2018 Pre-Symposium Workshops

All courses will be taking place on Monday, August 27 at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center.


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): Gilbert Aceves, NRG Energy; Guillermo Damasco, LAT Lubricants; Rob Hill, NuStar Energy; Brad Baptiste, U.S. DOL 


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.


Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED (1:00pm–5:00pm)

This class is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical services arrives. Skills covered in this course include first aid; choking relief in adults, children, and infants; and what to do for sudden cardiac arrest in adults, children and infants.

This course teaches skills with the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback, and guide the students’ learning of skills.

Every student will have a manikin to work with during the entire course, as well as a student manual that is yours to take home for reference during and after the class. At the end of the course, each student will receive a certification card.

Speaker(s): Sarah and Heath Kane, Certified CPR/AED Instructors, Heartsaver


Rigging and Slinging (8:00am-12:00pm)

This 8-hour course will walk attendees through risk management and a basic rigging plan, basic rigging principles and load control, the rigging triangle, application of hardware, inspection of hardware, application of slings, inspection of

slings, rigging mathematics, and a challenge


Speaker(s): Bill Higginbotham from The Crosby Group


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


Basic & Advanced Employee Response to an Active Shooter (8:00am - 5:00pm)

This 8-hour training course consists of lecture, demonstrations and hands on training in applications of self-defense measures. The Red Man team will teach you techniques, control holds, pressure points, weapon retention and disbarment, as well as tactical applications of RUN, HIDE & FIGHT.

Presented by Mike Britt, CEO & Founder, Sentinel Security Group, Donny Hawkins, Co-Founder, Sentinel Security Group, Nelson Lebron, Lead Fight Instructor