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Safety Summit 2018:
Mitigate Risk, Manage Compliance, Master Engagement

April 16-18, 2018
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®, Orlando, FL

CONFERENCE SNAPSHOT: The comprehensive overview American safety professionals rely on to get informed on breaking regulatory updates and powerful management strategies to drive safety success.

Attend the nation’s leading safety conference to experience inspiring keynotes, best practice-rich general sessions, and targeted tracked sessions on the latest risk management/OSHA compliance developments and practical, use-them-now strategies on how to improve safety performance at your organization. You’ll learn proven tactics to address mission-critical areas impacting your bottom line, such as:

  • The latest OSHA enforcement initiatives and trends affecting your organization in 2018
  • New legal considerations and compliance tactics for drug and alcohol testing
  • Time- and money-saving ways to apply alternative protective measure to your lockout/tagout process 
  • The latest NFPA updates you need to be aware of
  • New technologies you should consider integrating into your safety program to drive productivity 
  • Important workplace violence prevention policies you need to implement right now
  • Key incident investigation steps that could help you slash risk and prevent future accidents
  • Proven management and leadership strategies to promote safety engagement 
  • The most effective tools and metrics for tracking and improving safety performance 
  • Insights for connecting with Generation Z and effectively transitioning them into safety leaders
  • And more!


  • Risk Management & OSHA Compliance  
  • Performance Management & Engagement

Enjoy a networking reception on day one of the conference to get to know your peers, and explore featured solution providers with our Exhibitor Showcase. Lunch and refreshments are included on both main conference days.  Additionally, a facility tour will be offered concurrent with the afternoon preconference workshops, for an additional registration fee.

PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOPS | Take advantage of additional learning and networking opportunities by attending our pre-conference workshops, designed to train you on how to implement specific functions that will improve your safety processes with general and healthcare industries. 


When: April 16-18, 2018
Where: Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®
6677 Sea Harbor Drive
Orlando, FL 32381

Or call: 1-800-327-6677
Reference the BLR Safety Summit group block rate.
Hotel Rate Cut-Off: March 18, 2018

Hotel Details:

  • Room rate $189 plus $20 discounted resort fee and applicable taxes
  • Self-parking $32 valet, $22 self-parking per day

Resort Fee Includes:

  • In-room bottled water (refreshed once per day)
  • Local/Long Distance Calls
  • Wireless In-Room Internet
  • Disney World/Universal Studios/Premium Outlets Transportation
  • 10% discount in neu lotus spa
  • 10% discount in Tradewinds for dinner
  • Breakfast for Children 12 & Under (2 kids per 1 adult purchase, Tradewinds only)

Main Agenda

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 | Main Conference Day 1

Exhibits Open 
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Keynote: The Future of Workplace Safety   
Presented by: Tim Page-Bortorff, SafeStart
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
The future of workplace safety will go beyond implementing more rules, procedures and the never-ending parade of compliance standards. OSHA regulations, while important, are not enough to ensure overall safety. The future of safety will put the focus on positive interactions with employees resulting in improved quality, productivity and safety. Real engagement requires a focus on human performance, human error and embracing an integrated safety culture. With over 20 years of human factors and compliance experience, Tim will demonstrate how it’s possible.

General Session: OSHA Enforcement and Trends
Presented by: Matthew Humphreville, U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA
9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

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

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

Risk Management & OSHA Compliance Track
New Guidance on Post-Accident Drug-Testing and Safety Incentive Programs: OSHA's 'Reasonable' Reporting and Anti-Retaliation Provisions
Presented by: Adele Abrams, Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC

Performance Management & Engagement Track
Safety Coaching for Supervisors: Proven Strategies to Ensure Compliance and Improve Culture
Presented by: Charles Douros, ProAct Safety Inc.

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

Risk Management & OSHA Compliance Track
NFPA 70E 2018: Critical Insights into the New Arc Flash Requirements
Presented by: Derek Sang, Bulwark FR

Performance Management & Engagement Track
Where Technology Meets Safety: How Wearables and Other Cutting-Edge Advancements Can Help Promote Safe Work Practices
Presented by: Andrew Hosman, Sphera

12:40 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.

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

Risk Management & OSHA Compliance Track
Lockout/Tagout: Saving Time and Money Through OSHA's Minor Servicing Exception and Alternative Protective Measures

Performance Management & Engagement Track
Training Effectively: Selecting the Right Program for Your Audience
Presented by: Ellis Ritz, CPLP, Meyvn Consulting Ltd.

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

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

Risk Management & OSHA Compliance Track
Fall Protection: Complying with New Requirements for General Industry under OSHA and ANSI Z359
Presented by: Michael Rubin, Esq., CSP, Goldberg Segalla LLP

Performance Management & Engagement Track
Safety Leadership Strategies to Promote Accountability and Program Success
Presented by: Charles Douros, ProAct Safety Inc.

General Session: Panel Discussion on How Organizational Processes Impact Safety Success
Presented by: Adele Abrams, Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC;  Regina McMichael, CSP, CET, The Learning Factory, Abby Ferri, CSP, The Ferri Group LLC
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Opening Reception & Exhibits 
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | Main Conference Day 2

Exhibits Open 
7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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

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7:30 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
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Opening Keynote
Presented by: Rick Searfoss, Astronaut/Space Shuttle Commander
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

General Session
9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

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

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

Risk Management & OSHA Compliance Track
Root Cause Analysis: Reduce the Risk of Future Accidents Using OSHA’s Incident Investigation Process
Presented by: Fran Sehn, Willis Towers Watson

Performance Management & Engagement Track
Leading Safety Indicators: New Strategies for Tracking and Improving Safety Performance
Presented by: Barry Spurlock, JD, CSP, Eastern Kentucky University

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

Risk Management & OSHA Compliance Track
What You Need to Know about OSHA’s New Silica Rule for General Industry: Best Practices, Training, Recordkeeping, and More
Presented by: Adele Abrams, Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC

Performance Management & Engagement Track
Safety Culture Kickstarters: Using Social Media and Other Technologies to Get Workers On Board with Safety
Presented by: Abby Ferri, CSP, The Ferri Group LLC

12:40 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.

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

Risk Management & OSHA Compliance Track
HazCom: The Most Common—and Cumbersome—Compliance Questions Answered
Presented by: Philip Mole, VelocityEHS

Performance Management & Engagement Track
Employee Engagement: A Case Study Example of How to Build Trust, Increase Participation, and Measure Progress
Presented by: Barry Spurlock, JD, CSP, Eastern Kentucky University

Networking & Refreshments Break
2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Risk Management & OSHA Compliance Track
Workplace Violence Prevention: Strategies to Address Employee Safety and Reduce Damaging Litigation
Presented by: Terri Howard, FEI Behavioral Health

Performance Management & Engagement Track
Secrets to Engaging Generation Z: What Works and What Doesn’t for Getting Post-Millennials to Buy into Your Safety Program
Presented by: Abby Ferri, CSP, The Ferri Group LLC

Closing Keynote: Disrupting the EHS Landscape
Presented by: Dave Johnson, Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
4:05 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.

The US Environmental Health and Safety profession is in for disruption on a scale not seen since the arrival of OSHA, perhaps even greater. Technology will revolutionize workplace health and safety practices and the professional skill sets required. Drones will replace humans in observation and inspection routines, not all, but some. Wearables will generate more data about worker health (exertions, fatigue, posture, heart rate, blood pressure, etc.) than previously easily accessible and create privacy issues. Wearables will also produce exposure analytics that may overload EHS staffs.

The Internet of things, smart factories, wireless connectivity, and cloud-based sensors will routinely audit equipment assets, lockout/tagout (LOTO) procedures, confined space procedures, etc. Mobile devices used by workers will be tools for observations, inspections, hazard, and near-miss reporting. Robotics will replace humans in high-risk jobs. 

Professionals will spend less time on the shop floor and more time analyzing risk data and making risk-based decisions. But will all EHS pros be able to take advantage of these tech advances? Will there be a gap between the haves and the have-nots? Will there be the need for as many professionals? (Think driverless trucks). How will the profession’s changing demographics, the leadership of Generation Y, and Millennials affect the use of disruptive technology? ISHN reader research takes a look at the early stages of EHS technology disruption and what lies ahead. ​​

Conference adjourns
4:50 p.m.

Agenda and speakers subject to change.

Pre-Conference Agendas

Preconference Workshops | Monday, April 16, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Choose 1 of the following:

  • Safety Recordkeeping (including first aid, medical records, etc.)
    Presented by: Michael Rubin, Esq., CSP, Goldberg Segalla LLP

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Choose 1 of the following:

  • Risk Assessments (covering leading indicators, etc.)
    Presented by: Fran Sehn, Willis Towers Watson

Or choose our NEW day-long Pre-Conference:
6.0 hours

High Reliability and Safety in Healthcare Settings
Presented by Gary L. Sculli RN, MSN, ATP

This targeted daylong preconference learning experience will walk employers and safety professionals through the latest strategies to help health care organizations reliably deliver effective interventions and refine organizational culture to support patient safety. The agenda includes:

  • Barriers to Achieving High Reliability
    • Sentinel Event Alert #57: Essential Role of Leadership
    • Production Pressures
    • Excessive Autonomy
    • Craftsman
    • Ego Protections
    • Loss of Visibility of Risk
  •  High Reliability Markers
    • Human factors: System design and situational awareness
    • Situational Awareness Countermeasures
    • Deference to Expertise
    • Leader Behaviors and Team Performance
    • Identifying Potential Failures via Risk Scoring
    • Checklist Design and Use Applied to Patient Safety Problems
    • Training: Constant and Rigorous
  • Implementing Standardized Language for Staff in Critical Situations Across the Organization
    • “Stop the Line” but how?
    • Hint and Hope Communication
    • Assertive Communication Algorithm
  • Implementing a Just Culture Jump Start Across a Health Care System
    • Challenges
    • Paradigms
      • Human error
      • Behavioral drift
    • Criterion to Determine the Disciplinary Response
    • Behaviors and Response – Error, Risk Taking, Reckless
    • The just culture decision guide – no algorithms please!
    • Case Studies
  • Case Study: High Reliability Hospital Project in the VA


Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSPAdele Abrams, Esq., CMSP
Attorney & 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.

Charles DourosCharles Douros
Senior Consultant
ProAct Safety

Charles J. Douros is senior consultant for ProAct Safety. Charles engages organizations in every major industry on their journey to achieve and sustain excellence in safety performance, organizational development and cultural alignment. Since 2004, he has worked hands-on in the safety and environmental arena with companies in all regions of North America. As a former small business owner, regional director of EHS, and safety consultant, Charles has personally implemented safety performance and cultural improvement processes across many industries. Chuck is a prolific writer of online safety content and has been a frequent contributor to eHow,, Examiner, CBS News, Boy Scouts of America, Nation’s Restaurant News, Career Tracker and other business & industry sites.

Abby Ferri, CSPAbby Ferri, CSP
The Ferri Group LLC

Abby Ferri, CSP is the President of The Ferri Group LLC, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Health and Safety, is an OSHA Outreach Trainer for Construction, and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP). She employs an intellectual, practical, and creative approach to the toughest health, safety, and environment challenges.

In Ms. Ferri’s current role she is responsible for risk control, program development, training and regulatory compliance for construction, manufacturing, energy, beverage, hospitality, and retail clients throughout the United States and Canada. In addition to providing services for clients, Abby is an Adjunct Instructor in the Construction Management Program at Dunwoody College of Technology. Her previous experience included managing all aspects of corporate safety, health, and environment programs as Safety Director for a civil engineering contractor and managing risk control services for nationwide accounts as a Risk Control Consultant for large insurance carriers.

Terri HowardTerri Howard
Senior Director of Business Development            
FEI Behavioral Health 

Terri Howard is responsible for working with FEI corporate clients to ensure they are prepared for, can respond to and recover from a crisis incident. She also coordinates the people support and psychological first aid services for those impacted by crises, and is responsible for developing drills and exercises aimed at testing current plans and procedures. Over the years, Howard has contributed to several international standards and guidelines on crisis management and workplace violence prevention including ASIS, a global community of more than 38,000 security practitioners, and the FBI.

Matthew Humphreville, MS, CSP, CIH
Industrial Hygienist
U.S. Department of Labor-OSHA

Matthew R. Humphreville has over 20 years of experience as a Compliance Safety and Health Officer with federal OSHA, first as a Safety Specialist and currently as an Industrial Hygienist. He has inspected establishments in the General Industry, Construction, Maritime and Agricultural industries and conducts fatality, referral and complaint investigations and inspections.

Prior to OSHA, he was both a Radiation Health Officer and an Industrial Hygiene Officer in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Humphreville holds a B.S. in Environmental Health Science from Eastern Kentucky University and a M.S. in Industrial Hygiene from the University of New Haven. He is both a Certified Industrial Hygienist and a Certified Safety Professional.

Dave JohnsonDave Johnson
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News

Dave Johnson has been chief editor of Industrial Safety & Hygiene News magazine since 1980, back in the days when Ronald Reagan was trying to trim the regulatory thicket. His first interview was with an official of the American Conservative Union’s “STOP OSHA” campaign in a Washington office.

Dave has gone on create ISHN’s White Paper reader survey on the State of the EHS Nation, ISHN’s web site in 1995, and has written articles and commentaries for more than 440 issues of ISHN. Dave has a degree in magazine journalism from Ohio University.

Regina McMichael, CSP, CETRegina McMichael, CSP, CET
The Learning Factory

At 20 years old, Regina McMichael got the call that her husband had died falling off a roof at a jobsite he was working. That was the day her safety career started. At an age when most people are just starting to think about what it means to be an adult, Regina went from planning a funeral, to investigating her late husband's accident, to transforming her workers' compensation benefit into a university degree in safety, to participating in the writing of the OSHA fall protection guidelines that could have prevented her husband's death.

Today, she's a world-renowned safety speaker and trainer with 28 years of experience as a safety expert whose energy, humor, and engaging style draws rave reviews from clients like General Motors, the National Safety Council, and the American Society of Safety Engineers, among countless others. Her presentations have been named among the National Safety Council's top ten sessions. She is a contributing author for Training and Development for Dummies and the author of more than 30 published articles, and is known as the Safety Training Ninja© and is the founder of Peace, Love and Safety.

Tim Page-Bottorff, CSP, CET Tim Page-Bottorff, CSP, CET
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.

Rick SearfossRick Searfoss
Astronaut/Space Shuttle Commander

As an astronaut with three space missions, Colonel Rick Searfoss shares with only a handful of people in history some of the most unique human experiences possible.  In his career he has led many different teams, including commanding the most complex science research space mission ever, mission STS-90 on Columbia.  He also piloted two other space flights.

Prior to becoming an astronaut Colonel Searfoss was a fighter pilot and test pilot, with over 6200 hours flying time in 86 different types of aircraft.  He was also the number one graduate in his Air Force Academy class and earned a master’s degree at the California Institute of Technology.  Rick has held executive level positions in the aerospace industry and now works regularly with numerous entrepreneurial space ventures, including test flying the world’s only liquid propellant rocketplane.  For the past decade as a noted leadership and innovation speaker, he has shared his unique perspective on peak performance with organizations worldwide. Rick is the author of LIFTOFF: An Astronaut Commander’s Countdown for Purpose-Powered Leadership.

In his spare time Rick enjoys flying, science fiction, backpacking, cycling, and running.  He and his wife Julie have three daughters and reside in California.

Francis P. Sehn CSP, ARM, CSPFrancis P. Sehn CSP, ARM, CSPT
Vice President – Senior Risk Control Consultant, Risk Control and Claims Advocacy
Willis Towers Watson

Fran’s career started in 1973 as a loss control consultant and he spent 18 years with several major insurance carriers. After graduating from college, he spent several years in the railroad and electronics industry. He is currently a project leader for three Willis Blue projects where he provides safety and risk control consulting services for manufacturing, construction, institutional and real estate accounts throughout North America.

Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson in 1999, Fran was the Manager of Safety for Washington Steel Corporation for over eight years where he was responsible for safety, industrial hygiene, workers’ compensation and security for the specialty steel maker. He is also a member of the Western PA Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), was the Past President (2004-2005) of the chapter, and is the author of the chapter entitled “Cost Benefit Analysis for Fleet Safety Training” in the ASSE “Safety Handbook.”


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SafeStart is a safety training process that helps workers develop personal 24/7 safety skills. It’s been proven to reduce injuries 30%–70% by more than 3,000 clients in 60+ countries. SafeStart fits within your existing safety system to reduce injuries and improve performance both on and off the job.
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Dinner with the Sharks at Safety Summit 2018

April 17, 2018 -  Sharks Underwater Grill

Dinner with the Sharks eventMake it a night to remember and save your spot for this unique dining experience! On Tuesday, April 17th from 7:00 p.m.—10:00 p.m., attendees of the Dinner with the Sharks at Safety Summit will enjoy dinner and drinks at the Sharks Underwater Grill, which offers floor-to-ceiling window views of a one-of-a-kind marine exhibit containing more than 50 sharks, barracudas and other exotic sea creatures! Enjoy world-class cuisine with a view of some of the most majestic creatures from under-the-sea.

Event cost will include a plated dinner and drinks in a private dining room and a unique photo op in front of the green screen. Cost for attendees is $75 per person.

Registration is limited, so save your spot today!