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2019 Workshops

Workshops are subject to change.

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TUESDAY 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

WEDNESDAY 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

WEDNESDAY 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

THURSDAY 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

THURSDAY 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

THURSDAY 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

FRIDAY 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

FRIDAY 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

All workshops will be taking place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.



Tuesday, August 27
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Reducing Serious Injuries and Fatalities – Three Approaches, Rooms 208-209

Over the last decade, there's been a disturbing trend when it comes to safety. Recordable injury rates have steadily been declining but the rate of serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs) have remained flat or are increasing. Could "Zero Harm" initiatives be making this situation worse by diluting the focus of improvement strategies away from what really matters? This session will take a look at three different strategies for improving what is arguably an organization's most important safety performance metric and discuss their effectiveness.

Don Wilson, COO, SafeStart

Stuck in Safety: Breaking Through Your Career Plateau, Room 210

Are you ready to level-up? In this session you'll learn to diagnose career sticking points, how to move ahead in environment, health, and safety (or even when to move on), and see the latest on strategies for moving your career to the next level! Create a 90-day plan for breaking through the career plateau, inventory your current career capital, learn how habits work (and how they can work against you), and discover the secret to overcoming the fear of taking the next step toward your dreams.

Joshua Franklin, Business Growth & Partnership Director, BCSP

Suicide Prevention as a Workplace Health and Safety Issue, Rooms 211-213

Frank King helps workplaces appreciate the critical need for suicide prevention, creating a forum for dialogue and critical thinking about workplace mental health challenges. Interactive exercises and case studies help employers and their staff apply and customize the content to their specific work culture. Program content is divided into four chapters: Suicide Prevention in the Workplace, What to Do When Someone is Suicidal, Conversations About Suicide, and Suicide Postvention.

Frank King, Suicide Prevention Speaker & Trainer, The Mental Health Comedian

Working in the Opioid Epidemic, Room 214

The opioid epidemic takes the lives of almost 50,000 Americans each year and has a huge impact on the workforce and employer. Many negative outcomes are present when you have workers taking opioids including financial impacts, decreased job productivity, injuries and fatalities. What are your obligations and rights as an employer dealing with a worker who is taking opioids either transiently or in an addictive manner? This workshop focuses on providing the industry with the knowledge and resources to combat this devastating epidemic. Understanding the cause, impact, and solutions are key to protecting yourselves and ensuring a safe workplace.

Thomas Hysler & Russell Klinegardner, Houston Area Safety Council

Safety Game Time, Rooms 215-216

Who wants to play a game? Discover the hidden power of using games to connect in an expected and effective way with our team members. When used strategically these games can raise safety awareness, challenge all of us to lift our team’s safety performance and inspire us to commit our energy to create a safe environment for all. In this 60 minute presentation we will play games! After we play each game we will work together to develop an understanding of the hows, whys and outcomes of each game type. We will explore how we can use the games to target areas in which we want to enhance our team’s understanding. We will have fun seeing opportunities to use these games to challenge our team to raise our level of safety excellence. We will observe the unique teaming dynamic the games foster and reflect how we can channel this into building teams inspired to think in new ways to reduce safety risks for their team members. Join us in a fun, interactive, dynamic presentation that will forever change how you think about “playing to win!”

Matthew Marucci, Jeffery Stolz, Meaghan Morris-Ferrell, Aaliyah Trainor, Paul Arcand, Raytheon

React or Respond: Approaches to Injury Trends, Rooms 217-218

It has been said bad things can happen to good people. In the same way, VPP Star sites are not immune to injuries or other safety-related events. The true test of a VPP Star site is how they respond to injuries and events and work to prevent their recurrence the understanding the "why's" behind the event and subsequently making the appropriate program modifications, heightening employee awareness, and taking other appropriate actions. Explore the myriad tools in the response toolbox used by a long-standing Star site to address trends and events, including the use of virtual reality, electronic media, commercially available training, and many other approaches.

Kevin Smith, Melissa Stanford & Brian Nevius, Savannah River Remediation LLC

Realities and Dangers of An Arc Flash Event, Room 219

Arc Flash events are an all too frequent reality that injures many workers every year. Learn the main causes of arc flash events and the steps you can take to protect your most valuable asset, your employees. Hear a first-person recount from the speaker about his experiences investigating an arc flash event in 2015, and his personal story of survival with an arc flash event that nearly cost him his life in 1997.

Jason Glover, Safety Training Specialist, Thompson Innovation

The Ripple Effect…The Impact of an Unsafe Decision, Rooms 220-221

You go to work every day expecting to come home to your family at night. But what if you don’t? Kayla Rath was nine years old when her father, Brad Livingston, was involved in two back-to-back workplace explosions. For three months, Kayla and her sisters lived with family members while their mother sat with Brad as he fought to stay alive. Hear Kayla’s story about the preventable accident that changed the course of her life, and the lives of her entire family. From the early days after the explosions, to the effect it still has on her 27 years later, Kayla speaks to the heartache and healing of an unsafe decision.

Kayla Rath, Motivational Speaker, Safety Difference

What is Situational Awareness and Why Does It Matter?, Room 222

Most workers know, intuitively, that strong situational awareness is an important aspect of safety. However, many do not understand what situational awareness is, how it is developed and how it can erode while working in high risk, high consequence environments. Yet, situational awareness – and the barriers that obstruct that awareness – are consistently identified as contributing factors in near-miss and casualty reports. This program provides attendees with a working definition for situational awareness and explains how it is developed.

Richard Gasaway, Fire Chief, Situational Awareness Matters!

From Silence to Dialogue: Active Bystanders Supporting Healthy Culture, Room 224

Learn to address escalating levels of incivility (i.e., bullying) based on the program developed by Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL’s) Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). With help from the LANL Ombuds Office, they pulled together related efforts around the laboratory to form an Active Bystander Working Group. This diverse working group brainstormed to come up with a strategy to address incivilities, that can also be applied outside of work. The strategy initially focused on related trainings already developed at LANL plus inviting a professional speaker. An Active Bystander 101 course was developed to learn about micro-affirmations and micro-aggressions and the why/what/who of being an active bystander.

Laura McClellan, Program Manager, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Together We Rise: Addressing Longstanding Issues Facing Women in the Workplace and Women Safety Professionals, Rooms 225-227

Inclusivity and intersectionality should be the focus of any organization looking to attract and retain women safety professionals and employees. This proactive stance can impact safety and health in the workplace. This session will ensure participants understand gender sensitive occupational safety and health practices, and guidelines for gender mainstreaming in occupational safety and health. A progress report will be provided on ASSP and WISE initiatives to address three longstanding issues: Workplace violence and its disproportionate impact on women (the leading cause of death for women in the workplace); lack of fit and function of personal protective equipment for women; advancement and support of women into leadership positions and executive roles in the occupational safety and health profession. Participants will leave this session with solutions and actions they can use immediately at their workplace.

Abby Ferri, Vice President, Hays Companies

The Tony Crow Story: Safety 24/7 at Work, Home and Play, Rooms 228-230

Accidents change lives forever. Tony Crow knew the safety rules. On February 15, 2003, he was totally blinded for life. Tony shares how important communication is in the workforce, how you have to be responsible for yourself and those around you and how non-safe actions can change lives in the blink of an eye. He emphasizes that stop work authority should be used when you see non-safe actions. He stresses the importance of always wearing proper PPE.

Tony Crow, President, INJAM

Walking-Working Surfaces/Fall Protection: The New Subpart D, Rooms 231-232

Out of the 5,190 workplace fatalities in 2016 (4,693 in private industry) 849 were related to falls to either the same or a lower level. Although construction work accounted for almost half of those fatalities, general industry and the transportation industry accounted for about 55 percent. To address this significant cause of workplace fatalities, and non-fatal injuries, OSHA revised its Subpart D standards in 2015. This workshop will highlight the most significant changes to Subpart D.

Norman R. Deitch, OHST & Brian Bennett, CSP, EHS Excellence Consulting LLC.


Wednesday, August 28
1:00 pm-2:00 pm

Addressing Worker Fatigue, Rooms 208-209

The work weeks are getting longer, and so are the shifts. The result is a noticeable uptick in fatigued workers. A highly fatigued worker is as impaired as a person who is legallly intoxicated. Fatigued workers are absent and ill more often, have higher turnover and incident rates, and recover less quickly than nonfatigued workers. This session will address ways to increase worker resilience to help them combat the negative effects of fatigue, discuss the ethical implications of employers ignoring working conditions that cause or aggrevate worker fatigue, identify the dangers of worker fatigue, and describe the symptoms of worker fatigue and the appropriate steps one should take when one has identified a fatigued worker.

Phil La Duke, Principal Consultant, Environmental Resources Management

Walk Away from Guaranteed Cost and Save! Strategies to Ready Your Organization to Utilize Alternative Workers Compensation Insurance Programs, Room 210

For most organizations, workers’ compensation is the most costly line of insurance coverage, yet most contractors utilize a Guaranteed Cost Program. For those with a strong safety program, effective claims management, and decreasing claims dollars, or those willing to do what it takes to improve, substantial premium savings await! This interactive and strategic session will enable employers to explore programs that reward them for good performance. We’ll walk through a step-by-step process to move away from Guaranteed Cost with confidence that you’ll perform well and save money when you do.

Abby Ferri, Vice President, Hays Companies

Improving Behavioral Performance by Recognizing and Controlling Exposure, Rooms 211-213

Dekra believes one key element of performance improvement is consistency in behavior. To reach a level of consistency, we must take a systems approach to identifying hazards, understanding what “good looks like” when people and hazards intersect, and how to use this information to improve safety for all in the work force by the recognition and controlling of exposure.

Stan Owens, Pricipal Consultant, DEKRA

Design for Ergonomics: Common Gaps and Core Principals for Successful Design, Room 214

In everyday life people interact with tools, devices, equipment and facilities. The design of these item’s impact our ability to accomplish specific goals and to do so in an efficient manner. For the most part, design engineers have limited exposure to ergonomics and human performance in their academic studies and thus, find themselves designing for function vs. usability. Designing for ergonomics must include examination of physical and mental capacities of people and designing or changing things (tools, devices, equipment, etc.) rather than trying to change people. This presentation will provide insight to human capabilities & limitations, standard phases of the design process and specific examples of successful ergonomics design implementations.

Brock Anderson, CEO, Ergo-ology

Innovative EHSS Communications and Activity-Based Learning Successes, Rooms 215-216

As you can imagine, effectively communicating with employees around the world and in classified areas is especially challenging. During our workshop, we will share our innovative methods for communicating safety requirements and preventing injuries to all of our employees worldwide, and for communicating VPP principles to our employees who work in classified areas at our U.S. sites.

Mary Fisher, Moe Marquis, Larry Bryan, Raytheon

Identifying Cultural Hazards: Four Clues You Are Out of Balance, Rooms 217-218

Traditional health and safety risk assessments are focused on hazard identification. But what if the hazards are not physical or chemical, but cultural? How can you identify cultural hazards that have a profound effect on safety, productivity, and quality? In this session, you will examine systems that degrade trust and credibility, learn the most effective methods to identify latent elements that signal a culture at risk without spending thousands of dollars and hours on a cultural assessment, and take away tools to help minimize these cultural pressures. 

Rodney Grieve, President, BRANTA Worldwide Inc.

Nutrition Mythbusters: Top 5 Nutrition Myths Debunked, Room 219

Everyone is a nutritional expert... from social media to TV everyone has their own take on what is and what is not the right way to eat. So how do you actually know what is good advice and what is not? In this workshop we focus on the top two areas of nutritional misinformation: protein and carbs (carbohydrates). We provide an easy to understand explanation with relatable real world scenarios to drive home the practical importance of good nutrition on job performance and safety.

Dr. Jessica Barnes & Dr. Gerald Dembrowski, 20Lighter Program

OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) Supplemental Questions, (Session 1 of 2, Two Hours Total), Rooms 220-221

Join OSHA for interactive discussion about OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Process Safety Management (PSM) Supplemental questions.  Focusing on the 2018 VPP PSM Supplement B, you will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the resulting data, as well as to address the benefits of moving toward collecting useful, leading indicator, PSM metrics.

Jacqueline Annis, Industrial Hygienist, Office of Parternships and Recognition, OSHA

Effective Safety Training Workshop, Room 222

In this hands-on, highly participatory workshop, you'll be introduced to the ANSI/ASSP Z490.1 and Z490.2 standards on EHS training and online EHS training. You'll learn to write a learning objective and learn evidence-based methods for effective training. Evaluate the effectiveness of your safety training, and you'll learn some tips for supporting learning and safe behaviors after the initial training. Take home a comprehensive book of resources related to effective safety training for review after the session and can opt-in to a series of follow-up emails on safety training basics.

Jeff Dalto, Convergence Training

Safety as a Value – Walking the Talk, Room 224

Many organizations claim safety is their number one priority. Banners all over the world hang from the rafters and rooftops of manufacturing facilities and construction jobsites stating that “Safety is Our Number One Priority” or “At our Jobsite Safety is Job One”. However are these claims really being lived by the people in these organizations every minute every day? Is safety a “priority”, “a job” or is it a value of the organization? Priorities change and a job becomes work, where a value becomes so much a part of you it is like breathing in and out. The presentation provides a measuring stick to determine if their organization is truly plugged into safety or are you going through the motions as they are dictated by a management team that engages and disengages from safety on what seems like a minute by minute basis as priorities dictate.  

Michael Yusko, Corporate Safety Manager, Prairie State Generating Company

Traffic Safety: Why is it Crucial to Your Business, Rooms 225-227

For many employees, the most dangerous part of their day is the commute to and from work. This session is packed with information about why traffic safety (on and off the job) effects a business’ bottom line. Learn about the potential liability associated with employees’ poor driving behaviors. You will hear about proven strategies that companies have used to mitigate these risks. By the end of this presentation, you’ll be on your way to implementing a successful traffic safety program in your workplace!

Janet Brooking, Executive Director, DRIVE SMART Virginia

The Day We Will Remember, Rooms 228-230

Ricky will tell about the workplace accident that almost took his life 23 years ago and how it could have affected his family if he had died that day. He will also tell four more stories from the perspective of friend, father, husband, brother, co-worker, supervisor and department manager of the things that have affected his circle. We will never remember how much product, what time we finish a job, or what time we get home today. What we will remember is the day that someone gets seriously injured or worse... That will be the day we'll remember the rest of our lives.

Ricky Rollins, President, Ricky Rollins Safety Speeches

Before Pulling the Plug on VPP, Rooms 231-232

Has your organization or union thought about withdrawing from VPP? If so, this workshop is for you. Dropping out of VPP may seem like the solution to your issues or problems, but before you do, consider the following: How will withdrawing from VPP benefit the company, workforce, or union? Will you still have the right to stop work, report safety concerns without fear of reprisal? Will it improve labor management relations or working conditions? The answer is simply “no.” This session will cover a variety of issues for union and non-union VPP sites, including those interested in getting involved. In addition, attendees will also learn about Mediation and Mediation Services and how it can be used to help resolve issues between Labor and Management.

Jack E. Griffith, Union Safety/Site VPP Representative, CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) & Rocky Simmons, Union Safety Representative, Mission Support Alliance, LLC


Wednesday, August 28
3:30 pm-4:30 pm

Preventing Workplace Violence Begins in Recruiting, Rooms 208-209

Homicides are the ninth leading cause of workplace fatalities, and the leading cause of workplace death for women. What's more, 42 percent of women who are murdered in the workplace are killed by family members or domestic partners while only four percent of men are killed by these people. There are typically clear signs that identify potential workplace aggressors and potential victims. This session will identify what companies can legally do to reduce the chances of hiring an unstable and violent individual and to identify and protect likely targets. Additionally, this session will identify the warning signs of a situation where a worker's personal life is spiralling out of control, and what managers can do to prevent the situation from becoming a workplace violence incident.

Phil La Duke, Principal Consultant, Environmental Resources Management

Enter the OASIS: Worksite Analysis Leading/Lagging Indicators Replenished with Employee Involvement, Room 210

Performing behavior-based observations, job safety audits, and JHA/JSA assessments are an important part of worksite analysis at any industry site. Learn how our site's safety audit database, OASIS (Observation - Audit - Scoring tool Input System), brings a new level of sustenance to these worksite analysis components by centralizing the documentation/tracking of these analyses with leading/lagging indicators while also increasing employee involvement.

Michelle Zapanta, Lead VPP Coordinator, Valero Benicia Refinery

Five Defining Characteristics of Strategic Scheduling: An Employer’s Role for Managing Fatigue, Rooms 211-213

The next evolution of fatigue risk mitigation is building a people deployment system that delivers the right number of qualified, reliably-performing and alert employees to meet production demands, including variability in customer demands. Such a system requires considertion of many more factors than the traditional approach where the focus was simply on ensuring just enough people to match required equipment capacity for production targets. This session challenges the traditional approach and provides participants the characteristics they need in order to have a strategic approach to schedule-crew design which is really the next frontier in any fatigue risk mitigation system.

Rajni Walia, Principal Consultant, DEKRA

Taking Risks: Identifying Behaviors & Teaching Behavioral Techniques for Reducing Errors, Room 214

Changing the influences that drive decisions is the goal of every leading safety program. As a result, this presentation does not review how safety managers and workers make good decisions surrounded by negative influences; it teaches them to recognize negative influences (Traps) and utilize positive influences (Tools). This, in turn, encourages workers to make the right decision each time resulting in safe outcomes every day.

David Sowers, COO, Knowledge Vine

Advances in Industrial Hygiene and Health Hazard Assessments in the 21st Century, Rooms 215-216

The future of industrial hygiene is evolving quickly with new fifth edition NIOSH methodologies along with biological exposure determinants. This is an exciting time for industrial hygienists (IHs) and occupational health physicians (OHs) to help minimize risks associated with exposure to health hazards presented by work activities. Changes in the workplace (e.g. nanotechnology, robotics) and in the work force (e.g. aging workforce, diversity in the workforce) will continue to pose challenges and drive improvements in worker protection stimulating the need for IH/OH expertise. New evolving technology in the field of IH/OH is promising. As long as people work, there will be a need to protect their health. Public concern about risk to worker health and well-being will continue to grow. Increased access to information will lead to broader recognition that occupational illnesses and premature deaths are preventable by some degree of human control. IHs/OHs serve a dual role to promote people’s well-being and provide the science to protect them while they work.

Brenda Tolson, CIH Enterprises, Inc.

Leadership for Today’s 24/7 Problems, Rooms 217-218

Since the vast majority of injuries and accidental deaths occur outside the workplace, many organizations are trying to determine how their current safety management system will protect their employees 24/7. For most companies, the cost of off-the-job injuries is higher than on the job, and command and control strategies have had little positive effect. This session will teach you how to recognize the repeated critical errors we make in virtually all injuries and drastically reduce injuries 24/7.

Don Wilson, COO, SafeStart

Confined Space Non-Entry Rescue vs. Entry Rescue, Room 219

Employers must consider non-entry rescue as the primary means to retrieve authorized entrants from permit required confined spaces in an emergency. Certain circumstances may render non-entry retrieval systems unable to perform when called upon to do so. Many employers do not complete an assessment of the potential for a non-entry rescue external retrieval system to fail to operate or perform as needed. This failure of the retrieval system to perform can be due to an unintended or unforeseen movement of the entrant to a position that entangles the retrieval system. More commonly, it is a failure of the employer to recognize the limitations of retrieval systems due to the configuration of the space that would render them useless. The need for an entry rescue capability may be revealed upon an honest and thorough assessment of the viability of the non-entry rescue system.

Patrick Furr, VPP Coordinator/Safety Officer and Technical Consultant, Roco Rescue

OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) Supplemental Questions, (Session 2 of 2, Two Hours Total), Rooms 220-221

Join OSHA for interactive discussion about OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Process Safety Management (PSM) Supplemental questions.  Focusing on the 2018 VPP PSM Supplement B, you will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the resulting data, as well as to address the benefits of moving toward collecting useful, leading indicator, PSM metrics.

Jacqueline Annis, Industrial Hygienist, Office of Partnerships and Recognition, OSHA

Creating a Healthy Culture - Principles That Can Guide Our Behavior, Room 222

We all would love to work for an organization where it’s okay to be vulnerable, make a mistake, know you’ll get acknowledged for the work you do and not have someone claim it as their own, accept and give feedback because you know it was delivered with the best intentions. Healthy and safe work environments correlate with our ability to realize mission as well as bottom-line business goals. This presentation will discuss what culture is, introduce healthy culture principles that can guide our behavior, talk about trust as the foundation for relationship building and strengthen participant’s awareness of how critical their role is in fostering a healthy and shared culture.

Jamie L. Aslin, Team Leader of Institutional Employee Wellbeing, Human Performance Improvement, Los Alamos National Laboratory

New Considerations for Rope Rescue Operations, Room 224

Join Michel for an exploration of modern-day thinking in rope rescue operations. This presentation will focus on considerations for the use of a Dual Loaded Line rescue system as opposed to a more traditional mainline and belay line solution. Examine the benefits of reducing the free fall distance and impact forces on the rescue load and anchor points in the event of a mainline failure or accidental disconnections. Analyze the forces that can occur during a botched edge transmission and failed high directional anchor point. Also covered will be the latest information on belay line systems that employ self-locking centrifugal devices that don’t rely on a human reaction to make a successful catch when a mainline failure occurs.

Michel Goulet, National Sales Manager, Petzl America

Managing Safety Risk Takers: Legal Discipline Strategies for Workers Who Disregard Safety Obligations, Rooms 225-227

Without a disciplinary component as part of your enforcement policy for legal discipline of employees who disregard safety obligations, the possibility of using the unpreventable employee misconduct/isolated incident defense – “even though the employer maintained an effective safety program the cause of an accident was the unsafe act of the employee” – is unlikely. This program will provide participants with a roadmap for developing and “institutionalizing” an effective enforcement strategy, including infraction discipline that could be the missing ingredient to your existing program.

Edwin Foulke, Jr., Partner, Fisher Phillips LLC

Millennials Move Over, Gen Z is in Town: How to Sell Generation Z on Safety, Rooms 228-230

Just when you thought you had the Millennials figured out, a new generation comes along; the Gen Z or True Tech Natives. One would think they would follow lock in step behind the Millennials, but that is not proving to be the case. They have different events that have influenced them and respond very differently in the workplace. In true VPP style, it is our job to adapt and include. Come learn what makes the Gen Z tick (a few will actually be in the room) and ways to engage them in workplace safety.

Christina Ross, Region VIII Chairperson, Morton Salt, Grantsville

Improving Your Culture with the VPP Annual Self Evaluation, Rooms 231-232

The VPP Annual Self Evaluation should not be a chore you need to do at the end of each year. Do you want to learn how to make your annual self-evaluation contribute towards your goal of continuous improvement and improve workplace culture? In this class, the OSHA/VPP Program Manager for Oregon will offer a look at how OSHA/VPP 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, VPP/SHARP Program Coordinator, Oregon OSHA & Cliff Butler, EHS Manager, Purdy


Thursday, August 29
10:30 am-11:30 am

Humor in Safety (2.0) The Sequel, Rooms 208-209

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

Tim Page-Bottorff, Senior Safety Consultant, SafeStart

Emergency Planning in the Age of Technology: Getting it Right, Room 210

Several recent natural and industrial disasters have highlighted the importance of solid emergency planning and preparedness to reduce risks of chemical exposures to first responders and the community. It’s never been more important to ensure that your emergency planning is free of gaps that can place your workers, your community and your reputation at risk. Modern technology allows more streamlining of emergency planning, and helps facility managers to maintain current chemical inventories and improve the sharing of chemical hazard information with emergency response personnel.

Greg Duncan & Elizabeth Amdahl, VelocityEHS

The 3E Approach to Eliminating Musculoskeletal Injuries: Engineering, Ergonomics and Exercise, Rooms 211-213

The 3E Process—a systematic combination of Engineering, Ergonomics, and Exercise principles—can be used by safety professionals to achieve a “net positive” effect on reducing workplace injuries through practical engineering enhancements, mitigating at-risk behavior, and improving employees’ physiological preparation and conditioning. Through the lens of this proactive thought process, we will take a closer look at specific job tasks performed by maintenance employees in order to (1) identify critical risk factors for soft tissue injury, and (2) determine and implement optimal solutions that successfully eliminate or reduce these risks, creating a more resilient, healthy workforce in the long term.

Jon Kabance, President, BIOKINETIX & Loria Holden, Georgia-Pacific LLC

Unique Role of a Union Safety Representative, Room 214

Hear from union safety representatives from different craft backgrounds and diverse companies how they got selected for their job, their roles and responsibilities and their day to day activities. This unique position has clearly demonstrated a cost saving, through the reduction of safety grievances and workplace injuries while building an enhanced relationship of trust between management and labor. This program will work in any industry union or non-union. It will add measurable benefits to your safety & health program as you work toward Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) recognition, or to augment your current VPP status under Employee Involvement.

Jack E. Griffith, Union Safety/Site VPP Representative, CH2M Hill Plateua Remediation Company (CHRPC) & Edward A. Larson, Georgia-Pacific LLC

The Site Leadership Safety, Health & Environment Council & Sub-Committee Standard Work, Rooms 215-216

The Site Leadership Safety, Health & Environment (SH&E) Council is organized by the local site and is most effective for employee populations greater than 50 employees. The objective of the Council is to be accountable for ensuring that appropriate procedures, programs, resources, and activities are in place to effectively implement the SH&E Management System in support of the SH&E policy and objectives and to strive for continual improvement. Councils typically include several subcommittees. This presentation will outline the responsibilities, key roles, effectively managing SH&E risk, and communication and meeting norms of the Council.

Michael E. McDaniel, General Manager, Aerojet Rocketdyne

Leadership Development: Enhancing Future Leaders Through Soft Skills, Rooms 217-218

It is often said that hard skills will get you an interview, but you need soft skills to get and keep the job. Hard skills are like the iceberg you see in the ocean, what a recruiter sees on your resume. But it’s what is below the surface, the soft skills that reflect how you interact with others and present yourself. Research shows that 65 percent of unnecessary operating costs can be directly attributed to poor interpersonal skills. Therefore, the obvious solution to this crisis is to invest in soft skill training for your employees. Let’s face it, the majority of people are promoted into leadership roles because of their mastery of certain hard skills. But just because Joe Pipefitter is exceptional at pipefitting, can we assume that he will be a great leader of other pipefitters?

Chuck Kennison & Tommy Nipp, Houston Area Safety Council

Shipping/Receiving Dock Safety, Room 219

Throughout 2018, Raytheon IDS has had several injuries that had the potential to cause serious injuries and or fatalities to the employees involved. In order to reduce these risks, Raytheon Andover and other IDS locations have developed a plan to upgrade all loading docks by the year 2020. With these improvements, Raytheon Andover has also installed blue lights on all Class 1 powered equipment and carts in 2018. These upgrades will provide better visual controls for pedestrians and operators moving around the facility. Moving forward in 2019, we will install censored blue lights at all intersections that will alert powered equipment operators and pedestrians when oncoming traffic is approaching.

Matthew Mackenzie & James P. Caulfield, Raytheon

Show Me the Money: Understanding the Economics of Simple Sprains, Strains and Tears, Rooms 220-221

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, nearly 40 percent of all injuries with days away from work are due to Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) including sprains, strains, and tears. It is important for management to understand that simple MSDs can lead to expensive out-of-work injuries that cost the employee and company. Attendees will learn the economic costs and risk factors of common MSDs while developing a game plan to continually drive for an injury-free environment. Case study data will be reviewed to provide a better understanding of the critical elements of any early discomfort management program and how best practices provide cost-savings to greatly impact a company’s bottom line.

Tony Kaczkowski, Chief Strategy Officer, Briotix Health

Engaging Employees: An Employee Perspective, Room 222

It can be a challenge to gain buy-in from employees and sustain a commitment to safety and operational excellence in today’s diverse culture. Three hourly employees will share the engagement activities that drive their individual plants in the VPP process and keep employees focused and injury free. From the East Coast to Mid-America and the West Coast, in operations from 75 employees to 300, employee leadership and involvement remains the key to a successful VPP Star workplace.

Ross Jabobs, Matthew Hubler, Stephanie Simpson & Michael Smith, Sherwin Williams

Safe 4 the Right Reasons, Room 224

This presentation reveals why the conventional approach (rules, regulations, policies and procedures) to employee safety misses the mark, thus delivering frustrating and meager results. This workshop explains our human nature, why we do some of the things we do and why we don’t do some of the things we should. The “Safe 4” message appeals to the critical aspects that drive behavior change and motivates employees to be safe not just for themselves but for others that count on them. It also delivers a respectful way that every employee can watch out for one another so when they see something, they can say something.

Dale Lesinski, Vice President, DiVal Safety

Best Practices in Strategic Safety Communications: Aligning Your Team for Success, Rooms 225-227

Through our interactive workshop and hands-on activities, we will present tools, tips, methods, and mechanisms to develop strategic communication plans for continuous improvement and transparent communications at a company, safety and project level.

Lynn E. Tegeler, Communications Specialist, CH2M Hill

Accidents Are Forever, Rooms 228-230

Matt Pomerinke of Longview, Washington, was just 21 and working at a lumber mill when his arm was caught in an unguarded drive chain. This ultimately led to his arm being amputated just below the elbow. Now Matt travels to schools, worksites, colleges, and conferences to share his story of how one incident can change so many lives forever. His ultimate goal is always that his story never becomes yours.

Matt Pomerinke

The Value and Benefits of Workers Training Workers, Rooms 231-232

HAMMER’s unique and highly effective Worker Trainer Program is based on a workers-training-workers model. Worker trainers spend an average of one week per month providing safety training to their co-workers. The Worker Trainer Program ensures meaningful worker involvement and commitment to health and safety in the workplace. Worker Trainers become subject matter experts in the topical areas that they teach and help resolve questions and issues in the field, which can reduce job delays, avert work stoppages and improve safety performance. Worker trainers are ambassadors for safety, training workers to use safe practices both in the workplace and at home. Worker trainers are a key component of improved communication and relationships between managers and employees. This results in increased information sharing, improved employee morale and reduced injuries and illness. Worker Trainers are historically more involved in the workplace and are leaders at the job site. They are strong supporters of safety and quality.

Steve Maiuri, HAMMER Training


Thursday, August 29
1:00 pm-2:00 pm

Ten Feet Tall and Bullet Proof, Rooms 208-209

Do the terms “that will never happen to me” or how about “I’ve been doing this job for 30 years and never been hurt” sound familiar? Do you have people in your organization that are “10 Feet Tall and Bullet Proof?” Jack will address this attitude and help us to understand why, as adults, we tend to think we are “safe enough”. With this viewpoint of many employees, it is difficult to make real change. This session will address how to take us from thinking we are “safe enough” already to exploring how to get the attention of management to address those things that will enhance your safety culture.  Jack will lead you through the transition that all employees need to make, from thinking that nothing can hurt us to learning from our mistakes. Jack is a motivational presenter and you will leave this session with new ideas on how to advance your safety culture by getting people to think differently about their own personal safety.

Jack Jackson, Senior Safety Consultant, SafeStart

'Unsafe Behavior' and Other Myths: Fixing Your Root Cause Analysis, Room 210

Correction of risks and nonconformities is central to effective EHS management. This is especially true for sites with complex safety compliance requirements and formal Safety Management Systems (SMSs). Root cause analysis underpins incident and audit management and makes the difference between success and failure. Unfortunately, common myths about the causes of safety issues, including undue focus on "unsafe behavior," can undermine root cause analysis. Coupled with inefficient incident and audit management, these problems can erode employee-buy in and cause further decline in EHS performance. It is important to recognize and correct these common failings by avoiding bias, improving efficiency of audit and incident management, and cultivating better communication with employees.

Greg Duncan & Elizabeth Amdahl, VelocityEHS

Communications Karma: You Get What You Give, Rooms 211-213

No, this isn’t some weird zen discussion on meditation. It’s about how we communicate safety in our everyday work. The practice of positive verbal and body language will send the right message to your team and will allow them to give that same positivity back. How we walk and talk the safety message sets the safety culture for many organizations, let’s be sure it’s the right message. Attend this fun session to learn more about not just what you say but how you are saying it!

Regina McMichael, President, The Learning Factory, Inc.

Assessing Fall Risk: OSHA Has Changed the Game, Room 214

Fall prevention and protection continue to be challenges for many organizations, and the updated OSHA rule on Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (29 CFR 1910 Subparts D&I) has put a renewed focus on the importance of identifying, evaluating and controlling fall risk. The new OSHA regulations now require organizations to conduct fall hazard risk assessments and walking-working surface assessments—with a goal of proactively protecting workers at heights. For the first time, the law stipulates the need to perform these assessments—and the ways to do it—rather than simply recommending it as a best practice. Using case studies, the presenter will highlight the data that can be gathered as part of an assessment and how organizations can use that information to address fall risk. The case studies will also showcase how the assessments can focus an organization on the changes that can make a real impact toward reducing risk and assist in planning, scheduling and budgeting for improvements. Participants in this session will gain a greater awareness of the new assessment requirements, practical methods for completing assessments, and useful ways to incorporate the results into a fall protection program.

Thomas E. Kramer, Managing Principal, LJB Inc.

Who Is Responsible for Safety?, Rooms 215-216

Whose job is safety, anyway? Executives? Supervisors? Safety department staff? Or you? Everybody, at every level, talks about working safely. In this presentation learn how to take personal responsibility and why safety is important to you. Understand more about how you are involved in the safety process, gain insight in how to be more disciplined to behave safely, and learn how commitment to a zero-injury culture can change a workplace and, increase their understanding of their responsibility for making safe decisions.

Carl Potter, President, Safety Institute

Employee Involvement is Key to a Successful VPP Culture, Rooms 217-218

Learn the importance of implementing practices to facilitate a safety culture that fosters transparency, reduces risk and vulnerability, while keeping employees committed to the process and owning their own safety via active and positive involvement and engagement. Involving employees in safety conversations and decisions means creating awareness of expectations, and encouraging good safety decisions while providing them with tangible evidence of why safety as a value is never compromised. Safety discussions must go beyond analysis, reports, and checklists; and extend to emphasis on the individual and understanding their priorities.

Saprena Lyons, VPP and Behavior Based Safety Program Lead, Fluor Idaho, LLC, Curtis Reece, Battelle Energy Alliance & Jared Davis

Static Electricity as an Ignition Source, Room 219

Static electricity is a constant safety hazard in many industrial environments handling explosive and combustible substances. If adequate preventive and protective measures are not taken against this hazard, then sufficient electrical charge can build up to cause a spark that can have enough energy to ignite a flammable vapor. Explore three different scenarios with its examples where static discharge would result in explosion are analyzed and evaluated. In addition, prevention and control methods to avoid ignition are presented to reduce the overall risk of explosion.

Vani Sruthi Potharlanka, PSRG

State Plan Open Forum, Rooms 220-221

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, VPPPA National Board of Directors Vice Chair, NuStar Energy

Improving Employee Connection and Involvement by Designing Your Own Safety Smartphone Application: How to create a Safety Smartphone App, Room 222

Do you want to increase employee involvement, have a greater reporting capacity and mitigation response to hazards, increase employee level of knowledge, and have a platform for leadership to communicate their vision simply by leveraging existing behavior with a device your workforce has in their pocket? That's right, most of your workforce has a cellphone, and let's admit it - there is an app for just about everything. During this breakout session you will learn how to use existing technology to create and manage your own smartphone app (without the need for an IT department) unique to your own culture and environment. For a preview of a working safety app search for "MCAF Safety" in the Apple Store or "MCAF VPP" in the Google Play store. During this session you will learn the key components and features needed to create an effective and flexible smartphone application and will see a live working version that has been described as an OSHA, Department of Defense, and United States Marine Corps Safety best practice. This session is specifically designed for those with limited to NO computer programming skills, and will leave you excited at the possibilities of having a more involved and connected workforce.

Michael Hancock, Installation Safety Manager, Marine Corps Air Facility Quantico

Safety Culture: Is VPP Really Making a Difference?, Room 224

Have you been in the VPP 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. We will review some examples of employee involvement which have saved lives and empowered the workforce. You may be one person but you can affect the lives of your co-workers. If you have an example you are proud of, please bring it to our workshop to discuss.

Scott Genta, Director of Southwest Operation, Safety Management Services, Inc.

Know the SCoR: Battelle’s Safe Conduct of Research (SCoR) Principles and the Power of Storytelling to Improve Human Performance, Rooms 225-227

An ever-present challenge for organizations of all shapes and sizes is how to send people home in the same condition as they showed up to work. The answer to the challenge has been creating a connection between eight “Safe Conduct of Research (SCoR)” principles and the behavior and decision-making (human performance) of staff members. These eight principles set the expectation for how each staff member should approach their work. The principles are institutionalized through an awareness campaign which includes an engaging series of videos that demonstrate the principles in action. The video stories told don’t just feature the “wins;” they also tell of work that didn’t go as planned in an effort to encourage continuous improvement. These stories serve to create “sticky” memories by attaching emotions to occurrences and keep a top-of-mind awareness with staff.

Shannon Cartier & Rob Cuello, Battelle Pacific NW National Lab

Randy’s Story: How An Accident IMPACTS More Than Just You, Rooms 228-230

Randy Royall shares his personal story of how one person can go from having so much to losing almost everything. Randy will have you laughing, crying and wanting more. Also, Randy shares how the work culture is so important to the success of a safe workforce. More recently, Randy was successful in turning a major capital project from total disaster into a total success. When he arrived at that project, 37 recordable injuries had occurred by the month of May and the project had just sufferedd a fatality. That was the first fatality related injury for the major chemical company.. After implementing what some would say are simple changes, the project went to world class status where recordable injuries were reduced greater than 87 percent.

Randy Royall, Owner, Randyroyall.com

Making Safety Visual: 10 Proven Strategies for Building Safety Culture, Rooms 231-232

Safety professionals everywhere are looking for more effective ways to engage their employees and get them focused on safety. Attention spans are shorter than ever. Employees are stressed, distracted and more interested in checking their smartphones than listening to you. Visual communication is the “secret weapon” that can help you capture (and keep) your employees’ attention. In this lively presentation, you’ll learn: • Why your employees aren’t hearing you and what you can do about it. • Why visual communication works. • 10 proven strategies to integrate visual communication into your safety program.

Jude Carter, VP Makreting, Marlin


Thursday, August 29
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Power Hour, Rooms 208-209

What is VPPPA’s Power Hour? It is an attendee favorite! Our Power Hour is a tell me, but tell me quick, style of presentation where ten presenters share their knowledge in an entertaining and fun way - all in five minutes or less each. Come early. The room will be packed!

J.A. Rodriguez, Jr., VPPPA National Board of Directors Chair, Raytheon, Allan Loiselle, Raytheon, Rob Deery, Cintas, Jeff Stolz, Raytheon, Cindy Raspiller, Raytheon, Jennifer Sanchez, Honeywell, Darrin Stafford, Raytheon, Terry D. Gray, Terry Gray Enterprises, Courtney Malveaux, VPPPA Government Affairs Counsel, Jackson Lewis, Cardell Brown, Mary Kay Corporation

GHS/HazCom: The Game – Can You Pass the Compliance Test in 2019?, Room 210

Test your HazCom compliance knowledge in our interactive session, complete with exercises that will enhance your understanding of the real-world importance of HazCom, which remains OSHA's second most cited standard and is targeted for new GHS updates in 2019! Don’t miss this unique learning experience.

Phil Mole, Glenn Trout, Elizabeth Amdahl, VelocityEHS

Safety Training Ninja 2.0: Master of PowerPoint, Rooms 211-213

Ninja 2.0 will focus exclusively on how to leverage PowerPoint more efficiently, effectively and for a better training program your learners will actually want to attend. PowerPoint is not a weapon. It is a gift, if you can master the amazing extras that have been added to the software over the last several years. Learn how image manipulation, template usage, smartArt, color palettes and other details can make your presentation awesome!

Regina McMichael, President, The Learning Factory, Inc.

Your Brain and Change: Proof That We Miss So Much in Our Work Day and MOC Process, Room 214

Ever wonder why an employee fails to follow procedures, or catch mistakes? Employees don't understand that they are not wired to detect change and that instructions are for their benefit and safety. Learn and experience how to communicate to employees the importance of management of change.

Christina Ross, VPPPA Region VIII Chairperson, Morton Salt, Grantsville

Suspension and Fall Trauma: Can Your ERTs Improve Patient Outcomes?, Rooms 215-216

This workshop focuses on preventable deaths related to fall and suspension trauma and how emergency response teams may be doing more harm than good. With modern pre-hospital medicine and traumaintervention changing at an accelerated pace, it is imperative that your Emergency Response Teams receive updated and comprehensive training. We will cover new emerging discussions surrounding suspension and fall trauma that have not been previously addressed as well as possible options to lessen liabilities surrounding emergency response within facilities.

Lee Vernon, Owner, Code 3 Medical & Safety Services

The What, Why and How’s of a Successful and Engaging Voluntary Protection Program, Rooms 217-218

The What, Why and How’s of a successful and engaging VPP program are questions that remain on the forefront of teams seeking continuous improvement, establishing, building and maintaining trust among the workforce while strengthening the program in collaboration with management support. The depth for a company’s successful safety program is heavily based on the amount of management support and employee engagement. Learn about some of the many ways that Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Fluor Idaho industry leaders are doing to implement employee involvement and engagement using various tools. Wrap up with an open forum to discuss and benchmark what other companies are doing to strengthen employee involvement to create and maintain a safe workplace.

Saprena Lyons, VPP and Behavior Based Safety Program Lead, Fluor Idaho, LLC, Curtis Reece, Battelle Energy Alliance & Jared David

Building on the VPP Process to Create a Culture of Trust, Employee Engagement and Joint Ownership of HSE Excellence Processes, Room 219

Learn the techniques utilized by an industry leader to build upon the VPP process to create a unique culture of trust, employee engagement and joint ownership of health, safety and environmental excellence processes.  Rob Hill is the Vice President of HSE for NuStar Energy, LP with over 30 years of leadership experience in maintenance, mechanical integrity, operations, health, safety and environmental disciplines.  He has worked with multiple organizations to create cultures of employee ownership and accountability for business processes leading to operational excellence.

Rob Hill, NuStar Energy, LP

Enriching Employee Engagement: A Presentation in Maximizing VPP Participation, Rooms 220-221

This interactive workshop will showcase some best practices and techniques on how to engage a wide-range of personnel with a diversity of work experience and job responsibilities. Attendees will gain an overview of best practices and lessons learned through distinct, proven examples toward enhancing employee engagement. Workshop topics discussed will include optimizing employee engagement through: preparation for a VPP audit, communication of best practices, VPP-centric branding initiatives, recertification off-year activities/events, and lessons learned at the Phillips 66 Research Center through an interactive BINGO-style game underpinning the key concepts of the session.

Anthony Baldridge & Garett Fanning, Phillips 66

Respirable Crystalline Silica for General Industry: How Are You Doing?, Room 222

There was a long period of court challenges to the silica rule for construction. This kept the effective date as a moving target. But it is now set “in stone.” We will look at how to approach compliance with Table 1 from the construction industry regulation. Is there objective data that can help document compliance with your work scenarios? Construction must deal with a variety of silica concentrations in the materials they conduct their work on and feneral industry’s silica containing materials are more consistent. 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. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own examples of best practices, as well as share their concerns about complying with this regulation.

David Jewell, Regional Safety Consultant, Conney Safety

Increase Your Bottom Line: Creating An Effective Anti-Retaliation Program, Room 224

OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program enforces the whistleblower provisions of 22 federal statutes, including Section 11(c) of the OSH Act. These statutes prohibit employers from retaliating against employees for engaging in protected activity such as raising a safety concern, reporting an injury, or refusing to violate a federal law. This workshop will cover how to create a voluntary anti-retaliation program to 1) receive and respond to employees’ concerns; and 2) prevent and address retaliation against employees who raise concerns. It will discuss the fundamental components of an anti-retaliation program: creating an anti-retaliation policy, leadership commitment, responding to reports of retaliation, anti-retaliation training, and monitoring progress and program improvement and the benefits in maintaining effective programs that improve the organization’s bottom line. After attending this presentation, conference attendees will be able to develop anti-retaliation programs in their organizations. Attendees will also gain a working knowledge of OSHA’s whistleblower program.

Anthony Rosa, Deputy Director, OSHA's Directorate of Whistleblower Programs

Medical Marijuana: Addressing Workplace Impairment, Rooms 225-227

This workshop explores some of the challenges and possible approaches for addressing medical marijuana impairment in the workplace. Workplaces can encounter obstacles as more physicians recommend the use of marijuana, the workplace questions accommodation options, and employees may come to work under the influence of medical marijuana. As the legalization of medical marijuana expands, non-federal workplaces must understand the steps they can take to address impairment, whether it be policy development, drug testing, or training.

Christopher Chaffin, Principal Safety & Occupational Health Professional, Concurrent Technologies Corporation

Triumph Over Tragedy: A Personal Journey, Rooms 228-230

Curtis begins this presentation by leading his audience through the early years of his life, through to his teenager years, where the young teen from small town Saskatchewan had his life heading exactly where he had always dreamed it would take him, with an opportunity to play Jr Hockey. Instead on his third day of a new job at the age of just 17, Curtis found himself in a battle of life or death as over 40,000 volts of electricity surged through the young teens body. Outlining the events and grueling details of the incident, Curtis discusses the impacts of decisions made both organizationally and individually and the affects they have on co-workers, family and friends. Curtis creates an emotional connection, as he takes his audience through a personal journey from the early days in hospital where doctors gave him "no hope" for survival, to a six-week coma, followed by a 6year complete recovery of hospital trips to Chicago and Toronto. Bringing this horrific incident full circle, Curtis closes with a very inspirational message, his amazing attitude and road to a very successful recovery. Let Curtis take you on his emotional journey that you will never forget and that Curtis will forever remember.

Curtis Weber

Leading Change More Effectively, Rooms 231-232

In this session, we will share some practical steps to better define and implement change leveraging a proven framework that can be applied in a wide variety of settings including technology, process, and culture change. At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, we’ve been using the Prosci ADKAR Model and change management approach for several years and have been able to tackle some very complex changes as a result. We will share our lessons learned on the key considerations when approaching change to set you and your organization up for success. We will explore the critical questions to answer at the start of your effort, how to break down change into manageable portions, as well as discuss the process that individuals work through when faced with change. You will walk away with knowledge and resources to effectively plan for a new change effort and identify any gaps that may be hindering your success in a current organizational change.

Kirby Amacker & Ashley Schoenwald, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Friday, August 30
8:00 am-9:00 am

The DCSP Mosaic: The Present and Future of VPP and How It Fits with Other OSHA Cooperative Programs, Rooms 208-209

The Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP) manages OSHA’s VPP activities and works in tandem with OSHA Regional Offices to ensure that VPP participants are recognized for their work in safety and health management, but that’s not all they do. This is an opportunity to learn how DCSP’s other responsibilities such as Strategic Partnerships, State Plans, On-Site Consultation, Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP), and Alliances fit into the cooperative programs family. You will learn about current issues in OSHA’s cooperative programs, such as customer service and program improvements, as well as VPP’s position in the framework of cooperative programs. Additionally, the future of VPP and cooperative programs in general will be discussed. This is your “first look” and your chance to ask any questions you might have for OSHA regarding VPP and other cooperative programs.

Douglas Kalinowski, OSHA's Director of Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs

Been There, Done That, Now What?, Room 210

Been there, done that, and now what, is a work shop that displays the VPP journey of a Marine Corps installation. In the journey they discuss their preparation, obstacles and successes that they encountered from application submission to on site evaluation and how the steering and sub committees managed during the initial on site and two recertification evaluations. They further explain what they are doing now to sustain and continue their positive momentum to maintain the program.

Danielle Heinze & Reah Andrews, Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow

Employer Sponsored Occupational Rehabilitation Services: A Coordinated Approach to Employee Health and Safety in the Workplace, Rooms 211-213

Keeping employees well in the workplace requires a coordination of health protection and health promotion. Learn about our integrated approach to health promotion, injury prevention, and injury recovery in pursuit of worker well-being. This approach leverages on-site new hire health evaluations, job function testing matched to physical ability testing, non-office ergonomic interventions, and directed exercise programs targeted at optimizing total worker health.

Sara Pasqualoni, MD MPH & Jamie Aslin, Los Alamos National Laboratory

OSHA Special Government Employee (SGE) Program, Rooms 215-216

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


Lessons Learned and New Initiatives from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Ergonomics Program, Rooms 217-218

Musculoskeletal disorders remain the leading cause of disability in the United States. The Ergonomics Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory covers almost 12,00 employees working in 1,000 buildings spanning 26,000 acres. Employees perform heavy craft manual labor, security, research and administrative duties in settings ranging from office spaces to chemical, biological and radiological gloveboxes. This presentation covers lessons learned during the development of this program from one ergonomist to 13 ergonomists specializing in office, industrial and glovebox ergonomics as well as new initiatives we are undertaking to identify employees with increased musculoskeletal disorder risk, deliver early interventions for symptomatic employees, increase employee access to ergonomics services before symptoms start and collaborate with ergonomics professionals in other facilities.

Riley Splittstoesser, National Safety Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory

The Role of the Professional Supervisor of the Hearing Loss Prevention Program, Room 219

The Professional Supervisor of the Audiometric Monitoring (PS) program is a mouthful to say, and an often misunderstood position. The Professional Supervisor is a key and necessary member of any hearing conservation program and must have specific professional capabilities different from other team members who could be called the hearing conservation or hearing loss prevention "program manager.” Employers and hearing conservation program managers need to understand that their responsibility in the hearing conservation program extend beyond simply coordinating monitoring audiometry for noise-exposed employees to meet the regulatory requirements, but that they must work closely with the PS to better understand, improve, and ensure regulatory compliance with their company hearing loss prevention program.

Andrew J. Merkley, Vice-Chair of Education, CAOHC

The Key to Safety, Rooms 220-221

Ctrl + S for Safety! During this lively, interactive workshop, a computer keyboard will challenge participants from all industries to unlock the potential to achieve stellar safety performance. Human Performance Improvement concepts and tools, including organizational and individual attributes required to create and maintain a healthy safety culture will be highlighted. Participants will learn how they can take an impactful, low cost and easy to use engagement tool back to their places of work. Come prepared to showcase your commitment to safety and find out what a computer keyboard can teach you. Disclaimer: No fully operational computer keyboards will be harmed or destroyed during this presentation.

Susan Blackburn, CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR)

Reducing Hand Injuries: New Standards to Better Protect Workers’ Hands That Every Safety Manager Needs to Know, Room 222

The human hand is one of the most important tools in a work environment and also most vulnerable to occupational injury. The ANSI/ISEA 105-2016, American National Standard for Hand Protection Classification, included key updates for cut-resistance testing and corresponding classification levels, to assist in properly selecting appropriate hand protection based on testing and classification. Cristine will address the various cut performance classifications, what they mean, and provide an update on how the changes have impacted worker safety. She will discuss the new standard, aiming to provide 100 percent hand protection coverage, and address multiple scenarios to provide low and high impact protection, to better protect workers from hand injuries.

Cristine Fargo, International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), Virginia Battles, Pure Safety Group, John Salentine, Hammerhead Industries, Rodney Taylor, D30 & Paul Harris, MCR Safety

NuDay at NuStar Texas City Terminal: The Employee Story of Their VPP Journey at a Union Site, Rooms 224

NuStar employees tell their journey from being a site that was identified as the safety “Black Sheep” of the company, to becoming a VPP Star Site, as well as one of the leaders in the company in safety culture, processes and procedures. NuStar’s VP of Terminal Operations explains management’s role in the VPP process and how management support along with allowing employees to facilitate the VPP Program was also key to their success.

Kyle Oppliger & Tommy Minders, NuStar Energy, LP


Friday, August 30
9:15 am-10:15 am

Employee 'Evolved' Safety Campaigns, Rooms 208-209

Want to spur healthy, safety conscious competition amongst your employees and make positive changes to your safety statistics? Find out how to successfully run employee-created, management approved, budget-minded, innovative, and creative safety campaigns! Employee involvement leads to “evolving” safety campaigns. This presentation will focus on the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY AND HOW of safety campaigns. A little positivity goes a long way to safety 24/7!

Maureen Roxbury, CHPRC VPP Coordinator, CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC)

Fines, Fatalities and the Future of Fall Protection, Room 210

It’s not always best to be at the top. Four of OSHA’s top ten serious violations in 2018 were related to falls (including the number one spot). Every day, nearly 2,000 people are injured while using a ladder, and as many as 100 of them will suffer a long-term disability. Today, one person will die in a ladder-related accident. Fall-related accidents while on a worksite account for one of the largest expenses to organizations. But the impact doesn’t end there. An injury or death causes immediate and long lasting ripple effects with family, friends, work colleagues, HR and legal departments and the C-suite. Reducing the number of ladder-related injuries is becoming top priority for the nation’s foremost companies. This interactive presentation will share case studies and examples of how new fall protection initiatives have positively involved leadership of senior management, engaged cross-functional teams, and increased safety performance over time.

Dave Francis, Little Giant Ladder Systems

Best Practices for Performing a Combustible Dust Hazard Analysis, Rooms 211-213

Most industrial facilities contain combustible dust in at least some portion of their site. This presentation will outline best practices for efficiently performing dust hazard analyses (DHAs) of both new and existing processes and to best identify combustible dust hazards in facilities. Attendees will learn key criteria to efficiently perform high quality DHAs that meet the requirements of applicable standards, and improve the safety of facilities.

Dr. Timothy J. Myers, Ph.D., P.E., CFEI, CFI & Dr. Sean O'Hern

Compliance Calendars: Tips and Tricks for the To-Do List Lover, Room 214

Managing employee training due dates, equipment inspections, environmental compliance deadlines, VPP best practice action items, and so much more can be overwhelming. As a safety manager, consultant, or VPP company, the number of items that must be completed each day, month, and year can amount to a massive list, with easy room for missed deadlines leading to compliance risk and management system breakdowns. Having a highly functional compliance calendar aids in time management, delegation of tasks to employees, and ensures day-to-day compliance for all aspects of a health and safety management system. Hellman & Associates, a VPP Star Site and leading consulting firm, will share our best practices for compliance calendars, approaches that have gone well and approaches that have led to a need for improvement.

Kassey Braun, Hellman & Associates, Inc., Nate Bohmbach, Ergodyne/Tenacious Holdings Inc. & Raymond Mann, 3M

Case Studies of Young Worker Fatalities: Focus on Prevention, Rooms 215-216

In 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 22 workplace fatalities for workers aged 17 and under. In this session, you will review two cases of young worker fatalities, describing the cases, relevant workplace hazards, and investigative findings. Learn about the Wage and Hour Division's mission with respect to young workers, as well as the Wage and Hour Division's investigative processes and findings in the young work fatality case studies. Discuss preventive measures and best practices, to protect young workers from workplace fatalities.

Ernest J. Weiss, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor

Improving Hazard Identification: Why We Miss Critical Hazards That are Staring Us Straight in the Face and Strategies for Helping Us Identify Them, Rooms 217-218

You won’t see this coming: a recent study identified that approximately 25 percent of incidents had the failure to “see” as a contributing factor. Experienced employees can operate on auto-pilot, often repeating the same tasks day in and day out, and as a result, they can miss major and minor hazards. We have found that for many organizations’ hazard identification suffers from unintentional “blindness” that can lead to a failure to see hazards, undermining robust processes and leaving exposures unaddressed. Risk assessments and hazard hunts often suffer from being rushed, exposed to complacency, or liable to inattention biases. Identifying hazards is only half the battle. The other half is communicating information clearly and objectively – ensuring proper and effective corrective actions are taken in a timely manner.

Colin Duncan, Center of Visual Expertise

Performance Incentive Program for Safety, Room 219

MSA implemented a Performance Incentive Program for Safety (PIPS) designed to promote our organizations’ overall safety performance. In 2012 our regulator encouraged us to modify our safety recognition program from a reward system based on the lagging indicators of monthly injury and first aid rates to a program that rewards voluntary participation in safety activities. Initiated in 2013, the PIPS program, consisting of 16 voluntary safety activities, has experienced continual increases in employee participation. In 2018, nearly all of our employees were eligible for recognition lunches based on their voluntary participation in safety activities. Our workforce has experienced a steady decrease in recordable injury rates over the past five years while first aid reporting has been sustained without increasing severity. 2018 concluded with the lowest recordable injury rates since the program inception. The robust participation and recognition activities have contributed to a strong safety culture that serves to make safe performance of work a priory.

Rocky Simmons, Untion Safety Representative, Mission Support Alliance, LLC

Interprofessional Continuing Education Program in Occupational & Environmental Health, Rooms 220-221

Emerging Technologies in Occupational Health and the Environment (ECOLE): Continuing Education Program in Occupational & Environmental HealthÉCOLE is an interprofessional education (IPE) program funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to address emerging technologies in occupational health and safety. This workshop will elucidate the application of IPE to occupational health and the importance of bringing non-traditional stakeholders together to solve emerging issues. The workshop will include an interactive component related to the potential involvement of these non-traditional stakeholders within the industries present in the audience. 

Kari Brisolara, LSUHSC School of Public Health

Safety at Heights: Using Innovation and a New Standard to Keep Workers Safer at Heights, Room 222

Safety professionals know very well that an effective fall protection program requires more than selecting the right equipment. According to 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, falls to lower levels and struck by falling objects account for a combined 93,120 non-fatal worker injuries and 950 worker fatalities, and fall protection continues to top OSHA’s annual Top 10 list of most frequently cited violations. Putting together a comprehensive safety at heights program involves proper training, and the correct selection, use and maintenance of fall protection equipment for workers and their tools. Join leading experts in fall protection and dropped objects as they discuss ways to implement a successful safety at heights program through innovation and the new ANSI/ISEA 121 standard.

Cristine Fargo, Director, Member & Technical Services, International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA)

Why Codification?, Room 224

Description coming soon. 

Terry Schulte, VPPPA National Board of Directors Vice Chair, NuStar Energy

Believe in Safety, Rooms 225-227

August 24, 2011, should have been listed as Brandon's date of death, but it was instead his catalyst for change. Brandon was an active tradesman for 15 years before one day changed his perspective on safety forever. Brandon was involved in an arc flash accident that shook a building over a block away from the accident site. He was lucky enough to survive, not without a fight, and chose to tell his story to thousands worldwide to affect change in how employees view safety.

Brandon Schroeder, Believe in Safety