Mel James embodied safety and health in the workplace. He chose to spend 27 years in state service in compliance and consultation, supporting the mission of the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act.
Mel began his career with L&I in 1981, working in the Mount Vernon office as a safety compliance officer. His primary responsibility was sawmill safety and other wood-products related activities. He chose to continue his career in worker safety with the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, working in the Everett, Tacoma, Seattle, Olympia and Tumwater offices.
Throughout his career, Mel was a big supporter and government representative of local industry-based safety and health groups such as the Puget Sound Safety Summit, the Western Pulp, Paper and Forest Products Safety and Health Conference and the Region X Voluntary Protection Program Participants Association.
8:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Joel Sacks, Department of Labor and Industries Director
Jeffrey Killip, DOSH Acting Deputy Assistant Director
Terry Schulte, Chairperson, VPPPA
9:20 Who Pushed Autopilot?
Mark D. Norton, MAOM, RSP, CSSM. Norton Safety Services, LLC.
10:40 Safety Culture: What is it, how do we know where we are, and how do we improve it?
Soren Bjerregaard, CSP, MBA; Ben McCormack, CSP
Safety Management Consultants. SAIF Corporation.
12:00 Dare to Lead - Courage Over Comfort When It Matters Most
Amy Leneker, MPA, Leadership Consultant & Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator. The Leneker Team
1:00 Closing and Adjourn