Tuesday, April 4

DAY 1 MAIN CONFERENCE

Exhibits Open
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


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


Welcome Remarks
7:55 a.m. – 8:00 am


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

This session will launch you forward by helping you:

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

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

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

Refreshments & Networking Break
10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.


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

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

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


Forward-Thinking Safety Management Strategies

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

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

Concurrent Sessions
11:25 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.

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

You’ll learn:

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

This session will cover:

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


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

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

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

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

You’ll learn:

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

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

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

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

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

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