October Breakfast Meeting – Root Cause Analysis of Accidents and Incidents

  • October 18, 2018
    7:00 am - 10:00 am

Topic Root Cause Analysis of Accidents and Incidents

This interactive program combines PowerPoint presentation, workplace injury role play/scenarios, and table exercises to explore the application of Root Cause Analysis to occupational accidents and safety incidents. The program discusses system thinking and introduces methods to uncover root cause and develop relevant recommendations to fix a problem.  PowerPoint covers safety basics, incident investigation techniques, the Ishikawa Fishbone method of data organization, and utilizing ‘Five Whys’ as a method to reveal root cause and other causal factors.  Tabletop exercises give participants a chance to identify root causes and develop recommendations to address issues presented in the role play.

Speaker Ellie Barbarash, MS, CPEA

Our presenter will be Ellie Barbarash, MS, CPEA, the Health and Safety/Education Coordinator for Health Professionals and Allied Employees.  Ellie develops and implements safety and leadership education programs for the Health Professionals and Allied Employees labor union, serving 22 Locals and 13,000 RNs and other health professionals in New Jersey.  For seven years, she developed and managed an OSHA Susan Harwood grant funded safety training program for the Philadelphia District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund, where she developed more than 15 new, participatory classes on diverse occupational safety topics and delivered training to 6,500 healthcare service workers.

Originally a Port Authority service worker herself at the Holland Tunnel and Kennedy International Airport in NYC, Ellie earned her MS degree in Environmental and Occupational Safety from the C.U.N.Y. Hunter School of Health Sciences, and holds board certification as a Professional Environmental Auditor/ CPEA with specialty in occupational safety and health.  She has been supporting safer workplaces, writing policy and curricula, and training frontline healthcare employees and workers in construction, utilities, municipal services and more for three decades.  She served as an occupational safety first responder during the World Trade Center 9-11 disaster in 2001 while employed as a corporate safety auditor by the utility, ConEd, of New York.


7:00am Registration/Networking
7:30am Breakfast
8:00am Introductions and Presentation
10:00am Adjournment

All registration for this meeting must be done online.  Please click on the link below to begin the process.  You can choose to pre-pay your meeting fee via credit card, or you can opt to pay at the door.  Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted at the door on the day of the meeting.


400 W Sproul Road, Springfield, Pennsylvania, 19064, United States