March 22, 2021 | Mark Paradies

Which Best Practice Session Will Help You Solve Your Biggest Challenge? Let Us Know!

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TapRooT® Summit Best Practice Sessions Help You Solve Problems

The list below shows all the Best Practice Sessions in the 2021 Global TapRooT® Summit coming up on June 16-18 in Knoxville, TN (and also, virtually). Look through the list and let us know (use the comments sessions below) which sessions will help you solve your biggest challenges. This will help us plan the 2022 Summit.

Also, if you have topics you would like to see in the 2022 Summit that weren’t in the 2021 Summit, leave a comment to let us know.

Best Practice Sessions at the 2021 Summit

TapRooT® Users Share Best Practices

This session shares three TapRooT® User Success Stories that can help you discover how to improve incident investigation, root cause analysis, product quality, and human performance. Success stories from Weatherford (Shawn Holden), ThermoFisher Scientific (Tammy Mascioli), and Nine Energy Service (Jeff Gleason). Take home proven ideas that will help your company improve performance.


Dr. Erin Flynn-Evans shares the latest fatigue countermeasures and Darrell Graham share a practical method to measure fatigue.

Making Better TapRooT® Users

TapRooT® Course

This session will have the benefit of two experienced TapRooT® Users (Susan Lee and Tammy Mascioli) share their programmatic best practices to make more effective TapRooT® Users. This will help you get the most from your TapRooT® System.

Gaining Management Support for Improvement

TapRooT® Users Kenn Edgecombe and Grant Ireland will show you how to use webinars to change your management’s mindset and how you can present your roadmap to success to to educate management about your improvement efforts.

Post-Incident Care of Employees

Providing practical support to workers who have experienced stressful or traumatic events can reduce risk and prevent future incidents. Benna Hughes will teach ways to support employees to reduce the potential negative effects on their mental and physical health.

Applying Emotional Intelligence to Support Mental Health in the Workplace

Emotions and intelligence are not on opposite ends of the spectrum as some believe. The interlock of thinking and emotions powerfully influence how we make decisions. Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand that interlock within ourselves and others. Telling employees to “leave emotions at the door” doesn’t work, and negative emotions contribute to poor culture and accidents. Recognizing poor mental health in workers is so important to safety yet it’s reported that 69% of line managers have not been trained how to recognize it in their employees. Barb Car provides practical tips on how to apply emotional intelligence to support positive mental health in your workplace.

Accident, Negligence, or Knowing Conduct? How Federal Criminal Law Enforcement Views Environmental Incidents

Mike Fisher, Director, Legal Counsel Division, Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics, & Training, U.S. EPA; Tyler Amon, Special Agent-in-Charge, EPA Regions 1&2; Matt Goers, Resident Agent-in-Charge, Alaska Resident Office, U.S. EPA Criminal Investigation Division explore how preventable incidents, events, and conditions may meet the elements of a crime. Presented by two federal criminal investigators and a seasoned government attorney, this session will share the factors used by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to determine whether incidents merit criminal investigation. The session will answer the question of who determines whether the government’s response to an incident will include criminal charges, and how such determinations occur. Examples of preventable incidents, events, and conditions leading to criminal charges will be presented.

Trending Techniques for Incident Data

What trending techniques do you use? What ones are recommended by the TapRooT® System? How do you make them work? Mark Paradies will provide an overview of trending best practices and answer participants’ questions.

Using Causal Factor Worksheets

Learn how to use the latest improvement in the TapRooT® System to better define Causal Factors – the Causal Factor Worksheet. Stephanie Tipton and Tim Diggs will lead this session and give you practice using the new TapRooT® Tool.

TapRooT® Instructor Recertification

Calling all Certified Instructors! This session is required to ensure you receive all the latest and greatest TapRooT® news and materials. This session is only for Certified Instructors from Licensed Companies. Michelle Wishon and Ken Reed say:

“See you there!”

Admiral Rickover & Conservative Decision-Making

One of the common management mistakes that leads to major accidents is making non-conservative decisions. These decisions result in short-term gains but ignore potential long-term negative impacts. Mark Paradies will talk about Admiral Rickover’s management approach that doesn’t “hope” for an outcome while ignoring real risk. Mark will explain the key elements of Rickover’s philosophy that led to the Nuclear Navy’s unparalleled process safety.

Hazard Analysis and the Energy Wheel

Alex Paradies will share a new, more effective paradigm for hazard recognizing called the Energy Wheel. See how it relates to Safeguards Analysis and how it can help your supervisors recognize hidden hazards.

Energy Wheel

Balancing Life & Work

Prepared to get inspired with Vincent Phipps! His humor, high energy, and expertise will provide endless take-aways and leave you wanting more. Within a three-year timeframe, Vincent endured the following tragedies: breaking his neck in an almost fatal car accident, leaving his corporate job after 13 years, and he and his wife suffering the loss of their newborn son. During these times of struggle, Vincent developed strategies to channel negative energy towards positive outcomes.

Vincent I Phipps

What Does a Good Safety Meeting Look Like?

How do people describe safety meetings at your facility? An obligation? Death by PowerPoint? Naptime? Turn your safety meetings into effective, engaged events. Brei Richardson, Safety Director at Airgas, will teach tips that will change the way you conduct meetings for the better.

Building Custom Reports in the TapRooT® Software

TapRooT® Software has a standard set of presentations and reports. Did you know that the report builder portion of the software can help you build your own custom reports? Find out how it works to make your reports exactly what you want.

Dan Verlinde, keynote speaker

Precursors to Human Error

Ralph Brickey will introduce error traps and precursors. In the nuclear industry, a common understanding of the anatomy of an event identifies error precursors as part of an event. We will examine commonly identified precursors in different industries. We will discuss how precursors fit into incident investigations and discuss strategies for identifying precursors before an incident. We will participate in an exercise to introduce error precursors and using an actual incident examine precursors that allowed for the progression of the incident.

Improving Management System Compliance Using TapRooT®

How can you get people to comply with policies and procedures (follow the rules)? The TapRooT® System will help you. Nancy Hitchins will explain how.

Nancy Hitchins

Perform an Internal Checkup of Your TapRooT® Implementation

Is your implementation of the TapRooT® System as effective as it could be? Ken Reed and Nancy Hitchins will explain how you can perform a checkup of your TapRooT® Implementation to spot areas that need improvement.

How to STOP Normalization of Deviation

Mark Paradies

What is the normalization of deviation? How can you stop it? Mark Paradies will share key elements of Admiral Rickover’s philosophy that can be used to change the culture at your facility and normalize excellence rather than normalizing deviation.

How to be a 5-Star Instructor

Sometimes the difference between a good and instructor and a great instructor is just a few adjustments. There are many different ways to teach effectively but good instructors have many qualities in common. Dementra Johnson and Bekah Freed will share tips on how to be a 5-Star rated instructor.

Injury-Proofing Your Employees with Body Education & Badassery

Lori Frederic

Lori Frederic (The Movement Ninja) says that to get buy-in and engagement of ergonomic and back safety initiatives, it’s essential to explain the WHY behind it all. Understanding how the body responds to repetitive, physical work and its natural warning signs makes it easier to catch any small body problems before they become large injuries.

Building a Robust RCA Program by Utilizing Lessons Learned

What does a best practice lessons learned program look like and how can a lessons learned best practices improve your whole root cause analysis program? Find out in this session. Bill Hendon and Matthew Welborn will explain.

How to Manage a Major Investigation

You need to be ready to manage a major accident investigation even if you never plan to have a major accident. John Boyle will share his experience and best practices to help you be ready for the day you might be called on to manage a major investigation.

Roadmap to Success

Rick Hulse will facilitate this session to help you “Take Action” with everything you have learned at the TapRooT® Summit (as well as the skills and lessons learned you gained during the pre-Summit course). This session helps you develop your “TapRooT® Program Roadmap” to apply your knowledge and achieve success when you return to work. This helps you and your management team have a clear plan of the steps required to achieve your vision of excellence for your performance improvement program.

Vote for the Session That Will Help You Solve Your Biggest Challenge

Now is the time to vote and help us plan for next year’s Summit. Leave a comment below to let us know the session that will help you the most OR a session that wasn’t here this year but you would like to see next year.


Next, get registered for the 2021 Global TapRooT® Summit so that you can learn from these useful best practice session. You can participate in-person or virtually. Choose when you register. (And you can change later if you need to.) Register by CLICKING HERE.

Don’t Forget Our Keynote Speakers!

Keynote Speakers

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