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VPPPA Joins BCSP’s Global Learning Summit

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​​Falls Church, VA – The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association (VPPPA) has joined the Board of Certified Safety Professionals® (BCSP®) as an Affiliate in support of the Global Learning Summit (GLS), a virtual safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) professional development event hosted by BCSP to take place May 10-12, 2022.“This is an incredible opportunity to make vital connections with the SH&E community,” said Terry Schulte, VPPPA Chairman of the Board. “We share BCSP’s mission of advancing the SH&E profession, and we are excited to be an Affiliate for the GLS.”

The Global Learning Summit (GLS) capitalizes on cutting-edge content delivery to provide a global audience with three days of high-quality professional development and educational opportunities. The GLS offers event attendees an opportunity to actively participate, network, and learn in a capacity that is convenient, affordable, and readily attainable.

“We are thrilled to be working with VPPPA to connect leading safety management systems experts with our Global Learning Summit attendees. The VPP and Management Systems track is an excellent opportunity to learn from our global safety leaders about what it takes to not only meet safety standards, but go above and beyond to keep every worker safe, everywhere,” said BCSP Chief Strategy Officer J.A. Rodriguez Jr, CSP, ASP. “The $25 US registration for 100+ hours of premium content is our way of partnering with VPPPA to bring affordable professional development to the world’s workforces.”

Attendees can access a full track focusing on the Voluntary Protection Program and Safety Management Systems, with several speakers from OSHA as well as safety leaders from VPP Star sites. This track offers an intro to the VPPPA, which connects safety professionals who are interested in taking their safety program to the next level with the resources and connections needed to achieve those goals.  

The GLS will cost $25 per person to attend, and sessions are categorized into Educational Tracks dedicated to topics relevant to SH&E. Attendees will have access to the event content for 30 days following the event, and attendees will be eligible for BCSP recertification points.

To learn more or register for the Global Learning Summit, click here.

About the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association, Inc.
VPPPA is the leader in helping worksites achieve continuous improvement toward their occupational safety and health goals. Our members are champions of safety and health excellence, experiencing fewer workplace fatalities, injuries, and illnesses. VPPPA members, at more than 2,200 worksites, strive for the continued betterment of their workplace culture to ensure every worker makes it home safely. We provide national and regional advocacy, education, and resources to support the advancement of our members, their worksites, and the OH&S profession.

About the Board of Certified Safety Professionals®
BCSP is a not-for-profit corporation recognized as a leader in high-quality, accredited credentialing for safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) practitioners. BCSP establishes standards and certifies competency criteria in professional safety practice. Since 1969, over 100,000 BCSP credentials have been achieved.

Jacqueline "Jackie" Annis is an industrial hygienist with the Office of Partnerships and Recognition, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs in OSHA’s National Office.  Jackie’s primary responsibilities include developing and overseeing internal policies and procedures for the VPP, reviewing VPP on-site evaluation reports for process safety management information, serving as the National Office liaison for two of OSHA’s ten Regions, and facilitating the management of OSHA’s National Strategic Partnership Program.  She is an integral part of OSHA’s National Office team. 

She has served with the Agency for 36 years, including five years as a senior industrial hygienist in OSHA’s Office of Health Enforcement, Directorate of Enforcement Programs in the National Office and 17 years as a compliance safety and health officer in the Denver, CO Area Office.  Prior to her tenure at OSHA, Jackie worked as an industrial hygienist for the Department of the Navy in Alameda, California.  Jackie obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA in 1983.

Wayne Howard earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UC Davis and has spent 12 years with Shell (at Martinez) refinery, 3 years with the consulting firm Process Safety, 15 years with Valero (at Benicia), and the last 10 years in the Corporate Process Safety Department. He is the Valero representative to AFPM's Advancing Process Safety Initiative.

Nathan Obaugh, PE is a senior engineer in the Safety and Operational Excellence Group at NuStar Energy. Nathan has over 10 years of PSM and process design experience in the petrochemical, refining and midstream industries. At NuStar, Nathan oversees all elements of the corporate PSM program and works directly on hazard analysis, process safety studies, PSM/RMP audits and provides process engineering support to the operations and capital projects groups.

Jared Teter, PhD is a senior staff scientist with a background in physics and hazards analysis. He has extensive experience in subscale testing of energetic materials and has served as program manager for several large testing and risk management projects. He has applied engineering and risk management protocols while evaluating the risk associated with propellant and explosives manufacturing, combustible dust, and other hazardous material related processes.

Tim Belitz has a degree in Environmental Health/Industrial Hygiene from Old Dominion University and a Master’s from Duke University. He has over 25 years of Industrial Health Safety and Environmental Experience and is a Certified Safety Professional. He has many years focused on Contractor Management and Process Safety programs.

Rob Walker graduated from Virginia Tech in Microbiology and Chemical Engineering. Rob has almost 35 years of experience working in the chemical plant and refining industry. His passion for Process Safety and Mechanical Integrity began very early in his career. Rob began with his current company, Honeywell, back in 2011.

Prasad Joshi has B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Chemical Engineering from two universities in India. Prasad has over 30 years’ experience in the business. He began with Honeywell in May 2022 as Principal Maintenance Engineer. He has worked internationally in Asia and Europe.