Take a Sneak Peek at SeminarFest Course Offerings

255x125 Society Update.jpgDon’t forget to register for SeminarFest, scheduled for Jan. 25 – Feb. 1, 2014, in Las Vegas, NV, at the Rio All Suite Hotel. The weeklong event will feature more than 80 seminars, giving attendees the opportunity to earn up to 5.8 CEUs/recertification points. In addition to a variety of professional development seminars and exam preparation workshops, SeminarFest also offers three networking receptions and four complementary lunches, two of which include presentations.

Below is a sampling of SeminarFest courses:

19. Human Error & Safety
Historically, successful safety management has been measured by the absence of events, but according to Dr. Todd Conklin, of Los Alamos National Laboratory, zero-incidents, while significant, can either mean exceptional safety or remarkable luck. According to Conklin, safety is not the absence of incidents, but rather the presence of capacity. This session will address Sidney Dekker’s notion of complexity and safety and discuss how changing the perception of human error can effectively change safety. “If you change the way you think, then you change the problems you solve,” Conklin says. This session aims to current safety models and inspire a new philosophy built around recognizing human error, error types and learning to create error-tolerate systems.

32. Using the Safety Principles of High-Reliability Organizations
Commonly exemplified by nuclear power plants and military bases, high-reliability organizations (HROs) are companies with high potential for significant unwanted outcomes that have relatively few incidents in comparison to their amounts of risk. In this seminar, T.Shane Bush, president of BushCo Inc., will share how five principles of such organizations can be used to create a business plan for any organization that can improve safety as well as productivity, quality and reputation. “A lot of people say, ‘It sounds good for a commercial nuclear power plant, but what does this have to do with me producing golf carts in the middle of Tennessee?’” Bush says, but he explains that a lower-risk organization can always learn from companies that are continuously faced with the possibility of an adverse incident.

69. Peter Drucker’s Principles to elevate your Safety Management Skills
In this seminar, Jay Brakensiek, CSP, environmental health and safety manager of Claremont University Consortium, will discuss the teachings of management consultant and author, Peter F. Drucker. Drucker’s ideas can be broken down into three categories: personal effectiveness, organizational effectiveness, and future and historical trends. His work, Brakensiek says, is centered on improving the contribution of people, in maximizing their impact in their organization and in society in an ethical manner. This presentation will offer a background of Drucker’s teachings as well as tools for immediate application. According to Brakensiek, Drucker’s work can make Safety Management more effective by: increasing program management skills; increasing personal effectiveness; providing a better understanding of management principles; enhancing awareness of personal strengths & weaknesses; enhancing decision making skills; and increasing managers’ ability to reposition staff based on strengths, minimizing organizational weaknesses.

Keep an eye out for more in-depth previews of these courses and more on the EHS Works blog.