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2017 Workshop Descriptions

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TUESDAY 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

WEDNESDAY 8:00 AM - 9:00 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 Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.




TUESDAY 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Improving Safety Culture Through Risk Management

When it comes to safety, relying on luck is not a solution. Attendees are invited to join in this session where they will be captivated and entertained while they learn the human behavior side of accident prevention and look at how human factors and behavior affect personnel and organizational safety.

Scott McKenna, Catamount Consulting; Richard Wobby, VT Catamount Consulting 

The Tony Crow Story-Safety 24/7 It's Not Just About Me

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.

Tony Crow, INJAM

VPP 1 OH Wait What?

A Cliff Note’s version of the VPP 101 workshop, this presentation will cover the basics: introducing VPP to your employees and management team, expectations and meeting the elements of VPP. In addition, there will be a discussion about writing the application and preparing for the onsite inspection.

Kelli Heflin, Southwest Generation

Beware the Grim Reaper of Complacency

Identify how institutional and individual complacency is not only a problem that negatively affects production numbers and quality, but how it can have a devastating effect on the safety of employees. This presentation is not intended to preach from the high horse about individual faults and shortcomings, but to help identify the signs of complacency in ourselves or coworkers, and to provide tools that can be useful in combating it.

Pat Furr, Roco Rescue

Partner Engagement: The Key to Cintas Ergonomics Success

During this workshop, we will demonstrate how Cintas is empowering employees and ergonomics teams to solve ergonomics issues. We will also describe what Cintas has learned from developing and sustaining successful ergonomics teams.

Stephen Jenkins, Cintas Corporation

Gaining & Sustaining VPP Star Accreditation

In a high-discipline organization, everything must be defined, tracked and measured against objectives and benchmarks. Using this same approach for VPP results in an efficient and rewarding experience, with employees understanding how VPP fits into existing management systems, this workshop shares insights and best practices learned from VPP Star certification through a rigorously managed process.

Aled Thomas, Valero (Pembroke Refinery

10 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

Best in Class Contractor Management

“Contractorization,” or the outsourcing of non-core business activities to third-party contractors, is a trend that is here to stay and will continue to grow. Safe and sustainable contractorization of operations depends on a robust process for managing contractors. Attendees of this presentation will obtain useful and actionable takeaways from the discussions helpful for expanding and enhancing their knowledge and professional skills surrounding contractor management and health and safety improvement efforts for their jobsites.

Richard Cerenzio, ISNetworld

Highlights of the Newly Released ASSE/ANSI Z244.1 Lockout Standard

The ASSE/ANSI Z244.1 Standard: The Control of Hazardous Energy – Lockout, Tagout and Alternative Methods has been on the forefront of identifying how to protect people from the hazards of the unexpected startup of machinery and the unplanned release of energy. Come to this workshop to learn about the new changes and modifications to this updated Standard, released in December 2016.

Todd Grover, Master Lock Company

Safety Kickoffs & Awareness Campaigns for Success

This workshop will cover how Ecolab, Inc. has used safety kickoff and awareness campaigns to build the culture and set the safety bar each year. Through the use of video and employee involvement, these campaigns have built excitement and buy in into the safety process. These campaigns have built upon each other for a continuing safety improvement.

Phil Walsh, Ecolab, Inc.; Tonya Balla; Dale Painter, Ecolab, Inc.

Safe 4 the Right Reasons

This session addresses the upstream struggle that safety professionals face trying to get employees to adopt a safe behavior and offers a fresh approach and an effective message to deliver to your employees. Dale will incorporate audience participation, fun, humor and real-world situations that everyone can relate to.  

Dale Lesinski, DiVal Safety Equipment




WEDNESDAY 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Hazard Recognition Through Safe Work Practice Teams

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 a goal of “nobody getting hurt.” Experienced SWPT leaders discuss and give examples of the advantages to this practical team concept.

Aaron Champagne, ExxonMobil BMCP; Michael Bienvenu, ExxonMobil BMCP

Safety Culture for Temporary Workers

As the business ecosystem changes, gone are the days when a full-time, permanent workforce performed all of a company’s primary functions. These days, temporary workers are being used more and more, providing organizations with the ability to use workers’ skills on-demand, while workers enjoy the flexibility of multiple and varied assignments. Join us for an-depth presentation that will address how temporary workers fit within your overall safety culture and how to ensure that you’re addressing temporary worker safety training in a thorough and compliant manner. 

Courtney Malveaux, VPPPA, Inc. 

Navigating OSHA Recordability

Would you like to better understand the OSHA recordkeeping standards, letters of interpretation, classification of injuries or the facts of recordkeeping? This workshop will assist in packaging the standards and interpretations into a simple and easy-to-understand process, and will go through the most commonly recorded injuries and illnesses, as well as walk through the standards and letters of interpretation that relate to them.

Thomas Hysler, Houston Area Safety Council

Leadership for Superior Results

What does it take to be an effective leader? What can you do to help lead your company's safety efforts in the right direction? This workshop covers some of the skills, concepts, actions and elements necessary for leaders to understand and incorporate in order to achieve superior results in workplace health and safety. The presenter will share viewpoints and experiences validating successful approaches to safety leadership.

Mark Hurliman, Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration

The Elements of an Effective Dust Hazards Analysis (DHA)

Over the past five years, the Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) was created to identify and combat the potential hazards associated with combustible dusts. This presentation will help navigate the DHA by discussing the minimum requirements any DHA should meet, the minimum requirements that are specified in NFPA 652, some of the most common inadequately identified or missed hazards often seen during DHAs and more.

Jason Reason, Lewellyn Technology, LLC

Flash Fire Duration and Energy and PPE Performance

The duration and energy of flash fire has been the subject of much debate and too many marketing claims over the years. This presentation will share the results of groundbreaking full scale, outdoor, independent scientific testing, which determined how long exposures last and how much energy they create. We will discuss emerging trends and current and pending changes, which are creating higher levels of comfort, compliance and even cost savings.

Scott Margolin, Tyndale

The Luck Factor - Mistakes That (Sometimes) Get Us Hurt

Even the safest among us make mistakes. Fortunately, the results of most mistakes are minimal and don’t result in injury. But, if these errors combine with the right circumstances, the outcome may be different. Most mistakes follow a predictable pattern. We will examine this pattern and identify personal skills that can prevent these undesired results, effectively breaking the “luck factor.”

Danny Smith, SafeStart(R)

What is the OSHA Challenge Program?

This session will cover the fundamentals of the OSHA Challenge Program and how it can relate to success in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). Topics covered will include an overview of the electronic tools available for program readiness, the similarities and differences between OSHA Challenge and the VPP, and how to find an OSHA Challenge Administrator for your company.

Cindy Lewis, Gulf Coast Safety Institute

VPP Leading Indicators, Valero's VPP Football Competition

This workshop presents a creative and fun way to incorporate leading Health and Safety Indicators throughout an organization using a football-based theme. Sites participate in a quarterly competition using scores in various categories of leading indicators. While the competition is fierce and fun, the overall benefit is teamwork, employee involvement, management commitment and a better understanding of improvement of site safety performance.

Leonard Tartalone, Valero Energy Corporation

How VPP is Helping to Sustain Process Improvements Resulting from the Recovery of WIPP from Fire and Radiation Release Events

This workshop tells the story of the remarkable recovery of WIPP from their significant 2014 events from the perspectives of management, the bargaining unit, safety staff and long time workers. VPP pride helped motivate workers during the overwhelming task of wave after wave of corrective actions. In addition, as an outgrowth of a corrective action to develop a unique Leadership Academy, a transformed VPP committee emerged that is helping to sustain innovative ideas and continuous improvements in safety. Attendees will find useful tools to use from the Recovery Lessons Learned and the VPP committee revitalization actions.

BP Shagula, ES&H Manager; Kevin Miller, Radiological Control Technician and Union Steward; Barbara Hill, Deputy ES&H; Javier Leyva, Union Safety Representative & VPP Committee Union Co-Chair; Valerie Dorr,  Management Coordinator/ Contractor Assurance & Vice-Co-Chair VPP Committee; Brenda Kirkes, Quality Analyst & VPP Committee Co-Chair  

Organizational Factors That Contribute to Errors

Human Performance Improvement (HPI) is an important defense in the reduction of costly workplace errors. However, it is your last line of defense. Focusing solely on the actions of the individual worker is ineffective because many factors contribute to the frequency and severity of errors. Increasing organizational effectiveness is a married approach between reducing human error and eliminating the workplace factors that allow these errors. 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.

David Sowers, Knowledge Vine


WEDNESDAY 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

OSHA’s New Silica Standard: An Overview

Silicosis is a serious lung disease caused by employee exposures to respirable dust containing crystalline silica. This presentation will review illness incidence, as well as review the recently proposed OSHA standard to reduce employee exposure to silica containing dusts. It will also address the lower permissible exposure limit along with engineering controls, work practices controls, respiratory protection, medical surveillance and other proposed requirements of the standard.

Curt Wittman, Colden Corporation

Reduction of Workplace Lacerations with Ceramic Blades

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.

TJ Scimone, SLICE, INC.

Improving your Safety Culture

Are you looking to better your organization's safety culture? This presentation details basic components of any safety and health management system, including the cultural component, how it functions and how to improve it.

Mark Hurliman, Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Innovative Thinking - Triggers to Jump Start Your Safety Program

This workshop will provide attendees with an approach to defining and implementing the key elements of a safety program supported by a foundation of employee/management participation. Tactics for managing risk that result in the sustainable reduction of safety, health and environmental incidents will be shared. Attendees will come away from this session energized with innovative ideas designed to refresh and strengthen their safety programs.

Ray Delfing, Wheelabrator Falls, Inc-Morrisville

Commitment Based Safety

This presentation is a powerful focus on the behavioral aspects of safety. Attendees will walk through the three primary areas of behavior that need continual improvement to obtain and sustain zero injuries. The presenter will cover the foundational principles behind this work from the fields of leadership, quality, safety, organizational development, biology and psychology. Primary focus on practical applications will help attendees immediately upon return to their workplaces.

Bob Veazie, People Powered Leadership

Building a No-gap, Mess-Free Training Program

Structuring an intelligent compliance training program is one of the biggest challenges faced by H&S teams today. Some of the obstacles including managing constant employee change, constructing regulation-centric training plans, logging endless course completions, reaching 100% and then doing it all again with each new year. Learn how your VPP peers are excelling in training compliance through digital and mobile solutions to handle it all!

Scott Fitzsimmons, Mary Kay; Lauren Krumpack, Gensuite

VPP 101

This workshop will review the foundation of the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and cover how this program was designed to promote safety and health excellence through cooperative efforts among labor, management and OSHA, DOD or DOE. Understand how the VPP concept recognizes the compliance enforcement alone will never fully achieve the objectives of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Good safety management programs that go beyond OSHA requirements, standards, agency directives and requirements will protect workers more effectively than verbatim compliance. Gain an understanding of how VPP provides the opportunity to develop a cooperative relationship between management, labor and the government that promotes innovation and expansion of the cooperative programs to achieve safety excellence.

Winnie Kane, Nustar Energy; Jennifer Sanchez, Honeywell

Employee Engagement Strategies and Site Safety Committee

The employee-led Site Safety Committee’s (SSC) mission is the development and promotion of a healthy and SAFE work environment for all employees and visitors through the involvement of all individuals with regards to safety education, communication and safe work practices. In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn how the SSC carries out its primary mission using six basic principles.

Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station

Role of the Safety Professional in SMS Implementation

This presentation addresses how the safety professional interfaces and coaches SMS implementation team members on their roles and responsibilities during SMS implementation. It also addresses the relationships between the safety professional with employees, supervisors, stakeholders and upper management. Other information in this presentation includes how the safety professional guides the team during culture change and provides methods of employee motivation.

Richard Savage, Concurrent Technologies Corporation

Unlocking the Code to Human Error

Humans have been experiencing accidental injuries since the dawn of time. In his effort to figure out why people get hurt when they don’t want to, Larry Wilson discovered the state to error pattern that's involved in over 95% of all acute injuries. In this session, participants will learn not only how to improve safety, but how to improve production, quality and customer relations.

Larry Wilson, SafeStart(R)

Fatigue is Dangerous (But You Can Make a Difference)

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 fatigued. While it’s hard to track the source of general fatigue (lifestyle, stresses, etc.), it is now medically possible to screen out the largest medical cause: undiagnosed sleep apnea. This presentation informs the audience about the problem of sleep deprivation data to bring light to the problem and offer strategies to address it.

Michael Trufant, Aeroflow Healthcare Inc.


WEDNESDAY 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

It's Getting Complicated… For a Drug Free Workplace

With the rise of designer and synthetic drug use, as well as legal medical and personal marijuana, many workers and plants are exposed to undetected drug use. This interactive workshop will look at new smart drugs which are being used to boost performance. It will also cover case law and answer questions on how to maintain a drug free workforce.

Robert Manuel, Huntsman

Tips and Best Practices on Collaborating Across Your Entire Organization During Critical Incidents

The oil and gas industry today faces an increasingly challenging landscape. Professionals in this field are seeing emerging technologies, new regulations, a changing global infrastructure, and more complex facilities. There is much at stake here: massive numbers of employees, contractors, shipping equipment and machinery must function together to work with highly volatile substances in large quantities. Safety, coordination, and communication are paramount. Our industry expert, Jason Yacey, will discuss challenges facing the industry today and best practices.

Jason Yacey, BlackBerry AtHoc Sales

The Safety Man Movement

It’s time to stop pushing the responsibility of safety onto the shoulders of a select few and begin to bear this load together. To drive this concept, this presentation will introduce “The Safety Man Movement” and how it can spur a cultural shift in your safety environment.

Terry D. Gray, Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. Newport News Shipbuilding

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.

Curtis Reece, Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Battelle Energy Alliance; Ryan Charboneau, Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Battelle Energy Alliance; Heather Silverman, Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Battelle Energy Alliance; Laurel Flynn, Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Battelle Energy Alliance

PPE and Combustible Dust – the often overlooked piece of protection

Attendees will learn about hazard assessment and protecting employees against the combustible dust hazard from a combustible dust explosion. Consequences of combustible dust are examined, with emphasis on the importance of utilizing garments certified for the hazard.

Derek Sang, Bulwark Protective Apparel

Recognizing Industrial Hygiene Hazards in Construction

This presentation will help participants recognize prevalent and emerging health hazards in construction and provide information on how to use best practices for abating health hazards found on construction sites. As part of the presentation, chemical, physical, and biological hazards will be reviewed as well as methods used to sample and control health hazards.

Curt Wittman, Colden Corporation

The Kevin Bailey Story

Everyone can learn from someone else's mistake. After nearly losing his life in a work-related accident, Kevin Bailey suffered immeasurable physical pain and caused emotional pain for his family. A nationally-recognized speaker, Kevin will emphasize the importance of safety in the workplace, while focusing on job complacency, risk-taking and attitude.

Kevin Bailey, SAFE Safety Awareness For Everyone

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 (CHPRC)

Exceptional People (the critical factor for safety process success)

Not everyone can lead. True leaders are exceptional people that are willing to put forth their best effort. A lot has been said about leadership as a necessity for success, yet much less has been said about developing that leadership. This presentation will examine the attributes of these exceptional people and how we might encourage organizations to develop the potential of their members.

Steve Williams, ADSI

State-Plan VPP Managers Open Forum

This workshop will allow participants to hear from various state-plan VPP managers about best practices that occur in each state and will review the differences in the program from state to state. This workshop will be very valuable for those companies who have sites in multiple state-plan states, and will include a chance to ask any questions of the state managers.

Redesigning Safety Programs to Adequately Engage the Employees of the Future (Millenials)

Redesigning Safety Programs to Adequately Engage the Employees of the Future (Millennials) As the workforce of today continues to transition from Baby Boomers and Gen Xers to Millennials, it is imperative that the design of safety programs adapt as well. Learn about the challenges and the need to redesign safety programs from two industry insiders, a Baby Boomer with 30+ years of field and management experience and a Millennial that is embarking on a career in the industrial world of safety. The topics presented will illustrate the need to alter the means and style of communication and training in order to effectively engage millennials to garner their commitment, ownership and compliance.

Rob Hill, Nustar Energy; Alexis Aceves, Hunt Construction 

Improve your Safety Culture through an Effective Safety Campaign

Most companies do not have a lack of desire, dedication or even funding to keep their employees safe. What they often lack is a plan. This session addresses the ineffective approach that consists of sporadic events, lack of consistency and commitment resulting in the “flavor of the day” safety effort that results in meager results.

Dale Lesinski, DiVal Safety Equipment



THURSDAY 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

State-Plan VPP Managers Open Forum

This workshop will allow participants to hear from various state-plan VPP managers about best practices that occur in each state and will review the differences in the program from state to state. This workshop will be very valuable for those companies who have sites in multiple state-plan states, and will include a chance to ask any questions of the state managers.

Various State-Plan VPP Managers

Don't Dodge It, RAM It! Creating a Risk Assessment Matrix

Through an interactive classroom experience, students will learn the basics of the Risk Assessment Matrix (RAM) Score, how to use it and how they can directly apply this tool in their workplace. Hands on activities will include the use of RAM scores on mock scenarios, open discussion on assessing risks associated with tasks and discussion on industry-specific application, which will all help provide a consistent hazard assessment in the workplace.

Brent McCarty, Marathon Petroleum; Michael Moore, Marathon Petroleum Company, LP

The New Face of HazCom – SDS & Label Compliance in the Post-GHS Deadline Era

In this session, we will address the often elusive areas of SDS and label compliance under HazCom. Given the integral role they play in HazCom, by equipping EHS professionals with information necessary to tackle SDS and label compliance issues head-on, we are paving the way for companies to more easily achieve and maintain a fully compliant Hazard Communication Program today and well into the future.

Glenn Trout, VelocityEHS; Chuck Haling, VelocityEHS

SC VIP; Empowering Safe Minds

This workshop is a hands-on cooperative effort among South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation, Greenville County Schools, students and VPP companies designed in preparing high school, technical school and/or community college students with knowledge of VPP-level safe work practices and principles upon entering the work force.

Scott Hatchell, Nucor Steel Berkeley; Sharon Dumit, SC OSHA; Lynn Tuten, Greenville County School District

Walking and Working Surfaces - the New Standard

Falls are among the leading causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. This workshop will highlight the most significant changes in the Walking Working Surfaces standard and will include an update on the ladder standard.

Brian Bennett, EHS Excellence Consulting; Norman Deitch, EHS Excellence Consulting LLC

Engaging the Next Generation of Safety Professionals

Too often, companies fail to recognize and utilize a critical component in the promotion of the safety process – front line supervisors, who have the greatest opportunity on a daily basis to affect safety performance and impact the bottom line. This session will explore the skills necessary for supervisors to be effective players in the overall safety process and multiply your safety force.

Clint Wolfley, Board of Certified Safety Professionals

Fatality & Catastrophic Event Prevention

Recordable injuries across most industries have shown a steady decline over the past several years, yet workplace fatalities have not. During this session we will explore a case study of a large refinery that had averaged a fatality per year for over 30 years and how those fatalities were abruptly stopped by implementing an advanced safety process.

Steve Williams, ADSI

Training Aerial Work Platform Operators Through Virtual Reality

This presentation will define virtual reality and augmented reality, including how and when the technologies emerged and grew to where they are today. Leveraging JLG’s technology and training expertise, the speaker will demonstrate the use of virtual reality for aerial work platform operator training. The presentation will also show examples of virtual reality and augmented reality.

Rick Smith, JLG Industries, Inc.

Best Methods to Create Behavior Change in Material Handling Workers

Musculoskeletal injuries are some of the most frequent and expensive injuries, while also being some of the most difficult to avoid. This talk looks into different techniques to reduce at-risk postures, based on the ability of a wearable device to measure the number of at-risk postures a worker performs per day.

Haytham Elhawary, Kinetic

Leapfrogging from Compliance to Culture

With limited time, budget and an urgency to mitigate risk, safety professionals need to spot the most efficient path by pursuing the big improvement opportunities. This session will launch you well beyond OSHA compliance to a self-compliant culture of safety.

Tim Page-Bottorff, SafeStart(R)

What to Expect from the "New OSHA"

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is among many organizations that will have to make major adjustments due to governmental changes. OSHA must adapt to a new environment, and employers need to be prepared for this “new OSHA.” In the past, OSHA was focused on policies that led to increased enforcement actions. The future of OSHA will see an increase in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and the Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). However, the employer must still be aware of activities that will cause a citation. This session will explain what can be expected of safety regulations, compliance assistance and available resources.

Sheldon Primus, Utility Compliance Inc.

*Planning for the Fall - Evaluating Hazards and Solutions for the Best Outcome

Fatalities from falling from elevation are on the top of the OSHA Fatal Four List.  Planning for the Fall and evaluating hazards and solutions for the best outcome is a necessity for not making this list.  This workshop will discuss: Common Fall Hazards, Hierarchy of Controls, Calculating Fall Clearances, Product/System Selection, The Toolbox Approach. 

 Dan Henn, Vice President of Operations, Reliance Industries, Deer Park, Texas


THURSDAY 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

How to Develop Your Own Health and Safety Learning Program for Adult Learners

Learning can be difficult, and it is made even more difficult when you have to write your own course for adults with varying ages, cultures and blended learning styles. This all-level course will explain the difference between behavioral, performance and learning objectives. It will also provide step-by-step guide detailing how to write learning objectives, structure course content and provides simple but effective techniques for assessing your learner.

Delaney King, Instructional Designer & Training Specialist, Superior Glove

Using ANSI Z359.2 to Manage Fall Hazards

This interactive workshop will use the newly released ANSI / ASSE Z359.2 to identify, assess, control and identify training needs for fall hazards by using case studies of industrial worksites. Attendees will be broken into small groups with the intent of making the connection between case study, hierarchy of safety controls and available consensus standards to improve the quality of their fall protection programs.

Kevin Denis, Gravitec Systems, Inc.

OSHA VPP: Back to the Future

A trio of uniquely qualified experts will provide valuable insights regarding OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) – past, present, and future. Referencing the popular 80s movie trilogy, Back to the Future, this fun and energetic workshop will cover a variety of VPP topics.

Steven Witt; Douglas Gunson, Nucor Corporation; Tim Boe, Rose Law Firm

Healthier Workers Improve Safety, Productivity, and Absenteeism Rates

This workshop will focus on an all-volunteer wellness program, an employee-run committee that promotes the health and wellness of employees. Participants in this lively interactive presentation will learn how to implement a successful wellness program that is based on management commitment, worker involvement and teamwork.

Katie Hughes, UCOR; Felicia McIntosh, UCOR

The Safety Man Movement

It’s time to stop pushing the responsibility of safety onto the shoulders of a select few and begin to bear this load together. To drive this concept, this presentation will introduce “The Safety Man Movement” and how it can spur a cultural shift in your safety environment.

Terry D. Gray, Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. Newport News Shipbuilding

"The Worst Plant - A Virtual H&S Audit"

This highly interactive seminar covers the primary health and safety (H&S) topics encountered in today’s businesses by guiding participants through a virtual tour of “the worst plant in the world.” The overall goals of the session are to educate participants about hazard and risk assessment techniques and various compliance audit and assessment scenarios.

Corey Briggs, Ramboll Environ; Kelly Young, Ramboll Environ

Carrying a dime-to carrying a smartphone - Adapting safety in a multigenerational workforce.

From Baby Boomers to Millennials, each generation has grown up with different expectations on how they should/can play a role in the safety program. During this presentation, several best practices will be shared to display how a diverse workforce embraces a safety program and makes it their Safety Culture, ensuring that the entire workforce is engaged in the safety activities, keeping it “fresh” and dynamic to increase enthusiasm, while still maintaining the structure to reinforce consistent results.

James Charlton, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions; Tricia Blush, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions; Glenn Bishop, Savannah River Remediation

Power Hour

Presenters from a diverse group of companies, including Raytheon, Cintas, Honeywell and Mary Kay, 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

What's sustainability got to do with it?

Organizations cannot be truly sustainable without balancing the 3Ps—people, planet, and profit. This workshop will discuss how recasting your safety and health programs within sustainability efforts can help you step up your commitment and approaches to management leadership, worker participation, and proactive processes of finding and fixing hazards before injuries and illnesses occur.

William Perry, OSHA

Driving Hazard Identification Through Experiential Learning

Description: Learn how to reinvigorate your hazard identification programs with an exciting and innovative employee led initiative that takes safety education to new heights. The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant will share their best practice of using simulations of accidents to engage the workforce and meet site wide leaning objectives. This isn’t your average approach to employee engagement. Get inspired, get imaginative, and get busy creating a new and improved approach to safety!

Cara Tseng, PCAPP

Safety Culture: Who’s Driving the Bus?

This three-part presentation explores some safety beliefs that I have developed through years of classroom interaction and study. Part 1: What are we really trying to accomplish in safety? Part 2: What is leadership’s role in defining safety culture? Part 3: The role of lagging and leading indicators in the organization. Who is accountable?

Duane Smith, Alliance Safety Council

*Electrical Safe Work Practices – Ingredients for a Success Program

Most workers know that electricity can be dangerous, but not everyone truly understands why. This presentation is designed to provide an elevated awareness for all attendees of the following: Common electrical hazards and risks found in industry today; Overview of industry trends / statistics that illustrate why we need to improve worker knowledge and to train to identify better and avoid electrical hazards; General compliance regulations (OSHA) and relevant industry standards (NFPA 70E) requirements; Common pitfalls associated with written electrical safety procedures and qualified electrical worker and non-qualified worker training programs; How to apply best practices, effective principles, procedures and controls to safeguard all employees (qualified electrical workers and non-qualified workers); Flint Hills Resources Corpus Christi Refineries’ journey towards the goal of achieving excellence in electrical safety over the last three years.

Jeremy Presnal, CSP, OHST, CHST, SGE, Flint Hills, Resources


THURSDAY 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

The Seven Delusions in Disaster-Prone Organizations

Organizations are like the Titanic: Our delusions let us enter dangerous waters at full speed, ignoring obvious signs of impending catastrophe. This workshop analyzes seven delusions in disaster-prone organizations, such as BP Texas, Bhopal, Piper Alpha – and possibly yours….

Steve Woodward, SAFEmap International

Stump the Safety Guy - Keeping it Real: Tough Safety Talks From the Floor 

This interactive session will explore some of the typical tough topics of safety messaging through a roleplay-based forum. The audience will be asked to play the part of the cynic, the know-it-all, the indifferent and the independent employee while a safety champion tries to deliver a safety message aligned with a successful VPP safety culture.

Rod Thornton, Raytheon

Genuine Culture Takes Genuine Care : How World Class and Sincere Responses To Safety Matters Lead to World Class and Sincere Safety Cultures

This workshop will show how the Mobile Alabama Cintas operation has created a strong safety culture through their commitment to respond positively, promptly and with genuine care to all safety-related matters brought to them by their employee-partners. The presenters will share specific examples of how they apply this strategy to a wide variety of safety situations and how this approach can profoundly enhance the safety culture of any operation.

Clinton McFerrin, Cintas Corporation; James Hall, Cintas Corporation; Kevin Landry, Cintas Corporation

1.5 Million Dollar Vehicle Collision leads to Organizational Learning

The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) experienced a multi-vehicle collision when one of their ambulances rear-ended an INL Fire Engine at over 60mph. Prepare to be enlightened with a passionate message about human error resulting in this collision and walk away with strategies to manage human error and the inevitable distractions of driving by learning Human Performance Improvement tools that can be immediately added to your repertoire.

Lynn Ellsworth, Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Battelle Energy Alliance; Tyson Allen, Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Battelle Energy Alliance; Jaron Ricks, Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Battelle Energy Alliance

Job Satisfaction, the Secret Ingredient for Exceptional Employee Involvement

Engaged employees are essential in achieving and maintaining a high performing culture that supports safety excellence and VPP. The speaker will show attendees the concepts, tools and methods that lead to engaged and motivated employees and improves the VPP process at their site.

Chet Brandon, ATI Worksite Solutions

The Arc Flash Hazard and the Last Line of Defense

Attendees will learn about the four primary subjects essential to understanding, and protecting against, the arc flash hazard in an industrial/utility workplace. Using video clips, causes and consequences of arc flash are examined, with emphasis on historical data, real accidents, body burn injury and non-flame resistant versus flame resistant clothing.

Scott Francis, Westex by Milliken

Randy's Story; 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, randyroyall.com

Element Ownership Program (EOP)

In this presentation PCAPP will share with you their way to ensure all elements of VPP are not only met but evaluated each year by employees and managers a like. PCAPP has a very unique and challenging environment, with multiple companies and the government, all charged with safely disposing of the countries chemical weapons.

Adam J. Hotzel, PCAPP; Shelly Ettel, PCAPP; Cara Tseng, PCAPP; Thomas Fritch, PCAPP

Putting the FUN in a FUNctional Safety and Health Management System

A functional safety and health management system starts with training so that everyone understands the programs, work practices and equipment. This presentation will include ways to make training fun and interactive using the resources and tools all sites have at their disposal. Creating an atmosphere for safety will pay dividends to a site and keep up morale.

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

The Magic of Safety Communications  v2.0

No techniques are off limits for making your communications memorable and effective! James Barrett and Nicole Sweeney demonstrate how communication initiatives and a little magic are used at the largest Star site in Region IX to reach employee populations and focus the messages.

Nicole Sweeney, Raytheon Missile; James Barrett

Coaching and Worker Observations

When observing workers, are you a cop or a counselor? Are you looking for compliance issues or trying to shape worker behaviors? Are you adding value or just checking a box? In this session, attendees will get an introduction to a coaching process for performing worker observations. We will focus on preparing to coach, what good coaching looks like, communicating, acknowledging behaviors and actually helping workers improve – not just pointing out their flaws. This session is ideal for anyone wanting to improve the quality and effectiveness of their engagements in the field with their workers.

David Sowers, Knowledge Vine

*Don’t get “Struck by or Caught Between” – Don’t get on the OSHA Fatal Four List

Being struck by an object is one of the most common accidents that cause death, especially in the construction industry.  On the other hand, caught-between accidents occur when a person is crushed, pinched or caught between a moving object and a stationary object or between two moving objects.  This workshop describes both scenarios and outlines ways to prevent workers from landing on OSHA’s Fatal Four List.

Speaker TBD


THURSDAY 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Highly Effective Leadership Conversations for Extraordinary Safety Performance

During this very lively and entertaining session with audience participation, demonstrations and exercises, good communication is stressed by focusing on how language and conversations affect human performance. Participants will walk away with very specific communication and conversational skills to immediately improve safety performance and all other business objectives as well.

Roy Flores, Flores & Associates

Preparation for the VPP Onsite Visit

This presentation is a detailed description on what to expect and how to prepare for the VPP audit. Topics will include setting the date of the onsite visit, management and employee readiness, appropriate documents to have on hand, and more. It will also cover what to expect after the VPP report.

Paul Modjesky, Valero Refining Company, Benicia Refinery; Michelle Zapanta, Valero Benicia Refinery

Making Safety a Culture, Not Just an Initiative

Leadership commitment (or lack thereof) to safety is always apparent. This interactive workshop will take participants through a series of fun, meaningful and successful activities which thoroughly engage management and set the stage for safety as a priority. Highlights will include walking the walk, talking the talk and identifying what’s wrong with this picture.

Deborah Hampton, Odebrecht Construction, Inc.; Dwayne Jeffery, Odebrecht Construction Inc.

Tackling 7 of the Top Misuses of Fall Protection Equipment

Fall protection equipment is the most visible aspect of a fall protection program, and it can be the most costly as well. Unfortunately, these investments can be nullified—or even magnified—due to equipment misuse or cheating. This presentation will cover seven of the most common equipment misuse issues and will leave participants better equipped to identify and correct these issues within their workplaces.

Kevin Wilcox, LJB Inc.

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.

Bill Klingbeil, U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA

Electrical Hazards Associated with the Use of Temporary Power

Temporary power is used on construction sites and throughout industry for most maintenance, repair, remodeling, janitorial, landscaping, or any other activity that would require the use of extension cords. Attend this lecture to learn about the hazards associated with using extension cords, along with the safety considerations for properly selecting extension cords based on the application.

Dennis Neitzel, AVO Training Institute, Inc.

What work surface is best to stand on to enhance work performance?

The indiscriminate introduction of floor mats or insoles for standing employees have unknown effects on upright balance reactions and characteristics at the workplace. Come to this lecture to learn about a study that provided ergonomists, safety personnel and management some guidelines for implementing safety initiatives for purchasing and installing the most appropriate floor surface material and/or insoles for their employees.

Patrick Carley, American International College; Dr. Susan Lachowski, American International College

Pushing Through the Plateau: Taking Your Safety Program to the Next Level

Your accident and injury rates are low but remain stubbornly consistent. You’re seeing a spike in the severity of the incidents that do still occur. Sound familiar? This session will take an unflinching, data-driven look at these trends and their causes—the unintended consequences of conventional wisdom, and we will look at discoveries in brain science that will help take your safety efforts to the next level.

Mark Pergrem, SAFEmap International

Training Power Bursts

Training Power Bursts is an innovative, yet simple, method to create focused-safety training that your team members will remember and respond to. The goal is for you to take and apply this approach to create fun, interactive, and actionable training events. Join our session, grab your camera and let’s make some safety magic.

Jeffrey Stolz, Raytheon; Stephanie Gonzalez, Raytheon

The Evolution of Drug Testing

Since drug testing first became commonplace, it has been an ever-changing science. It is important for all employers to remain informed about changes in workplace drug testing. In this session, attendees will be presented with a brief history of drug testing and learn about new modes of testing, such as hair, nail and oral fluids. The pros and cons of each method will also be discussed. 

Sarah Taylor, Gulf Coast Occupational Medicine

*Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CAT) and Foundations for Safety Leadership program Review

CPWR is dedicated to reducing occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the construction industry.  This workshop provides an overview of two successful processes, developed by the CPWR.  The Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CAT) website is a free online assessment tool that gives companies and workers the opportunity to learn more about the 8 leading indicators of job site safety climate and get a tailored report about their own job site safety climate.  The second program overview is Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL).  This review will describe the training and benefits of implementing this leadership skills training.

Linda Goldenhar, Ph.D., The Center for Construction Research and Training

Safety Operations and the Role of Technology

As companies look to digitize their paper-based safety audit programs, inspections, observations, work permit procedures, or other operational processes the speaker will discuss how companies can focus their strategy on digitizing functions and processes that drive outcomes important to the business. The discussion will also discuss how companies should re-think the traditional ways of collecting and analyzing field data to increase revenue, minimize risk, and reduce costs.

April Rassa, Progressly



FRIDAY 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Another Means of Worksite Analysis – NFPA 652’s Standard on Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA)

In this breakout session we will discuss the NFPA’s new “Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust,” which provides tools for hazard identification and dust hazard analysis methodologies. The standard also includes a Management System similar to OSHA’s PSM which can be incorporated into the VPP elements.

Scott Genta, Safety Management Services, Inc.

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


The SOAR (Safety Observation Analysis & Reporting) program helps you to stop looking in the rearview mirror and provides a formalized process for observing, documenting and tracking safety behaviors and work site conditions. The purpose of the SOAR program is for continual safety improvement by observing and engaging the work force, analyzing leading safety indicators gathered through observation and implementing proactive measures before incidents occur.

Gilberto Aceves, NRG El Segundo; Jonas Jackson, NRG Cabrillo

Implementing & Managing Electrical Safety Programs

Implementing complete and effective electrical safety programs is a complex and often costly challenge for safety managers, especially as the details of electrical systems and work practices is beyond the knowledge and skill set of safety professionals. This workshop is designed for safety managers to build a roadmap for successfully implementing their electrical safety programs for long term results.

Jim Schuster, Martin Technical, Inc.

Fits Like a Glove - ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 Hand Protection Classification

ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 addresses the classification and testing of hand protection for specific performance properties related to mechanical protection, chemical protection and other performance characteristics. This class will provide a better understanding of the evolving safety standards, testing methods and glove engineering for cut and puncture hazards, and will assist safety professionals with choosing the proper hand protection with greater precision and accuracy.

Blackburn, Susan, UCOR; Tom Bock, UCOR

Driving Safety Culture Change Focusing on Building a Caring Culture and the Relentless Pursuit of Excellence

This presentation explores how to drive enterprise safety culture change that results in the relentless pursuit of excellence. The foundation of this initiative is based on the positive energy generated from building a caring culture.

Glenn Blazek, Aerojet Rocketdyne

The Ripple Effect: the impact unsafe work acts have on your family

Kayla Rath was nine years old when her father, Brad Livingston, was involved in two preventable back-to-back workplace explosions. Kayla speaks to the heartache and eventual healing that came from an unsafe act in the workplace. Brad will be on hand too as they tell the story of the workplace accidents that changed the course of the entire family’s lives.

Brad Livingston, Just A Second Ago; Kayla Rath, Kayla Rath

Navigating the Maze of Safety Certifications: Which One Is Right for You?

Congratulations! You’ve decided to give yourself a competitive edge by obtaining a safety credential. But where do you start? With so many different credentials out there, it can be overwhelming to choose the best path forward. How do you determine which credential is best for you and your future? This informative session will provide an overview of the various credentials available to safety professionals including CSP, CHST, OHST, COSS and more. We’ll also highlight the key elements to consider in order to help you select a credential that’s just right for you.

Mike Page, Alliance Safety Council


FRIDAY 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

HOW to run an effective Early Intervention Program with OSHA Guidelines in mind

This presentation will review the definition of First Aid – 1904.7(b)(5)(ii). Pitfalls to mismanagement will be discussed and case studies given demonstrating measurable outcomes. Objectives will provide an overview of First Aid – 1904.7(b)(5)(ii) and Protective Limitations – OSHA Directive CPL 02-00-135, as well as discuss the key elements for running an effective early intervention program.

Sheila Denman, ATI Worksite Solutions

Employee Testing; What Could Go Wrong

This interactive workshop will teach you to identify effective versus ineffective employment tests. It will touch on basic laws you should know and help you understand case law, as well as how to avoid legal pitfalls. You don’t want to recommend a service that will only lead to a legal challenge for your customer. Know when and what to recommend.

Jim Briggs, Advanced Ergonomics Inc.

Overhead and Gantry Crane - Best Practices

Fueled from a gantry crane-related loss of a teammate and friend, presenters Bobby Hamilton and Chris Brubeck offer a presentation that discusses both OSHA and ASME's crane-related requirements. This session will review best practices in relation to initial training, qualification, refresher, retraining and documentation. It will also offer not only a narrative example, but the practical application of the same through pictures, sample qualification cards, and checklists.

Nucor Steel, 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. Attend this lecture to understand what these unique hazards are and how to mitigate them. Also, learn how to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions for future generations.

Audrey Garrett, Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Battelle Energy Alliance; John Poole, Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Battelle Energy Alliance

Creating and Sustaining a Robust Safety Culture

At UCOR, each individual is considered a safety leader. Attend this workshop to learn about UCOR’s workforce, which has been recognized by the Department of Energy with the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) at the Star level. This presentation describes the basics of the five core functions and eight guiding principles of the UCOR Integrated Safety Management System.

Libby Gilley, UCOR; Michelle Keever, UCOR

Creating Goals that Drive Real Improvement

What are your site’s goals for improving safety? This presentation goes beyond smart goals and tells you how to create wise goals, which are designed to generate action and help improve the safety culture while achieving desired safety results. If you are involved in creating high-level organizational safety and health goals intended to drive continuous organizational improvement, attend this lecture.

Philip M. Host, Concurrent Technologies Corporation; Janet Nixon, Concurrent Technologies Corporation


Introducing Safegagement – a dynamic approach which focuses on emotional connections, behaviors and engaging employees that will take workplace Safety and Employee Engagement to a whole new level. Safegagement was conceived by Jeff Ross, President & CFO at C.A. Short Company. It occurs when engaged employees are safer at work and make better decisions because they care about those they work with, the company they work for and the overall accomplishments of the organization.

Jeff Ross, C.A. Short Company

Turbo Boosting Your Training!

As safety and health trainers, we often critique our own work and find ourselves repetitively asking the same question: How can I make my training sessions more effective? The answer is simple: turbo boost your training! Some of the simplest ways to turbo boost our training is to prepare, practice and present training in a manner that is engaging, entertaining and most of all educational. With training that includes a healthy balance of workshops, video, roundtable discussions and creatively designed PowerPoints, we can truly make training sessions engaging, entertaining and educational in order to deliver an effective training program. 

Douglas Castro, Global Educational Resource Alliance 

*Indicates this workshop is part of the Construction Track.