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Safety Summit 2020 | Comply. Protect. Cultivate. Lead The Must-Attend Event on Culture, Compliance, Risk Management, Safety Leadership, & More!

April 6-8, 2020 |  Indianapolis, IN

One comprehensive learning and networking experience comprising all of the most critical facets of safety management in for today's employers.

CONFERENCE SNAPSHOT: Safety Summit is back for 2020 and more comprehensive than ever! Join us this April in Indianapolis for the nation's largest leading safety event, including tracks focused on OSHA compliance, safety and risk management, workplace violence prevention, and more! 

Safety Summit heads to the Hoosier State in 2020, with a BRAND NEW multi-track program for an all-bases covered learning experience. From compliance to culture, the nation's leading expert will present the latest tactics for driving measurable improvements in your safety program.

2020 Session Tracks Include:

  • OSHA Compliance
  • Workplace Violence Prevention
  • Safety and Risk Management
  • Safety Culture
  • Safety Training
  • Safety Leadership


Pre-Conference Workshops — Monday, April 6, 2020

Pre-Conference Workshop Registration & Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Choose from 3 Full-Day or 2 Half-Day Pre-Conference Workshops

Full-Day Pre-Conference Workshops
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Refreshment break included from 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.; lunch on your own from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30p.m.)

1. 2020 Drug Testing and Substance Abuse Management Update: Compliant and Effective Strategies for Employers Amid Marijuana Legalization and the Opioid Addiction Crisis
Presented by Adele L. Abrams, Esq., Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams, PC
Medical marijuana is now legal in 34 states and more are on the way, along with recreational cannabis now legalized in 11 states and DC. This raises tensions between workplace safety concerns and infringement of worker’s rights to use legal medication or to recreationally use marijuana off-duty. A sweeping opioid abuse epidemic further compounds these challenges, requiring that employers maintain a delicate balance among business objectives, employee rights, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. It's in an employer's best interest to be proactive on this issue. According to the National Safety Council, the estimated yearly economic impact of substance use disorders exceeds $442 billion. Workplaces assume a great deal of these costs in the form of absenteeism, increased healthcare expenses, and lost productivity. On the other end, each employee who recovers from a substance abuse disorder saves a company more than $3,200 a year. This 1-day comprehensive master class will provide practical information on and strategies to address these sensitive and increasingly prevalent workplace issues.

You’ll learn:

    • Legal limits on drug testing, with an emphasis on evolving state/local laws (e.g., California, New York, Nevada), and unique considerations on testing methods and protocols
    • Post-accident drug testing best practices and strategies to comply with OSHA’s “Reasonable” Reporting and Anti-Retaliation Provisions, as well as other federal laws (e.g., DOT) that may be implicated
    • How to address emerging compliance obligations regarding medical and recreational marijuana use
    • Unique issues for federal contractors and employers in transportation sectors
    • Steps you can take to manage the effects of the opioid epidemic on your workforce and minimize your legal liabilities
    • How to address impairment issues, testing limits, and supervisor training with a focus on fitness-for-duty
    • How the ADA can protect some employees and new case law heightening rights under state medical cannabis laws, state disability anti-discrimination laws, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance and more
    • Ways that you can leverage employee assistance plans and other benefit programs to combat addiction and help employees recover
    • And, you’ll get BLR’s sample drug testing policy!

2. Emergency Preparedness & Response Master Class: Risk Assessment, Effective Planning, and Business Continuity Strategies to Keep Your Workers Safe
Presented by: Lucien Canton, Lucien G. Canton, CEM LLC
From active shooters in the workplace to natural disasters, it’s critical to be prepared—and for your employees to be prepared—when an emergency occurs. By taking steps now to assess your risks and plan for the worst, you can protect your employees and ensure that your business weathers whatever crises come your way.

This intensive 1-day master class will teach you how to:

    • Conduct a risk assessment—what hazards and exposures are probably at your facility?
    • Recognize key considerations for specific emergencies related to:Severe weather (storms, floods, wind)
      • Natural disasters (earthquakes, wildfires)
      • Active shooter/workplace violence
      • Medical emergencies
      • Hazardous substance and chemical releases
      • Terrorism
    • Create emergency action plans and emergency management systems for your specific workplace needs.
    • Adapt with flexibility that’s necessary to properly respond to various types of emergencies.
    • Comply with requirements under various laws and regulating agencies (ADA/HR/OSHA/EPA/local and state).
    • Develop practice training and drills for your workforce.
    • Build and train your in-house response team.
    • Work with vendors and emergency response agencies.
    • Draft clear and concise communication plans.
    • Establish and effectively communicate applicable evacuation routes and exits.
    • Ensure your workforce has the emergency response equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary to minimize the risk of injuries or illness as a result of the emergency.
    • Follow sound equipment shutdown procedures.
    • Develop a business continuity plan.
    • Apply best practices gleaned from case studies and emergency response scenarios.

3. 2020 OSHA Injury & Illness Recordkeeping Master Class: Complying with the Latest Regulations to Avoid Costly Citations Practices
Presented by: Eric J. Conn, Esq. and Daniel Deacon, Esq., Conn Maciel Carey LLP
OSHA’s injury and illness recordkeeping standards are a common pain point for many employers. From determining which injuries and illnesses must be recorded to maintaining and updating records properly to adhering to posting and notification obligations, the rule encompasses a number of complex requirements that many organizations struggle to manage. And with the new electronic recordkeeping requirements that took effect in 2017, the stakes for noncompliance are now higher than ever, as OSHA will have access to a vast amount of establishment-specific data that the agency can use to target enforcement efforts.

This intensive 1-day master class will cover:

    • The purpose and overview of OSHA's Recordkeeping and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses rule (29 CFR 1904), including the latest on implementation of the Electronic Recordkeeping rule
    • The antiretaliation provisions of the e-Recordkeeping Rule and their practical impact on reporting procedures, incentive and discipline programs, worker drug testing, and Section 11(c) rights
    • Recent changes to OSHA’s “continuing violation” rule and pending legislation to amend the OSH Act with respect to enforcement of recordkeeping rules
    • Regulated companies and industries, temporary agencies, and union hiring halls: understanding the recordkeeping and reporting requirements that apply to each type of entity, the limited exemptions for small businesses, low-hazard industries, how OSHA recordkeeping and workers’ compensation laws interface, and more
    • What is recordable? The differences between “first aid” and “medical treatment,” how to determine whether an injury or illness is work-related, and more
    • What is immediately reportable as a Severe Injury and how to deal with completion of OSHA RRI forms
    • OSHA 300, 301, and 300A Forms: who must complete the forms, best practices for completing them correctly, and how to avoid becoming your company’s designated felon
    • Most common OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping mistakes to avoid and tips for effective root cause incident analysis to ensure accurate reporting
    • Best practices for nonmandatory records and documentation, including principles of legal privilege for safety audits, consultant recommendations, record retention, and destruction policies

Half-Day Pre-Conference Workshops

(AM Only) Creating and Maintaining an Effective Risk Assessment Team
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Refreshment break included from 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.)
Presented by: Pam Walaski, CSP, Specialty Technical Consultants, Inc.
A critical part of the implementation of risk management is high functioning risk assessment teams. Developing and delivering training to risk assessment team members usually falls to the OSH professional in the organization who are responsible for developing a framework that includes using adult learning principles to customize content for risk identification, analysis, and evaluation. But in the process many questions may arise, including which stakeholders should be on the team, how to maintain their effectiveness once they begin to work, and how to expand the process in an organization that needs multiple teams. This in-depth training will answer these questions and so many more.

You’ll learn how to: 

    • Effectively develop risk assessment teams, including training and maintaining them as an effective part of your organization’s risk management framework
    • Evaluate the unique needs of a risk assessment team and identify relevant stakeholders
    • Apply training course development concepts to develop customized risk assessment team training content
    • Maintain team effectiveness over time
    • Implement quality control processes for content and team members

(PM Only) Workplace Violence Prevention: Hands-On Prevention Program and Active Shooter Drill
Development Training Workshop
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Refreshment break included from 2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.)
Presented by: Hector Alvarez, CTM, MS, Alvarez Associates LLC
Every workplace must be prepared at all times for incidents of workplace violence. Under OSHA’s general duty clause, you have a fundamental duty to protect your employees—and your premises—from threats of violence.

During this intensive workshop, you’ll learn how to:

    • Evaluate what to include in your organization’s workplace violence prevention plan, based on your industry, worksite(s), and work environment
    • Select who will manage and maintain the organization’s workplace violence prevention policy and serve as the internal investigator of incidents, such as bullying or harassment, that could escalate into workplace violence
    • Manage the many moving parts of assessing your workplace to determine potential threats, including the nature of the work performed, who you employ, and who your workers interact with on a daily basis, the physical work environment, and more
    • Develop zero-tolerance policy statements, including the design of essential workplace violence prevention procedures to include in your policy
    • Train the workforce on how to comply with your workplace violence prevention policy
    • Outline a response plan steps to take in the event of an incident of workplace violence
    • Develop appropriate workplace violence incident report forms and risk assessment questionnaires
    • Conduct effective active assailant (including active shooter) drills in your workplace

*Agenda and speakers subject to change.

Main Conference

Day 1 | Main Conference — Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Registration Continental Breakfast, & Exhibits
7:00 a.m. – 7:55 a.m.

Welcome Remarks
7:55 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote | What’s Next for the Workplace Safety Professional – A 20/20 View
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Presented by: Terry L. Mathis, ProAct Safety, Inc.
Fundamental ongoing shifts in the workplace require safety professionals to go beyond focusing on laws and regulations to build “soft skills,” as well as technological capabilities, to adapt and thrive. They will find themselves identifying and addressing human factors in safety (stress, complacency, fatigue), making making strategic decisions about safety leadership, employment engagement, and culture of safety. Also, new technological changes will create challenges—and opportunities—that safety professionals must contend with in their ever-evolving roles. What resources can they use to learn these new skills? Safety Summit 2020 kicks off with an insightful look at what’s driving the safety profession today and tomorrow.

Breakout Sessions (Concurrent Tracks)
9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Session A – OSHA Compliance: OSHA Enforcement and Rulemaking Updates and Compliance Trends
Presented by: Eric J. Conn, Esq. and Daniel Deacon, Esq., Conn Maciel Carey LLP
We are three years into the Trump Administration, and we have seen a mixed bag of change and business-as-usual at OSHA in enforcement and rulemaking. We watched late Obama-era OSHA rules get repealed or amended and a modest boost in compliance assistance—the sort of policy shifts you expect in a transition from a Democratic to a Republican administration. However, we have also seen plenty of the unexpected, such as increases in most enforcement metrics, including record numbers of $100K+ enforcement actions. And most surprising of all, OSHA still does not have an Assistant Secretary—the longest ever vacancy for the top job at OSHA.  As we move through this election year, the final year of President Trump’s current term, we expect more reshuffling of OSHA enforcement policies and rulemaking priorities, and surely more surprises. This session will offer a deep dive into OSHA enforcement and regulatory developments. And, since past is prologue, this session will look back and take stock of what we have learned from and about OSHA over the first three years of the Trump Administration, and more importantly, will look ahead and assess what to expect from OSHA during this election year—from OSHA enforcement data and trends, to rulemaking and deregulatory actions, and personnel developments at OSHA and OSHRC.

You’ll gain an insider’s perspective into OSHA’s latest activities and their potential impact on your industry and your workplace and learn the latest on:

    • OSHA and OSHRC organizational developments
    • OSHA enforcement data and trends, as well as key case decisions
    • The future of OSHA enforcement
    • Regulatory developments that may impact your safety policies and procedures
    • Significant OSHA policy issues to watch out for the rest of this year heading into 2021

Session B – Workplace Violence Prevention:
 OSHA’s GDC, the ADA, and More: Understanding Your Legal Obligations and Limits under Applicable Federal Laws
Presented by: Melanie. L. Paul, Esq., Jackson Lewis, P.C.
Can you receive an OSHA citation for failing to take steps to prevent workplace violence? What are the potential legal pitfalls of screening applicants and employees in an attempt to reduce the risk of workplace violence? Workplace violence continues to be a top concern for employers everywhere, and businesses of all sizes and in all industries struggle to develop effective preventive measures without running afoul of competing legal obligations. While there is currently no federal regulation specifically addressing workplace violence, employers, nevertheless, still have a legal duty under the Occupational Safety and Health Act’s General Duty Clause (GDC) to provide a workplace free from recognized hazards that are likely to result in death or serious physical harm.

This session will cover how to:

    • Recognize the legal ramifications of when warning signs of workplace violence are ignored.
    • Identify how decisions (or inaction) may spark violations of Section 5(a)(1) of OSHA’s GDC with respect to violence at work.
    • Navigate intersecting duties under OSHA’s GDC and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which may afford certain employment-related protections to your workforce.
    • Legal ways to screen applicants and employees to mitigate the risk of violence in your workplace.
    • When you may require an employee to submit to a physical or mental health examination.
    • The role employee assistance plans, early intervention, and other measures may play in your ability to defend your organization if alleged GDC violations occur.
    • Examples of workplace safety deficiencies involving alarms, exits, lights, and more that could lead to legal liability if a violent attack occurs in your workplace.

Session C – Safety and Risk Management: Preventing Serious Injuries and Fatalities: Understanding the Unique Risk Factors and Identifying Precursors 
Presented by: Jeffrey K. Dennis, MS, CSP, ASP, CET, CHMM, CSSM, WSO-CSE, and Lela M. Garrett, ASC, DENNSCO
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that although great strides have been made over the past 20+ years in reducing overall workplace injuries, the frequency of serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs) has remained relatively flat. Why the discrepancy? Many theorize that SIFs have unique risk factors; therefore, safety interventions that successfully reduce high-frequency, low-severity injuries are not equally effective at addressing the root causes of SIFs. A new approach and a thorough understanding of the unique risk factors and precursors to SIFs are needed to make strides in preventing these incidents. You’ll learn how to:

    • Effectively analyze data from prior incidents and near misses to determine which ones had the potential to become SIFs.
    • Identify the unique risk factors for SIFs.
    • Identify and track precursors to SIFs, and take steps to intervene before an incident occurs.
    • Analyze the culture and systems in your organization to determine your risk for SIFs.

Networking, Refreshments, & Exhibits Break

10:10 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.

Breakout Sessions (Concurrent Tracks)
10:35 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.

Session A – OSHA Compliance: Exercising Employer Rights in an OSHA Inspection
Presented by: Jenifer Kienle, Esq., Kienle Law, PC
OSHA has jurisdiction over 7 million worksites, and its scrutiny of those worksites runs the gamut of evaluating imminently hazardous situations, investigating severe illnesses and injuries, worker complaints, referrals from other enforcement agencies, and targeted and follow-up inspections. It’s important to know your legal obligations and your legal rights when OSHA conducts any type of inspection of your worksite(s). This session, led by a skilled OSHA attorney, will walk you through what to expect during the OSHA inspection process and provide an essential road map for exercising your organization’s legal rights during the inspection.

You’ll learn how to:

    • Properly identify an OSHA inspector’s credentials.
    • Recognize the type of information OSHA compliance officers are likely to gather about your organization before OSHA inspectors step foot at your worksite(s).
    • Evaluate who from your organization should be the designated representative to accompany the OSHA representative during the inspection.
    • Ensure that the OSHA compliance officer doesn’t overstep by consulting privately with an unreasonable number of your employees.
    • Appropriately handle the walkaround
    • Respond to OSHA inspectors’ questions—what you should answer and what you don’t need to share.
    • Determine whether you will appeal citations for OSHA standard violations and serious hazards.

Session B – Workplace Violence Prevention:
 Assessing Your Workplace Violence Risk and Identifying Safeguards to Protect Your Employees
Presented by: Dick Sem, CPP, CSC, Sem Security Management
No one wants to think about the possibility of workplace violence. However, it’s consistently among the leading causes of workplace fatalities, and nearly 40,000 nonfatal cases resulting in days away from work occurred in 2017 (the most recent year for which data are available). Organizations can no longer view workplace violence as an outlier or an unpredictable situation that doesn’t require preparation. Therefore, it’s important for safety professionals to have an accurate understanding of their risk for all types of workplace violence—from assault and harassment to active shooter situations—in order to identify effective safeguards and protect employees, contractors, customers, facility visitors, and more. Risk assessment for workplace violence must take into account industry, occupation, situational risk factors, physical facility features, and much more.

You’ll learn how to:

    • Identify the industries and occupations with the highest risk for workplace violence.
    • Assess your organization’s unique risk factors for workplace violence.
    • Identify the situations that may put employees, contractors, or customers at risk.
    • Recognize red flags that signal an elevated risk of violence.
    • Identify effective physical and administrative control methods to reduce the risk of workplace violence.

Session C – Safety and Risk Management: 
How to Design Resilient Safety Systems and Procedures that Allow  for ‘Normal’ Levels of Human Error While Avoiding Catastrophic Consequences
Presented by: Ted Boyce, Ph.D., Center for Behavioral Safety, LLC
As much as safety professionals attempt to engineer hazards, safety will always involve a significant human factor, and with that comes the potential for human error. While some degree of human error is inevitable, it is possible to design workplace systems and procedures that minimize the chance of error and limit the harm when error does occur. Doing so requires an understanding of why and how error occurs, where and when it is most likely to occur, and how system design can mitigate or exacerbate the hazards it entails.

After attending this session, you’ll be able to:

    • Identify the conditions and situations in your facility that carry the greatest human error risks.
    • Implement procedures to reduce the likelihood of error.
    • Design safeguards that provide an “error buffer” to minimize the harm resulting from mistakes.

Breakout Sessions (Concurrent Tracks)
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Session A – OSHA Compliance: OSHA’s Use of the General Duty Clause: Identifying Your Risk Factors
Presented by: Mark L. Farley, Esq., Farley & Partners LLP
OSHA’s General Duty Clause (GDC) is a “catch-all” provision that’s cause for concern for organizations of all sizes. Even if OSHA hasn’t issued a specific set of regulations or standards pertaining to a given issue impacting the workplace, such as workplace violence, heat stress, or other potential hazards, the GDC conveys enforcement power to OSHA to go after organizations for not maintaining a safe and healthful working environment in all instances. Therefore, it’s imperative to know how to protect and defend against GDC citations.

This session will teach you:

    • GDC enforcement in action—real-life examples of OSHA investigators using the GDC to assess costly citations and fines
    • OSHA’s burden of proof when asserting a GDC violation has occurred
    • Best practices for developing safety policies and protocols to minimize the risk of GDC claims

Session B – Workplace Violence Prevention:
 Could It Happen at Your Facility? Identifying and Defusing Early Warning Signs of Workplace Violence
Presented by: Suzanne Hoffman, Ph.D., Workplace Guardians
“It can’t happen here.” “It won’t happen here.” These are perhaps some of the most dangerous phrases organizational leaders and the workforce can utter. Sadly, we now know that violence can happen in any workplace setting. We also know that having effective workplace violence prevention programs and being able to spot and act on early warning signs may help organizations and their employees avoid serious violent incidents. This session will explore what factors constitute an effective workplace violence prevention program and will help participants identify some of the characteristics, workplace behavior and other conduct may signal that something “isn’t right.”

During this session, you’ll learn how to:

    • Identify the core component of an effective workplace violence prevention program.
    • Recognize the many obvious—and, perhaps more importantly, more subtle—signs that someone may be at risk for violence in the workplace.
    • Take action when warning signs of violence may be present.  
    • Train your workforce on “see something; say something” without creating a culture of paranoia.

Session C – Safety and Risk Management: 
Incorporating Visual Literacy to Improve Safety
Presented by: Doug Pontsler, Center of Visual Expertise
What we see, how we interpret what it means, and the actions we take as a result defines much of the work  that we do as safety professionals. Yet very few of us ever learn how to see more effectively. By leveraging lessons from art education and applying common processes associated with visual literacy, we can be more effective in identifying hazards, improving incident investigations, and communicating safe working practices. This insightful and innovative application of visual literacy will provide you with a road map for improving your ability to see more effectively and proactively improve your safety performance.

Networking Lunch & Exhibits

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions (Concurrent Tracks)
1:55 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Session A – OSHA Compliance: How to Conduct a Fall Hazard Survey and Assessment
Presented by: Jake Williams, PE, CSP, REK Associates
Slips, trips, and falls remain some of the leading causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. Though OSHA’s 2017 Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Rule helped protect workers in general industry from these hazards by updating and clarifying standards and adding training and inspection requirements, employers won’t know just how many fall hazards their premises contains and whether fall protection or PPE is required unless they conduct a fall hazard survey and assessment. This session will show you how to accomplish that.

Session B – Workplace Violence Prevention: The Role of Physical Security, Policies, and Procedures: Choosing Effective Safeguards
Presented by: Hector Alvarez, CTM, MS, Alvarez Associates LLC
It’s often the case that even though a security vulnerability is recognized, and a mitigation strategy is identified the concerning problems persist. The stark reality is that security measures are only as effective (or ineffective) as the supporting policies and procedures.

This session will provide expert insight from a security expert on how to:

    • Identify security risks.
    • Close security gaps using various security controls.
    • Design and implement security training that includes routine tactical prevention activities across your workplace—whether you’ve got one office or several worksites.
    • Monitor your workplace security program to evaluate what’s working and what needs improvement.
    • Recognize the importance of local demographic awareness, and work with local law enforcement to keep your worksites safe.

Session C – Safety and Risk Management: 
How Safety Managers Can Identify Linked to Inadequate Sleep and Fatigue
Presented by: Claire Caruso, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
A strategic plan for promoting sleep health can help your business attract, retain, and support the healthiest, alert, and high-functioning workforce. And, effectively addressing fatigue has other benefits that can have a positive impact on managers and workers, as well as consumers of the organization’s goods and services. This session will give several strategies that management and safety personnel can integrate into workplace systems to reduce risks from inadequate sleep and promote sleep health and an alert workforce.

You’ll learn how to:

    • Eliminate or reduce hazards linked to overly demanding work schedules.
    • Address personal factors.
    • Apply practices to promote sleep health and minimize fatigue.
    • Educate managers and workers.

Networking, Refreshments, & Exhibits Break

2:55 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.

Breakout Sessions (Concurrent Tracks)
3:20 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.

Session A – OSHA Compliance: PPE for Electrical Safety: How to Meet NFPA 70E's Arc-Rated Requirements for Required, Additional, and As-Needed Gear
Presented by: Hugh Hoagland, B.A. CECSP, ArcWear
NFPA 70E has many electrical safety requirements and PPE standards typically makes it easy to comply.  This session will discuss oversimplification sometimes used by companies that can have disastrous consequences, specialty PPE that is very complicated, and what you can do to comply in a pharma, chemical and multi-hazard workplace.

Session B – Workplace Violence Prevention: After the Violence Ends: A Case Study of Lessons Learned
Presented by: Alicia Richardson and Ashley Withrow, Cleveland Clinic
Nothing demonstrates the true consequences of workplace violence more than real-life examples of organizations that found themselves having to pick up the pieces following a violent attack on their workplace. This case study will walk you through the immediate and long-term impact on employees and what organizational leadership, supervisors and managers, the workforce at large, and law enforcement did right, as well as the lessons they learned that you can apply in your organization to prevent and mitigate the unthinkable.

Session C – Safety and Risk Management: ISO 45001: How the Adoption of This International OH&S Standard Will Impact How You Manage Workplace Health and Safety
Presented by: Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Esq., Fisher Phillips LLP
The international occupational health and safety (OH&S) standard ISO 45001 has been out since  March 2018, but many organizations are still unsure of how this benchmark applies to their hazard controls, the steps they should be taking to implement its principles, and how using an ISO 45001 framework can offer both organizational and safety benefits. It’s important to understand the scope of ISO 45001 and how it fits into existing OH&S standards.

This session will explain how to:

    • Recognize how ISO 45001 fits into existing OH&S standards.
    • Identify how ISO 45001 differs from OHSAS 18001.
    • Understand ISO 45001’s practical impact on your business.
    • Evaluate whether to adopt ISO 45001 and what you’ll need to do to implement its principles.

Day 1 Closing Keynote | Everyone’s a Safety Coach 

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Presented by: David J. Sarkus, MS, CSP, David Sarkus International, Inc.
You want to achieve zero-incident status—who doesn’t? But, what does it really take to get to that point? For starters, it takes leadership, coaching, and collaboration. This inspiring keynote, infused with humor, will reveal seven contemporary and empirically-based principles that will move your people from superficial compliance to deeper and durable forms of personal commitment to safety. You’ll leave this talk with actionable ways to:

  • Impact attitudes and actions in deeper and more durable ways for important types of change.
  • Turn your followers into safety leaders and champions.
  • Develop a culture where safety is viewed as vital to the health of your organization by also experiencing positive changes in productivity, quality, and morale.

Networking & Exhibits Reception

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Day 2 | Main Conference — Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Continental Breakfast & Exhibits
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast & Learn: Interactive Demo of®, Your One-Stop Tool to Ace Compliance
7:30 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.

Safety Standout Awards
7:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote: Using a Safety Framework for Sustainable Improvement
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Presented by: Matthew Hall, SafeStart
Safety is embedded in every single department in an organization­—but because safety is so far-reaching it can be hard to see the connection between safety, productivity, human factors and organizational systems. This session will demonstrate how presenting safety as a framework can build an organizational consensus for the value of safety. From showing individual workers how their mental and physical states can affect their own safety to highlighting the way that work environments and interpersonal dynamics will alter injury risk levels, this session will give attendees a useful framework for getting their entire leadership team to embrace safety-focused change.

In this Day 2 kickoff keynote, you’ll learn:

  • The far-reaching impact of human factors on organizational performance
  • The need for an integrated, human factors’ approach to safety management
  • The connection between individual worker safety and organizational systems
  • How to apply a safety framework as a roadmap for sustained success

Breakout Sessions (Concurrent Tracks)
9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. 

Session A – Safety Culture: Integrating Behavioral and Systems Approaches to Safety to Improve Performance
Presented by: Steve Roberts, Ph.D., Safety Performance Solutions, Inc.
Some safety professionals see a dichotomy between behavior-based safety and approaches that focus on systemic factors within an organization that support or hinder safety performance. However, safety-related behavior does not occur in a vacuum. In the workplace, it occurs in the context of organizational processes, procedures, and systems that influence motivations, attitudes, and actions. Identifying these systemic influences is key to understanding and shaping the behavior they drive and developing effective safety improvement strategies. Therefore, an integrated approach that takes both systems and behavior into account is essential for moving safety performance to the next level.

This session will teach you how to:

    • Identify systemic factors that support and hinder safety-related behaviors.
    • Design effective safety interventions that work within the context of your organization.
    • Recognize the influences on behavior and motivation in the workplace and how they impact safety.
    • Delve deeper into the root causes of incidents and near misses to uncover systemic factors that contribute to workplace hazards.
    • Implement effective safety strategies that motivate and engage employees using an understanding of the context for their work.
    • Identify the role of leadership, management, frontline supervisors, and other key elements of your organization in shaping safety-related behavior and culture.

Session B – Safety Training: Safety Training for a Diverse Workforce: Adaptive Strategies for Age, Gender, Language, Education, Experience, Tech-Savvy, and Attention Span
Presented by: Lindsay K. Bell, MPH, CSP
Employees bring a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to the workplace. Although this diversity creates rich opportunities, employers must make the necessary adaptations to ensure that all workers receive the training they need to perform their jobs safely. For example, younger workers may be adjusting to professional norms at the same time they need to absorb safety information. Older workers, on the other hand, may feel they already know it all and tune you out. Employers must craft a training message that reaches a variety of cultural and educational backgrounds, reaches across language barriers, and effectively disseminates critical information to the entire workforce. There are now many options to help you assess the training needs of your workforce and adapt strategies that leverage technology and basic instructional design principles to make your training effective and compliant with regulatory requirements.

Session C – Safety and Risk Management: Enhance Your Safety through Data
Presented by: Rich Eagles, DuPont Sustainable Solutions
Safety professionals have an abundance of statistical data about the incidents that occur in their facilities but knowing how to use the data to prevent future incidents is the greater challenge.

This session will teach you how to:

    • Efficiently capture and analyze data to enhance your safety efforts.
    • Leverage your own data sources to improve safety performance.
    • Distinguish between leading and lagging indicators and identify the strengths and weaknesses of each.
    • Use tools to act on the information, including:
    • High-quality free data sources to benchmark and measure your performance against industry performance (e.g., BLS incident rates and DART rate calculator)
    • Data for job hazard analysis, improve training outcomes, prevent injury and take corrective action, and root cause analysis in investigations

Networking, Refreshments, & Exhibits Break

10:10 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.

Breakout Sessions (Concurrent Tracks)
10:35 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.

Session A – Safety Culture: Incentives and Discipline: How to Legally Motivate Successful Behavior Changes
Presented by: Barry Spurlock, Esq., Safety Change Agents / Crump Spurlock Attorneys
Employee motivation and engagement are constantly cited as the top pain points by safety professionals. In an effort to gain buy-in from frontline workers, many safety professionals turn to a system of rewards and punishments for safety-related behaviors and outcomes. But, for such systems to be successful, they must be designed and implemented strategically, balancing best practices for instilling motivation with practical and legal considerations. Consistent discipline is a crucial component of any safety program, but many safety professionals are tempted to rely too heavily on punitive strategies. Punishment might lead to short-term compliance improvements, but it won’t instill a strong culture of safety. Similarly, although incentivizing safe behaviors and safety performance can produce real gains in engagement, it is crucial to ensure that the incentives don’t lead to underreporting or other unintended consequences.

This session will teach you how to:

    • Strike a balance between safety incentives and discipline so you’re well positioned to avoid the temptation of over-relying on punitive strategies to enforce your safety policies.
    • Leverage an understanding of human motivation and behavior to engage employees in your safety program.
    • Identify effective incentives with the potential to engage employees and improve safety culture.
    • Avoid legal traps and pitfalls of poorly designed incentive and disciplinary programs, including OSHA’s latest guidance on incentive programs.
    • Appropriately use discipline within a safety program—and avoid the temptation to over-rely on punitive strategies to enforce safety policies.
    • Develop a balance of incentives and disciplinary policies that works for your organization.

Session B – Safety Training: 
Measure Training Effectiveness: How to Comply with OSHA’s ‘Verify Competent Performance’ Requirements
Presented by: Chip Darius, OHST, CSHO, CIT, Safety Priority Consultants
It can be difficult to measure a change in workers’ performance after they have completed safety training. Many OSHA standards require employers to verify the effectiveness of their training by confirming that employees can demonstrate competent performance in the subject covered by the training. Verifying competent performance means a skilled trainer must observe or otherwise evaluate the trainee’s competence to perform physical tasks or apply knowledge learned in the training. OSHA 1910 and 1926 standards for forklifts, personal protective equipment, respiratory protection, slips and falls (i.e., walking and working surfaces), confined spaces, lockout/tagout, and others are among many rules that require verification of competent performance. Learn compliant practices and proactive ways to verify safety training effectiveness, assessing competence, and documenting your efforts in case OSHA comes knocking.

Session C – Safety and Risk Management: Find the Funny! How to Use Humor in Storytelling so Your Risk Management Message Sticks
Presented by: Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE , Tim Gard International
By making the “humor connection,” Hall of Fame speaker Tim Gard has made a career out of finding the funny in almost any circumstance. And, he knows how to leverage that humor for maximum impact. The truth is you don’t need more stories—you just need to discover how to make your existing stories funnier. Applying methods outlined in Gard’s three-step process, this session will teach you how to build humor into stories for safety training events and how to take the humor trainers currently use and make it funnier and more impactful and memorable for your workforce. And, during this highly interactive session, attendees may volunteer to share stories that Gard will help infuse humor into, so you’ll learn first hand how to “humor up” any message for maximum impact.

Plus, you’ll learn how to:

    • “Find the Funny” by following a three-step process for capturing moments and developing them into amazing stories to reinforce your  onstage safety message
    • Mine for “humor gold” that’s just under the surface so you can improve how you convey safety and risk management concepts to your workforce
    • Shift your story format so it translates on the shop floor, the classroom, and even in videos and other online learning platforms  
    • Develop your skills as a master storyteller

Breakout Sessions (Concurrent Tracks)
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Session A – Safety Culture: Psychological Safety: Making It Safe to Speak Up
Presented by: Dominic Cooper, B-Safe Management Solutions, Inc.
Do your workers feel powerless when it comes to reporting safety concerns to a supervisor? Do they brush off near misses or “minor” injuries that you just happen to learn about after the fact through the workplace grapevine? As a safety manager, your job isn’t just to train supervisors and the workforce on engaging in safe working practices. You’re responsible for ensuring that your organization has effective internal controls for reporting potentially dangerous practices and remedying the situation before something bad happens. Everyone should feel confident in suggesting better work practices to managers or refusing to do something that’s just not right from a safety perspective. But, how can you ensure that everyone does feel that way? Take a deep dive into the psychological safety.

You’ll learn how to:

    • Effectively communicate that everyone’s voice will be heard.
    • Build a feedback and reporting system designed to take effective action to alleviate workers’ safety concerns through varied approaches to policy development and practices.
    • Train employees to trust their instincts and to report anything they believe could result in a safety hazard or has caused an injury—however so slight it may be.
    • Recognize the myriad reasons why employees don’t speak up about safety concerns—and what you can proactively do to change that.
    • Turn near misses into teachable moments rather than focusing on them as grounds for discipline.

Session B – Safety Training: 
Want Better Safety Outcomes? Try Servant Leadership and Build a Sense of Community Not Just a Culture
Presented by: David J. Sarkus, MS, CSP, David Sarkus International, Inc.
Being a strong safety leader requires the ability to engage and influence attitudes and actions in a meaningful way. One of the best ways to ensure that you have positive influence over those you seek to lead is to practice servant leadership. But what are the key characteristics that successful servant leaders share? And how can you use servant leadership strategies and tactics to achieve a higher level of influence, engagement, and build a greater sense of community in your workplace?

This session will help you to:

    • Better understand your culture as it relates to productivity and safety.
    • Improve personal credibility where it has been lacking.
    • Increase communications and engagement.
    • Tap into the five dimensions of building community through safety.
    • Promote a culture where workers are more confident and feel more competent, thereby demonstrating their commitment to your overall safety mission, vision, and goals.
    • Properly assess safety mishaps, and fairly yet effectively avoid future safety errors.

Session C – Safety and Risk Management: 
Fitness for Duty: Balancing Safety Obligations with the Changing Landscape on Drug Testing, Opioids, Marijuana, and More
Presented by: Adele L. Abrams, Esq., Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams, PC
With the ongoing opioid epidemic and rapidly changing state laws around marijuana and drug testing, it may seem as if employers have fewer and fewer tools at their disposal to ensure that their employees come to work unimpaired and protect against the hazards of substance use on the job. However, by using a broad “fitness for duty” framework, employers can set performance standards that protect safety while avoiding potential liability under the ADA, OSHA’s antiretaliation provisions, and other relevant laws. In implementing this strategy, it is critical to clearly define safety-sensitive roles and duties, set transparent standards that require employees to be prepared to safely perform their work, and balance legal considerations with safety concerns.

You’ll learn how to:

    • Identify state and federal legal considerations that impact your substance use and drug testing policies and procedures.
    • Balance safety concerns surrounding substance use on the job with legal and practical considerations.
    • Clearly define safety-sensitive roles and responsibilities.
    • Determine what constitutes fitness for duty and how it interacts with your drug testing policies and safety programs.

Networking Lunch & Exhibits (Raffle prize winners announced in the Exhibit Hall at 1:15 p.m.!)

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions (Concurrent Tracks)
1:55 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. 

Session A – Safety Culture: Supporting Frontline Supervisors: Effective Ways to Empower Your Strongest Safety Advocates
Presented by: Earl Blair, EdD, CSP, FASSP, Indiana University
The frontline supervisor is often the individual with the most direct impact on your safety culture and your employees’ level of engagement. A great supervisor can motivate employees, secure buy-in for safety initiatives, and contribute to a strong culture of safety. On the other hand, a supervisor who lacks proper support, fails to internalize the safety message, or manages through complacency can damage morale and allow hazardous conditions to fester. To be successful, supervisors must possess critical “soft skills”—leadership, effective communication, and trust—that effectively motivate and influence employees to take ownership of safety, in addition to the technical skills and knowledge to find and fix hazards and maintain compliance. Support from management is critical to allow supervisors to succeed in these objectives and instill a culture of safety.

This session will teach you how to:

    • Recognize the core responsibilities of supervisors to support, promote, and maintain safe and healthful working conditions for employees.
    • Identify the signs of effective and ineffective supervisors.
    • Encourage supervisors to motivate and lead workers toward safe and healthful work practices.
    • Incorporate elements of an effective training program for supervisors to teach them “soft skills” that promote a safety culture.
    • Provide support for frontline supervisors to allow them to excel at engaging their teams and strengthening your organization’s safety culture.

Session B – Safety Training: 
Let’s Talk Safety: How to Have Candid Conversations that Move the Safety Needle Forward
Presented by: Pam Walaski, CSP, Specialty Technical Consultants, Inc.
Are your conversations with the workforce about safety-related issues meaningful? Is your message getting across? How can you tell? Communicating about safety requires so much more than telling employees that what they are doing isn’t “safe.” Interactions like these do little to effect real safety change and can be harmful to the relationship between the OSH professional and the workforce. Effective communication is a key part of safety leadership, but it’s often challenging to get right.

During this session you’ll learn how to:

    • Identify the qualities of a constructive safety conversation.
    • Ask good questions and engage in effective dialogue to uncover useful information that may impact workplace safety risks and potential hazards.
    • Pinpoint where communication often breaks down and how to overcome common barriers to impactful conversations.
    • Use strategies for active listening to absorb key information from employees, managers, and other stakeholders.
    • And more.

Session C – Safety and Risk Management: 
Creating a Safe Driving Workforce
Presented by: Spencer McDonald, Thinking Driver
Every 12 minutes, someone dies in a motor vehicle crash. Every 10 seconds, an injury occurs. And every 5 seconds, a crash occurs, according to OSHA. Given the high frequency of roadway crashes, it’s safe to say many of these incidents occur during commutes or in the course of the workday for employees who must drive to do their jobs. The impact the cost of injuries can have on workplaces and families can be devastating. Consider, too, that the number of fatalities as the result of distracted driving totaled 3,166 in 2017 alone, according to the NHTSA. It’s time to take a highly concentrated approach to preventing dangerous driving behaviors that can result in injuries or death.

This session will outline how to:

    • Recognize how state of mind factors into risk tolerance and driving-related incidents.
    • Train the workforce on how to maintain focus wherever distractions may exist.
    • Make the business case to the organization’s leadership so you can justify safe driving training investments you want to make.
    • Use the eight critical elements of a driver safety program to reduce your incident rate.

Day 2 Closing Keynote | Effectively Implementing Change—How to Apply Amazon’s Success Strategies to Your Workplace

3:05 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.
Presented by: Mike Stone, Director of Environmental, Health, and Safety, Amazon
Mike Stone, Amazon Director of Environmental, Health, and Safety, oversees workplace safety for more than 150,000 employees and 1,400 EHS professionals across fulfillment centers in North America. As the Safety Summit 2020 closing keynote, Stone will share how Amazon utilizes innovative, data-driven strategies to continually source and implement improvements to safety programs. You’ll leave with a practical understanding of how to apply Amazon’s recommended strategies to your workplace, regardless of your organization’s size.

Conference Adjourns
4:05 p.m.

*Agenda and speakers subject to change.

Your Conference Presenters

Adele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP

Adele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP
Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC

Adele L. Abrams is an attorney and Certified Mine Safety Professional who is president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C., a multi-attorney firm with offices in Beltsville, MD, Denver, CO, and Charleston, WV. The firm represents employers in OSHA and MSHA litigation nationwide, and her firm also handles employment law matters in a large number of states. Abrams and her firm colleagues provide employment and safety law consultation, safety audits, industrial hygiene assistance, and training services to companies in a variety of industries.

She is a member of the Maryland, DC and PA Bars; the U.S. District Courts of Maryland, DC, and TN; the U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit 3rd Circuit, and 4th Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court. She also serves on the adjunct faculties of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she teaches on employment, labor and occupational safety law.

She has been a professional member of ASSE (now ASSP) since 1997 and has been a SPY award recipient at the practice specialty, chapter, and regional level multiple times. She is an active member of the National Safety Council, where she was awarded the Distinguished Service to Safety Award (DSSA) in 2017. Adele has co-authored several textbooks on employment law, occupational and mine safety and health, and is a regular columnist on safety law issues for multiple magazines.

Hector Alvarez, CTM, MS

Hector Alvarez, CTM, MS
Alvarez Associates LLC

Hector R. Alvarez, CTM, MS, the president of Alvarez Associates LLC, is a security expert who specializes in workplace violence prevention. He holds a BS in criminal justice and has more than 25 years of experience in mitigating security threats. He has worked as a security director protecting one of our nation’s most sensitive critical infrastructures, as a city police officer, and as a professional security consultant. He understands the challenges individuals and organizations face when addressing the threats of violence because he has responded to them. In addition, he has helped organizations recover from significant incidents of violence and has served as a responder to the Loma Prieta earthquake and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Alvarez has personally assessed and/or responded to thousands of potentially violent situations, developed numerous violence prevention programs and trained tens of thousands of employees and managers in the areas of crisis intervention, active shooter response, violence prevention, domestic terrorism, and emergency management.

He is frequently called upon as a commentator and public speaker, and he has made numerous media appearances. He has been featured on ABC10, KCRA3, CBS13, FOX40, Univision, KFBK, Sacramento Bee, Folsom Telegraph, Sacramento Business Journal, and the Society for Human Resource Management. His clients include a broad range of industries from the public and private sector.

Lindsay Bell

Lindsay K. Bell, MPH, CSP
EHS Manager

Lindsay K Bell, MPH, CSP entered the EHS profession through graduate studies in Public Health.  Initially studying Environmental Health, she changed her focus to Health, Safety and Environment after completing Co-Op assignments in EHS Training and Manufacturing Operations. Lindsay has continued to work in manufacturing for over five years specializing in Safety, Supply Chain, and Lean Manufacturing.

Earl Blair, EdD, CSP, FASSP

Earl Blair, EdD, CSP, FASSP
Visiting Lecturer, Safety Management
Indiana University

Earl Blair, CSP, is a visiting lecturer of safety management and an award-winning author and teacher at Indiana University. Blair has authored a number of articles in safety publications such as Professional Safety Journal and is a frequent speaker at national and international safety seminars. His research involves ways to improve safety performance through leadership, measurement, and education. Blair is a Fellow of the American Society of Safety Professionals and a recipient of BLR’s Lifetime Achievement in Safety Award in 2018.

Ted Boyce

Thomas E. (TED) Boyce, Ph.D.
Founder, Principal Consultant
Center for Behavioral Safety, LLC

Thomas E. (TED) Boyce, Ph.D. is the only applied psychologist, formally trained professional musician and recording artist, author, keynote speaker, university professor, Fortune 100 Business Consultant in the world. Boyce was recently placed on a list of the Top 10 Culture Change Experts you should pay attention to. Also, included on the same list is notable educator, author, and speaker Stephen Covey. Boyce has been quoted in Psychology Today, USA Today and has a regular column in Northern Nevada’s Mining Quarterly.  His creation of the behavior-focused education process, Interteaching, has been identified by scholars as a key development in the history of science-based education.

Lucien G. Canton, CEM

Lucien G. Canton, CEM
Emergency Management Consultant
Lucien G. Canton, CEM (LLC)

When Lucien Canton talked his way into the San Francisco emergency operations center to offer his services during the Loma Prieta earthquake he never expected that it would spark a career change that would involve him in Federal disaster planning at the national level and see him appointed by Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr in 1996 as the Director of Emergency Services for San Francisco.

He has served in over seventeen presidentially declared disasters and on an elite national response team and, over the years, has emerged as a major thought leader in emergency management, advocating the use of management concepts to professionalize a field that is often mischaracterized as a technical discipline. A frequent speaker at national conferences and guest lecturer at universities both in the United States and abroad, Canton’s book, Emergency Management: Concepts and Strategies for Effective Programs, is used as a textbook for both graduate and undergraduate courses. As a consultant, Canton specializes in helping managers lead better in crisis by understanding the human factors often overlooked in crisis planning.

Claire Caruso, PhD, RN, FAAN

Claire Caruso, PhD, RN, FAAN
Research Health Scientist
Division of Science Integration
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Claire C. Caruso, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, is a Research Health Scientist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is a key Institute subject matter expert for shift work, long work hours, and related workplace sleep and fatigue issues. Her PhD from the University of Michigan focused the health and safety risks associated with shift work and long work hours and the underlying sleep and circadian rhythm research that provides evidence for this topic. Regulatory agencies, labor, and industry cite her publications in their recommendations and position statements on working hours. She has over 40 publications on the topic including a comprehensive, online training program titled ‘NIOSH training for nurses on shift work and long work hours’ which gives strategies for both managers and workers. At the invitation of the American Nurses Association, she co-chaired their professional issues panel on nurse fatigue. She is leading a Nurse Fatigue Subgroup of 18 Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing to promote improvements in work hours and related workplace sleep and fatigue issues in nurses. During the first decades of her career, she worked as staff nurse, head nurse, and clinical nurse specialist in acute care hospitals, which gave her experience from a personal and management perspective about the demands of providing nursing care around the clock.

Dominic Cooper, PhD. CFIOSH C.Pscychol

Dominic Cooper, PhD. CFIOSH C.Pscychol
B-Safe Management Solutions, Inc.

Dominic Cooper, the CEO of B-Safe Management Solutions, Inc., is an award-winning author, a Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH), and a Member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP).

Cooper pioneered the use of behavioral safety in the UK construction industry on behalf of the British Health & Safety Executive (HSE) while studying his Ph.D. in the School of Management, the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (UMIST). He also developed the B-Safe® an award-winning behavioral safety process, and founded BSMS Inc, an international consultancy operating in the Americas, Asia, Africa, Australasia, Europe and the Middle East. One of his Middle East projects (2006-7) led to the client achieving the lowest lost-time incident rate in the entire global Oil & Gas Industry.

Cooper publishes books, articles or journal papers on the topics of personnel selection, motivation, quality, risk, safety culture, leadership, and behavioral safety. A well-known speaker at major international conferences, he was the recipient of awards from IOSH in the UK for his writings on behavioral safety in 1995 and 1997. In 1998 he published “Improving Safety Culture: A Practical Guide.” He also established, the world’s first free interactive web site devoted to behavioral safety, and the first online “behavioral safety software service.” This has since grown into sophisticated safety leadership software (

A past full-time Associate Professor of Safety Education and Visiting Professor of Psychology at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, Cooper’s recent works are “Strategic Safety Culture Roadmap”, “Navigating the safety culture construct: a review” and “Criterion-related validity of the cultural web when assessing safety culture”

Eric J. Conn, Esq.

Eric J. Conn, Esq.
Founding Partner
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 practice focuses exclusively on issues involving occupational safety and health law.  Before launching his own OSHA Practice, Conn practiced for more than a decade alongside the former first General Counsel of the OSH Review Commission. Conn develops safety and health regulatory strategies for employers across all industries with a particular emphasis in representing employers in defense of OSHA 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 also counsels clients through catastrophic industrial, construction, and manufacturing workplace accidents, including explosions and chemical releases, develops and audits safety programs and policies, and provides workplace safety training and compliance counseling for employers

Prior to founding Conn Maciel Carey, Conn was 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 as a Super Lawyer every year since.  He has also been selected for inclusion in the Washington Post's Top-Rated Lawyers list in Washington, DC. Conn is a prolific writer on all topics OSHA related. He is the curator of Conn Maciel Carey’s award-winning OSHA Defense Report blog, and previously edited a popular OSHA law blog at another firm.  Conn has authored multiple chapters in OSHA treatises, including “OSHA Inspections” in the Occupational Safety and Health Law Handbook, 2nd ed. (Gov’t. Institutes, 2008), and “Defending Against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Increasingly Severe Enforcement Practices” in Complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Act: Leading Lawyers (Aspatore, Inside the Minds, 2012).

Conn is also a popular speaker on OSHA and related legal issues, including regular keynotes trade group and industry conferences.  He is often quoted as a leader in the field in trade publications.

Conn created and curates the OSHA Defense Report Group on LinkedIn and can be found on twitter as @OSHA_Guy.
Chip Darius, OHST, CSHO, CIT

Chip Darius, OHST, CSHO, CIT
Safety Priority Consultants

Chip Darius, president of Safety Priority, has been active in safety and emergency response since 1980 and has been providing specialized OSHA compliance consulting and training since 1991 throughout North America and internationally. Since 2002, he has served as an instructor for the OSHA Training Institute Region 1 Education Center (New England) and as an adjunct faculty member at Keene State College. He  is an authorized OSHA Outreach trainer for both construction and general industry, and has served as a trainer for Associated General Contractors of America. He is the vice president for the Connecticut Valley Chapter and an active member of the American Society of Safety Professionals. He is frequently called upon as an expert witness in complex lawsuits involving fatalities and catastrophic injuries. Darius also holds a Master's degree in Communication Sciences from The University of Connecticut.

Daniel C. Deacon, Esq.

Daniel C. Deacon, Esq.
Conn Maciel Carey LLP

Daniel C. Deacon is an associate in the Washington, DC office of Conn Maciel Carey LLP working in both the Labor and Employment and OSHA practice groups. Deacon advises and represents employers on a wide range of employment-related issues, including wage and hour disputes, claims of discrimination and harassment, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  Mr. Deacon also helps employers develop and implement effective workplace policies and safety and health programs.

Additionally, Deacon represents and advises employers during inspections and investigations conducted by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and state OSHA programs, responds to notices from OSHA about employee complaints of safety hazards, and represents employers in OSHA litigation, including citation contests and administrative hearings. Deacon also helps employers develop safety and health programs and policies, and conducts presentations on a variety of workplace safety topics.

Jeffrey K. Dennis, MS, CSP, ASP, CET, CHMM, CSSM, WSO-CSE
President & Partner

Jeffery K. Dennis, MS, CSP, ASP, CET, CHMM, CSSM, WSO-CSE, is a safety, industrial hygiene, environmental, health, quality, regulatory compliance, and operations management professional with over 34 years professional experience and a proven success record. He owns and operates DENNSCO (formerly Industrial Safety Solutions, Inc.), a firm specializing in Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Environmental, Hazardous Materials, Management, and Instructional Technology—Training Professional Services. DENNSCO is a training provider for the University of Alabama College of Continuing Studies SafeState OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Center (EC).

Rich Eagles

Rich Eagles
Dupont Sustainable Solutions

In his role as Principal with Dupont Sustainable Solutions (DSS), Rich Eagles provides strategic guidance, thought leadership and oversight to the team of resources delivering insights to clients worldwide. Additionally, he provides senior level quality assurance, subject matter expertise and relationship management to DSS’ wide client base. He has more than 22 years of experience helping clients solve their most challenging issues in areas affecting their operations, assets and people. He has served clients across numerous industries including chemicals, energy & utilities, manufacturing, high technology, food and beverage, healthcare and retail. Eagles provides deep capabilities in problem solving and a data-driven approach to producing pragmatic customer insights. He is a regular public speaker and presenter. Prior to joining DSS Eagles was a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s Strategy and Operations practice serving numerous Fortune 500 companies across a broad spectrum of challenges.

Mark Farley

Mark L. Farley, Esq.
Managing Partner
Farley & Partners LLP

Mark Farley is a preeminent national workplace safety and crisis management lawyer and the managing partner of Farley & Partners LLP. Many of the largest global energy companies and chemical manufacturers identify him as their crisis response counsel. He has served in lead attorney roles for some of the most significant US industrial accidents in the last 20 years. A trusted advisor to his clients, his practice is focused on developing a new standard for how companies respond to the multiple governmental investigations that occur in the aftermath of a workplace disaster.

Farley has helped clients respond to investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and state regulatory agencies. He has strong relationships with agency personnel and senior agency leaders built over decades of experience and mutual respect.

When confronting government investigations, Farley recognizes that defending a client's legal interests is just one part of the equation. Safeguarding an organization's long-term reputation, rebuilding trust, demonstrating cooperation and promptly regaining site control are equally important. He employs a multifaceted approach to incident response, using lawyers, evidence custodians, technical experts, communications consultants and others. He also works to create efficiencies during on-site evidence collection in an effort to reduce idled operations that can cost clients millions.

Farley was one of the lead partners supporting the work of the BP US Refineries Independent Safety Review Panel, which investigated the corporate safety culture and oversight at BP's North American refineries on behalf of an independent panel of experts chaired by former US Secretary of State James A. Baker III. He often is hired to help organizations evaluate their global safety performance and determine whether safety management systems are functioning as intended.

Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Esq.

Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Esq.
Fisher Phillips LLP

Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP. He also serves as President of Fisher Phillips Safety Solutions LLC.  Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips, he was the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. Named by President George W. Bush to head OSHA, he served in that capacity from April 2006 to November 2008. During his tenure at OSHA, workplace injury, illness, and fatality rates dropped to their lowest levels in recorded history. For more than 30 years, Foulke has worked in the labor and employment area, focusing on occupational safety and health issues. He also served on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission in Washington, DC, chairing the Commission from March 1990 to February 1994. He has been named one of the “50 Most Influential EHS Leaders” by EHS Today magazine for several years and named one of the “50 Most Influential EHS Leaders” in the United States by Occupational Hazards magazine. He is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on occupational safety and health issues.

Tim Gard

Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE  
Hall of Fame Speaker & Author
Tim Gard International  

Tim Gard CSP, CPAE is recognized as a pioneer in humor-based training. Gard is a certified speaking professional (CSP) and a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, an elite honor held by fewer than 150 speakers worldwide. The author or co-author of Just Plane Funny, My Policy Manual, Motivational Leaders, and Humor Me, Gard humorously delivers messages as universal as his audiences are diverse.  He has spoken at over 2,000 events from Texas to Tasmania. His use of ordinary items in extraordinary ways, and extraordinary items in ordinary ways, helps people connect with his message and make him one of the most popular humorists on the platform today. The right prop, used at just the right time can help us to convey our ideas, assist our audiences in grasping and remembering our message and may mean the difference between a learning experience and a learning ordeal.  Used effectively props become visual, auditory, or kinesthetic items that allow any audience to better experience your stories and reinforce your message.

Lela M. Garrett, ASC

Lela M. Garrett, ASC
Vice President & Partner

Lela M. Garrett, ASC, is a partner with DENNSCO (formerly Industrial Safety Solutions, Inc.), a firm specializing in Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Environmental, Hazardous Materials, Management, and Instructional Technology—Training Professional Services. DENNSCO is a training provider for the University of Alabama College of Continuing Studies SafeState OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Center (EC). 

Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall
Director of Sales & Training

Matt Hall is a Director of SafeStart’s North American division, where he continues to execute the safety company’s go-to-market strategy. His expertise translates into safety and business performance, with a specialization in cost effectiveness and production improvements. Prior to joining SafeStart, Hall worked with Yellow Media, where he helped launch their digital strategy into southwestern Ontario. He’s also worked with one of Canada’s fastest growing companies, Info-Tech Research Group, where he was a key member of the leadership team and served executive leaders for a number of Fortune 500 companies. He is driven by his passion for safety and human factors management to help organizations reach sustainable safety and productivity goals.

Hugh Hoagland, B.A. CECSP

Hugh Hoagland, B.A. CECSP
ArcWear and e-Hazard

ArcWear Founder Hugh Hoagland, B.A. CECSP, an expert on electrical arc testing and safety, has helped develop arc-rated rainwear and face shields and has numerous patents related to arc flash protection. Hoagland has aided in the development of legislation and standards in the U.S. and globally; He serves on ASTM F18, IEC TC78 and the IEEE Electrical Safety Committee as a U.S. based expert on arc flash and electrical safety. Hugh is a highly sought-after speaker on arc flash research and has performed more than 95% of the world's arc flash testing on PPE. His accident investigation studies and research have been published in IEEE, ASTM, and in the Handbook of Fire Resistant Textiles.

Suzanne Hoffman

Suzanne Hoffman, Ph.D.
Vice President, Client Services, Executive Consultant and Executive Level Trainer
Workplace Guardians

Suzanne Hoffman, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (PSY15000), organizational consultant and trainer who has worked extensively with a variety of private corporations and public entities, consulting in the areas of workplace violence prevention, management and organizational development, workplace sexual harassment, and critical incident debriefing. She works as Workplace Guardian Inc.’s Vice President, Client Services and works directly with our clients and our service providers to effectively coordinate the implementation of full-scale workplace violence programs and organizational training and coaching programs.

Jenifer Kienle, Esq.

Jenifer Kienle, Esq.
Founding Partner
Kienle Law, PC

Jenifer Kienle is the Founding Partner of  Kienle Law, PC, a civil defense firm specializing in representing employers in personal injury matters and Cal and Federal OSHA enforcement actions. Kienle Law offers responsive "first line of defense" services available 24 hours a day in numerous regions of the country, whether the need is for a simple telephone conference to discuss strategy or responding to a catastrophic workplace accident. Ms. Kienle collaborates with employers in taking control of OSHA inspections, ensuring that inspectors are provided with clear and strong evidence of a client’s safety program and all available defenses.

Terry Mathis

Terry L. Mathis
ProAct Safety, Inc.Terry Mathis is the founder and CEO of ProAct Safety, an international safety and performance excellence firm. He is known for his dynamic presentations and writing in the fields of behavioral and cultural safety, leadership, and operational performance, and is a regular speaker at ASSE, NSC, and numerous company and industry conferences. He is a veteran of over 1600 safety, culture and performance improvement engagements in 39 countries, and has personally assisted organizations such as Georgia-Pacific, Williams Gas Pipeline, US Pipeline, Herman Miller, AstraZeneca, Wrigley, ALCOA, Merck, Rockwell Automation, AMCOL International, Ingersoll-Rand, The United States Armed Forces and many others to achieve excellence. He has been a frequent contributor to industry magazines for more than 15 years and is the coauthor of Lean Behavior-Based Safety: BBS for Today’s Realities (SCE Press 2017), Inside Strategy: Value Creating from within Your Organization (SCE Press, 2016), Forecasting Tomorrow: The Future of Safety Excellence (SCE Press, 2015), STEPS to Safety Culture ExcellenceSM (WILEY, 2013) and Developing a Safety Culture: Successfully Involving the Entire Organization (J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc., 1996). In addition to the books, Mathis has authored more than 100 articles and spoken at hundreds of private and public events.  EHS Today has listed him four consecutive times as one of 'The 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS'. 

Spencer McDonald

Spencer McDonald
President & Founder
Thinking Driver

Spencer McDonald, the president and founder of Thinking Driver, has over 25 years of experience in driver training curriculum design and instructor development. His expertise in psychology, education, training and motivation together with instructor trainer qualification in all vehicle types uniquely qualified him to develop the attitude-based Thinking Driver programs.

McDonald is a bestselling author, has been awarded the 2008 Transport Canada/Transportation Association of Canada Award of Excellence and the 2013 Canadian Society of Safety Engineering Outstanding Achievement Award for his 30 years of leadership in fleet driver safety. He has appeared on national television and radio and is an international keynote speaker on the topics of road safety, aggressive driving, road rage and driver training.

Melanie L. Paul, Esq.

Melanie L. Paul, Esq.
Of Counsel
Jackson Lewis, P.C.

Melanie L. Paul is Of Counsel in the Atlanta, Georgia office of Jackson Lewis P.C where here practice focuses on occupational safety and health and wage and hour issues. Her clients benefit from her unique inside experience as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for more than a decade.

During Paul’s time with the DOL, she regularly appeared at hearings and trials before federal administrative tribunals and federal district courts throughout the southeastern United States in matters of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) law, Mine Safety and Health (MSHA) law, whistleblower and federal wage and hour matters. She also defended agency management against allegations of employment discrimination and prohibited personnel practices before the EEOC and the MSPB. While at the DOL, Paul was the Criminal OSHA Coordinator for the southeastern region and worked with U.S. Department of Justice to have Occupational Safety and Health cases criminally prosecuted.

Prior to working at the DOL, Paul gained invaluable trial experience as an Assistant District Attorney in Fulton County, Atlanta, Georgia where she tried felony criminal jury cases. She also was a law clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda T. Walker for the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Georgia, where she worked on predominantly employment discrimination cases.

Doug Pontsler

Doug Pontsler
Chairman and Managing Director
Center of Visual Expertise

Doug Pontsler is Chairman and Managing Director for COVE, the Center of Visual Expertise. Launched in 2018 by the Toledo Museum of Art, COVE is dedicated to the application of visual literacy for industrial and service applications with an emphasis on safety. In this leadership role he is responsible for all aspects of the enterprise including thought leadership, product development and client satisfaction.

Pontsler was the former vice president of operations sustainability and EHS for Owens Corning (retired). He joined Owens Corning in 2002 and held leadership positions including director of corporate services and vice president of global sourcing. Prior to joining Owens Corning, Pontsler spent 23 years with Eaton Corporation. While at Eaton, he held various roles of increasing responsibilities in accounting, finance, production and inventory control management, factory management, and sourcing.

Pontsler served as a member of the National Safety Council (NSC) Board of Directors and as the Chairman of the Campbell Institute at the National Safety Council. He is a recipient of NSC’s 2019 Distinguished Service to Safety Award, the highest individual award given by the NSC.

He received a bachelor of science in business administration from Miami University with a major in accounting.

Alicia Richardson

Alicia Richardson
Senior Ombudsman
Cleveland Clinic

Alicia Richardson is a leader in the Office of Patient Experience and part of Executive Administration at the Cleveland Clinic. She provides guidance within the Ombudsman Office for the entire enterprise and focuses on workplace violence for the Office of Patient Experience. She is a Co-Chair of the Cleveland Clinic’s Main Campus Work Place Violence Committee and has helped develop educational materials to help Caregivers protect themselves at work.

Richardson is an active member of the Hospital Emergency Response Team (HERT) and is a FEMA certified trainer for Emergency Response and Decontamination curriculum. She volunteers her time to serve underprivileged communities and has assisted in the development of Food as Medicine programs. She was awarded the Cleveland Clinic’s Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award in 2017 for her work in addressing food insecurity in East Cleveland. 

Steve Roberts

Steve Roberts, Ph.D.
Co-founder/Senior Partner
Safety Performance Solutions, Inc.

Steve Roberts is co-founder and senior partner at Safety Performance Solutions, Inc. He earned an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from West Chester University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Applied/Experimental Psychology with a focus in Organizational Behavior Management from Virginia Tech. His specific areas of expertise include the design, implementation, and evaluation of behavior and people-based safety processes, the assessment of organizational culture to guide safety interventions, increasing employee involvement in safety activities, organizational management systems design, organizational leadership development, and understanding and reducing human error in the workplace.

David Sarkus, MS, CSP

David Sarkus, MS, CSP
Safety Speaker, Consultant, Executive Coach
David Sarkus International, Inc.

David J. Sarkus, MS, CSP is Chief Servant Leader and Founder of David Sarkus International Inc., a leading health and safety management consulting and training firm based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. David is a motivational safety speaker who delivers keynotes, training, and consulting in a broad variety of industries. His experience, education, and leadership qualities have allowed him and his firm to successfully apply strategies and tactics within a large variation of mainstream work-processes for over 30 years. His customized safety interventions have produced improvements in key performance indicators from 35% to more than 85% over the previous year. He’s proven that results like this are not only possible, but scalable and sustainable.

Sarkus holds Master of Science degrees in both safety management and organizational psychology. He is a recognized leader in the practice of safety management and has written cover stories for major industry magazines including Professional Safety and Industrial Safety & Hygiene News. He has been recognized by ISHN as one of the "Top 50 Leaders" in the field. He has written five books and over 100 evidence-based articles.

Sarkus works with some of the biggest and best run organizations in the world and can help you move toward— and embrace— sustainable excellence in safety.

Dick Sem, CPP CSC

Dick Sem, CPP CSC
Sem Security Management

Dick Sem, CPP CSC, the President of Sem Security Management, which specializes in planning security for hospitals and clinics, manufacturers, office buildings, schools, and other facilities, has 47 years security and workplace management experience. He served as Global Director of Security and Crisis Management for Waste Management for 11 years and as Vice President of Pinkerton- Securitas, responsible for 18 offices in 11 states of the Northeast United States. He served clients as an independent security and workplace violence consultant for more than 20 years.

Sem has been board certified as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) since 1979, is certified as a Certified Security Consultant (CSC), was President of the International Security Management Association (ISMA), and served on the Board and as Vice President of the International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC).  He has made many presentations and had articles published on aspects of Security and Workplace Violence Management.

Sem is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), The International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS), the International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC), the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and has been a member of ASIS International since 1974.

Barry Spurlock, Esq., CSP

Barry Spurlock, Esq., CSP
Professor – Eastern Kentucky University
Member – Safety Change Agents / Crump Spurlock Attorneys

Barry S. Spurlock, Esq., CSP  is an Assistant Professor of Safety at Eastern Kentucky University, a practicing attorney and founding partner of Safety Change Agents, a consulting firm that focuses on helping safety professionals inspire change for high performance safety. Before becoming an attorney, Barry worked for over 16 years as a safety and environmental professional in the steel, food and insurance industries. He also served as an adjunct faculty for Indiana University for over a decade, and while there, developed one of the first courses on safety performance measurement to be offered at any university. Barry holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Safety and Risk Management, and a Master of Science in Loss Prevention and Safety Administration, both from Eastern Kentucky University. He also holds a Juris Doctor from Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law. Barry is an active member of ASSP and currently serves as a member of ASSP’s Government Affairs Committee. Barry is the editor and author of the book, Physical Hazards of the Workplace, Second Edition, and co-author of the upcoming book, Measurement Strategies for Superior Safety Performance, being published by Wiley. He has also authored articles for publications by organizations such as the American Bar Association and American Society of Safety Professionals. He also co-authored the book, “Chomp Comp; The Small Business Guide to Lower Worker’s Compensation Premiums.”  He is a frequent speaker at the most notable national safety conferences.

Mike Stone
Director of Environmental, Health, and Safety, North America Fulfillment Centers

Mike Stone is Amazon’s Director of Environmental, Health, and Safety for its fulfillment centers in North America. He is based in Chicago and has worked at Amazon since 2013, where he has served in a variety of positions, including director of operations, general manager, and senior operations manager, for Amazon fulfillment centers across the country. Prior to joining Amazon, he spent eight and a half years at Cintas, including as a general manager and operations manager. His organization at Amazon involves over 1,400 EHS professionals, and he is responsible for 150,000-plus employees across North America.

Pam Walaski, CSP

Pam Walaski, CSP        
Senior Program Director
Specialty Technical Consultants, Inc.

Pam Walaski, CSP, a senior program director with Specialty Technical Consultants, Inc., has 25 years of experience helping organizations create sustainable occupational safety and health programs. She specializes in conducting safety and health management system assessments and integrating risk management programs that assist organizations improve bottom line performance. She has a national reputation as a seminar leader, and conference/webinar presenter covering multiple occupational safety and health topics including risk management, serious injury prevention, OSHA compliance, and contractor management. Walaski is also a published author including her own book Risk and Crisis Communications; Methods and Messages (Wiley, 2011) and is the Safety Management Systems Section Coordinator for the 3rd edition of the Safety Professionals Handbook, currently under revision [American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), 2012]. She is currently an At-Large Member of the Board of Directors of the ASSP. She received the Safety Professional of the Year Award from Region VIII in 2018.

Jake Williams, PE, CSP

Jake Williams, PE, CSP
Senior Civil Engineer
MarCom, LLC

Jake Williams, PE, CSP, an engineer with MarCom, LLC is a registered professional engineer and a trained Qualified Person, Competent Person, and Competent Tower Climber/Rescuer in the realm of fall protection. He has acted as a consultant for the United States Navy by performing numerous fall hazard assessments for site specific hazards associated with various aircraft frames and ships and for site-wide surveys at Navy installations throughout the world over the last eight years. He has evaluated and developed fall protection programs for multiple organizations, and he has also developed and taught fall protection courses for Navy active-duty and civilian personnel over the last four years.

Ashley Withrow, MSSA, LISW-S

Ashley Withrow, MSSA, LISW-S
Victim Advocate
Cleveland Clinic

Ashley Withrow is the Program Manager for the Cleveland Clinic Police Department Victim Assistance Program. In this role, she provides victim advocacy to Cleveland Clinic patients, visitors and employees by offering trauma-informed crisis intervention, support and education. She has her master of science in social administration from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, is an independently licensed social worker with supervision designation and a registered advocate with senior standing in the State of Ohio. She has 13 years of experience working with trauma survivors, including as the Director of 24-Hour Advocacy Programs at Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and the Program Coordinator at the Violence Prevention and Action Center at John Carroll University.  She also serves as adjunct faculty member at Case Western Reserve University and Kent State University.


When: April 6-8, 2020
Where: Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
One South Capitol Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Hotel Rate Cut-Off: Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 3pm CST
-Room rate $169.00/night 
-Reservation Center: 800-233-1234 and referencing BLR Safety Summit conference

NOTE: Simplify Compliance/Brand has no affiliation with any third party companies or travel assistance providers. Hotel rooms should be booked directly with the hotel via the official hotel information listed on the website and registration brochure.

Pricing Details

Main Conference:

  • Retail Pricing | $799

Pre-conference Workshops:

  • AM/PM Pre-conference Sessions | $299 each
  • Both AM/PM Workshops | $499 (Save $99!)

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