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Safety Summit 2019

SAVE THE DATE! — April 8-10, 2019  |  Austin, TX


CONFERENCE SNAPSHOT: Safety Summit will be back for 2019! Across two days of engaging sessions in Austin, TX, Safety Summit 2019 will prepare attendees with the insight and management strategies to face the most pressing workplace safety compliance issues. Save your seat today!



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 2019
  • 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!

 

Location

When: April 8-10, 2019
Where: Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol
701 East 11th Street
Austin, TX, 78701

  • Room rate $199.00/night
  • Hotel cut-off date is Friday, March 15, 2019
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Agenda

Preconference Workshops — Monday April 8

OSHA Injury & Illness Recordkeeping & Reporting (Full-Day Master Class)
Presented by Adele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP, Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC
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 full day program 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 Electronic Recordkeeping rule
  • The anti-retaliation 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 rule
  • 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 non-mandatory records and documentation, including principles of legal privilege for safety audits, consultant recommendations, record retention and destruction policies

AM Preconference
9:00am-12:00pm

How to Perfect the Root Cause and Job Hazard Analysis Processes
Presented by Fran Sehn, Willis Towers Watson
This intensive workshop will explore the causes of incidents using root cause analysis techniques to determine the most basic causes of workplace incidents and identify corrective actions to prevent recurrence in two parts. First, attendees will learn the importance of injury prevention using job hazard identification and assessment techniques in a risk-based methodology. Next, participants will learn how reducing risk in the pre-incident phase will lead employees to be safer, more productive and efficient in their work activities.

While both JHA and root cause analysis have been used by safety practitioners for many years, the assessment and control of risk has only recently been applied to prevention of incidents by organizations that strive for best in class results.

During this workshop, attendees will learn:

  • How to use root cause analysis alongside job hazard analysis as effective tools for incident investigations
  • Examples of how root cause analysis and job hazard analysis have successfully been used to identify incident causal factors—many of which are overlooked or missed—and how to work them into your existing accident and incident investigation process
  • Key “why” questions that are fundamental to determining root cause, and how to use the questions to achieve the maximum benefit and identify critical causal factors that should be addressed to prevent similar incidents
  • How “cause and effect” applies to real-life workplace accidents and incidents
  • The training process to set up for those performing root cause analysis investigations and JHAs and who the permanent and transitory members of the team should be and why

 

PM Preconference Workshop
Training: How to be a Safety Training Ninja
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Presented by: Regina McMichael, The Learning Factory
Effective training is crucial for the success of your safety program, but it’s hard to be a top notch safety pro and still find time to deliver great training. Are you tired of compliance-based lectures, and begging people to come and pay attention? Well, stop working so hard and work smarter. Be a Safety Training Ninja© who uses effective tools like a master and slices through training challenges.

By the end of this program, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain five ways to make training easier and more exciting.
  • Develop learning objectives that not only meet your company’s safety needs but that  you can actually prove you achieved.
  • Make compliance training actually interesting and keep employees engaged

 

Main Conference — Day 1 — Tuesday, April 9

Exhibits Open
7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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

Opening Remarks
7:55 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Keynote The Wife Left Behind: The Making of a Safety Professional 
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Presented by: Regina McMichael, The Learning Factory
Imagine a perfect safety world, where the workers thank you for your help; training is easy, valuable and effective; and the everyone thinks you are awesome for all that you do. Why, you are a safety superhero! But that’s not always the reality. In fact, some days, it’s hard to remember why you do this job in the first place. This program will revitalize your passion for safety and remind you that it’s all about how the little wins in safety can keep you engaged.

Regina McMichael started in safety when she suddenly found herself planning a funeral after her husband fell to his death while employed as a roofer. That began her journey to save just one life to make up for the one she lost. During this keynote, you will go from struggling with the day-to-day challenges of the compliance driven work mentality to remembering that working in safety is full of amazing opportunities to help people see the little wins that happen along the way!

General Session: A Comprehensive OSHA-Enforcement Update
9:05 a.m. - 10:05 a.m. 
This session will offer an inside look into OSHA’s upcoming regulatory developments, enforcement strategies, emphasis programs, and compliance assistance efforts. Attendees will gain an Agency perspective into OSHA’s latest activities and their potential impact on your industry.

The information gained here will assist you with:

  • Anticipating regulatory developments with the potential to impact your business
  • Identifying and controlling hazards that could attract OSHA’s scrutiny
  • Successfully interacting with OSHA officials, including during inspections and citations
  • Deciphering OSHA’s multi-employer citation policy and expectations for temporary worker safety
  • Focusing your efforts to improve safety and health at your workplace


Networking & Refreshments Break
10:05 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

Breakout Sessions
10:20 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

OSHA Compliance & Best Practices
Joint Employers and Safety: NLRB & OSHA Updates
Presented by: Adele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP, Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC
It is increasingly common to find complex relationships between employers that can have ramifications for OSHA enforcement, labor law requirements, and management of worksite safety. Changes to the NLRB “joint employer” definitions may have profound impacts on host employers, staffing agencies, subcontractors and franchise holders.

In 2015, the NLRB issued a significant ruling expanding the concept of “joint employer” in a way that impacts the management of worksite safety. The effects of a rewrite of the joint employer standard will ripple throughout the enforcement of workplace safety regulations.

The presentation will cover the legal aspects of joint employer relationships, including franchises, staffing agencies, and “independent” contractors and subcontractors. It will also address OSHA enforcement in multi-employer worksite situations, respective responsibilities of each company, tort liability exposure issues, worker misclassification issues, and best practices for successful management of safety in joint employer situations.

Attendees will learn:

  • How OSHA enforces its standards with respect to host employers, contractors, temporary staffing agencies, and franchisors/franchisees
  • What changes to the NLRB “joint employer” definitions will mean for management of safety programs in multi-employer workplaces
  • Whether recent pending cases challenging OSHA’s 30+ year “multi-employer worksite doctrine” have been successful, and how these policies are impacted by the current administration
  • What aspects of corporate control over safety are likely to trigger “joint employer” issues and lead to possible OSHA violations
  • When third party policies can be attributed to “joint employers” to support OSHA citations under the General Duty Clause, and why.

Management, Engagement & Performance
Strategies to Get and Keep Injured Workers Back at Work Safely 

Breakout Sessions
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

OSHA Compliance & Best Practices
Top 10 Injury & Illness Recordkeeping Mistakes
Presented by Greg Duncan, VelocityEHS
Changes to OSHA’s Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness Standard and implementation of the Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Rule create additional compliance requirements for employers and place even greater emphasis on the need for accurate, timely, and efficient documentation of workplace injuries and illnesses.  Having effective injury and illness recordkeeping systems in place is essential to ensure compliance, but it is also key to understanding and ultimately reducing injury and illness risks to your workers and your business.   

Attendees will come away from this presentation with:

  • A thorough understanding of OSHA’s Recordkeeping Standard and Electronic Recordkeeping Rule requirements
  • The ability to determine how those requirements apply to their individual workplaces
  • Experience in identifying OSHA-recordable injuries and illnesses, and how to properly and accurately document that information on OSHA 300, 301 and 300A forms
  • An introduction to OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application (ITA) and basic skills for electronically submitting injury and illness data
  • Strategies and best practices for ensuring compliance with OSHA’s Recordkeeping Standard and Electronic Recordkeeping Rule requirements

Management, Engagement & Performance
Emergency Preparedness: Keep Safety Top of Mind by Performing a Successful Safety Audit
Presented by Matthew Miraglia, CLPS Consultancy Group
Today, organizations face potential risks from numerous different hazards and threats.  Regardless of the specific type of crisis, it is imperative that organizational leaders have the knowledge necessary to properly plan for emergencies.  A comprehensive safety audit with a focus on emergency preparedness is a crucial first step to ensuring safety and business continuity in the midst of natural disasters, security hazards, and other relevant threats.

After attending this session, participants  will be able to: 

  • Identify the key components of a proper safety audit
  • Follow a strategic process to identify vulnerabilities through an all-hazards approach
  • Understand the liability and duty of care issues organizations have with regards to safeguarding in-care persons and reducing risk, and
  • Recognize the importance of making organizational changes based on objective data collected during a safety audit


Lunch
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

OSHA Compliance & Best Practices
How to Setup an OSHA-Compliant Drug Testing

Management, Engagement & Performance
Understanding Employee Well-Being, Productivity, and Safety:  Addressing Fatigue, Stress, and Mental Health 


Refreshments & Networking Break
2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. 

Breakout Sessions
2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

OSHA Compliance & Best Practices
NFPA 70E Safety Regulations: The Do’s and Don’ts for Selecting Appropriate Arc Flash Clothing
Presented by: Derek Sang, Bulwark
How do you train on FR/AR clothing?  What is your responsibility for care and maintenance of your FR/AR clothing? There is still a lot of misleading, inaccurate and incorrect information regarding selection and proper use of FR/AR clothing. This session will clear up those misconceptions and explain your obligations.
OSHA’s PPE standard at 29 CFR 1910.132 makes it clear that employers must provide effective training in the proper use of all PPE that employees are required to wear on the job.
With many citations around improper training on care, and maintenance of FR/AR clothing, it is imperative—both for employee safety and for your bottom line—that employers understand their responsibilities and understand how to comply.  This session will cover the applicable OSHA regulations, the relevant consensus standards, and the “best practices” to ensure proper selection, use, care, and maintenance of your FR/AR clothing.

After attending this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Correctly select protective clothing for the hazards employees will encounter based on incident Energy, arc thermal performance value (ATPV), and layerin
  • Implement best practices for the proper selection, use, care and maintenance of your FR/AR clothing to keep employees safe on the job
  • Design a specification for your company for AR Clothing


Management, Engagement & Performance
Root Cause Analysis: Strategies to Identify Causes, Prevent Repeat Incidents, & Minimize Legal Risks

Presented by: Fran Sehn, Willis Towers Watson
A solid accident and incident investigation process is a critical component of an effective safety program. You don’t want to simply treat the symptoms, you want to cure the conditions that caused the incident. Conducting a thorough root causes analysis helps you identify what happened, how it happened, and why it happened, so that steps can be taken to prevent a reoccurrence.
The investigation processes and procedures to determine these root causes should be methodical, systematic and comprehensive. Two approaches that meet these objectives are traditional root cause analysis and OSHA’s incident investigation process. When properly structured, implemented, and followed, both approaches have proven to be very effective and efficient methods for performing investigations and  reducing future accidents.

After attending this program, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify and apply effective methods for uncovering the true causes of incidents
  • Understand the importance of using a management team approach to conduct root causes analysis
  • Identify and avoid the common pitfalls and failures in root cause analysis
  • Apply root cause analysis techniques to any workforce  


General Session: Leading & Lagging Performance Indicators to Measure Safety Success and Align with Business Goals
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Presented by Dr. Christy Cole, Dakota Software

Successful business in the 21st century is based on data: gathering it, managing it, leveraging it. Data swarms from all over, often in unstructured forms, and tracking vital indicators is not easily done. Yet that ability to extract value from data is exactly what EHS managers need. Having defined targets and goals is step one and EHS managers often focus on leading indicators in an attempt to achieve their goals. 

Understanding and tracking leading indicators is critical, but they must be combined with their counterpart, lagging indicators, to paint a complete picture of why things are happening across the organization. While no organization may be able to predict when incidents will happen, by combining the metrics gathered from your lagging and leading indicators, organizations can start to understand the trends that lead to them. This session will focus on best practices and technologies for identifying these trends, including how to:

  • Identify the most common leading and lagging indicators
  • Identify the indicators that are most important to you
  • Best practices to simplify and encourage the capture of safety related data
  • Leverage software to analyze results and identify trends

 

Main Conference — Day 2 — Tuesday, April 10

Exhibits Open
7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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

Continental Breakfast & Learn: Interactive Demo of Safety.BLR.com, Your One-Stop Tool to Ace Compliance
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7:30 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.

Announcements & Raffle Drawing
7:50 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. 

EHS Daily Advisor Safety Standout Awards Ceremony
8:00 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. 

Opening Keynote
Buried Alive: A Survivor’s Story  
8:20am-9:20am
Presented by Joe Tantarelli, SafeStart
A true story that sounds like a horror movie. In this gut-wrenching Keynote, Joe Tantarelli recalls the events of June 5, 1983 – the day he was nearly buried alive as he was installing pipe in a trench that suddenly collapsed. He will explore how human error contributed to serious mistakes that almost caused him to die on the job. You’ll leave with strategies to help workers avoid these types of incidents in the future by:

  • Understanding how complacency and other behaviors can lead to errors with very serious consequences
  • Understanding the physical and emotional effects that serious safety incidents have on the person injured, their family, friends, co-workers and the company’s safety culture
  • Being introduced to attainable safety skills that you can use to keep workers safe and avoid future injuries

 

General Session  
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Networking and Refreshments Break
10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Breakout Sessions
10:50 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

OSHA Compliance & Best Practices
Safety Training Success: Best Practices to Assess Needs, Implement, and Evaluate an Engaging Program
Presented by: Mark Haskins, Practical Safety Solutions, LLC
Training is a mission-critical component of a successful safety and health effort. Without effective employee, manager, and supervisor training, an organization will not be able to implement and sustain an effective safety and health management system. A safety management system consists of policies, procedures, and programs that include employee engagement and relies heavily on training as a key element to assure both the understanding and ability to integrate safety and health into day to day company operations.
This session will cover basic needs assessment, training development, learning styles, training delivery, and learning evaluation.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Apply basic training needs assessment techniques
  • Develop meaningful learning objectives
  • Adjust training delivery to effectively reach trainees with different learning styles
  • Apply learning evaluation techniques to gauge training effectiveness

Management, Engagement & Performance
Shifting Your Safety Culture from Compliance-Based to Risk-Based
Presented by Joe Harrill, Safety & HR Performance Solutions
Safety is everyone’s job, and it is important that everyone in the organization is committed to creating a safe workplace. To ensure that commitment, safety must be addressed in terms that everyone, including high-level executives, understands – risk and risk management.  Companies routinely act to minimize business risk in order to protect revenue and ensure productivity, but safety risk is just another form of business risk.   Therefore, safety is a value that should be engrained within your company, because limiting the severity and frequency of injuries and accidents is good for your workers and good for your business.  This means moving beyond mandatory OSHA compliance to address human behavior and the risks that employees encounter and may create.

During this presentation, you’ll learn how to unfreeze mindsets and implement changes for new modifications and upcoming projects by gaining an understanding of:

  • The importance of risk assessments in reducing injuries
  • How to obtain top management buy-in
  • Why a compliance-based culture is less effective than risk-based when it comes to promoting safety
  • Why you should pay attention to ROI in Safety Culture

Lunch
11:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Breakout Sessions
12:50 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

OSHA Compliance & Best Practices
Machine Guarding and LOTO: Innovative Strategies to Simplify Your OSHA Compliant Machine Lockout/Tagout Program

Management, Engagement & Performance
New Approaches to Behavior-Based Safety: How to Effectively Address Human Factors to Prevent Injuries and Improve Safety Performance

Breakout Sessions
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

OSHA Compliance & Best Practices
Surviving the OSHA Inspection: How to Prepare, Contest, and Manage the Aftermath
Presented by Amber Pappas, Safety Help Today, LLC
Understanding the root causes that trigger an OSHA inspection, becoming familiar with how inspections are conducted and what OSHA is looking for, and knowing who OSHA holds responsible are key elements in successfully navigating an OSHA inspection. 
This session is designed for business owners, management, safety professionals, and supervisors who are interested in learning what it takes to be prepared for, contest and manage the aftermath of an OSHA inspection. From the opening conference and walkaround to employee interviews, closing conference, and responding to citations, this session will walk you through each step of the inspection process and give you the tools to minimize your chance of costly fines.

Management, Engagement & Performance
Active Shooter Preparation and Response: Core Program Elements That Have Saved Lives

Presented by Lee Vernon, Code 3 Medical Services
Active shooter incidents are unpredictable, violent, and chaotic. In most cases these events are over within a matter of minutes, prior to the arrival of law enforcement and first responders. Within that time fatalities take place, many of which are preventable. The responsibility of saving the lives of the injured while dealing with the ongoing active shooting event is complex, yet simple at the same time. Simply being prepared to effectively deal with such an event on multiple levels can minimize casualties, including you and those around you. This presentation will cover the myths versus the realities of active shooting events, how to reduce the risk of such an event, and how to save lives if you find yourself in the midst of such an event.

You’ll learn:

  • The truth behind active shooting events and the individuals that carry out such events
  • How to prepare for an active shooting event and ways to reduce the risk of such events
  • The proper response to an active shooter event
  • The two most important minutes of an active shooter event and how to react
  • How to react when the shooting is over and save as many lives as possible

Closing Keynote: Initiating Effective Safety Change: Gaining Buy-In from the Front Line to the C-Suite
3:10 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.

— End of Conference —

*Agenda subject to change

 

Your Conference Presenters

Adele AbramsAdele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP
President
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. Ms. 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.

Dr. Christy ColeDr. Christy Cole
Director of Compliance Services
Dakota Software

Dr. Cole leads Dakota's Compliance Services Team of EHS professionals providing tactical project management and client system configuration including delivery of full implementation services to Dakota Software clients. She has more than 30 years of onsite industry experience in the Environmental, Health and Safety compliance and auditing fields, as well as 18 years of database administration experience with Dakota’s products.

Prior to joining Dakota, Dr. Cole held positions in the regulatory arena and in industry with global responsibility. Dr. Cole holds two Master’s Degrees in Chemistry and Environmental Engineering respectively, and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Texas A&M University. She also holds QEP, CPEA, CVI and Six Sigma Transactional Green Belt certifications.

 

Greg DuncanGreg Duncan
EHS & Sustainability Expert
VelocityEHS

Prior to joining VelocityEHS in 2016, Greg Duncan spent 6 years working with NOAA and the Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G) as a federal fisheries observer studying the ecology of commercial fisheries in the North Pacific and Bering Sea, and monitoring fishing industry compliance with environmental laws and occupational health and safety standards. He holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois and a Masters of Environmental Law & Policy from Vermont Law School.   

 

Joe HarrillJoe Harrill, SHRM-CP, MESH, C-MESH, IH-MESH
Consultant
Safety & HR Performance Solutions

Joe Harrill holds a B.A. in Social Science from Gardner Webb University and a Master of Science in Human Resource Development from Western Carolina University. His leadership skills and passion for developing champions for a Total Safety Culture, has contributed to his successful career. 

He has over 30 years of experience in the manufacturing industry to include plastics, furniture, wood and telecommunications.  He has enjoyed Corporate and plant roles as Director of EHS for over 2,000 employees at division level, 10,000 employees at corporate level to Safety and HR Manager at the plant level.  He is a Safety professional that has held leadership positions in major companies to include Masco, Dana, and Furniture Brands.   He has served as member of the National ANSI machine guarding committee, conducted major speaking engagements on behavior based safety with National Safety Conferences, changed manufacturing, safety and quality cultures to a value added culture where safety is equal to manufacturing and quality, and reduced workers compensation costs by over $800,000. 

Moreover, he understands and can interpret the impact of health and safety (H&S) regulations and legislation relevant to a specific industry.  He has been at the forefront of new regulations regarding machine guarding and ergonomics where he was very much involved with the environmental, industrial health and safety issues associated with manufacturing industry from a State and National point of view. As a former member of the American Household Furniture Manufacturers Association he helped develop the North Carolina Voluntary Ergonomics Standard and received the Safety Leadership Award. 

While he was with a major furniture manufacturer, he championed a Culture change using behavior based safety for over 2000 employees. This involved securing top management support, engaging the entire work force, using kaizen, six sigma and value stream mapping to enable quality, production and safety to function as one.

 

Mark Haskins
Founder & Owner
Practical Safety Solutions, LLC

Mark Haskins is a founder and the owner of Practical Safety Solutions, LLC. He has over 38 years of experience in safety and health. His experience includes safety positions with a leading pharmaceutical company and a major chemical company as well as safety positions in consulting and on major projects for an international construction company. He provides safety services to clients concentrating on assessments, program development and implementation, incident analysis and training, as well as technical services including electrical safety, lockout tagout, machine guarding, industrial hygiene and confined space entry. 

In addition, Mr. Haskins held a faculty appointment at the University of New Haven, School of Public Safety and Professional Studies for 18 years.  He is an instructor for the OSHA Training Institute and Education Center at Keene State College, as well as an adjunct faculty member. He is an authorized OSHA outreach trainer for 10-hour and 30-hour General Industry and Construction courses and a Certified Safety Professional in Comprehensive Practice. 

Mr. Haskins has a master’s degree in occupational safety and health management, a graduate certificate in industrial hygiene and a bachelor’s degree in biology.  He is a certified firefighter and is a hazardous materials trainer. He is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the National Fire Protection Association, the Connecticut Safety Society and the American Society of Safety Engineers. 

He serves on the Connecticut Business and Industry Association’s Safety Advisory Committee.  He has authored articles on safety and health management and is a frequent speaker at local, regional and national seminars and conferences.

 

Regina McMichaelRegina McMichael
President
The Learning Factory 

Regina McMichael’s safety career began at the age of 20 when she found herself planning a funeral for her husband after he died falling off a roof while working on a job site. Following her husband’s untimely death, Ms. McMichael dedicated her time to investigating the incident and took part in writing the OSHA fall protection guidelines that could have saved her husband.

 Today, she’s a world-renowned inspirational safety speaker and trainer whose energy, humor, and engaging style helps motivate others find their passion for safety. She’s able to transform safety from a dry, boring compliance issue, to a living, breathing, vitally important human issue that can save lives.

Her trainings and keynote speeches drive home the point that when we create a vibrant safety culture, we are creating a happier, healthier, and more profitable organization.

 

Matt MiragliaDr. Matthew Miraglia
President/CEO
CLPS Consultancy Group

Dr. Matthew Miraglia is President of CLPS Consultancy Group, a risk management, emergency preparedness, and security firm.  Prior to starting CLPS, he served in the United States Marine Corps, and was a police detective in charge of emergency management and disaster preparedness in Scarsdale, NY.  Dr. Miraglia also served as an intelligence officer on the New York State Counter Terrorism Task Force, before retiring from active police service in 2011.  He is nationally recognized scholar of homeland security and has numerous publications in that concentration.  Dr. Miraglia holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice, M.S. in Organizational Leadership, M.B.A. in Management, Post-Master’s Certificate in National Security, and Doctor of Education in Executive Leadership. 

 

Amber PappasAmber Pappas 
Consultant & Trainer
Safety Help Today LLC 

 

Amber Pappas has worked in the construction industry for over 20 years serving as the Director of Operations for a large metal frame and drywall contractor. This experience has given her an expert level of knowledge in areas such as fall protection, scaffolding, hazard communication and the many hazards that are associated with construction. She is co-founder and President of Safety Help Today specializing in small contractor safety compliance and OSHA training. She is also a trainer for the National Safety Council emphasizing on the Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene, Job Safety Analysis, and OSHA Inspections.

 

Derek Sang, QSSP, IASHEP (CSHET, CSHEP)

Technical Training Manager, QSSP, IASHEP
Bulwark Protective Apparel

Derek Sang has been involved with the Flame Resistant Clothing industry in a variety of roles from the service, manufacturing and garment sides of the business for over 20 years.

The first 10 years of his career he worked directly with end-users developing and implementing Flame Resistant Clothing programs specific to the customer’s hazards. Over the past 11 years he has worked closely with fortune 1000 companies educating them on the various fabrics, FR technologies and the dynamics of Arc Flash and Flash Fire hazards as they look to develop FR Clothing programs.

Mr. Sang has developed and conducted over 250 educational and informational seminars here in the US and Internationally. He has been the keynote speaker on multiple occasions on the Hazards of Arc Flash, Flash Fire and general safety for a variety of companies, associations and organizations including BP, Marathon, DTE, SCE, ONCUR, IBEW, ASSE, BLR. NSC, VPPPA, NJATC, NECA, STEPs, ADIPEC, DUBAL (Dubai Aluminum), EMAL (Emirates Aluminum) now EGA, ABB (Abu Dhabi), SPE Off Shore.

In his current position as a Technical Training Manager, Mr. Sang has developed over 40 hours of training curriculum for Bulwark University. These training efforts cover all aspects of FR clothing and are delivered utilizing live class courses, on line training, webinars and seminars. Bulwark University focuses on non-commercial training for individuals and companies on the hazards of Arc Flash and Flash Fire and how to properly design and implement a FR Clothing program. 

Along with being a recognized Subject Matter Expert (SME), Derek is also a Qualified Safety Sales Professional (QSSP), Certified Environmental, Health, Safety Professional (IASHEP) and Certified Safety Health and Environmental Technician (IASHEP)

 

Francis SehnFrancis P. Sehn CSP, ARM, CSP
VP, Senior Risk Control Consultant
Willis Towers Watson

Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson in 1999, Fran Sehn 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 was instrumental in reducing the cost of risk at the 800 employee steel company using innovative programs for training and injury management.

In his current position he provides safety and risk control consulting services for manufacturing, construction, institutional and real estate accounts throughout North America.

He is currently a project leader for three Willis Blue projects. They include a logistics company with operations throughout the US, a UK based plastics packaging firm with plants in the US, Canada and Mexico and a manufacturer of medical devices with operations in the US and Mexico. These projects focus on safety and risk management methodologies for continuous improvement.

Mr. Sehn’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 graduated from Point Park College with a BS in Electronics Engineering Technology and holds a MS in Safety Science from Indiana University of PA. He attained the Associate in Risk Management from RIMS and is a Certified Safety Professional.

He is the chair of the Enterprise Risk Management Committee for the Laurel Highlands Chapter of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of the Western PA Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) where was the Past President (2004-2005) of the chapter. He is the author of the chapter entitled “Cost Benefit Analysis for Fleet Safety Training” in the ASSE “Safety Handbook”. He has been a speaker for the past thirteen years at the ASSE Professional Development Conference on a variety of risk management topics. He is past Administrator for the RM/I Practice Specialty (2014-2017) for ASSE and serves on the Technical Advisory Groups for ISO 31000 and the ISO 45001 Standards.

Joe TantarelliJoe Tantarelli
Safety Consultant
SafeStart
Joe Tantarelli is an inspiring presenter who can relate “real life” to the training he provides.

He has a down-to-earth training style that is a direct result of his 40 years of experience in heavy equipment construction where he went from laborer to operator to manager. Mr. Tantarelli was a training specialist for over eight years at Trucco Construction, which provided a natural transition for him to become a speaker and implementation specialist for the past nine years.

He has assisted company safety directors with management and employee training in preparation for receiving Star Approval in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program. He has been a popular speaker at the Ohio B.W.C Safety Expo, Eastern Kentucky University, Army Corps of Engineers Construction Roundtable, Kentucky Governor’s Safety and Health Conference, Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services Safety Day, numerous safety council safety expos and many safety day events for companies throughout Ohio and Kentucky.

Lee VernonLee Vernon
CEO & Owner
Code 3 Medical Services

Lee Vernon has over 26 years as an active first responder, firefighter and EMT. Having spent the majority of his career dealing with street violence along with years of training in the self-defense and firearms industry, he has a perspective and knowledge base experienced by few in the industry. He currently writes for multiple industry publications and has various consulting projects with industry manufacturers and professionals in the personal defense field. Mr. Vernon is also the CEO of Code 3 Medical & Safety Services who specializes in First Aid/CPR, Stop the Bleed, and other specialty medical training programs. He believes in having simplistic, thorough, and diverse skill sets that you are proficient at in order to be fully prepared in protecting one’s self or others. “You may only get one chance to do it right, so don’t be a liability.”

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Main Conference

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