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. No refunds will be given for webinars.

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


OSHA Recordkeeping

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.

Marianne McGee is an OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist in the Corpus Christi Area Office and is responsible for outreach efforts, partnerships, alliances, assisting on VPP audits and helping employers understand OSHA rules and regulations. In addition to her CAS duties, Marianne is part of the Region 6 Emergency Response Team and has provided technical assistance during Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike as well as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. Marianne graduated from Corpus Christi State University in 1985 with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry.

This webinar will take place on December 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM EST.


Member Rate - $65
Non-Member Rate - $85
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Annual Self Evaluations

Mark Norton, who has almost 24 years of experience working for the State OSHA program in Arizona, will be giving a webinar on the most crucial aspects in an annual self-evaluation, including:
• OSHA expectations;
• Goal setting;
• Common improvement areas; and
• VPPPA member perspectives.

This webinar will take place on December 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM EST.

Member Rate - $65
Non-Member Rate - $85
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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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