News and Dates

2016

 

Upcoming Open Enrollment Classes

vPSI Group has scheduled more sessions of the popular Open Enrollment class in Houston, Texas, USA on July 27th, September 21st, and November 30th. This class covers the Fundamentals of vPSI Problem Solving. For more information, please click here for a class

overview, send an email to info@vpsigroup.com, or click below to register:

 

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At the Podium

August 2016: Norman Ritchie of vPSI Group will speak on "Pragmatic Inclusion of Human Factors in Incident Investigations" at the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Gulf Coast - Energy Corridor Section on August 11th.

 

vPSI Road Show

June 2016: vPSI Group hosted a booth at the 29th annual Environmental, Health and Safety Seminar hosted by the Texas Chemical Council (TCC), the Association of Chemical Industry of Texas (ACIT), and the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance (LCIA), held June 6th through the 9th at the Moody Gardens Convention Center in Galveston, Texas  Visitors to our booth were told how vPSI Group can help them improve and learn from organizational responses to incidents and near misses!

 

We Have Moved!

May 2016: vPSI Group has a new home! For our clients' convenience, we've moved only about 5 minutes away from our previous location. Please view our US Office page for the new address and directions.

 

At the Podium

April 2016: Norman Ritchie of vPSI Group spoke on "Recovering Business Value From Near Misses" at the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility: Sustaining Our Future Through Innovation and Collaboration. It was held April 11th through the 13th  at the Stavanger Forum in Stavanger, Norway.  

 

February 2016: Norman Ritchie of vPSI Group spoke on "Discovering Business Value in Near Miss Reporting and Analysis" at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference held at the Hilton Americas Houston on February 17th through the 19th.

 

February 2016: Norman Ritchie of vPSI Group spoke on "Pragmatic Inclusion of Human Factors in Incident Investigations" at the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Gulf Coast - Houston Downtown Section on February 25th.

 

2015

 

vPSI Road Show

July 2015: vPSI Group hosted a booth at the Occupational Safety and Health Association USA Safety Conference and Exhibition (not to be confused with the United States' federal Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration), held July 15th through the 17th at the Norris Conference Center in Houston, Texas

 

Open Enrollment Classes

July 2015: vPSI Group held a session of the Open Enrollment version of our fundamental class, Applying vPSI Methods of Problem Solving in Houston, Texas. Attendees included employees from Union Gas.

 

H-E-A-R Say, Volume 7, Issue 2 available

April 2015: The latest issue of H-E-A-R Say, vPSI Group's newsletter, was published. The lead article discusses recovering costs from unresolved near miss events.

 

Open Enrollment Classes

April 2015: vPSI Group held a session of the Open Enrollment version of our fundamental class, Applying vPSI Methods of Problem Solving in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Attendees included employees from Spectra Energy, Plains Midstream, Enbridge, & Access Pipeline.

 

vPSI Road Show

March 2015: vPSI Group hosted a booth at the National Safety Council (NSC) Texas Safety Conference and Expo, held March 29th through the 31st at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas

 

March 2015: vPSI Group hosted a booth at the Society for Petroleum Engineers (SPE) E&P Health, Safety and Environmental Conference, held March 16th through the 18th at the Omni Interlocken Hotel in Denver, Colorado

 

H-E-A-R Say, Volume 7, Issue 1 available

February 2015: The latest issue of H-E-A-R Say, vPSI Group's newsletter, was published. The lead article discusses parallels between Stop Work Authority and the troubling non-intervention behavior known as the "Bystander Effect". As a reaction to the knee-jerk cost cutting going on in many companies due to the current low oil price environment, this H-E-A-R Say outlines an alternative approach: recovering the significant value lost through Non-Productive Time. In addition, a thought provoking article describes the vast scope and scale of societal losses sustained through mental illness and suicide. In conjunction with this article, our website is hosting this special page of links to online resources directed towards recognizing and treating mental health problems in the workplace.

2014

 

vPSI Road Show

December 2014: vPSI Group hosted a booth at the OSHA Oil and Gas Safety and Health Conference, held December 2nd and 3rd at the Hilton Americas in Houston, Texas

 

Open Enrollment Classes

December 2014: vPSI Group held a session of the Open Enrollment version of our fundamental class, Applying vPSI Methods of Problem Solving. Attendees included employees from Spectra Energy.

 

November 2014: vPSI Group held another session of the popular Open Enrollment version of our fundamental class, Applying vPSI Methods of Problem Solving. Attendees included employees from Noble Drilling.

 

November 2014: vPSI Group held an inaugural Open Enrollment version of our newest offering, the vPSI Incident Investigation Workshop. Attendees included employees from Mears Group.

 

October 2014: vPSI Group held another session of the popular Open Enrollment version of our fundamental class, Applying vPSI Methods of Problem Solving. Attendees included employees from Marathon Oil Corporation and University of Texas at San Antonio.

 

At the Podium

September through October 2014: Norman Ritchie of vPSI Group spoke on human and organizational factors at DecomWorld's 3rd Annual Offshore Safety Conference USA, held September 29th through October 1st at the Doubletree by Hilton Houston - Greenway Plaza in Houston, Texas.

 

September 2014: Mr. Ritchie spoke at the SPE event, Improved Recovery Through Innovative Intervention Solutions held September 21st through the 24th at the Westin Langkawi Resort and Spa in Langkawi, Malaysia. His topic was "Sustaining Operational Improvements".

 

Open Enrollment Classes

July 2014: vPSI Group held another session of the popular Open Enrollment version of our fundamental class, Applying vPSI Methods of Problem Solving. Attendees included employees from Union Gas, a Spectra Energy Company.

 

vPSI Road Show

June 2014: vPSI Group was an exhibitor at the ASSE Safety 2014 Expo held June 8th through the 11th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

 

Open Enrollment Classes

May 2014: vPSI Group held another session of the popular Open Enrollment version of our fundamental class, Applying vPSI Methods of Problem Solving. Attendees included employees from Lubrizol Corporation, Phillips 66, and Thoem Associates.

 

vPSI Road Show

March 2014: vPSI Group was an exhibitor at the SPE International Conference on Health, Safety, and Environment held March 17th through the 19th at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center in Long Beach, California.

 

H-E-A-R Say, Volume 6, Issue 1 available

February 2014: The latest issue of H-E-A-R Say, vPSI Group's newsletter, was made available. In this issue, we discuss how to create an effective pre-task plan (JSA, JHA, Toolbox Talk, etc.).

 

Breaking News!

January 2014: vPSI Group launched several new training programs over the last year, including the Incident Investigation Workshop and our newest offerings: the vPSI Intervention Program (vIP) and our Management Visit Program (MvP). vIP is vPSI's answer to problems with established behavior based safety (BBS) programs. MvP improves on traditional management visit programs. Both programs include the requirement to devise and implement solutions to any real problems identified during the worker-led intervention or the management site visit. More information can be found on our Training page.

 

Open Enrollment Classes

January 2014: vPSI Group held another session of the popular Open Enrollment version of our fundamental class, Applying vPSI Methods of Problem Solving. Attendees included employees from Lubrizol Corporation and Spectra Energy.

2013

H-E-A-R Say, Volume 5, Issue 2 available

October 2013: The latest issue of H-E-A-R Say, vPSI Group's newsletter, was made available. In this issue, we discuss the effectiveness of discipline versus rewards.

Breaking News!

July 2013: After 6 years and countless pages of paper, vPSI received a patent, titled, "System And Method For Creating And Maintaining Pre-Task Planning Documents" (Patent Number US 8,489,545 B2) for our online JSA library system. Below is a commemorative photo of the patent hand-off, with Terry L. McCutcheon, Patent Attorney with Matthews Lawson, PLLC, and Norman Ritchie, Director of vPSI Group, LLC.

At the Podium

June 2013: Norman Ritchie of vPSI Group did his part for the government of Wyoming! He was originally scheduled as the closing keynote speaker at the Wyoming Safety and Workforce Summit in Rock Springs. However, a last minute scheduling change meant Governor Mead spoke in that time slot. Never fear though, our intrepid director was invited to be the Summit's opening keynote speaker on Tuesday, June 25th. His topic of discussion was "Do the Right Thing When Things Go Wrong."

Southwestern Energy Vendor Forum, Round 2

May 2013: Southwestern Energy hosted a second vendor forum in Conway, Arkansas. Similar to the April event, attendees were given the opportunity to participate in an upcoming vPSI Open Enrollment training workshop.

At the Podium

April 2013: Norman Ritchie of vPSI Group spoke at the SPE European HSE Conference and Exhibition which occurred in London, UK at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel from April 16th through the 18th. Norman presented his paper, Journey to Zero: Aspiration Versus Reality (SPE 164963).

Southwestern Energy Vendor Forum

April 2013: Southwestern Energy sponsored two of vPSI's Open Enrollment classes for the benefit of vendors and contractors working in their Marcellus Shale operation. Companies that attended this training included Ajax Integrated Services, Baker Hughes, C&G Construction, CDM Resource Management, Dawn Trucking Company, Energy Services, Equipment Transport, Jeremy's Roustabouts, John Mills Electric, Liberty Excavators, Mansfield Crane Service Corp., Meshoppen Stone, Rain for Rent, and W & D Smith & Sons.

Marketing Campaign Rollout

March 2013: Norman Ritchie and Lynda Pigula of vPSI Group had the opportunity to roll out the new vPSI Group marketing campaign at the SPE Americas 2013 E&P Health / Safety / Security / Environmental Conference at the Galveston Island Convention Center in Galveston, Texas.   The marketing campaign is centered on the concept below:

At the Podium

March 2013: Norman Ritchie of vPSI Group spoke at the Southwestern Energy Vendor Forum on March 6th at the Stonehedge Country Club near Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania. His topic of discussion was "Accidents = Problems = Improvement Opportunities." 

March 2013: Norman also spoke at the Tidewater Safety Manager's Forum in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 26th. His theme for this discussion was, "Planning Work for Problem-Free Execution."

Open Enrollment Classes

March 2013: vPSI Group held another session of the popular Open Enrollment version of our fundamental class, Applying vPSI Methods of Problem Solving. Attendees included employees from Marathon Oil Corporation, Huntsman Corporation, and Aera Energy.

Ten Year Anniversary!

January 2013: vPSI Group, LLC was formed ten years ago, on the 10th of January, 2003. All of us at vPSI extend our thanks to our customers, partners, advocates and friends for their support through the years as the company and our services have matured. We look forward to many more years of delivering sustainable continuous improvement and generally making the world a better place. Thank you!

H-E-A-R Say, Volume 5, Issue 1 available

January 2013: The latest issue of H-E-A-R Say, vPSI Group's newsletter, was made available. In this issue, we discuss the effectiveness of discipline as a corrective action.

Open Enrollment Classes

January 2013: vPSI Group held another session of the popular Open Enrollment version of our fundamental class, Applying vPSI Methods of Problem Solving. Attendees included employees from Noble Drilling.

2012

At the Podium

December 2012: Norman Ritchie of vPSI Group spoke at the OSHA Oil & Gas Safety Conference on Tuesday, December 4th in Dallas, Texas. His topic of discussion was "Do the Right Thing When Things Go Wrong." 

November 2012: If you found yourself at the Shell Technology Center on Thursday, November 29th, hopefully you were able to take advantage of the opportunity to hear Norman Ritchie in his discussion on Accident Investigations.

Open Enrollment Classes

October and November 2012: vPSI Group held several sessions of the popular Open Enrollment version of our fundamental class, Applying vPSI Methods of Problem Solving. Attendees included employees from Noble Drilling.

At the Podium

September 2012: Norman Ritchie of vPSI Group, LLC presented a paper at the SPE / APPEA International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production in Perth Australia. Norman's topic was "Five Reasons We Are Not Getting to Zero". Norman also participated as a panelist in the discussion, "The Challenge of Getting to Zero".

H-E-A-R Say, Volume 4, Issue 3 available

July 2012: The latest issue of H-E-A-R Say, vPSI Group's newsletter, was made available. In this issue, we discuss the effectiveness of discipline as a corrective action

Open Enrollment Classes

July 2012: vPSI Group held another Open Enrollment version of our fundamental class, Applying vPSI Methods of Problem Solving, July 11th in Houston, Texas. Attendees included employees from Noble Drilling.

New and Improved!

May 2012: Thanks to the help of programmers at InSource Technologies, vPSI Group is proud to announce updates and renovations to our most popular online tool, the vPSI Online Pre-Task Planning Tool & Library SystemSM. This free utility provides users with a library of Job Safety Analysis documents including JHAs, Tool Box Talks, Risk Assessments, and many others, all covering a wide variety of topics. Updates to the tool include the addition of a word cloud on the search screen, the ability to print to a PDF directly from the website, and, soon to come, cross-browser compatibility.

I Saw the Sign!

May 2012: Mike Perez of SignCity designed and installed the latest addition to our office; our corporate identity is now indelible.

At the Podium

May 2012: Norman Ritchie of vPSI Group, LLC spoke at Halliburton's Northern Region Safety Summit May 15th in Denver, Colorado.

Open Enrollment Classes

May 2012: vPSI Group held an open enrollment version of our fundamental class, Applying vPSI Methods of Problem Solving, May 15th in Houston, Texas. Attendees included employees from  Noble Drilling and Champion Technologies.

At the Podium

April 2012: Norman Ritchie of vPSI Group, LLC spoke to the up-and-coming safety professionals in the Students of Safety club at San Jacinto College on April 26th in Pasadena, Texas.  His topic of discussion was "Optimizing the Accident Investigation Process."

H-E-A-R Say, Volume 4, Issue 2 available

March 2012: The latest issue of H-E-A-R Say, vPSI Group's newsletter, was made available. In this issue, we discuss breaking down organizational silos.

vPSI Group Sponsored the February Greater Houston STEPS Meeting

February 2012:  vPSI Group, LLC co-sponsored the February 21st meeting of the Greater Houston STEPS Network at the Humble Civic Center. The other sponsor was Gainco Environmental Engineering and Remediation. There were two speakers at this meeting. The first was Tyler Reimers of Integrated Health Solutions. He discussed, "Applying Industrial Ergonomics to Prevent Worksite Injuries."  The second speaker was Jason Lucas with B&G Crane Service, LLC. He spoke about new regulatory requirements for crane operations.

At the Podium

February 2012: Norman Ritchie of vPSI Group, LLC spoke at Spectra Energy's Annual Safety Summit February 15th at the Houston Marriott West Loop by the Galleria. His presentation was titled "Accidents = Problems = Improvement Opportunities."

Open Enrollment Classes

February 2012:vPSI Group held an open enrollment version of our fundamental class, Applying vPSI Methods of Problem Solving, February 14th in Houston, Texas. Attendees included employees from Air Liquide and Noble Drilling.

Tweeting

January 2012: vPSI Group, LLC is now tweeting!  Click the link below to begin following our tweets.

H-E-A-R Say, Volume 4, Issue 1 available

January 2012: The latest issue of H-E-A-R Say, vPSI Group's newsletter, was made available. In this issue, we discuss the human quest for "Why?" and improving vPSI Metrics.

 

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