All courses will be taking place on Monday, August 28 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

VPP Stakeholder Meeting (12:30pm-4:15pm)

OSHA is seeking to recalibrate VPP so that it remains a brand synonymous with safety and health excellence, leverages partner resources, further recognizes the successes of long-term participants, and supports smart program growth. You can find the agenda for this meeting here. 

VPP Application® Workshop (8:00am–5:00pm)

The VPP Application Workshop provides hands-on experience in VPP application development. Industry leaders from VPP worksites and OSHA will guide you step-by-step through the process of putting together the major components of a successful application and review samples from applications submitted by VPP Star worksites.

Speaker(s): Mark Norton and Gilbert Aceves

What’s New in DOE-VPP? (For Individuals at DOE Sites, 8:00am–5:00pm)

This workshop, intended for employees at DOE sites, offers an overview of what’s new in the DOE-VPP program.

Speaker(s): DOE Representatives.

OSHA #7115 – Lockout/Tagout (8:00am-5:00pm)

This course covers the role and responsibility of the employer to develop and implement an energy control program, or lock-out/tag-out (LOTO) for the protection of workers while performing servicing and maintenance activities on machinery and equipment. Course topics include types of hazardous energy, detecting hazardous conditions, implementing control measures as they relate to the control of hazardous energy, developing and implementing

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 energy control programs including written isolation procedures, training of authorized and affected employees, and periodic inspection of energy control procedures using the OSHA Control of Hazardous Energy Standard. Upon course completion the student will have the ability to explain the importance of energy control programs, procedures, training, audits and methods of controlling hazardous energy.

This course is being presented in conjunction with MidSouth OTI Education Center.

OSHA #7300 – Understanding OSHA’s Permit-Required Confined Space Standard (8:00am-5:00pm)

This course covers the requirements of the OSHA Permit-Required Confined Space Standard. Course topics include safety and health hazards associated with confined space entry, and the evaluation, prevention, and abatement of these hazards. The course covers OSHA requirements; it does not feature workshops (instrumentation, control methods and testing) which are included in the OSHA #2264 Permit-Required Confined S

pace Entry. This course is designed for small employers or a designated representative (line supervisor or manager) with the responsibility to develop a permit-required confined space pro

gram. Upon course completion students will have a basic understanding of confined space hazards, evaluating and abatement of the hazards, and determining when a confined space shall be classified as a permit-required confined space.

This course is being presented in conjunction with MidSouth OTI Education Center.

First Aid/CPR/AED Training (12:00pm-5:00pm)

The purpose of the American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED program is to help participants recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies. The courses in this program will teach skills that participants need to know to give immediate car to a suddenly injured or ill person until more advanced medical personnel arrive and take over.

This course is being presented by the American Red Cross.


Before Pulling the Plug on VPP (1:00pm–5:00pm)

Has your company or represented employees thought about pulling the plug on VPP and calling it quits? In this session you will hear from workers and management regarding the trials of VPP. It will cover when tough economic times question the value of remaining in the program. It will discuss what options are available to assist an organization before the decision to bailout is made. In addition, the value and benefits of VPP will be reinforced. This is an interactive workshop, attendees will have an opportunity to address their issues and concerns throughout the session.

Speaker(s): TBD

Inspection Techniques and Hazard Recognition (1:00pm–5:00pm)

Attendees will learn the different types of inspections, inspection techniques and typical safety and health hazards.  The presentation will use pictures of both safe and unsafe conditions to illustrate the types of hazards that inspectors should be looking for.  This will be an active attendee participation workshop to identify illustrated hazards and discuss ways of controlling them.  It will also provide suggestions for post inspection responsibilities, such as tracking, correction and verification of correction.

Speaker(s): Norman Deitch and Brian Bennett, EHS Excellence Consulting