical strategies to identify hazards in the workplace and methods to get employees to spot and correct problems.


Dealing with Obstacles that Make Change Difficult – Hal Curry, Consultant, hal Curry & Associates

Managing the Risks Associated with Change – Malcolm Gresham, Principal Consultant, Practical Solutions Group, Australia

All safety improvement programs involve change. Hear these two talks that discuss change, obstacles to change, and risks associated with change.

3. Root Cause Analysis of Major Accidents

Lexington Airport Runway Mix-Up – Ken Turnbull, Consultant & TapRoot® Instructor

Cameco Cigar Lake Mine Flood – Mark Wittrup, Cameco

Investigating Fatalities – Mario Chacon, Cal OSHA (invited)

Those interested in safety can learn a lot from the accidents of others. This session focusses on three different discussions about major accidents. First, Ken Turnbull will share how TapRooT® can be applied to public information about an accident to analyze it and learn lessons. Next, Mark Wittrup will present the results of a TapRooT® investigation of an expensive mine flooding accident. Then, Mario Chacon from Cal OSHA will share lessons from fatality investigations.

4. Advanced Behavioral Management: Developing a Modern Safety Culture – Bob King, Director of HSE Training/Consulting, Woodland Grange, UK and Neil Roberts, Consultant, Woodland Grange, UK

Safety culture is a big topic in many industries (nuclear power, oil and refining, aviation, …). Instead of hearing the same perspectives that we have all heard, we decided to bring a fresh look at the topic from Woodland Grange in the UK. Bob King and Neil Roberts will share their experience and advice on developing and establishing a “modern” safety culture.

5. Panel Discussion: Is There a Tradeoff Between Process Safety and Industrial Safety – Panelists: Miles Kajioka (ConocoPhillips), Valarie Barnes (US NRC), Bob King (Woodland Grange), and Ken Turnbull (Consultant, previously with Texaco)

The explosion at the BP Texas City Refinery caused many to question their Process Safety Management programs. In a sworn deposition, the Process Safety Manager at BP Texas City implied that resources were diverted from process safety and used to improve industrial safety. The implication was that in any plant with limited budgets, any investment in industrial safety could be seen as taking resources away from process safety. The panel will provide their views on this “tradeoff” and discuss with participants things that can be done to make programs complimentary rather than competitive.

6. TapRooT® User Success Stories From Healthcare and Industry – Facilitators: Linda Unger and Barbara Phillips

Three TapRooT® Users (to be determined closer to the Summit) will share recent successes improving performance by applying the TapRooT® System. Learn from the best practices of others and apply their ideas to improve performance at your facility.

7. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Rating Improvement Programs and Incident Investigations – Tom Brower, Consultant

Is your program Good, Bad, or Ugly. Rate it and see. Compare your program to others at the session. And learn techniques to rate your company’s incident investigations.

8. Senior Executive Involvement in Safety

Bringing Safety to the Corporate Board – Dave Prewitt, VP, FedEx

What the Corporate Board Needs to Know About Safety – Bob King & Darby Alan, Woodland Grange, UK

What does the Corporate Board need to know about safety? With new corporate manslaughter laws in countries around the world, perhaps more than they currently know. Part of the Chemical Safety Board’s investigation of the explosion at BP’s Texas City Refinery implied that senior management and the Corporate Board needed to know more about safety and the impact of budget decisions upon safety. because of these issues, we invited Dave Prewitt, VP at FedEX, and Bob King and Darby Alan of Woodland Grange in the UK to speak about getting senior management, and even the Corporate Board, involved and aware of safety.

9. Planning Your Improvements – Facilitated by TapRooT® Instructors

A session that allows time for you to develop your improvement plans, get them reviewed by an experienced TapRooT® Instructor, and then benchmark them with other Summit participants.

Beyond the Safety & Risk Management Best Practice Trach sessions, there are five interesting Keynote speakers:

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Marcia Wieder, Nikki Stone, Lt Col Ralph Hayles, Carolyn Griffiths, and Ed Frederick. For more information about their talks, see:

So if you are interested in improving safety and managing risk, sign  up for the TapRooT® Summit and register for the Safety & Risk Management Best Practices Track. See:

Also consider attending one of these related courses prior to the Summit:

Risk Management Best Practices
Innovation & Creative Solutions
Hazard Recognition Best Practices

For more information about these courses, see:

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