VPPPA Webinars

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VPPPA strives to provide training throughout the year through educational webinars. Since it is not always possible for employees to leave their worksite for a week, these online educational sessions are an excellent alternative. VPPPA webinars are usually one-hour sessions and provide a convenient way for the workforce to continue learning while on the job.

VPPPA webinars are open to members and nonmembers and require access to both a high-speed internet connection and a phone line. Registration is per computer, so VPPPA encourages attendees to invite coworkers to sit in. Please note that all times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST) unless otherwise indicated.

Registration for each webinar will be cut off after 100 people have registered due to system constraints, so register early to guarantee a spot. If you are not able to register for a webinar due to the closing of registration, a recording of the webinar will be available at a cost. If you have any questions or would like to purchase a recording of a past webinar, please email contact the Conference & Education Department by calling (703) 761-1146 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Upcoming VPPPA Webinars


Noise Dosimetry & Hearing Conservation

When it comes to measuring noise exposure, are you confident in choosing between a sound level meter and a dosimeter? Are you maximizing the effectiveness of the data you're collecting? Join Melissa Wesemann to improve your hearing conservation safety plan.

The webinar will take place Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at 11:30 am.

The cost is $65 for members and $85 for nonmembers. Registration is non-refundable. Click here and login to register. Forgot your password? Click "Forgot my password" and an email will be sent to the email associated with the username provided to reset your account. Don't have an account? Click "create an account," and proceed with registration.


Best Practices When Implementing Online Mobile Safety Training

In this session on mobile training, Mr. Berry will discuss best practices when implementing mobile safety training. There are many advantages of delivering training when and where workers need it. However, there are also many challenges to delivering mobile training. In this session, Mr. Berry will involve the audience in a highly interactive presentation utilizing many mobile “props” to illustrate the best practices and techniques when delivering training on mobile devices. Mr. Berry will discuss mobile strategies related to performance, reliability, multi-device support, instructional design and overlooked issues such as screen sizes and aspect ratios. After the session, attendees will be better equipped to develop their online mobile strategy.

The speaker, Kirk Berry, has over 25 years of experience in the interactive training marketplace and has consulted with over 500 organizations on implementing and rolling out online training. Furthermore, Kirk is a recognized industry expert for online training, SCORM and learning management and has created an online safety training portal for Zurich Risk Engineering Services; delivered speeches at local and national conferences on the benefits of eLearning; and delivered over 100 webinars on the implementation of online training and the creation of online training content. Kirk is currently the Vice President of Mastery Technologies Inc.

The webinar will take place Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at 11:30 am.


Hazard Communication Alert - Changes in the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard

After participating in the webinar, participants will have an overall understanding of the revised HCS, what the GHS is, why your understanding of it is crucial and how the revised OSHA rule will affect your workplace & regulatory compliance responsibilities.

Steven J. Luzik, PE, CFEI is a Senior Process Safety Specialist at Chilworth Technology, Inc. with over 30 years experience in the area of fire and explosion hazards including gas/vapor explosions, dust explosions and fire and explosion protection strategies. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Pennsylvania and a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) with the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI). As a former Mine Safety and Health Administration [MSHA] manager and technical specialist, he has investigated a multitude of incidents involving flammable vapors, gases and dusts that have included surface and underground mining facilities and industrial facilities where fires and explosions have occurred. He has conducted dust explosion hazard assessment at several coal-fired power plants.

The webinar will take place Thursday, October 9, 2014, at 11:00 am.


Process Hazard Analysis Revalidations - Scope, Requirements & Methods

After participating in the webinar, participants will have an overall understanding of the why it is crucial to revalidate a Process Hazards Analysis (PHA), the key requirements for a revalidated PHA, employer options for revalidating a PHA, and the interrelationships between a revalidated PHA and other process safety elements and programs such as Management of Change (MOC) This webinar highlights available resources that can help you come into compliance right away, and takes a look at related regulatory initiatives around the globe that should be on your radar.

Robert L. Gaither, CSP, Ph.D., is a Senior Process Safety Specialist for Chilworth. Dr. Gaither has more than 28 years’ experience in company operations, regulatory compliance, management consulting, and process safety/risk management experience. He has led organizations at site, division and corporate levels to achieve record safety performance, significant cost savings, and external / internal recognition for accomplishments. Dr. Gaither is a trained expert in HAZOP and SIL/LOPA Facilitation; and Chevron RISKMAN2 / IHAZID Process. He is also a trained and experienced PHAST User.

The webinar will take place Thursday, October 23, 2014, at 11:00 am.


Re-engineer Your Safety Scorecard 

Measuring the right leading metrics is a key to successfully motivating safety excellence and improving performance. The presentation starts with the benefits of leading metrics, uses a balanced approach in measuring key safety programs that most influence program improvements. Multiple metrics for each program is essential to driving the improvements expected. This webinar will present multiple metrics within key programs of hazard analysis, inspections, incident investigations and employee involvement using multiple metrics of activity, volume of change, closure rates and effectiveness ratings. A sample excel spreadsheet will be provided to each participant.

Mr. Esposito has been technical lead in reviewing EHS programs and staff utilization for companies from a number of industries, to include manufacturing, pharmaceutical, construction and engineering and airplane repair companies, service, as well as a major Federal Agency, among others. As part of his safety management systems experience, Mr. Esposito has assisted over 300 sites in evaluating and developing SMS and VPP (OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program) level programs, to include U.S airports. In addition, Mr. Esposito develops and performs audit and assessment programs for these same customers worldwide, for both compliance as well as management systems.

The webinar will take place Thursday, November 6, 2014, at 11:00 am.


Every Little Step: How to Develop a Written Electrical Safety Program

An effective electrical safety program is crucial for worker safety and the compliance of industry standards, regulations and requirements. Based on the 2012 NFPA70E, this fun webinar will help beginners understand electrical worker mandates while providing insight for intermediate development.

Mark Moya is a multifaceted Engineer at Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc (HTSI), with responsibility for overseeing technical execution of projects through entire product life cycle. In addition he sustains and modifies electrical systems for the United States Air Force. Mark has extensive Arc Flash Assessment experience & certifications and is proficient in OSHA Electrical Standards. In addition, he is recognized as a NFPA70E Subject Matter Expert throughout Region VIII VPPPA. Mark routinely presents electrical seminars at Regional and National Conferences as well as supports OSHA on VPP audits through the year. Mark graduated from Central New Mexico Community College, Crossroads Bible Institute and is currently continuing his Electrical Engineering Education.

This webinar will take place in November of 2014.


Increasing Employee Ownership in Safety

Sustaining employee ownership in your safety program can be a challenge. Genelle Speed-Hale will focus on innovative and proven methods to engage and motivate workers to take charge of safety for themselves and their co-workers.

This webinar will take place Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at 11:30 am.


Past Webinars

Annual Self-Evaluations
Brad Baptiste

An overview of the VPP Annual Self Evaluation process to include OSHA expectations, goal setting, common improvement areas and VPPPA member perspectives

PPE & Combustible Dust
Derek Sang

The seminar will cover the test methods and standards related to performance of proven Flame-Resistant garments available today. This session will utilize power-point, video and photographs to demonstrate how FR Clothing is designed to work as it relates to the hazard of Combustible Dust with a focus on why meeting or exceeding the NFPA 2112 and 2113 Standards should be considered when specifying FR Clothing for your employees exposed to combustible dust hazards as expressed in NFPA 654.

Brad Harbaugh

Two years into OSHA’s transition to the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), and one GHS deadline down, there’s still confusion among employers about their compliance responsibilities under the Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom); in particular, their responsibilities related to employee training, chemical labeling and SDS management. Join us as we discuss what’s changed, review common compliance issues affecting EH&S professionals today and explain what you can do to ensure compliance with HazCom and OSHA’s next series of GHS deadlines.

Using Big Data to Predict, Prevent and Eliminate Death on the Job
Chuck Pettinger

Presenter Chuck Pettinger will cover the latest Safety Predictive Analystic research through case studies on over 120 million observations made from safety inspections. Attendees will take away the four safety truths and other leading indicators to help predict, prevent and eliminate death on the job.

Putting a Lid on Employee Abuse of Prescription Drugs: Saving Money While Saving Lives
Ted Miller

Prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions. It annually causes thousands of worker deaths. This webinar will educate participants about the problem and ways employers can address it. It will provide tips about modifying drug-free workplace policy, workplace protections, and approaches to pain control following worker injury. It will review available resources for workplace programs and promising prevention/treatment strategies.

Ted R Miller, PhD, directs the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Preventing Prescription Abuse – Workplace Technical Assistance Center. He has more than 15 years of experience evaluating workplace substance abuse problems and strategies for controlling them. Dr. Miller is a Principal Research Scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in Calverton, Maryland.

Implementing the New Fall Protection Equipment Standards
Thom Kramer

Over 40 years old, the OSHA 1910 general industry regulations are largely obsolete on fall protection best practices and current equipment. The recent and forthcoming changes to ANSI Z359 Fall Protection Code provide guideance, but it can still be confusing to determine how the changes affect your safety program. Attendees will be better able to assist their organizations in maintaining a fall protection program that achieves compliance and reduces risk. Thom Kramer will present this session.

Mr. Kramer is a safety consultant and structural engineer with 19 years of experience. As a dually registered professional engineer and certified safety professional, he specializes in the assessment and design of fall protection systems. Mr. Kramer is a member of the ANSI Z359 Committee and chairs two subcommittees that develop standards for the design of active fall protection systems (ANSI Z359.6 and .17). He also serves as the president of the International Society for Fall Protection.  Mr. Kramer holds bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering, along with an M.B.A. degree. 


OSHA Process Safety Regulation Update
David E. Kaelin, Sr.

Process Safety Management (PSM) practices should be applied to all facilities that store and process hazardous materials that have fire, explosion, reactivity and toxic properties. If changes are made to the PSM regulation many new sites will be covered and will need to formally adopt PSM as defined in the OSHA regulation. Keeping up with the most current Codes and Standards is a daunting task and may often require the support of specialists.

This webinar will focus on the response from OSHA to last summer’s Executive Order (EO) (# 13650) regarding “Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security”. In December OSHA issued a Request for Information (RFI) document with details of some changes being considered to the PSM regulation (29 CFR 1910.119). Both sites that are currently covered by the PSM regulation as well as many sites that could become covered as a result of regulation modification need to be aware of the changes and their implications.

The speaker, David E. Kaelin, Sr., B.S.Ch.E, will review the proposed changes and the impact that they may have on process safety management practices. Mr. Kaelin has over 25 years experience in the specialty chemical manufacturing industry and 15 years specializing as a Process Safety Engineer. He has participated in the design and construction of numerous chemical processing facilities and provided support and training in all areas of PSM. As a Process Safety Engineer he has led process hazard analysis, risk assessments and facility siting reviews. At the corporate level he has created and taught courses in PSM and hazard recognition methods. Mr. Kaelin is an expert in the application of hazard recognition techniques including: HAZOP, FMEA. What-If, Fault Tree Analysis, Risk Screening and Checklist. He is an active member of AIChE, and NFPA.


Inspiring Manager Engagement in ESH
Genelle Speed-Hale

Do your managers spend more time in their office than managing safety with their teams? Presenter Genelle Speed-Hale will provide unique and innovative ways to get managers more engaged,involved and accountable for safety by identifying distinct methods to increase interaction with managers and employees on safety and assist them in becoming true safety champions


Integrity Based Safety
Chris Goulart

Presenter Chris Goulart will teach attendees how to fully format a safety management methodology that is fully inclusive of all the most critical elements of a safety management system. This webinar will outline that safety practices are most effective when they are true to the organization's core values, are completed in a holistic manner, involve all employees and establish safety as the noble and honorable practice that is worthy of the highest levels of effort.


PSM Alert - OSHA Chemical Facility NEP is Issued Nationwide
Walter S. Kessler

After participating in the webinar, participants will have an overall understanding of the Chemical Facility NEP, who it applies to, OSHA’s implementation plan, what to expect during an NEP inspection, how to assess current compliance and steps necessary to develop a NEP compliance plan.

Walter S. Kessler., B.S.Ch.E., has 20 years experience in the refinery, gas processing, specialty chemical, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and HVACR (Heating, Venting, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration) industries, including 5 years experience performing Process Safety Engineering functions. He was instrumental in the design and construction of several refinery, gas and chemical processing facilities, designing a pharmaceutical filling process, improving several manufacturing processes, and also has experience in six sigma and lean manufacturing. He has been involved in HAZOPS on new and existing facilities, developing and designing DCS and SIS control systems and the associated cause and effect charts, process safety reviews, and developing and implementing various stages of the 14 elements of the PSM program in facilities. He has a very safety conscious attitude and perspective and has even trained with and been actively involved in chemical plant ERT teams.


Indoor Air Quality & Particulate Monitoring
Randy Sleggs 

Join 3M for a look into the science, instrumentation and regulations that impact the indoor air quality and particulates measurement field. This webinar, meant to be an introduction to the topic, will cover the following areas:

1. Particulates vs. general air quality 
2. Pollutant characteristics effect on health 
3. Measurement methods/sampling practices 
4. Area monitoring instrumentation

Randy Sleggs brings over 30 years of professional experience dealing with industrial hygiene equipment, including Noise Dosimeters, Sound Level Meters , Heat Stress, Gas detection and Indoor Air Quality instrumentation. Randy works as a Senior Applications Engineer for 3M Detection Solutions, supporting industrial hygiene monitoring equipment.


A Workplace Safe for Pregnant Workers
Dan Markiewicz

Times have changed. Women are now one-half the U.S. workforce. Women are the primary or sole breadwinner in nearly 40% of families with children. Pregnant workers want to remain at their jobs and not be forced out because of old stereotypes and biases. Communities want pregnant workers to remain employed. Employers could make simple and inexpensive safety improvements to help pregnant workers. Without law, however, many employers are not compelled to act. Research published in late 2013 show that more than three-quarter million pregnant workers were denied requests for reasonable workplace safety accommodations. Federal laws do not keep up with current needs. Local and state laws, therefore, must step to the plate. Within the past 14 months the states/cities (listed by effective date of legislation) of California, Maryland, Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York City, Central Falls (Rhode Island) and West Virginia (effective June 4, 2014) established law that require employers to reasonably accommodate safety concerns for pregnant workers. these new laws will impact annually over one-half million pregnant workers - or nearly one in every five pregnant workers in the U.S. Employers, whether impacted by local laws or not, must respond to currents events. In March 2014, Walmart - the U.S.'s largest employer - changed their policy on pregnant workers. The policy now goes beyond current law to accommodate pregnant workers safety needs because Walmart says "it's the right thing to do."

The speaker is Dan Markiewicz.


OSHA Recordkeeping
Pat Tyson

OSHA recordkeeping rules are difficult to understand and an employer can get into big trouble if they do not interpret them correctly. This webinar will help make these complex rules a little easier to understand and the task of maintaining the OSHA 300 Log a bit less intimidating.

Patrick Tyson, a partner with Constangy, Brooks & Smith, has both continuously and extensively been involved in the field of safety and health after being appointed Acting Assistant Secretary for OSHA under the Reagan Administration. In addition to representing clients on a wide range of safety and health issues, he is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Safety Council, and Counsel to the Voluntary Protection Program Participants’ Association. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the American Bar Association’s Committee on Occupational Safety and Health Law.


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