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Access all presentations from the 2017 BLR Safety Summit for one low price so you don't have to miss out on the powerful takeaways!

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Access all presentations from the 2017 BLR Safety Summit for one low price so you don't have to miss out on the powerful takeaways!

CONFERENCE SNAPSHOT: Safety Summit 2017 is one of the nation's most cost-effective events for safety professionals looking to improve safety management and OSHA compliance at their facility.


Safety Summit 2017 attendees will:

  • Learn the latest OSHA enforcement initiatives & trends for 2017
  • Access expert tips to avoid fall fatalities, injuries, and costly citations under the new Walking/Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Rule
  • Test-drive new technologies to improve the effectiveness and accessibility of safety training
  • See how to ace an OSHA worksite inspections and avoid increase penalties
  • Understand the implications of OSHA’s Final Rule on Silica ahead of the 2018 compliance deadline
  • Uncover ergonomic strategies that really work to increase productivity
  • Get tips to comply with Injury & Illness Reporting requirements to your OSHA filings are accurate
  • Learn how better to manage risk using the latest Job Hazard Analysis best practices and big data
  • Benefit from exclusive Q&A with some of the nation's most sought-after safety experts
  • Earn critical safety recertification points toward professional development

Access all presentations from the 2017 BLR Safety Summit for one low price so you don't have to miss out on the powerful takeaways!


April 3, 2017 | Preconference Workshops

Making Your Safety Culture Stick! What Leaders Do to Drive Sustainable Culture Change
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Presented by: Eric Svendsen, Ph.D., safetyBUILT-IN

Safety-culture change is a tricky thing.  Do it well and your organization will reap the benefits of a stronger safety culture and all that accompanies it-including higher levels of employee engagement and employee ownership. Get it wrong and you could find your organization in a worse place than it was before you started the change.  Anything from forfeited ROI, to compromised employee trust, to unmanaged employee resistance, to outright employee cynicism and disengagement are just a few of the consequences that might plague a badly executed safety-culture change initiative. The end result is often that our well-intentioned plans end up becoming a non-starter and the latest flavor of the month. During this intensive workshop, you’ll walk through a proven model for leading safety-culture change that focuses on accelerating the pace of that change while minimizing resistance, resulting in a strong safety culture that lasts. You’ll learn:

  • A proven change-management model that is tailored to a safety-culture change
  • initiative 
  • How to communicate a safety-culture change to maximize adoption
  • and minimize resistance 
  • How to transfer ownership of the safety culture to the front lines to make it sustainable

Job Hazard Analysis: Risk Management and Assessment
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Presented by: JoAnn Dankert, National Safety Council
Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) is a pre-planning tool that helps employee’s spot problems before they become exposed to hazards. JHA focuses on determining task steps, analyzing potential safety and health hazards an employee may be exposed to as they are performing the task, and brainstorming controls for identified hazards. It is a means to ensure that employees have all the training, equipment, and supplies to complete a task safely. Many organizations are using JHA and risk-assessment programs to help identify hazards and reduce risk. But, are organizations taking advantage of the synergistic effects between these tools and getting the most out of them by ensuring that they are working together? Join JoAnn Dankert of the National Safety Council for an intensive workshop on how these tools should interact for the best possible results. You’ll learn:

  • Common uses of JHAs, pitfalls, and managing the JHA process
  • Identifying tasks where JHAs would be most useful
  • The mechanics of creating a JHA: steps, hazard identification and controls (exercise)
  • Fundamental risk assessment methodology
  • Why you should risk assessments—and when
  • The synergism between JHAs and managing risks within an organization

April 4, 2017 | Day 1, Main Conference

Exhibits Open
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Breakfast & Exhibits
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks
7:55 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. 

Leapfrogging from Compliance to Culture
8:05 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Presented by: Tim Page-Bottorff, CSP, SafeStart, a division of Electrolab Limited
There are several stages companies eventually progress through on their journey to zero injuries. 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 that will move them well beyond OSHA compliance to a self-compliant culture of safety. Most companies spend far too long applying too much effort in one area only to discover another impediment to sustained improvements. Many companies hop sequentially from one thing to the next without seeing the opportunities to overcome multiple challenges in a single bound. Others overlook an important step along the way.

This session will launch you forward by helping you:

  • identify the big milestones in safety improvement
  • recognize prerequisites and follow best practices in the order of operations
  • understand when it’s time to move on from one to the next
  • choose the singular strategies that will leapfrog multiple challenges
  • connect the dots between safety components and the organization
  • avoid the common pitfalls in safety improvement

General Session: Insider Look at OSHA Enforcement Initiatives & Trends for 2017
9:05 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.
Presented by: R. Casey Perkins, OSHA 
What does OSHA’s 2017 enforcement agenda have in store? Why is OSHA’s push to improve workplace illness and injury reporting an important step forward? How inspectors will enforce the new silica rule? These questions and more will be answered, and you’ll learn:

  • The industry sectors and hazards that OSHA inspectors will focus on in 2017
  • How OSHA’s new online injury reporting rule will affect employers
  • How the recently released OSHA Top 10 list of safety violations can help identify safety policies and practices that could expose your organization to massive liability
  • Best practices and common pitfalls for host employers and temporary/contract labor agencies for managing the safety of temporary  workers
  • Which final rules are on OSHA’s near-term horizon
  • The increase in penalties and fines that are resulting from OSHA’s mandated inflation adjusted penalty increases

Refreshments & Networking Break

10:05 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions
10:20 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Mastering OSHA Compliance Challenges
Walking/Working Surfaces & Fall Protection: New Compliance Obligations Under OSHA’s Final Rule and How to Avoid Fall Fatalities, Injuries, and Costly Citations
Presented by: Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP, Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams P.C.
OSHA’s long-awaiting final fall protection rule, in development since 1990covers walking and working surfaces in the general industry workplaces and presents a new layer of compliance hurdles for safety professionals. The rule encompasses many areas, including floors, falls from ladders, scaffolds, towers, outdoor advertising signs, and similar surfaces where accidents could result in serious injury or death. It’s intended to protect workers from one of the leading causes of work-related injuries and fatalities, increase consistency between construction, maritime, and general industry standards, and eliminate any duplication. It also requires equipment and procedural changes in millions of workplaces across the United States. Suffice to say, this is a big deal for worksites across the country. During this session, you’ll learn: 

  • The scope of new compliance obligations under the voluminous final fall protection rule
  • How the new standards compare with current national consensus standards
  • Enforcement actions that are likely to result from OSHA’s adoption of the final rule
  • Case studies illustrating serious—and preventable—mistakes resulting in fall-related fatalities and costly citations

Forward-Thinking Safety Management Strategies
The Secrets to Effective Safety Communication
Presented by: Thomas E. Boyce, Ph.D., Center for Behavioral Safety
Do you want to better influence action and inspire others to achieve the safety results you envision? The good news is you don’t need formal authority to be an effective safety leader.  But, influencing and inspiring others to take action requires that you earn their trust and respect. During this session, Dr. Ted Boyce will share the critical, and effective, communication skills necessary to turn you into an activator and a motivator. By the end of this session you’ll learn: 

  • How to describe—and act upon—the 2 components of effective communication 
  • The 4 different styles of communicators and how to match your communication style to the style of those you’re trying to reach with your message 
  • How to ensure others’ understanding of what you’re saying in just 3 simple steps 
  • How to apply 4 strategies for fine-tuning “kind” communications to better deal with conflict
  • The importance of story-telling in everyday communication, and the simple 5-step structure to develop stories for enhanced communication

Concurrent Sessions
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Mastering OSHA Compliance Challenges
Defending OSHA Citations: How to Prepare Properly and Avoid Increased Penalties Resulting from Worksite Inspections
Presented by: Eric J. Conn, Esq., Conn Maciel Carey LLP
OSHA penalties have skyrocketed—up 80%, with a potential maximum fine of $127,000. Since the new penalty scheme took effect August 1, 2016, safety managers have had to deal with the growing threat of their companies being placed on the hook for crippling financial penalties in the event of OSHA inspections. Now, too, more employers also could be vulnerable to being inducted into a club no one wants to be a part of: OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP). With the real threat of agency inspections and resulting penalties on the rise, it’s critical for safety managers to put into motion a process for anticipating the unknown or unforeseen scenarios that may occur during an inspection. You’ll learn: 

  • The scope of OSHA’s new workplace safety violation penalty provisions
  • How to communicate to the C-suite about the financial threats your organization could face in the event OSHA comes knocking 
  • Inspection do’s and don’ts to ensure success, including prudent walk-around rules and other practices to adopt
  • Strategies for reducing the risk of costly penalties during OSHA inspections
  • Recommendations on how to preserve affirmative defenses during an inspection 
  • Best practices for developing proactive strategies before the OSHA inspection 
  • And much more! 

Forward-Thinking Safety Management Strategies
Coaching Safety Performance and Behaviors
Presented by: Eric Svendsen, Ph.D., safetyBUILT-IN
A safety culture is reinforced through coaching, and coaching must be done in a way that transfers ownership for performance and behavioral changes to the person who is being coached. They must "own" the improvements and commit to a concrete plan of action to ensure growth. This unit covers general guidelines for coaching
and focuses on a structured model to coach safety performance and behaviors. You’ll learn:

  • Guidelines and criteria for coaching safety-culture improvements 
  • A proven coaching model that is tailored to safety situations 
  • How to ensure improvements are fully “owned” and executed

Strategy Power Lunch: Exclusive Look at BLR’s 2017 What’s Working in Safety Survey Results—Sponsored by SafeStart
12:40 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.
Presented by: Emily Scace, BLR Senior Editor, Safety and Amanda Czepiel, JD, BLR Senior Managing Editor, EHS
Working with SafeStart, BLR surveyed 698 safety professionals to gain insight into the state of workplace safety across a variety of organizations. In this session, we’ll share what we learned about our respondents’ top challenges, common obstacles to improving safety, recent successes and improvement strategies, key resources for safety information and best practices, and where safety culture and behavioral safety fit in. The results are sure to be food for thought as you head home to think about your own safety program.

Concurrent Sessions
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Mastering OSHA Compliance Challenges
OSHA’s Final Rule on Silica: Policy and Practice Updates for General Industry Ahead of 2018 Compliance Deadline
Presented by: Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP, Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams P.C.
OSHA’s highly anticipated and downright controversial final rule on silica implemented two new standards in June 2016—one for general industry and maritime, the other for construction. While both standards became effective June 23, 2016, OSHA provided a grace period for compliance—anywhere from 1 to 5 years. The deadline for compliance for general industry is June 23, 2018 – just one year away. This session, which will include a bonus handout detailing the key provisions of the agency’s final rule on silica, will cover: 

  • What industry should do to prepare for the June 23, 2018 compliance deadline
  • How to identify the health issues associated with silica as they relate to your organization
  • Strategies for reducing the permissible exposure limit for respirable crystalline silica

Forward-Thinking Safety Management Strategies
Case Study: Reducing Lost Time by Reinforcing Behavior-Based Safety Principles
Presented by: Thomas E. Boyce, Ph.D., Center for Behavioral Safety
Practicing behavior-based safety (BBS) can be a great way to reduce accidents—plain and simple. But, while BBS has been an accepted approach to workplace safety for decades, like many facets of safety, it’s easier said than done. That is, until you have demonstrated proof on how it works in practice. This case study will discuss how a manufacturing facility with hundreds of hourly and salaried employees was able to reduce lost work time due to injuries by following a comprehensive regime of BBS principles in practice.

Refreshments & Networking Break
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Mastering OSHA Compliance Challenges
Lockout/Tagout and the Minor Service Exception: How to Save Time and Money with Alternative Protective Measures
Presented by: Jonathan Poole, The EI Group
OSHA’s standards governing lockout/tagout (LOTO) to control hazardous energy are quite detailed and strict. However, alternative protective measures (APM) exceptions measures that can help lighten your safety compliance load may apply.  Under OSHA’s “Minor Service Exception to Lockout/Tagout,” employees may access hazardous areas of the machine without performing lockout/tagout—but only if specific conditions are met. This session will cover: 

  • Practical steps for ensuring that you’ve met the specified criteria that will determine whether the minor servicing exception applies
  • The types of facility-servicing operations that fall under the exception, and ones that don’t
  • Essential training workers should undergo to ensure that your minor servicing program is fully compliant
  • Strategies for developing your worksites’ APMs—and how to tell if those APMs are really feasible

Forward-Thinking Safety Management Strategies
Case Study: Sound GHS Hazard Communication Labeling Practices
Presented by: Terry Weston, CSP, CMSP, Center for Business and Industry at South Central College
June 1, 2016 marked the date by which end users needed to update chemical labels in their workplaces under theGlobally Harmonized System’s (GHS) hazard communication standard. OSHA estimated that the standard would cover more than 40 million workers and in excess of 5 million companies here in the United States. Given the sheer volume of hazardous chemicals at work, safety managers have had to grapple with ensuring that their worksites have gotten up to speed on GHS’s hazard communicating labeling requirements. With so many chemical products, so many workers, and the fact that many employers operate multiple worksites, safety managers have had their work cut out for them. If the process hasn’t gone as smoothly as hoped, this session is for you. You’ll hear from a safety professional who has helped companies shine in ensuring full GHS compliance. And, you’ll learn:

  • A simple way to gather and track safety data sheets for each location
  • How client companies have managed to ensure that chemicals transferred to secondary containers are properly labeled, and the pitfalls they faced
  • How his clients successfully approached GHS labeling with a flexible, yet still compliant, mindset
  • And more! 

Concurrent Sessions
3:35 p.m. – 4:35 p.m.

Mastering OSHA Compliance Challenges
From Zero to Hero—OSHA-Compliant Safety Incentives that Work
Presented by: Michael Rubin, Esq. CHST, Goldberg Segella and Jeremy R. Mollet GSC, STS, CHSC, CRSP, CMIOSH, CSP, AECOM
Having a zero-injury record can be a big accomplishment. But, when attaining or maintaining zero-injury status becomes a standard that’s engrained into each and every worker, underreporting of minor injuries or near misses is more likely to occur. OSHA has expressed concern over this very issue, and inspectors are on the lookout for safety incentive programs that are flawed in this respect. Zero to Hero will examine how to structure your safety incentive program to get the most value and stay in full compliance with tricky laws. You’ll learn:

  • The latest on OSHA’s safety incentive-related announcements, white papers, and memorandums, such as its “Revised VPP Policy Memorandum #5: Further Improvements to the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP)”
  • Examples of compliant safety incentive programs—and the positive results safety managers have been able to achieve with them 
  • The role of disciplinary programs in the overall incentive/disincentive process
  • The costly citations your company could face if OSHA concludes your incentives aren’t legal

Forward-Thinking Safety Management Strategies
Ergonomic Strategies That Work: How to Design Standing Workstations to Reduce Injury and Increase Productivity
Presented by: Kevin Slates, Ed.D., MPA, BS, CSP, Indiana University
Standing workstations may provide an ergonomically beneficial alternative to traditional sitting workstations, and have been gaining popularity in workplaces as a result. However, evidence has shown that not. all standing workstations are considered equal. Taking time on the front end to evaluate a task, talking with employers and supervisors to gather useful design criteria information, and working closely with either an ergonomics specialist or a station manufacturer will help to ensure that the solution is more effective and that you achieve maximum ROI. This session will cover how to:

  • Define key terms associated with ergonomics
  • Identify common ergonomic disorders
  • Describe the worth of standing work stations to replace or augment traditional sitting work stations 
  • Discuss the benefits and drawbacks of standing work stations
  • Identify health benefits of standing work stations relative to obesity, metabolic syndromes, blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol
  • Discuss design considerations for tools and workstations
  • Describe tips and guidelines for standing work station and tool design, such as the importance of paying attention to posture, desk position, monitor and/or tool location, communication equipment placement, key object location, lighting, and standing surfaces

Day 1 Closing Keynote: A Split Second Is All It takes—A Survivor’s Tale and What No Amount of Safety Training Can Prepare You For
Presented by: Derek Sang, Bulwark Protective Apparel, VF Imagewear
4:40 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Whether you’re at work, traveling, or at home, all it takes is a split second for something unexpected to happen and change things forever. Day 1 of the Safety Summit closes with an inspiring keynote by Bulwark Protective Apparel Technical Training Manager Derek Sang’s personal account of the impact an unexpected event in November 2016 had on his life and the life of his family and friends. From a survivor’s point of you, you’ll gain insights into: 

  • The ripple effects of catastrophic injuries—whether they occur on one’s personal time or on the clock
  • How decision-making can significantly alter the impact of an incident
  • Lessons to apply in your approach to safety training
  • A real-life example that can reinforce your safety policies and truly encourage compliance from your team

*Agenda and speakers subject to change. 

Opening Reception & Exhibits
5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

April 5, 2017 | Day 2, Main Conference

Exhibits Open 
7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Breakfast & Exhibits
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Learn | Interactive Demo of, 
Your One-Stop Tool to Ace Compliance – Attend to win!
7:30 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
Join us in the general session room to take a test drive of our award-winning platform. See how you can improve productivity and compliance at your organization with this custom online solution. PLUS, demo attendees will be entered to win one of the hottest new technologies of 2017. Must be present to win!

Opening Keynote
Inside Strategy: Value Creation From Within Your Organization
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Presented by: Shawn Galloway, ProAct Safety®
Ask any two people what strategy is and you're likely to get two different answers. Ask those same two people how strategic thinking generates value at all levels from within an organization and you'll probably be met with blank stares. Ever since strategy gained currency as an organizational concept in the 1960s, there's been confusion about how to define it. Strategy isn't a detailed plan of action—nor is it a corporate vision or an objective or a mission statement. Strategy is not what to think; it’s how to think. Day 2 of Safety Summit 2017 kicks off with motivational stories and case studies based on safety excellence expert Shawn Galloway’s new released book, Inside Strategy: Value Creation From Within Your Organization.

General Session: Let’s Talk Safety
9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Succinct, safety-centric talks await during our Let’s Talk Safety segment, featuring inspiring discussions on:

Getting Safety Pros to the Top of the Corporate Ladder
Presented by: Isabel Perry, Ph.D., 21st Century Safety and, Inc.
Hear Dr. Isabel Perry’s insights into “safety leadership” versus “safety management.” The two are linked and complimentary, but it’s important to delineate the differences. Although it is a complicated issue, there are definite incremental skills and abilities of leadership that are the stepping-stones for individuals who aspire to reach the corner office in the corporate boardroom.

Why We Take Risks
Presented by: Cassandra Dillon, MS, Compliance Solutions: SHERM
Workplace accidents may vary in severity and scope, but chances are they’ve occurred because someone or several employees took risks—risks that didn’t pay off. Even when risks are known to lead to harmful consequences, we often take those risks anyway. But why? This talk will examine why workers engage in at-risk behavior and what safety managers can do to help rewire their way of thinking to minimize injury-causing incidents in the workplace.

Refreshments & Networking Break
10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions 
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Mastering OSHA Compliance Challenges
Heat Stress: Comprehensive Planning Strategies for Preventing Heat Illness at Work
Presented by: Tressi Cordaro, Esq., Jackson Lewis P.C.
Hot working conditions can have adverse and downright severe effects on employees—effects that could lead to serious heat illness or even death. OSHA’s general duty clause (GDC) requires organizations to maintain a safe and healthful working environment. But how far does the GDC go to govern the manner employees must be protected against heat stress-related risks? This session will cover: 

  • Recommended personal protective equipment essentials for combatting heat stress at work 
  • Practical strategies for minimizing the risk of heat stress in your workplace as directed in OSHA’s interpretation letters addressing the issue
  • Tips for evaluating your current plan for minimizing heat stress risks using resources from NIOSH And ACGIH 
  • Best practices for preparing written procedures for your heat illness training program 
  • Environmental risk factors that contribute to heat illness 
  • Action plans for removing employees from heat stress dangers and maintaining productivity

Forward-Thinking Safety Management Strategies
Predictive Analytics: Big Data as a Game Changer for How Leading Indicators Are Approached
Presented by: Nick Bernini, Predictive Solutions
It’s not new that leading indicators can be useful at managing workplace safety. But, what is relatively new and gaining notoriety is the use of big data analytics to identify and track predictive metrics. Typically, safety data includes historical references that get to the question of what happened. Next-generation predictive analytics seek to answer what’s going to happen based on a collection of information from varied sources that’s combined with predictive modeling. If you can pinpoint how and when future safety-related incidents are most likely to happen, you can work more efficiently to better prevent them. This session will dive into: 

  • Examples of big data technology that can pull data in from multiple sources, including maintenance records, operational equipment, and HR to better identify risk factors
  • How big data can help you zero in on the leading indicators that matter most
  • And much more  

Concurrent Sessions
11:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Mastering OSHA Compliance Challenges
First Aid or More? How to Comply with Injury & Illness Reporting to Ensure that Medical Treatment Is Properly Categorized and Accounted for in OSHA Filings
Presented by: Michael Rubin, Esq. CHST, Goldberg Segella
Was it first aid or was it medical treatment? This is a fundamental question that doesn’t always seem cut and dried. Under OSHA’s revised injury and illness recordkeeping regulations, workplaces across the United States are subject to new standards that have additional injury and illness reporting requirements. Businesses are still struggling with how to tell if an employee’s injury and/or illness is work-related, if it’s considered a new case, and—perhaps the most challenging question—whether it is a recordable incident. This session will clarify important concepts and compliance obligations concerning injury and illness reporting under OSHA’s current rules. You’ll learn: 

  • Fundamental steps to follow for recording injuries and illnesses
  • What OSHA considers to be a work-related injury/illness, a prior-recorded injury/illness as a new case, or a continuation of a prior injury
  • When to record an incident as first aid or medical treatment
  • And much more

Forward-Thinking Safety Management Strategies
Safety Training and Technology: Reach Employees Anytime, Anywhere, and on Any Device
Presented by: Isabel Perry, Ph.D., 21st Century Safety and, Inc.
Mobile learning is disruptive to the training profession, as much as Uber is to taxis as Airbnb is to hotels. Each year, advancements in technology and training grow exponentially to provide cost-effective, convenient, and compliant safety training. Mobile learning takes a revolutionary approach beyond e-learning and provides a dynamic opportunity to engage workers at anytime, anywhere, and from practically any device. And, mobile safety software platforms often enable instantaneous recordkeeping to ensure you are meeting compliance requirements. This new technology can be a competitive advantage for your organization. During this session, you will learn why and how to embrace technology that can help you do more for less money. You will learn how to: 

  • Integrate technology into your existing safety training programs by using the latest and newest advancements
  • Deliver consistent mobile safety training to the multi-generational—and potentially multinational—workforce
  • Build and refine your company’s mobile safety learning strategy 
  • Create a “business case for mobile learning” that makes a positive impression on the C-suite and the workforce
  • Demonstrate to management that mobile learning can improve productivity, quality, and employee retention
  • Deploy 5 cheap and easy mobile learning techniques that work 
  • Convert and modify existing software/platforms to mobile learning
  • Understand adult learning principles to live by—so your mobile training-based initiatives succeed every time

Strategy Power Lunch: Which Safety and Compliance Training Is Right for Your Organization? 
Presented by: Gina White, Health & Safety Institute
12:55 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.
Training professionals are presented with a variety of options and resources to conduct necessary occupational and employee training. With the advance of internet technologies over the past decade, more data can be presented in less time, creating rapid growth in thevirtual training space. Attend this session and learn how to select the correct training for your organization.

Concurrent Sessions
1:40 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Mastering OSHA Compliance Challenges
Safety Secrets for Managing the Temporary Workforce
Presented by: Courtney Malveaux, Esq., Jackson Lewis P.C. and Tressi Cordaro, Esq., Jackson Lewis P.C.
Today’s companies are facing labor shortages. Also, the “gig economy”—premised on the notion of on-demand workers for on-demand needs—is growing. Invariably, more and more organizations will be relying on temporary staffing to meet their business needs. What can host companies and staffing agencies do to strike the optimal balance and ensure the safety of temporary workers and the worksites to which they’re assigned? If you’re looking for the answer to this important question and others, look no further! This session is chock full of practical insights on:

  • How to ensure that both host companies and staffing agencies are fully compliant with applicable workplace safety training and other rules
  • Negotiating temporary employee service agreements with an eye on safety 
  • How successful companies have built and maintained strong safety records while utilizing temporary workers
  • And much more

Forward-Thinking Safety Management Strategies
Case Study: All-Star Safety Committee’s Secrets to Reducing Injuries and Maintaining a Culture of Safety
Presented by: Cassandra Dillon, MS, Compliance Solutions: SHERM
A safety committee holds the important job of making efforts to improve employees’ safety behavior and the overall safety performance of the workplace. When workplace injuries occur, the safety committee can play a critical role in communicating with the workforce to ensure that similar injuries don’t happen again. The goal, of course, is to not have any workplace injuries, and this case study will shed light on how one company’s safety committee has achieved great success at meeting this goal.  

Refreshments & Networking Break 
2:40 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions
2:55 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.

Mastering OSHA Compliance Challenges
Emergency Preparedness for Workplace Violence: How to Evaluate and Control Risks
Presented by: Tracy Moon, Esq., Fisher Phillips LLP
Each week, there are new reports about attacks involving guns, knifes, or other weapons on workers across the country. The reality is that workplace attacks on average result inthree deaths and up to 12 injuries per attack, with jury verdicts around $3 million. Employee deaths caused by workplace violence are devastating, and any workplace can be a target. Under OSHA’s general duty clause, you must ensure your employees’ safety. This session will focus on emergency preparedness-related techniques for minimizing workplace violence risks. You’ll learn: 

  • The critical role safety training and education play in this important emergency preparedness-based initiative, so workers can spot and react appropriately when danger is present
  • Safety management practices for addressing issues that could increase risks, such as late night closings, unlocked doors that are open to the public, breached key card access, poor lighting, or security barriers
  • How all threats or instances of violence should be handled
  • Best practices for communicating with the workforce about workplace violence emergency preparedness plans

Forward-Thinking Safety Management Strategies
Safety Training: 10 Tips for Making It Engaging, Memorable, and Fun
Presented by: Ellis Ritz, Meyvn Global
Training employees is a part of every safety manager’s responsibilities. And, employees may roll their eyes at the thought of having to sit through another lecture on the correct way to do their jobs. The best way to train workers on safety is to deliver training that’s designed to take into account how adults best learn and retain information—and is actually fun to do. This session will delve into: 

  • Examples of impactful safety training-based activities that are designed to engage—and stick—with employees 
  • How team-based training initiatives can bolster relationships among coworkers, resulting in a boost to morale
  • Tips for ensuring that your safety training factors in the latest insights into adult-learning theory and principles that support knowledge retention

Closing Keynote: Risk Mitigation the Safe-ari™ Way: How to Build Better, Safer Worksites
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Presented by: Alden Davis, My Value Tree
Eliminating risk and hazard awareness are the top priorities for animals living in the Savannah, not much different from the priorities of safety managers. Observing the animals in the Savannah can teach us a lot about how to eliminate risk. These animals have finely tuned skills to avoid being dinner, and these awareness skills are woven into the fabric of daily living and allow the animals to survive in the midst of a very hazardous environment. Through socio-biomimicry, the study of other population groups in nature, anyone can learn how to hone their situational awareness and the value for caring. So, come on Safe-ari™ and learn from the animals as MyValueTree’s Alden Davis takes you on a tour of key situational awareness and risk mitigation concepts no workplace should be without. You’ll experience an innovative learning platform designed to teach you how to:

  • Identify 14 key situational awareness/risk concepts
  • Complete a “safety size-up” for your workplace
  • Recognize what it really means to be “on guard” for safety
  • Stand united as an organization to achieve risk elimination

*Agenda and speakers subject to change.


Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol
701 East 11th Street
Austin, TX, 78701
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About Your Presenters

Adele AbramsAdele Abrams, Esq., CMSP
Firm President
Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams P.C. 

Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP, an attorney, safety professional and firm president of the Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams P.C. is recognized as a national expert on occupational safety and health. Ms. Abrams heads a ten-attorney firm that represents employers and contractors nationwide in OSHA and MSHA litigation, and provides safety and health training, auditing, and consultation services. She is a Certified Mine Safety Professional, and a Department of Labor–approved trainer. Ms. Abrams is on the adjunct faculty of Catholic University in Washington, DC, where she teaches employment and labor law.

Ms. Abrams is also a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and is co-author of several safety-related textbooks. She is chair of the National Safety Council’s Business & Industry Division committee on regulatory and legal affairs. She is admitted to the Bars of MD, DC and PA, as well as multiple federal courts including the US Supreme Court. 

Nick BerniniNick Bernini

Manager of Predictive Analytics and Lead Data Scientist
Predictive Solutions

Nick Bernini is the manager of predictive analytics and lead data scientist at Predictive Solutions Corp. He has spent the last 10 years building predictive models across the Marketing, Education, Retail, Finance, and Governmental sectors.  Bernini holds a B.S. in Theoretical Mathematics and a M.S. in Computational Mathematics and Statistics and can be reached at

Tim Page-BottorfTim Page-Bottorff, CSP

Senior Safety Consultant
SafeStart, a division of Electrolab Limited

Tim Page-Bottorff is an inspirational certified safety professional who brings valuable knowledge from over 20 years of occupational health, safety and environmental experience. He has received the coveted ASSE Safety Professional of the Year for Region II and also for the Arizona Chapter. His industry accomplishments include teaching as an authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer for UCSD and an Adjunct Faculty Member, Asbestos Inspector/Management Planner. He is the ASSE Region II Vice President and Past President of the Arizona Chapter. He also belongs to the Training and Communications, Consultants Practice Specialties and is a member of the military branch. Mr. Page-Bottorff has consulted with hundreds of clients at thousands of sites across several industries, including Georgia Pacific, Land O’ Lakes, Mosaic, Honda, International Paper, and Procter and Gamble.

As a United States Marine, Mr. Page-Bottorff earned the Humanitarian Service Medal and is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Storm. He started his safety career in the Marine Corps and is very proud of his continued grassroots approach. He is currently working on a self-help book titled The Core of Four and has previously been published in industry magazines such as Coatings Pro Magazine, Professional Safety Magazine, the Journal of Environmental Management and the Water Environment Federation. He has a passion for safety that makes him a very motivating speaker and one of the most sought-after consultants in the industry. As a father of teenagers, he realizes the importance of safety not just at work but also at home and on the road. Participants benefit from his enthusiasm and unique ability to immediately put his audience at ease through humor and personal life experiences.

Thomas BoyceThomas E. Boyce, Ph.D.
Center for Behavioral Safety 

Thomas E. (Ted) Boyce received a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from the APA- Accredited Graduate Program at Virginia Tech and was a professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is currently principal of the Center for Behavioral Safety, LLC and a sought-after safety consultant, conference speaker, educator, author, and executive coach.  Dr. Boyce pioneered the application of behavioral science to prevent injuries in the mining industry and has been providing cost-effective safety and culture change training to the U.S. mining, manufacturing, and construction industries for over 20 years, transforming the cultures of many organizations. He hasauthored dozens of publications, including invited works for Aggman, Motivated Magazine, Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, Rock Products, and the Training Journal.  He also contributes a popular regular column to Mining Quarterly. His executive book, The Psychology of Leadership: Awaken Your Work Culture’s Full Potential in 2 Science-Based Steps was published in 2014 by SMPLLC.  Dr. Boyce is a full member of the American Psychological Association, Association of Psychological Science, and the Association for Behavior Analysis International.  He has also been active with local and regional chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Association for Training Development. As a formally trained musician and experienced performer, Dr. Boyce combines a fine-tuned mix of education, emotion, and entertainment in each of his public speaking engagements. Learn more at and or contact Dr. Boyce directly at

Eric J. Conn, Esq.Eric J. Conn, Esq.
Founding Partner and OSHA Practice Chair
Conn Maciel Carey LLP

Eric Conn, a founding partner of Conn Maciel Carey and Chair of the firm’s national OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group, focuses his law practice exclusively on issues involving occupational safety and health law. Mr. Conn develops safety and health regulatory strategies for his clients across all industries with a particular emphasis in advising and representing clients during inspections, investigations and enforcement actions involving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), state OSH Programs, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), and state and local safety regulators.

Mr. Conn manages the full range of litigation against OSHA, including appeals of citations, negotiations of settlements geared to minimize the impact of enforcement actions on wrongful death and personal injury civil cases, and trials before the OSH Review Commission. He has represented employers during U.S. Attorney criminal investigations and prosecutions of alleged OSH Act criminal violations and advises employers’ other attorneys in civil and criminal cases stemming from workplace accidents about overlapping OSHA regulatory issues. Mr. Conn also counsels clients through catastrophic industrial, construction, and manufacturing workplace accidents, including explosions and chemical releases, and has developed and audited safety programs and policies. He provides workplace safety training and compliance counseling for employers as well.

Prior to founding Conn Maciel Carey, Mr. Conn practiced for more than a decade alongside the first General Counsel of the OSH Review Commission, and was later Head of an OSHA practice group that was honored as the “Occupational Health & Safety Law Firm of the Year” by Corporate INTL Magazine in its 2014 Global Awards. In 2013 and 2014, he was named a “Rising Star” by Washington, DC Super Lawyers, and a “Super Lawyer” every year since.

Mr. Conn is a prolific writer on all topics OSHA related. He edits the popular OSHA law blog the OSHA Defense Report, and authored the chapter “OSHA Inspections” in the Occupational Safety and Health Law Handbook, 2nd ed. (Government Institutes, 2008), and the chapter “Defending Clients Against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Increasingly Severe Enforcement Practices” in Complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Act: Leading Lawyers on Navigating OSHA Investigations and Developing Successful Compliance Strategies (Aspatore, Inside the Minds, 2012).

Mr. Conn is also a popular speaker on OSHA and related legal issues, and is often quoted as a leader in the field. He curates Conn Maciel Carey’s monthly OSHA Webinar Series, created the OSHA Defense Report Group on LinkedIn and can be found on twitter as @OSHA_Guy.

Tressi L. Cordaro, Esq.Tressi L. Cordaro, Esq.
Jackson Lewis P.C.

Tressi L. Cordaro is a partner in the Washington, D.C. region office of Jackson Lewis PC. Ms. Cordaro advises and represents employers on occupational safety and health matters before federal and state OSHA enforcement agencies. She has advised employers faced with willful and serious citations as the result of catastrophic events and fatalities, including citations involving multi-million dollar penalties. Ms. Cordaro served as the Presidentially-appointed Legal Counsel and Special Advisor to the past Chairman and Commissioner Horace A. Thompson, III at the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC) in Washington, DC, the agency that adjudicates contested federal OSHA citations. In addition, Ms. Cordaro worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration developing OSHA standards, regulations and enforcement and compliance policies, with emphasis on the construction industry.

Amanda CzepielAmanda Czepiel, J.D.

Senior Managing Editor – EHS

Amanda Czepiel, J.D., is the Senior Managing Editor of BLR’s Environment, Health and Safety products and publications, and has been with BLR since 2007. Before joining BLR, Ms. Czepiel clerked in the Environmental Enforcement Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and with the Connecticut Fund for the Environment in New Haven, Connecticut. Prior to attending law school, she worked as an environmental educator and naturalist for the National Park Service and for the Hawthorne Valley Farm Visiting Students Program. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts in Food Studies from the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She is a member of the Connecticut chapter of the Society of Women Environmental Professionals and the American Bar Association, and is admitted to practice in Connecticut.

JoAnn DankertJoAnn H. Dankert, ASP, CHMM, CET

Senior Consultant
National Safety Council

JoAnn Dankert is a safety professional with more than 30 years of diversified experience covering the electronics, food, pharmaceutical, chemical and distribution industries. With responsibilities spanning the safety, health and environmental fields, Ms. Dankert designs and implements cost effective solutions to the regulatory challenges business and industry face on a daily basis.  Her background in ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards has positioned her to help organizations integrate SHE practices into their business operations. As a Senior Consultant with the National Safety Council, Ms. Dankert is responsible for providing field consulting and training services. She serves as project manager and client contact for consulting and training assignments as well as SME expertise to the Council, its members and clients. She holds the following professional certifications: ISO 14001 Lead Auditor, ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001 Internal Auditor, Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), Certified Environmental Health and Safety Trainer (CET), Associate Safety Professional (ASP). She is professionally affiliated with the American Conference of Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the Association for Talent Development (ATD), the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Alden DavisAlden B. Davis

Alden B. Davis is a specialist in regenerating institutions. With over 30 years of global expertise in industry, he designs, orchestrates, and leads large-scale institutional change.  His focus is financially based change processes, business turnarounds, collaborative labor-management change and leadership development. He is a contributor on Connecticut’s WTIC Newstalk radio, a frequent conference speaker and workshop leader, and has presented to numerous organizations including MIT, Boston University, University of Puerto Rico, Goal QPC, IAM Placid Harbor, EO and the Business Council to the UN. Mr. Davis is degreed in Business and Engineering from Arizona State University and holds two patents.

Cassandra Dillon, MSCassandra Dillon, MS
Principal Consultant
Compliance Solutions: SHERM

Cassandra Dillon is a safety risk management professional with over 20 years of experience in the fields of industrial engineering, environmental, industrial hygiene, risk management, occupational safety and health. As an international sought after speaker, consultant and trainer her subject matter expertise (SME) spans in the areas of transportation, warehousing/distribution, manufacturing, oil and gas. Also, as an adjunct professor she regularly lectures in the areas of emergency planning, environmental systems, logistics, engineering, risk management, safety and petroleum technology. Furthermore, she has authored several safety video courses that are approved by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).

Ms. Dillon holds the following professional certifications: Certified Environmental and Safety Compliance Officer (CESCO), Safety, Health and Environmental Professional (SHEP), Construction Site Safety Master (CSSM), Loss Control Representative (LCR).

Ms. Dillon is professionally affiliated with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Association of Talent Development (ATD), American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) and the American Chemical Engineering Society (AIChE).

Ms. Dillon holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana State University; an Advanced Technical Certificate in Professional Accountancy, and a M.S in Risk Control/Safety Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Stout. She serves as a member of the Injury Prevention Committee- Texas Governor's EMS and Trauma Advisory Council, Authorized OSHA outreach general industry and PEC Safety trainer. Finally, she serves as a member of the Risk Management sub Committee of the National Program Planning and Development Committee for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Shawn M. GallowayShawn M. Galloway
President & COO
ProAct Safety®

Shawn M. Galloway, president and COO of ProAct Safety, is a consultant, professional speaker and author of several bestselling books including STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence, Forecasting Tomorrow: The Future of Safety Excellence and the newly-released Inside Strategy: Value Creation from within Your Organization. As President of the global consultancy, ProAct Safety, Shawn’s consulting clients include many of the best safety-performing organizations within every major industry. He has received awards and recognition for his significant contributions from the American Society of Safety Engineers Council on Practices & Standards, National Safety Council’s Top 40 Rising Stars, EHS Today Magazine’s 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS, ISHN Magazine’s POWER 101 – Leaders of the EHS World and their new list: 50 Leaders for Today and Tomorrow.

Courtney Malveaux, Esq.Courtney Malveaux, Esq.
Jackson Lewis P.C.

Courtney Malveaux is a principal in the Richmond, Virginia, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He represents employers cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other regulatory agencies. He also advises and represents employers in employment law matters, including retaliation claims, employment discrimination, unemployment benefits and wage claims. Mr. Malveaux also represents business associations in state and federal legislative and regulatory matters.

Mr. Malveaux represents industry on the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board, and pulled together a broad coalition of business and safety associations to pass a first-in-the-nation law to make voluntary compliance a permanent part of a state Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Before joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Malveaux enforced occupational safety and health law and other state and federal labor laws as Virginia’s Labor Commissioner and as President of the National Association of Government Labor Officials.

Jeremy MolletJeremy R. Mollet GSC, STS, CHSC, CRSP, CMIOSH, CSP
Director of Safety Health and Environmental 

Jeremy R. Mollet, GSC, STS, CHSC, CRSP, CMIOSH, CSP is an experienced safety, health, environment, quality, regulatory and compliance executive. As the Director of Safety Health and Environmental for AECOM United States Oil and Gas, he is responsible for SH&E execution on multiple sites including engineering, capital projects, mechanical, fabrication, and operations/maintenance (refining and chemicals) across the United States with an upcoming project in Mexico. He oversees and provides input on projects with budgets up to $1 billion.

Tracy MoonTracy L. Moon, Jr., Esq.
Fisher Phillip LLP

Tracy Moon is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher Phillips LLP. He represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. His experience includes representation of employers before state and federal trial and appellate courts in matters under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans With Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and a variety of state law wrongful discharge, contract and tort claims. Mr. Moon also represents employers before the National Labor Relations Board and other government agencies, including the EEOC and OSHA. Mr. Moon counsels and trains employers on labor and employment law, including conducting on-site compliance inspections and in-house management training programs. He is a frequent speaker at various employment and labor law programs.

R. Casey PerkinsR. Casey Perkins, CSP
Area Director 
OSHA Austin Area Office

Casey Perkins has been the Area Director for OSHA’s Austin Area Office since 2010 and started with the Agency in 2003. He has worked in the areas of asbestos abatement, construction, process safety management, manufacturing and environmental compliance—and has testified for the Agency on more than one occasion. The Austin office administers the enforcement and outreach activities for workplace safety and health throughout 34 counties in central Texas as part of OSHA Region VI (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas). The office has ongoing cooperative agreements with the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) Central Texas Chapter; the Workers Defense Project; and the Consulate of Mexico in Austin.

Isabel PerryIsabel Perry, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
21st Century Safety

Dr. Isabel Perry of 21st Century Safety and, Inc. is a sought-after and enthusiastic consultant, speaker, and trainer to employees in the manufacturing, health care, government, and service sectors. Her “can-do” and energized attitude has inspired audiences to embrace the possibilities of increased excellence based on improved approaches to performance.

Dr. Perry regularly presents to corporate groups and conferences on executive and management development, team building and interpersonal skills, effective communication, coaching and counseling for high performance, culture change and managing transitions in the workplace, as well as on OSHA safety compliance and management.

While working with all levels of a Fortune 50 company, Dr. Perry “broke the glass ceiling” and led teams in international operations. The teams under her direction were inspired to achieve excellence and won international awards for their performance and contributions to the company. Dr. Perry, who holds a master’s degree in safety management and a doctorate degree in safety and educational psychology, harnesses her unique combination of experiences as a corporate executive, entrepreneur, author, and speaker to effectively deliver real-life solutions to her audiences worldwide.

Jonathan PooleJonathan Poole
Health & Safety Consultant
The EI Group

Jonathan Poole is a Health & Safety Consultant who specializes in lockout/tagout on behalf of The EI Group. He offers more than 20 years of instructional experience across diverse disciplines, including occupational safety, industrial hygiene, information technology, manufacturing and the green industry. A repeated contributor to safety programs for Fortune 500 companies, Mr. Poole develops feasible solutions to site-specific issues, particularly those issues involving OSHA compliance standards. In addition to identifying and evaluating targeted improvements for clients nationwide, he trains a wide variety of regulatory topics throughout the Southeast. Mr. Poole can be reached at or at 919-995-3504.

Ellis RitzEllis Ritz
Co-Founder and Director of Learning and Development
Meyvn Global

Ellis Ritz is an accomplished learning development professional and subject-matter expert with nearly 40 years of experience in mining safety who taught over 2,000 safety professionals. He is the co-author of Safety Training That Transfers, and he has served as the teaching experience lead on projects and advocated for experiential learning. He has designed customized curriculum that is heavily focused on student interaction and universal participation, and he enthusiastically adheres to the ADDIE model of developing adult education from analysis to the evaluation stage. He is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance with the Association for Talent Development.

Michael Rubin, Esq., CHSTMichael Rubin, Esq., CHST
Goldberg Segella

Michael Rubin, Esq., CHST, is a partner attorney in the law firm Goldberg Segalla, where he serves as Chair of the OSHA and Worksite Safety Practice Group. Michael has counseled clients across multiple industries regarding inspections, responding to citations, and the intricacies of the OSHA recording and reporting requirements.  He has on-the-ground experience conducting accident investigations and represents companies at all stages of OSHA enforcement proceedings, including negotiating for the withdrawal and reclassification of violations at informal conferences and formally contesting citations. He is a member of the firm’s Business and Commercial Practice Group and possesses an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Rubin, a certified Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST), is a frequent lecturer on best practices for minimizing OSHA liability, the New York Labor Law (Scaffold Law), and strategies for effective risk management and risk transfer.  He has completed the Department of Labor’s OSHA-30 construction training and general industry training and has authored numerous articles/blog posts on OSHA, including as co-editor of Goldberg Segalla’s OSHA: Legal Developments and Defense Strategies  blog.

Derek Sang, QSSP, SMTDerek Sang, QSSP, SMT
Technical Training Manager
Bulwark Protective Apparel

Derek Sang, QSSP, SMT of Bulwark Protective Apparel has been involved with the flame resistant (FR) clothing industry in a variety of roles from the service, manufacturing and garment sides of the business for over 20 years. In the first 10 years of his career, Mr. Sang worked directly with end-users developing and implementing FR clothing programs specific to the customer’s hazards. Over the past 11 years he has worked closely with fortune 1000 companies educating them on the various fabrics, FR technologies and the dynamics of Arc Flash and Flash Fire hazards as they look to develop FR clothing programs. Mr. Sang has developed and conducted over 250 educational and informational seminars on the Hazards of Arc Flash and Flash Fire for a variety of companies, associations and organizations including NSC, VPPPA, NJATC, NECA, CAER.

Emily ScaceEmily Scace
Senior Editor, Safety

Emily Scace is a Senior Editor for BLR’s safety publications. She oversees the day-to-day operations of; writes and edits news articles, training content, regulatory analysis, and other materials about workplace safety; manages content for BLR’s OSHA Compliance Advisor and Cal/OSHA Compliance Advisor newsletters; works on BLR’s TRAC360 Chemical Lists product; and more. Prior to joining BLR, she worked as an editor in the audiobook publishing industry. She graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern University, where she received her B.A. in English Literature and Psychology.

Kevin Slates, Ed.,D., MPA, BS, CSPKevin Slates, Ed.D., MPA, BS, CSP
Clinical Associate Professor
Indiana University

Kevin Slates, Ed.D., MPA, BS, CSP is a Clinical Associate Professor in the department of Applied Health Science at Indiana University. Dr. Slates is also the Safety Program Coordinator at the university and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses safety, industrial hygiene and environmental health. His research interests include program evaluation, EHS management systems, safety culture, health disparities and exposure assessment. his experience includes working for the Kentucky Occupational Safety Health Program and the Environmental Public Protection Cabinet as a manager, consultant and inspector. His dissertation examined safety performance metrics and government VPP partnership programs.

Dr. Slates holds a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Eastern Kentucky University, a M.P.A, in Public Administration from Kentucky State University and Doctorate in Education from Spalding University. He is a Certified Safety Professional and authorized OSHA outreach general industry and construction trainer. He is also an active member of AIHA and ASSE.

Eric Svendsen, Ph.D.Eric Svendsen, Ph.D.
Principal/Lead Change Agent

Eric Svendsen is principal and lead change agent for safetyBUILT-IN, a safety-leadership learning and development organization. He has over 20 years experience in creating and executing outcomes-based leadership development and culture change initiatives aligned to organizational goals, and he personally led the safety-culture initiatives of a number of client organizations that resulted in “best ever safety performance” years for those companies. As a learning and development consultant Mr. Svendsen has developed and rolled out a variety of learning programs using adult-learning theory for all levels of client companies, including compliance training for hourly field workers, leadership development for supervisors and managers, safety-leadership cultural training for field supervisors and directors, and business-acumen training. He has also advised executive leadership teams on development needs and appropriate programs for leadership-level succession planning. His client engagements reach to industrial companies worldwide, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, Asia, and the Middle East. He has authored several books and articles on safety-leadership culture, and is the weekly host of Recordable INSIGHTS video newsletter. His facilitation style is interactive and engaging with a constant view toward establishing performance outcomes, real-world skills building, and competency development.

Terry Weston, CSP, CMSPTerry Weston, CSP, CMSP
Safety Professional
Center for Business and Industry at South Central College

Terry Weston is a safety and health professional with the Center for Business and Industry (CBI) division of South Central College in North Mankato Minnesota. He has presented at numerous events including ISMSP, TRAM, and Joseph A. Holmes National conferences. He is credentialed by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (CSP) and International Society of Mine Safety Professionals (CMSP). He is a subject matter expert for CBI in the areas of OSHA Safety, Mine Safety training.

Mr. Weston collects response data form all of his training sessions using audience response devices. This approach allows him to increase retention by modifying his delivery based on worker results. This data-driven approach to training and consultation helps his clients to implement sessions and systems that resonate with the workers at each company.

Gina WhiteGina White
Solutions Engineer
Health & Safety Institute

Gina White is a Solutions Engineer with the Health & Safety Institute, and is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In her role, she is responsible for accessing organizational training requirements, delivery systems and the expertise required to facilitate emergency care, workplace safety training, tracking, and reporting to achieve the desired levels of compliance.

Ms. White also serves as a technical subject matter expert to clients and colleagues on a host of technical and regulatory topics such as SCORM, Course Authorship, OSHA, CAPCE, and training compliance management.

Prior to joining HSI, Ms. White worked as Director of Training for Trivantis, makers of the eLearning software Lectora and their LMS Coursemill. She has developed online training for the Lectora website, as well as training by request, focusing on the topics of software simulation, tests and variable manipulation, as well as instructional design best practices.

Ms. White is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sales and Business Marketing.


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