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2018 Workshop Descriptions

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WEDNESDAY 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

WEDNESDAY 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

WEDNESDAY 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

WEDNESDAY 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

THURSDAY 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

THURSDAY 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

THURSDAY 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

THURSDAY 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

FRIDAY 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

FRIDAY 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

All workshops will be taking place at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center.




WEDNESDAY 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Employee “Evolved” Safety Campaigns

Take employee involvement to the next level. Find out how to successfully run employee-created, management approved, budget-minded, innovative and creative safety campaigns. Walk through the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of safety campaigns. Turning employee involvement into an employee evolved safety campaign offers a sense of pride and ownership for everyone, and a little positivity goes a long way to safety 24/7.

Maureen "Mo" Roxbury, Nate Brook and Ben Culver CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company


Survive an Active Shooter Event

Active Shooter incidents are becoming all too common. They are often unpredictable and evolve very quickly. This workshop will discuss common facility vulnerabilities that can be exploited by a shooter to maximize attack effectiveness, and what you can do to reduce the likelihood of an attack. Information will be presented on preparedness and the responsive actions that can be taken to protect employees and increase their chances of survival. The workshop will also address basic security enhancements that can make your workplace more secure and less vulnerable to criminal activity or terrorist attacks.

Brian Bennett and Norman Deitch, EHS Excellence Consulting


Addressing Risk With Integrated Ownership of Safety IOSS

Empower your EHS team to own and manage risk with flexibility to match the specific technical and operational needs of their area. This presentation offers Johnson & Johnson’s implemented process of engaging those closest to the risk in controlling that risk. Find out how to involve every department and all employees in your safety and health culture, as well as strengthen your leadership through this IOSS workshop.

Tim Smith, Noramco/ Johnson & Johnson


The Safety We Share. Using Safety Shares to Empower Your Workforce

This fun, informative and interactive workshop will provide participants with effective tools and examples for engaging workers at all levels across various industries and disciplines. Participants will be provided with examples to utilize during pre-job briefings, safety meetings and the start of various work activities. Safety is 24/7 and this workshop also provides examples to facilitate worker engagement that encourages safety at work and at home. 

Justin Hendricks and Sparena Lyons, Fluor Idaho, LLC


Risk Management for Safety Supervisors

Luck is not a solution. The Catamount Consulting Group has spent a great deal of time exploring the foundations of safety, and they’ve found a major link between effective communication and accident prevention. Come learn the duties of a safety supervisor, the ins and outs of the inspection process and how to minize citations. There is a solution to risk management, and it isn’t luck.

Scott McKenna, Catamount Consulting


Humor in Safety (2.0) The Sequel

Humor in Safety is back! The Sequel to the ever popular Humor in Safety will have an updated platform and more applications for your safety presentations that may have become drab and dreary. We all know that safety is a serious topic, but we can learn how to make safety training interesting and even fun.  

Tim Page-Bottorff, SafeStart®


How Servant Leadership Can Take You To The Next Level

You may have heard about servant leadership and wondered what it is and how it works. Learn from a fortune 500 company executive who practices servant leadership every day as they explain what is, and what is not, servant leadership. Learn how you can use the philosophy and techniques of servant leadership to not only make your company better, but to make you a better person.

Terry Schulte and John Roller, NuStar Energy LPFF


GHS/HazCom: The Game – Can You Pass the Compliance Test?

While EHS professionals are still trying to catch their breath from the initial GHS adpotion in 2012, more changes are right around the corner with GHS Revision 7. With HazCom still ranked as OSHA’s 2nd most frequently cited standard, it is paramount that employers understand current compliance requirements to better prepare for the impact of future changes on their HazCom Program. Stay on top of industry standards for Written Plans, SDS management processes and effective container labeling. Don’t let your program be left behind.

Glenn Trout, VelocityEHS

Is Comfortable FRC an Urban Myth? Uncover the Secret to Increased Compliance

It’s likely that safety standards dictate that your workers wear specific Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect them on the job. It’s just as likely if you’re telling your employees exactly which garments to wear, they’re complaining they aren’t comfortable – leading them to resist wearing the garments or to self-alter them. Discover the benefits of establishing a choice-based program that allows workers to choose from multiple compliant clothing options, including recent innovations in the FR fabric, garments.

Scott Margolin, Tyndale Company

Before Pulling the Plug

Has your company or represented employees thought about pulling the plug on VPP and calling it quits? In this session you will hear from workers and management regarding the trials of VPP. It will cover when tough economic times question the value of remaining in the program, as well as what options are available to assist an organization before the decision to bailout is made. In this interactive workshop, attendees will have an opportunity to address their issues and concerns throughout the session, while reinforcing the value and benefits of VPP.

Jack Griffith, CH2M Hill Plateu Remediation Company


Considerations for Using Rope Access on Your Work Sites 

Learn about Rope Access and the industries from around the world that use this work practice and why. Explore consensus standards and how this industry is regulated. This presentation will also focus on training requirements to become Rope Access technicians, work safety plans including job hazard analysis,  as well as the specialized equipment used in this form of Fall Protection and specialized work-at-height techniques.

Michel Goulet, Petzl America 


WEDNESDAY 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Hazard Recognition and Resolution Through SWPTs

A Safe Work Practice Team (SWPT) is a committed, voluntary group of employees who are empowered by, and partnered with, management to provide and promote the safety culture necessary to accomplish your company's goal of NOBODY GETS HURT. From identifying harzards to resolving them, management and employees work together to ensure a safer work place.

Mike Bienvenu, ExxonMobil BMCP


Make an IMPACT! Workplace Mindfulness Applications

Just two minutes a day is all you need to reduce stress or anxiety, increase self-esteem, improve cognition, reduce distractions and improve safe execution of work tasks. In the "I AM, Present, Aware and Connected Training" (IMPACT) workshop, you will learn, experience and apply eight simple minfulness applications implemented at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and utilized by successful companies such as Google.

Daphne Larsen, DOE – Idaho Operations Office; Carmen Hawk, Idaho National Laboratory (INL) – Battelle Energy Alliance and Trish Morris, Idaho National Laboratory (INL) - Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA)


The Real Cost of Safety

You’re invited to a candid discussion with Mr. Richard McElhaney as he talks about the effects of traumatic injuries not only on the employee, but on the family, coworkers and the company. Discover six accident reduction techniques, and reveal what the real costs are of being safe. Mr. McElhaney will review in detail an injury that occurred on one of his projects and how the use of JSA’s would have prevented the injury and how the JSA process turned things around.

Richard McElhaney


Planning for Complex High Hazard Work

CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company shares their proven process for planning complex and high hazard work: the Hazard Review Board (HRB). The HRB functions at the project level to review complex, high hazard work activies while encouraging involvement at all levels, from employees to management. Come learn the roles and positions of the HRB, rules of practice, and how to adapt this process to your unique site.

Mark Wright, John Hendry and Ben Culver, CH2M


Influencing Effective Knowledge Transfer Across the Generations

Before takeoff, a Black Hawk helicopter pilot completes a lengthy pre-flight checklist. If you were a passenger, would you want to rely on the pilot memorizing the extensive list or feel comfortable knowing he had been trained in a classroom without any practical experience? Probably not…. That’s where effective knowledge transfer comes into play. Employees who have been in their jobs for decades are looking to retire soon, and without replacement personel, their knowledge is at risk of being lost. We will discuss several techniques we have used successfully across our Department of Energy (DOE) site to transfer the immense amounts of information that our Baby Boomer and Traditionalist generations use to teach/train the incoming employees who will eventually fill these vacated positions.

Barbara Guenveur, Bechtel Savannah River Inc.


Using Psychological Assessments to Develop Strong Safety Leaders

We now know that leaders with certain psychological profiles, on average, have over three times as many injuries on their teams compared to others. These profiles include several traits that make up an individual’s personal SafetyDNA and leadership style, which greatly influences how they perceive risk, how they manage and coach employees on safe behavior and how well they can implement safety initiatives. The result is a unique process that makes safety personal for the leader and helps drive cultural change throughout the organization. Learn about these profiles and how to make the most of them for your own leaders.

Esteban Tristan, Select International


Improving Employee Engagement Through the Use of Games

This workshop inspires and encourages fun ideas and creative ways to increase employee involvement. Games can be a great way to connect with employees and gauge where they are when it comes to involvement and ownership in VPP. It creates ideas that makes your work environment more fun all while growing participation.

Mike Van Wyhe


Systematic Standards Approach to Machine Safety

This presentation will focus on utilizing the current Safety Standards as the basis for evaluation and mitigation of a machine to the desired safety level. Focus will be placed on how different safety categories are defined and a brief overview of how the latest performance levels and SIL levels are used in designing a safe machine.

Jeff Brys, Rockwell Automation


Stop Blaming Employees and Start Improving Systems

Many BBS and Hazard Recognition programs are used to effectively blame the injured party. These focus on mental state or lack of skills. Often this is a convenient way to avoid the more difficult work of improving existing safety systems. This presentation will review the subtle ways we thrust responsibility for incidents onto the people involved. We will then review the critical components of effective safety systems and how to evaluate and improve your current system.

Michael Southard, The SRI Group, Inc.


The Top 10 Elements of a Successful Safety and Health Management System

This is a basic presentation covering the top 10 elements of a successful safety and health management system. The presentation format is much like David Letterman's top 10 list. I'll count down the top 10 elements critical to making your safety and health management system work. The presentation covers the four main elements of VPP but expands on them to complete the top 10 things you must have to make your system work.

Nancy Mugavero, U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA


Understanding the Micro-Lapse

Often we hear of an injury or unplanned event caused by the unsafe action of a person we know to be a safety conscious employee. With the help of the Values Driven Safety Team at the Goodyear Beaumont Plant, we began to explore what we labeled "The Micro-Lapse." Micro of course is something very small, and the lapse could be in awareness, alertness, attentiveness, or judgement. The reality is these Micro-Lapses happen to each of us. In this session we will explain the Micro-Lapse in detail, share possible strategies for recognizing and dealing with Micro-Lapses. The workshop will close with an open forum discussion about how we might better recognize and deal with the common, but sometimes fatal Micro-Lapse.

Steve Williams, Accelerated Development Systems, Inc.

A New Era in Total Dock Safety Thought Leadership: Are You Stuck in 1998?

Take a look at the big picture of Dock Safety to ensure that your program hasn’t been trapped in the 20th century. Rite-Hite offers a comprehensive discussion on the modern loading dock, full of potential hazards, and provides proven methods of using today’s technology to prevent disaster. Think about safety the right way with this systematic, multi-layered approach to risk reduction at your facility.

Chad Dillavou, Rite-Hite Corporation

Tennessee OSHA Update

The Administrator and Asst. Administrator of Tennessee OSHA will review the results of 2017 compliance and consultation activity, the most recent OSHA regulatory agenda, fatalities investigated, and Tennessee Review Commission activity.  The most recent BLS statistics for Tennessee will also be reviewed.

Steve Hawkins and Wendy Fisher, Tennessee OSHA


WEDNESDAY 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Believe It or Not.....You Can Fit Test Hearing Protection

As EHS professionals many of us are under the assumption that we know how to use hearing protection. Follow Raytheon’s research journey toward a better Hearing Conservation Program, as they analyze benefits of ear plugs versus ear muffs for both fit and protection.

Janet Weaver and James Caulfield, Raytheon


Fresh Look at Machine Safe Guarding

Missing OSHA guards or inadequate guarding attempts have been observed in several recent safety audits including many VPP certified facilities. This should NOT be the norm in our industry as employees are still exposed to hazards that can cause them bodily harm. Larry Engle will explain and interpet the OSHA regulations along with providing simple common sense Safe Guarding procedures and guides to improve compliance and facility safety.

Larry Engle, Guard-Safe Guarding


Lessons Learned from PSM Auditing

Process safety management (PSM) audits help a facility not only in compliance with regulations (if applicable), but they also serve as a tool to better understand the gaps in a facility’s safety management system. The results can drive continuous improvement of safety systems. PSRG has conducted numerous audits over the past 20+ years, and in this presentation we will share the common deficiencies observed, as well as discussing pertinent lessons learned.

Mike Munsil, PSRG


The Evolution of Safety: Using Science and Technology to Control Exposure

Over the last several decades, safety has gone through a slow evolution. With the introduction of Industry 4.0, it’s time to kick that evolution into gear. New technology, new exposures and an ever-changing workforce means new challenges now and to come. Evolving to meet those challenges is a mandate we can’t ignore. It starts with embracing a more powerful and sustainable approach—one that is rooted in science and leverages technology and proven methodology to target the exposures workers face every day. This talk reveals a game-changing process centered on five key steps to show you how to evolve your safety system to break barriers and achieve your dream outcomes.

Stan Owens, DEKRA


It's A STAR Team Revival!

This presentation will step participants through a 4 phase process of reviving the motivation and effectiveness of their OSHA VPP STAR teams or safety committees. Participants will be provided with insight, the process and the actual documents/tools to self-perfom all four phases of this process. This interactive session provides participants with the knowledge, skills and tools to create, motivate and sustain highly effective and engaged employee-driven VPP STAR Teams or safety committees.

Michael D. Palmer, Ensafe


Electrical Safety - 2018 NFPA 70E - What You Now Need to Know!

What's new in Electrical Safety 2018? Learn about the changes to the recent 2018 NFPA 70E update, how they affect your facility, and how to navigate and implement the NFPA 70E standard for safer work practices. The regulations set forth by OSHA and NFPA 70E on how to protect employees from electrical hazards can appear daunting to safety managers. In this session we will focus on arc ash assessments, preventive maintenance, IR thermography, LOTO procedures and implementation of the new updates for 70E. Anyone that manages electrical work or electrical systems within a facility will gain valuable knowledge from this session. 

Jay Smith, Lewellyn Technology LLC


The Tony Crow Story-Safety 24/7 at Work, Home and Play

In the blink of an eye, Tony Crow's life changed forever. Totally blinded for life, he now stresses the importance of communication, wearing the proper PPE and not taking risks or shortcuts. In his presentation, Tony challenges attendees to make a personal commitment to safety, not just at work but home and play.

Tony Crow, INJAM


VPP Unlocks Total Worker Health

NIOSH has been energetically advancing the concept of Total Worker Health (TWH) for several years and has developed an impressive body of research and a conceptual framework on the subject. These areas of focus complement the existing VPP elements that participants already have functioning in their organizations. Implementation of TWH concentrates on opportunities to both protect workers and advance their health and well-being by improving the conditions of work through workplace policies, processes and practices. Learn how TWH and VPP can work together to effectively utilize similar concepts and programs to achieve a state of exceptionally safe, healthy, happy and productive workforces at your sites.

Chet Brandon, ATI Worksite Solutions


Hole Watch Do's and Don'ts....Save a Life, Don't Lose Yours!

Go beyond the surface of OSHA general industry and construction industry requirements to maintain compliance and save lives. Delve into the role of the Permit Required Confined Space Attendant, including all duties and reponsibilities. Learn when to observe and monitor authorized entrants, and when to intervene. Understand proper operation of retrieval equipment and procedures for non-entry retrieval and other vital skills and knowledge that is often glossed over.

Pat Furr, Roco Rescue, Inc.

Rounding Up the Last Cowboys: Getting Lone & Remote Workers Engaged in Safety

Lone and remote workers compromise a growing part of the workforce. Think electrical linemen, service technicians, construction workers and meter readers. How can you increase the chances that, in the moment of choice, a worker will do the right thing when you aren't there?

David Sims, Bill Sims Company Inc.


Employee Engagement: Myth or Magic

Getting employees engaged takes a lot more than simply wanting them to be engaged. Hear real life stories and experiences that will help make the journey of cultural change a little easier and much more likely to be successful. Leadership doesn’t have to come from the formal leader. The use of coaching, mentoring, modeling and influencing are vital to increasing engagement. Learn to articulate a believable and desirable vision, as well as the secrets to an effective action plan.

Gary Higbee, SafeStart®


Workplace Violence Prevention

Approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, this course reviews active shooter protocols, planning and prevention. Using the latest statistics from the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice, you’ll learn strategies for early identification programs and next steps for risk reduction. Learn the tools to develop an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) that fits your company, partner with law enforcement, and other best practices to help you stay prepared.

Don Moseman, North Dakota Safety Council



WEDNESDAY 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The Last Line of Defense Promotes an Improved Safety Culture-Task-Based vs. Daily Wear AR/FR Clothing Programs - Pros and Cons

When choosing an arc rated/flame resistant clothing program to protect against arc flash and flash fire hazards, employers are faced with deciding on a program that will help foster a better culture of Safety that will best protect their workplace in the long run. Is a task-based, daily wear PPE program or combination of both the best fit? Attendees will learn about root cause PPE program cultural issues, such as complacency, which can lead to the "Normalization of Deviance." Attendees will discover the pros and cons of both types of PPE programs, including initial costs versus longer-term costs displayed in terms of potential liability due to increased risk and known productivity costs associated with these types of PPE programs. 

Scott Francis, Westex By Milliken


Common Electrical Safety Oversights

There is often a gap between the knowledgeable electrical worker and the safety professional. The electrical worker doesn't always put enough focus on safety to recognize that they are putting themselves at risk while the safety professional doesn't always know enough about electrical systems to recognize when the electrical worker is putting themselves at risk. This presentation will cover basic electrical safety hazard recognition, along with many common ways that workers unknowingly put themselves at risk. Learn to understand when an arc flash hazard exisits, the significance of the various boundaries, when we should wear voltage rated gloves and use voltage rated tools, different categories of volt meters and why it matters, and many other similar issues found in the workplace.

Thomas Northcott, Jacobs


Ten Feet Tall and Bullet Proof

Do the phrases “That will never happen to me” or “I’ve been doing this job for 30 years and have never been hurt” sound familiar? This presentation will lead you through the transition that all employees should strive for, from thinking that nothing can hurt them, to learning from mistakes. Get ready to be motivated and leave with a variety of ideas to improve your site’s safety culture.

Jack Jackson, SafeStart ®


The Shocking Truth about Static Electricity

Can your manufacturing or handling process discharge static sparks into a flammable or combustable atmosphere? If you’re not sure, join Elizabeth Matthews for a comprehensive overview of international policies and guidelines to determine if you are at risk and how to manage that risk. Learn in detail how static is generated, potential risk, standards for regulating the hazards of static electricity and industry standards for minimizing risks. 

Elizabeth Matthews, Newson Gale, Inc.


Reduce Fall Risk: Avoid Violations, Incidents and Fatalities

Learn why falls continue to occur and how organizations can reduce their risk. Focus on how entrenched methods of information processing and social influences lull organizations into a false sense of security. Discuss practical and evolving methods for reducing falls, including new methods for communication and training, meaningful equipment advances, prevention through design techniques and the impact of evolving fall protection regulations and standards—especially new OSHA fall protection regulations and the updated ANSI Fall Protection Code. Use case studies to highlight a variety of ways that organizations have reduced their fall risk.

Hunter Meadors and Charlie Droessler, LJB Inc.


Safe 4 the Right Reasons

A basic understanding of human behavior and why we do the things we do is the foundation of how to motivate employees in avoiding accidents and to value safety. This program addresses how to get employees to adopt and value safe behavior. Dale Lesinski offers a fresh approach and makes his message personal for every employee, which is the key to his effectiveness. Dale’s ability to incorporate audience participation, fun, humor, real world situations that everyone can relate to and the ability to uncover each and every attendee’s personal motivation for safety has made this session a favorite.

Dale Lesinski, Dival Safety


Buried Alive: A Survivor’s Story

June 5, 1983 began like any other Monday on the job. Joe was installing pipe in a trench—and suddenly it collapsed on him and he had to be dug out and rushed to the hospital. Joe was left to wrestle with why this horrific incident happened. Joe explains why he took risks on the job even though he knew what the hazards were; as well as how rushing, frustration, fatigue, and complacency contributed to making serious mistakes, like not thinking about what was happening, not looking at what he was doing and stepping into the line of fire—all of which led to Joe nearly being buried alive.

Joe Tantarelli, SafeStart®


Utilizing the VPP Process to Achieve Operational Excellence and Employee Ownership

Learn the value of utilizing the VPP Process to achieve operational excellence and employee ownership from an industry management professional with 30 years of leadership roles in the petrochemical industry. Eighteen years of VPP certification experience at multiple sites refined an approach of employee ownership and empowerment to foster a culture of operational excellence.  

Rob Hill, NuStar Energy, LP


Implementing & Managing Electrical Safety Programs

Understanding Electrical Safety in the Workplace requirements for OSHA and NFPA 70E can be tough to understand, and implementing them even more difficult. Learn the key components of an electrical safety program, as well as industry best practices and real world examples for implementation. This program is designed for safety managers who are charged with the oversight of electrical safety programs and addresses the top gaps, concerns and challenges of implementing electrical safety programs.

Donny Synder, Martin Technical, Inc.


Ceramic-Blades and Risk Mitigation in the Workplace

This brief, interactive presentation will explore advances in blade technology, specifically ceramic-blade technology, for anyone that is looking to reduce lacerations and lower costs at their facility. Due to the non-magnetic nature of ceramic-blades this presentation is not recommended for facilities that process food.

Saki Anderson, SLICE, INC.


The ACHEONOMICS™ of Musculoskeletal Discomfort and Industrial Sports Medicine Cures

Everyone understands injuries are expensive, but what is the cost of discomfort? It is important to thoroughly understand that “rubbing some dirt on it” does not help. The practice of traditional sports medicine has been utilized by athletes for over 75 years, delivering efficient and effective care on and off the field. This same practice is just as effective in the American workforce and offers an exceptional tool to improve the health, safety and well-being of this population. 

Tony Kaczkowski, InSite Health


Safety Starts with Me: Live It 3-6-5 – Improving Safety Culture to Prevent Incidents

Learn the foundation and implementation of the “Safety Starts with ME: Live it 3-6-5” initiative and its impact on Clean Harbors. Walk through the monthly programs, visiting examples of plans, activities, and learning modules for leaders to ensure that both new and current employees value and uphold your company’s safety program and culture.

Gregory Sebastian and Keith Anderson, Clean Harbors Environmental Services



THURSDAY 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Conducting Qualitative Respirator Fit Tests

In this hands-on respirator fit test clinic, you’ll have the opportunity to practice conducting the Saccharin Solution Aerosol Protocol and the Bitrex Solution Aerosol Protocal in your respirator fit tests. Learn firsthand how to correctly set up equipment, avoid common pitfalls, execute the protocol correctly, critically evaluate the validity of their results, troubleshoot issues that arise, and clean and maintain fit test equipment. This session will also briefly address considerations for managing high-volume qualitative fit test operations and maximize efficiency of fit test operations, within the technical limitations of these two methods.

Jessica Hauge, 3M


Surviving the VPP Evaluation

Are you worried about your upcoming OSHA VPP evaluation? This workshop will prepare attendees for their initial and follow-up OSHA VPP onsite evaluations. Explore the evaluation process, from the opening conference through the VPP award celebration. Be prepared for and manage the evaluation, including what written materials will likely be reviewed, what areas will be focused on during the walk around inspection of the workplace and how the interviews will be conducted. While no two evaluations are the same, you don’t have to be worried after this presentation.

Brian Bennett and Norman Deitch, EHS Excellence Consulting


Improving Your Culture with the VPP Annual Self-Evaluation

The VPP Self-Evaluation should not be a chore. Do you want to learn how to make your annual self-evaluation contribute towards your goal of continuous improvement and enhance workplace culture? In this class, the Oregon OSHA/VPP Manager will offer a look at how OSHA assesses your ASE and an EHS Manager/SGE from an Oregon STAR site will share how his plant empowers employees to aim for excellence by utilizing the ASE to drive continuous improvement and employee involvement.

Mark Hurliman, Oregon OSHA SHARP/VPP Program Manager; Cliff Butler, EHS Manager, Sherwin Williams


Hispanic Workforce in the Construction Industry: Challenges & Opportunities

Communication on construction sites is crucial for improving overall construction performance, but cultural barriers influence the clarity of communication between construction supervisors and Hispanic workers on U.S. construction sites. In this presentation, construction supervisors' and Hispanic workers’ perspectives regarding active cultural differences (ACD) will be presented. Learn to safely manage a diverse work force by understanding concepts of high power distance, collectivism and uncertainty avoidance.

Dr. Ahmed Al-Bayati, Western Carolina University

Safety Culture – Is VPP Really Making a Difference?

Have you been in the VPP program for some time? Is it working? The number of reduced injuries is fantastic but are numbers telling the entire story? In this breakout session we will discuss how using the elements of VPP in the workplace can make a real difference with your safety culture.

Scott Genta, Safety Management Services, Inc.


Mentoring New Employees into a VPP Culture

Learn the approach Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA) has taken to instill a VPP culture to new employees. In order to teach the VPP culture of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), BEA has revamped new employee training, including benefits of being a VPP Star site. New employees also learn that safety excellence must be demonstrated via the VPP requirements and that INL’s philosophy is guided by five important principles.

David Frederick, Curtis Reece and Jared C. Davis; Idaho National Laboratory – Batelle Energy Alliance; Heather Silverman; David Fredrick 

Unique Role of a Union Safety Representative

This session will discuss the role of the union safety representative. Featuring a diverse panel of speakers, these affiliates will disclose their selection process, roles and responsibilities, day-to-day activities and how it benefits the company and the union.

Jack Griffith, CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company; Eddie Larson, Geogia Pacific and Don Bracken, Raytheon Missile System


Human Error and NFPA 70E

As of 2018, companies are required to address human error in their risk assessment process. This presentation outlines the the far-reaching impact of NFPA 70E and Annex Q in regards to human performance and workplace electrical safety. Come understand the basics of NFPA Guidance, what this means for your organization and what steps to take moving forward.

David Sowers, Knowledge Vine


ESG--A Fresh Approach to Strengthening Safety Through Sustainability

ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) and Sustainability reporting requirements are gaining in popularity as a reporting metric. This session chronicles one company’s discovery of how ESG reporting can actually contribute to continuous improvement and sustainability of a high functioning safety program. Defining ESG terms and applying them to VPP elements is the first step and these elements can be utilized to develop a robust annual self-evaluation for all companies—not just those currently recognized in the VPP.

Kelli Heflin, Southwest Generation


The Fatigue Effect: Wearing Down Our Workforce

According to a July 2017 EHS Today article "81% of the probability-based survey respondents have jobs that are at high risk for fatigue – positions that require sustained attention or are physically or cognitively demanding, such as driving a vehicle or working at a construction site. "Nowhere is it more critical to address sleep deprivation than in the industrial and transportation industries. Anyone who turns a wheel, operates machinery or watches a manufacturing console creates a potentially dangerous environment if fatigue is so prevalent. While hard to track the source of general fatigue, it is now medically possible to screen out the largest medical cause; undiagnosed sleep apnea. The presentation informs the audience about the sleep deprivation problem, statistical data and possible solutions.

Michael Trufant, Aeroflow Healthcare, Inc.


When Good Machines Go Bad - Lessons Learned in Machine Shop Fluid Management

Learn from the mistakes of others in this story of “the Monday Morning Smell.” Join Raytheon as they explore their journey towards risk reduction after metal working fluids began to grow bacteria, resulting in an awful smell that just would not go away. Follow along with their search for answers and preventative measures as they explored all options available to ensure that the problem would not only be solved, but prevented in the future.

Janet Weaver, Don Perla, and Cindy L. Raspiller; Raytheon Company


All In: Kentucky's Auditor Training for Employees

This interactive auditor training uses real life experiences and hands-on auditing techniques to provide insight that will make site inspections more thorough and complete. In Kentucky, employees at all sites interested in VPP go through auditor training to hone their skills in hazard recognition and reporting. This workshop will provide an overview of how consultants from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet educate and inform team members (from line workers to management) to find potential hazards on their jobsite. 

Brian Black, Kentucky Labor Cabinet


State VPP Manager Open Forum

Have questions about state plan VPP programs ? Here is your opportunity to come and ask some state VPP managers on how their state VPP is run. Learn how their programs differ with the federal OSHA VPP program and why.  Come and meet some of the 22 state plan VPP managers from across the country and learn from them.  This is the workshop to get your questions answered and learn about state plan VPP programs.

Terry Schulte, NuStar Energy LP 


THURSDAY 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Recognizing Invalid Fit Test Results

Occupational health professionals who are responsible for conducting or overseeing respirator fit tests in their organizations must have the ability to determine the validity of the results of those fit tests. This session addresses several of the mistakes made most commonly by fit testers that could impact the validity of the fit test results, for both qualitative (QLFT) and quantitative (QNFT) methods.

Jessica Hauge, 3M


Lock Out Tag Out - Get It Right with Employee Involvement

This interactive workshop will include an overview of the essential elements of an industry best practice LOTO program and illustrate key concepts with photographs and charts. There will also be a focus on the layers of protection built into the process to ensure than no one single human error can lead to program failure and expose employees to risk. By telling the story of a failing LOTO procedure, attendees will be able to recognize issues in their own procedures.      

Paul Tesdall, Prairie State Generating Company


Getting Employees to Own Safety: What's Trust Got to Do with It?

Fake News! We hear it every day: people don’t trust the information appearing on their tvs, phones and in their social media streams. Have you ever thought about whether they trust the information that they receive from you? Whether you know it or not, you are a brand - and your safety program is part of that brand - and the amount your employees trust, or don't trust, what you tell them depends on your brand's strength. In this session, we'll look at five definitive steps that can strengthen your safety brand. We'll examine how trust and engagement affect your employees' commitment to on-the-job safety, and you'll learn how you can create more effective messaging to engage your workforce, build trust and improve your safety culture.

Carolyn Voelkening, The Marlin Company


Is Your Safety Program Sailing on the S.S. Titanic?

If you find yourself facing numerous preventable accidents and illnesses, it’s time to reevaluate your plan. Learn to identify the needed recognition, evaluation, and control hazards to keep yourself off the S.S. Titanic. Using real world preventable disasters, including a refinery fire and the sinking of the Titanic, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to keep yourself afloat. 

Gerry Luther, Caliche, Ltd.


Risky Compliance

In this thought provoking workshop, participants will learn from an experienced safety professional who is passionate about fall prevention, how it is possible to be in conformity with official regulatory requirements and yet create an unsafe work environment or condition. This workshop features real-world examples, comparisons of incidents, the hierarchy of hazard controls and various fall mitigation methods. It will include a review of fall-related fatalities that will challenge participants to think in terms of the severity and probability of which an incident may occur.

Travis Watson and Jimmy Hughes, UCOR


5 Factors in EVERY Bad Outcome

Events, near-misses, incidents and accidents all follow a predictable pattern. The same five key factors are predictably present in every bad outcome. Factors such as organizational fear, deadline pressures, conflicting goals, and contradictions between stated values and perceived culture often set the employee up to fail. By using incident mapping tools to discover underlying organizational weaknesses, existing conditions, cultural norms and condoned behaviors in the workplace, we can later use the five key factors to identify, predict and prevent unwanted outcomes in the future.

Christopher Jerger, Training Solutions Inc.

Power Hour

Presenters from a diverse group of companies, including Raytheon, Cintas, and Honeywell will have a timed, short opportunity to pass on his or her expert knowledge or story before the next presenter takes command of the stage in this “tell me, but tell me quick” format. Attend this curiously fast-paced session that will have you on the edge of your seat as presenters share innovative ideas, lessons learned and technical content, all designed to invigorate your leadership and empower your employees.

Various Speakers


Facilitating Collaboration Among Industry to Build Best Practices

For over 25 years, ISTC has worked with Southeast Texas petrochemical plants and their contractors to facilitate innovative ways to reduce incident rates resulting in a 95% reduction in recordables. Working within the industry we developed several internationally recognized best practices for contractor compliance, risk management, labor cost management. Beyond the logistics of building solutions for a particular problem, the presentation reflects on how companies were able to share their issues among peers without violating confidentiality or company procedures to solve what was to be discovered as an industry trend.

George Perrett, Industrial Safety Training Council


Early Intervention to Address Repetitive Motion Discomfort and Avoid Injury

This session will discuss how we have used the early intervention process to significantly reduce and or eliminate repetitive motion injuries within National Office Furniture. Early intervention is a process to raise awareness and encourage employees to “report early” any discomforts associated with their jobs. Through the use of our occupational therapist partners we promptly identify ergonomic improvements, body mechanics and provide stretching and strengthening exercises.

Vince Cooke, National Office Furniture

How An Accident IMPACTS More Than Just You

Everything you do impacts somebody. Don’t believe that? Listen to renowned safety speaker Randy Royall as he shares his personal story of how complacency almost cost him his life, family and career. Randy warns that this presentation is not politically correct but he will have you laughing, crying, sitting on the edge of your seat and wanting to hear more.

Randall W. Royall,

It's Just a Warehouse, What Could Go Wrong?

“It’s just a warehouse” is a misconception that leads to complacency at all levels thereby increasing the number and severity of injuries and costs for our companies. Learn how to recognize the risks (conditions and behaviors) and address them by employing effective communications, increased employee engagement and improved leadership guidance. This session will provide attendees with the tools needed to recognize, address and communicate the risks associated with hazardous conditions and at-risk behaviors specific to a warehouse environment. In addition, this session will demonstrate the value of customizing safety programs to fit the warehouse environment and to enable employee engagement and active leadership involvement to drive down the number and severity of safety incidents.

Jonathan Briley and Lesley Morrison, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, LLC


OSHA Special Government Employee (SGE) Program

So you want to become a SGE? Learn what it takes to become a VPP Special Government Employee (SGE).  Hear about the new program requirements and expanded roles that SGEs can assist with beyond VPP onsite evaluations. SGE qualifications, application process, and training requirements and responsibilities will be discussed. An OSHA VPP Manager and experienced SGEs share the benefits of this unique program.

Whitney Hymes 


Tennessee OSHA Fatality Revenue  

Tennessee OSHA Administrator Steve Hawkins will review the circumstances of the 35 fatalities TOSHA investigated in 2017.   The review will include the violations of OSHA standards that contributed to the event and what measure could have been taken to prevent them.  The goal of the presentation is to raise awareness of the hazards involved and to stress the importance of managing safety and health in the workplace.  Photographs of the area and equipment where the event occurred will be included.  The names of the victims will be read at the conclusion of the presentation to pay respect to those who lost their lives.

Steve Hawkins, Tennessee OSHA


THURSDAY 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Tennessee VPP Best Practices

Overview of best practices from several Tennessee VPP sites with an opportunity to ask questions and interact with site personnel.

David Blessman, Tennessee OSHA


Got Barriers to Communication? Conscious Communication in the Modern Office

The modern office setting contains people from various generations, each with a unique value-set. Communicating today is more complex with new technologies, experiences and differing expectations. Learn the typical communication value-sets of key generations, identify your specific communication-style preference and acquire tips to communicate clearly in the modern office in order to avoid misunderstanding and conflict.

Jared Davis, Carmen Hawk, Idaho National Laboratory, Battelle Energy Alliance


The Industrial Athlete "Fit-To-Fit"

What is “Fit-to-Fit?” It can be described as a safe, healthy lifestyle to increase your quality of life and performance on the job. It can also include a better understanding of safety rules and regulations that affect our jobs, and prepare us to be accident free everyday. Examples include: first time quality, using the right tools for the job, skill development, non-welded temporary attachments, fixtures and more.

Willie Clark, Newport News Shipbuilding


Applying Construction Fall Protection Concepts to General Industry

On January 17, 2017, the revised Walking-Working Surfaces Subpart D for General Industry standard went into effect. This session will discuss key components to this new standard and will help employers understand how they need to take proven concepts that have worked for the construction industry and apply them to their general industry work environment.

Michael Tesmer, WESCO Safety, Powered by Conney; David Jewell 


Not Speaking Up or Not Listening – You Decide

Are you looking for a laugh and learn opportunity? Then this is the workshop for you! Have you ever felt your ideas, concerns and perspectives fell on deaf ears of supervision? Have you ever had a crew that only seemed to share the safety issues or work place hazards with you after a serious event just occurred? Did you know these workplace conditions are predictable, manageable and preventable? Sprinkled with human performance principles and tools, this dynamic, example-filled presentation will provide practical, common sense solutions to eliminate the roadblocks of effective workplace communication.

Jimmy Huges, Jr., UCOR/RSI, Hank Hepperly and Ben Peters, UCOR & Atomic Trades and Labor Council


ZERO: Myth, Miracle, or Mission?

Can a group go an extended period of time with without any incidents, injuries or illnesses? This interactive experience will identify the beliefs that motivate the many answers to this question. Dan will facilitate the open discussion and offer a perspective that challenges what safety success looks like and what must be measured to GUARANTEE ZERO!

Dan Regouby, Your Culture Coach

The Safety Zone Specialists – On the Path to Engagement, Compliance and Ultimately a VPP Star

Please join us on our rollercoaster ride of learning as we worked to transform our safety compliance process from being safety organization centric to whole organization committed. Our journey started with the VPP assessment that yielded a Merit rating but highlighted the gap that too much of our safety process was the responsibility of the safety organization and too little of it was distributed to the floor manufacturing organizations. During this session, we look forward to a dynamic discussion with participants about how each of our organizations is working to achieve this whole organization safety approach.

Jeffrey Stolz and Matthew Marucci, Raytheon


When Lightning Strikes | Understanding the Dangers, Liabilities and Tools Available to Protect Your Employees.

The U.S. experiences 25 million lightning strikes every year. From 2006 through 2016, 352 individuals were struck and killed by lightning with hundreds more severely injured. Lightning fatality data revealed that two thirds of the victims were outdoors before being struck. While there is no specific OSHA standard around lightning safety, OSHA's General Duty Clause has been used to hold employers responsible for lightning strike incidences levying fines with the message that employers should enact policies that minimize the risk lightning poses to your workers. Gain a practical understanding of the science behind how lightning works and human implications, learn to identify three general options available to address lightning safety for employees and facilities, and complete a lighting safety plan following the NWS Lightning Safety - Outdoor Community Preparedness Guide.

Greg Potter, AnythingWeather Communications, Inc.


Do You Know The Hazards When Working Around Overhead Power Lines

In this session you will learn how to understand techniques to effectively identify and control electrical hazards relating to non-utility work performed near overhead power lines. Current OSHA regulations require employers to take precautions when cranes and other boomed equipment are operated near overhead power lines. Also addressed are the electrical hazards associated with rigging and moving loads by ground personnel.

Dennis K. Neitzel, AVO Training Institute, Inc.


Godzilla, The Hills Have Eyes, and The Chernobyl Diaries: What Are They Doing Out There?!

While the nuclear industry has its own set of unique hazards, it may indeed be the greenest and most efficient answer to our nation's current energy crisis and remain the solution for years to come. But for us to move in the right direction, one must first understand what these unique hazards are and how we mitigate those hazards; how laboratories like the INL can change the world’s energy future and secure our critical infrastructure, as well as how we can discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions for future generations. 

Audrey Garrett and John Poole, Idaho National Laboratory – Battelle Energy Alliance


Facility Emergency Response (1:30-4:00)

This is a three-step progressive informational session with focus and emphasis on facility emergency preparedness. Each step is designed to give information on current statistics, compliance mandates and evaluating emergency action plans.

Jimmy Lee


Best Practices by Contractors-Key to Success (1:30-4:00)

Hear best practices used by three successful contractor companies. In this session you will learn about some of their keys to success that every company can use. 

Luke Albrecht CSP, The Brock Group, :  Brad Gibson, S&B Engineers and Constructors, Jonathan Dyer, Shermco



THURSDAY 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Safety: The "People" Profession

In safety we have to deal with people every day, at every level of the organization, and from every walk of life. Those with safety responsibilities may struggle to have positive influence in making long lasting changes within their organizations if they don't understand how to communicate and influence each individual rather than the collective. This session will cover an overview of the principles of personality identification, communication skills and positive conflict resolution. Using a modified DISC assessment attendees will first identify their personality type. The attendees will also be given a tool to identify the personality types of others that they can use in their daily interactions. The attendees will also learn about conflict resolution and how to come to an agreement to disagree when necessary to have a positive outcome in moving action plans forward to make a long term change in safety culture and commitment.

Cindy L. Lewis, Gulf Coast Safety Institute/ College of the Mainland


Implementing New OSHA Fall Protection Regulations: Lessons Learned

The new OSHA rule on Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (29 CFR 1910 Subparts D&I) has been effective for more than a year, and many organizations are still working to understand and implement required changes to their fall protection projects, policies and programs—especially in light of stretched budgets and competing safety priorities. This presentation highlights how the rule has been implemented and discusses both successes and difficulties employers have experienced since the new rule became effective. Based on the most frequently asked questions and challenging aspects of the new regulation, the presenter will provide ways to approach implementing the new rules.

Charlie Droessler, and Hunter Meadors, LJB Inc.


Getting a Seat at the C-Suite: What Every Safety Pro Needs to Know

You need management to support and fund your initiatives, but how do you do that? You must understand how to get and keep a seat at the decision-making table. That seat is ready for the safety leader and, in this session, you'll learn how to achieve that connection with senior leadership at your organization. We'll discuss how to identify your organization's formal and informal power structure, the traits needed to effect change, and how to establish and maintain effective communication with the leaders of your organization. Come to this exciting program and see what you've been missing when it comes to communicating with your senior leadership!

Regina McMichael, The Learning Factory, Inc.


Respirable Crystalline Silica for General Industry – Are You Ready?!?

Even though the construction standard regulations for silica were delayed, it is time for general industry to be in compliance (June 23rd, 2018). Are you ready? We will look at how we approached compliance with construction and see how to apply those principles to general industry. This session will also cover current best practices in complying with this regulation. Are there employers who lead the way in establishing benchmarks for best practices? We will explore these ideas and review the components of this standard as it pertains to general industry, discussing the most efficient way to get in compliance and ensure your workers are protected.

Michael Tesmer, WESCO Safety, Powered by Conney

Why the Gobstopper Doesn't Last Forever

Gobstoppers, sometimes referred to as jaw breakers, are made by slowly depositing layers of a sugary substance onto a core. This manufacturing process can take several weeks to complete. Just like gobstoppers, safety cultures aren't normally developed overnight, nor do they tend to last forever. Have you observed, or been responsible for, the roll-out of a new safety campaign or program? At first, everything is great – behaviors are good, events are down – but as the new wears off, everything settles back into old routines with no real change in safety performance. To escape from this cycle requires an understanding of what drives it. This entertaining and interactive session will break down the cycle components which initiate a natural cause and effect chain reaction. Attend this workshop and get your gobstopper!

Michelle Keever and Billy Blackburn, UCOR


Is Your Back to the Future?

Is there a difference between safety leadership and safety management? This fun and energetic experience analyzes three characters from the popular 80’s movie trilogy, “Back to the Future” to discuss who managed and who led. Using clips from the movies and an interactive assessment tool, Dan identifies 10 personal traits that future-facing people must possess and exercise to eliminate loss.

Dan Regouby, Your Culture Coach


The Next Century of Workers Compensation

As workers’ compensation systems move into their second century, there are new challenges. Among them are: platform economies, careers that extend well beyond the traditional retirement age, advances in medical technology and pain management without addiction. This session will look at these challenges and how some states are responding.

Abbie Hudgens, Bureau of Workers' Compensation 


Common Arc Flash Myths: Fact or Fiction

There are many common understandings about arc flash. Do you know which ones are fact and which ones are fiction? The presentation will explain the arc flash phenomenon and present many of the common arc flash understandings and explain why they are fact or fiction.

Thomas Northcott, Jacobs


Electrical Safety When Utilizing Test Equipment and Instruments

When electrical safety is discussed, the subjects of shock, arc flash, and arc blast dominate in the discussions. The question is often asked: How do I identify when these hazards are present, or likely to be present, when I am using electrical test instruments on electrical circuits and equipment? This presentation discusses the requirements for assessing the workplace to identify electrical hazards and identifying the personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements associated with using test instruments.

Dennis Neizel, AVO Training Institute, Inc.

Be On The Defense; Your Chair May Be Killing You!

The average adult spends more than 50 percent of the day sitting. Few realize the negative health consequences this creates. Learn the new wellness approach Idaho National Laboratory (INL)-Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA) is implementing to help employees fight the sitting disease. The program is continually improving and evolving to include creative office setups to increase movement throughout the day and a new pilot program to educate a more holistic approach that educates employees about forming a healthier relationship with food and exercise.

David Fry, Danielle Hogan, and McKenzie Hawkley; Idaho National Laboratory – Battelle Energy Alliance




FRIDAY 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Let me EnterTrain You

A good training program needs to be a combination of the fundamentals of adult training, the use of technology and the creativity of a safety trainer to create EnterTRAINment. This session will lay out the habits of a good presenter. We’ll also talk about some of the do’s and don’ts that are not covered in most adult training sessions. We’ll cover an overview of the multi-generation workforce and talk about the training needs for each generation while demonstrating activities for all. Attendees will walk away with a list of the activities demonstrated and resources on where to find free or low cost materials to change their delivery from training to enterTRAINing.

Cindy L. Lewis, Gulf Coast Safety Institute


Workplace Errors and Organizational Factors

Performance improvement is an important defense in the reduction of costly workplace errors; however, it is your last line of defense. In this session attendees will get an introduction into the holistic process of Total Organization Performance Improvement to build a culture that is resilient to errors at all levels.

Dave Sowers, Knowledge Vine

Shifting from Compliance to Excellence

The Department of Energy and its contractors have collaborated to develop guidance for setting the framework for a strong safety culture. The guidance outlines safety culture focus areas and attributes that offer potential for achieving excellence in safety and production. This interactive session, which is suitable for any industry type, will provide an overview of three primary safety culture focus areas that were identified as a result of an analysis of commercial nuclear industry experience over the course of a decade. The audience will be given the opportunity to participate via the use of a smartphone application that will record responses to questions posed regarding leadership, employee/worker engagement and organizational learning.

Libby Gilley, Todd Busch and Jerry Christian, UCOR


The Roles of Supervisors

As the link between management and the workforce, supervisors can be very effective in promoting safety. This interactive workshop will provide insight on how training/mentoring and professional certifications have equipped UCOR supervisors with the ability to positively impact safety. Topics to be covered during the workshop include: the importance of building relationships based on trust and respect, the necessity of a solid foundation of technical knowledge required to safely perform work, positive recognition and establishing expectations through sound communication practices.

Clint Wolfley, Billy Edington and Kenny LaRue, UCOR

What are the Differences Between OSHA and ANSI?

ANSI and OSHA regulations are always to be followed on the jobsite to ensure safety, but do you know the differences between these two organizations? How these regulations are enforced is the main difference; however, there are other similarities and differences to note, which will be explored throughout this presentation. Additionally, we’ll take a high-level look at the impact that the new ANSI standard changes will have on machine design, safe use and training.

Brent Hoover, JLG Industries, Inc.


Rubber Duckies, Sweeties and Interaction - Keys to Awesome Global Safety Training!

How do you design, develop and implement awesome safety training for a global company operating in 80 countries with a remote workforce? You use ADDIE, the globally accepted training creation cycle. In this insightful, fun session you will learn how to implement ADDIE to create awesome, valuable and interactive training, use adult learning principles to deliver training that learners want to attend, and leverage experience-based activities to enhance learning and measure results.

Regina McMichael, The Learning Factory, Inc.



FRIDAY 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

The Buried Truth Uncovered

Eric Giguere was a laborer installing water lines when the trench he was in collapsed. In this presentation, Eric describes the events leading up to his accident, how it could have been prevented and the impact the accident has had on him and his family. His message is simple and serious: This can happen to you.

Eric Giguere, Safety Awareness Solutions


Risk and Reality: Trends in the Workforce We Should be Preparing for: Aging and Demographic Shifts

Aging and a shifting demographic in our workforce, are you preparing? We spend countless dollars discussing, drilling and planning for things that may happen. Let’s discuss what IS happening. We spend over $1 Billion in the United States on disability. We are a leading producer in the world’s economy but we strain our resources. We do not plan for sustainability as much as we like to believe we do. The wonderful resource of humans is shrinking and wearing out from overuse, misuse and lack of preventive maintenance. It is time we acknowledge our challenges and start moving our leadership and workers toward solutions.

Melissa Black, Columbia Southern and MsR3, LLC

The Opioid Crisis: Alternatives to Chronic Pain

The opioid crisis has struck this country, as well as the corporate world, in every way. Employees have been given minimal options when it comes to pain relief, and have turned to heavy painkillers to combat the everyday stress of work tasks. Dr. Furman has personally seen the detrimental effects of opioids in the safety industry and corporate world, and has put together a program to educate employees on resources available to them to avoid falling victim to the opioid epidemic. Dr. Furman works with medical doctors, nurse practitioners, mental health specialist and many other natural health providers to provide employees with answers and a plan instead of another prescription drug. 

Dr. Lev Furman, Furman Institute of Health

Safety Inspections with Employee Involvement for Continuous Improvement

In this overview of the safety and health inspection process, we’ll discuss basic techniques to implement and improve involvement, understanding, training and checklists for the inspection process. We’ll provide basic safety inspection skills, tools, training and checklists, as well as discussions, demonstrations and exercises teach you what to inspect, how often and who should be involved. Inspections improve as you get more eyes on the subject, which include administrative, craft and management employees involved and understanding the safety inspection program. 

Andrew Foster, Gordan Denman, and Rocky Simmons; Mission Support Alliance, Safeguards and Security


Case Study: How A Company Uses Exercise to Achieve Best Practices in Injury Prevention

As strategic partners, Nautique and BIOKINETIX have achieved continued success in elevating the workforce to a higher level of injury prevention. This partnership has resulted in the development and implementation of programs that integrate exercise and one-on-one preventive care into an existing safety culture. By incorporating movements designed to prepare workers for the physical demands of job tasks, these onsite programs have brought lasting improvements to the safety and well-being of Nautique employees, as well as quantifiable results in both direct and indirect cost containment. In this session, Nautique Safety Director Bart Drummond and BIOKINETIX President Jon Kabance will share best practices for implementing and maintaining a proactive injury prevention program.

Bart Drummond, Nautique Boat Company; Jon Kabance, BIOKINETIX


The Safety Man Movement

The safety man is no longer one individual, but many individuals that are one, all playing their part in safety together. The Safety Man Movement is to challenge us to take action, take control, take charge and take responsibility for our actions and others. Fueled by the shared concern of the value, fragility and love of human life. Safety is everyone’s responsibility. So if you ever want to know who the safety man is remember these words “I AM THE SAFETY MAN!!”

Terry D. Gray 


Commitment Based Safety: Developing Self-Motivated Employee Engagement

The only way to achieve an injury-free workplace is thru the engagement of employees.  There are levels of engagement.  This presentation focuses on truly developing the highest level of engagement: Self-Motivation.  Attendees will get practical means to apply immediately developing a much more motivated and risk free workforce.

Bob Veazie, People Powered Leadership