Annual Safety Conference Tuesday Sessions

Keynote Session: Get It On  17.  Age & Obesity
1. EHS Supervisor Scorecard Process 18. Worker’s Comp. Compensability Quiz
2. Understanding Legal Pitfalls of E&S Compliance 19. Eliminating Death by PowerPoint
3. Protecting Temp. & Vulnerable Workers 20. Stress & the Aging Workforce
4. Communication Tools for Successful Disability Mgmt 21. The Journey to World Class Results
5. Health, Safety & Wellness – At Colony Brands 22. Your Stress & Your Health
6. OSHA’s Fall Protection 23. Prep. For an Insurance Carrier Loss Control Visit
7. Machine Safeguarding 24. OSHA’s Whistleblower Program
8. June is National Safety Month 25. OSHA Updates with Area Directors
9. Why Electrical Safety is Not an Option 26. Practical Noise Control
10. Advancing Your Safety Career Panel 27. Driver Safety for the Non-Regulated Fleet
11. Workplace Violence Prevention Program 28. Electrical Hazards Safety Awareness Prgm
12. Predicting, Preventing & Eliminating; 4 Safety Truths 29. OSHA’s Proposed Silica Standard
13. Worker’s Comp. Update 30. Making LOTO Work
14. Industrial Ventilation Systems 31. Chemical Spill Response
15. Breathe Easy 32. A STRETCH Away
16. Don’t Be Blind-Sided by Change



Experience levels: (1)=Fundamental (2)=Intermediate (3)=Advanced

Opening Keynote Presentation

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Get It On! What It Means To Lead The Way (1) Keni Thomas Former Army Ranger Involved in “Black Hawk Down” Mission The Ranger motto is Rangers Lead the Way. Leadership is the core of every skill developed as a Ranger. Leadership is not a position, but rather an example set by every Ranger. Whether approaching the beaches of Normandy or the mountain ranges of Afghanistan, the world is made better when leadership is owned by each member of the team. Keni Thomas’ stories of Task Force Ranger are extraordinary examples of leadership. And, the stories are not about Generals, Colonels or Captains. For example, Private David Floyd was in charge of one person that day – himself. But his leadership and example saved lives. In the pace of life, it is easy to lose perspective on our value to others. Make no mistake: Your presence is crucial! The individuals to the left and right are directly affected by the result of your actions. Each team is a puzzle with invaluable pieces. When you raise your hand or assume a task, you have put on the “uniform”. Duty follows that responsibility. Good is never enough because better is expected. Keni Thomas helps attendees see themselves in the light of extraordinary. It is a choice made by many each day to impact those around them. It is the ultimate definition of LEADING THE WAY.


10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Sessions

#1 EHS Supervisor Scorecard Process (2) JoEllen Rostad, Sr. Safety Engineer , Rockwell Automation Scott Quello, EHS Coordinator, Rockwell Automation Rockwell Automation’s new Production Supervisor EHS Scorecard drives accountability, distributes responsibility and defines EHS expectations for supervisors. The scorecard is broken into five crucial categories. Each category has parameters that are prescriptive, straightforward and activity-based. The collaborative process used to develop the scorecard will also be discussed.

#2 Understanding the Legal Pitfalls of Environmental and Safety Compliance Auditing (3) Chuck Palmer, Attorney, Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP This session will discuss the legal risks of voluntary compliance auditing. It will provide a basic overview of the regulatory policies related to voluntary self-auditing, the pros and cons of auditing, an overview of the recent Wisconsin decision on compliance auditing, and advice on how to conduct audits to bolster arguments against non-disclosure.

#3 Protecting Temporary and Vulnerable Workers (1) Mary Bauer, Compliance Assistance Specialist, U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA Temporary workers have a higher injury, illness and fatality rate due to lack of experience, familiarity, training and supervision, and are often assigned to do high risk tasks. This session will discuss OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative, shared responsibilities of the staffing agency and the host employer and best practices.

#4 Communication Tools for Successful Disability Management (2) Nancy Bellendorf, Owner, Work Safe Therapy & Ergonomics Barb Machtan, WC Coordinator, Bone & Joint Clinic Center This course will review strategies on how to bring out the best in your injured worker, effectively communicate with the treating physician, and other tools to facilitate an efficient return to work. As employers, we can set the pace for success using these tools.

#5 Health, Safety and Wellness “How it Has Evolved at Colony Brands, Inc.” (2) Tracy Meier, Benefits Manager, Colony Brands, Inc. At Colony Brands our approach has been that healthy employees are more productive, safer at work and at home and have a better quality of life. This session will provide information on how our health, safety and wellness programs have evolved from themed programs to an on-site wellness clinic.

#6 OSHA’s Fall Protection Requirements for General Industry (2) Kelly Bubolz, Compliance Assistance Specialist, U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA OSHA has expanded the scope of its Fall Protection Emphasis Program to include all fall hazards in general industry. When was the last time you read through 1910 Subpart D? Yes, OSHA compliance staff will be looking at stairways, ladders, working platforms, and any other potential falls of four feet from one level to another. They will be evaluating employers’ housekeeping practices because the agency’s Walking-Working Surfaces Standard covers all these elements of fall protection. Are you ready?

#7 Machine Safeguarding – Guards and Devices (1) Roger Harrison, Director of Training, Rockford Systems, Inc. This course will explain what OSHA defines as mandatory and how more current ANSI B11 safety standards go beyond OSHA. See examples of guards and devices – both traditional like two-hand controls, light curtains and interlocked guards; along with newer technology such as laser scanning devices. The electrical standard for industrial machines, NFPA 79-2012, will be discussed; disconnects, starters, voltage reduction, grounds, emergency stops, etc. 

#8 June is National Safety Month (1) Rachel Berens-VanHeest, Communications Program Manager, Alliant Energy Carrie Parman, Sr. Corporate Safety Specialist, Alliant Energy Wondering how to promote June is National Safety Month at your organization to make it resonate with your employees? We’ve got ideas for any size company and any budget, and will discuss what works and what doesn’t.


11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Sessions

#9 Why Electric al Safety is Not an Option (1) Virgil Dahlke, President, Dahlen Systems, Inc. Cindy Walker, Mastermind One80 LLC Electrocutions are the fourth leading cause of occupational fatalities and over 2,000 workers are burned each year. Don’t let your employees become a statistic. We de-mystify ARC flash, demonstrate why electrical safety is important, examine OSHA’s expectations of employers and employees and detail five realistic steps to electrical safety compliance.

#10 Advancing Your Safety Career: An Expert Panel Discussion About Education, Certifications, and Experience (1) Todd Loushine, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater George Gruetzmacher, PhD, CIH, CSP, PE, Industrial Hygiene Consultant, WisCon WI State Laboratory of Hygiene Chad Tisonik, President, HNI, Inc. Ron Wegner, Property Loss Specialist, West Bend Mutual Insurance Co. Linda Huske, Safety & Training Coordinator, City of West Allis Carrie Parman, Sr. Corporate Safety Specialist, Alliant Energy College degrees, certifications, CEUs, and certificates can be costly and confusing as to how they advance your career status or potential. Join a lively and honest discussion about these topics (and others) with a panel of experts. We also invite other seasoned professionals to come share their stories.

#11 Workplace Violence Prevention Program Overview (2) Dave Droster, Director of Global Security, Briggs & Stratton Our speaker will give a brief overview and discuss how to create a workplace violence prevention program by creating and implementing a team, as well as working with law enforcement and post incident steps.

#12 Predicting, Preventing & Eliminating: The 4 Safety Truths From Your Inspections, Audits and Observations (2) Chuck Pettinger, PhD, Process Change Leader, Predictive Solutions Many organizations search for true, leading indicators but then fail to use their data. The use of “business intelligence” to forecast trends is widely used by many leaders but often overlooked as a tool to help predict incidents. This presentation will review current research on safety analytics and the ability to predict where your next incident is going to occur. Recommendations for improvements will be given based on the “4 safety truths” derived from a study of over 120 million safety inspections. The participants will leave the workshop with insight into how to use the safety data to predict, prevent and eliminate incidents on the job.


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sessions

#13 2014 Worker’s Compensation Update (2) Bill Sachse, Jr., Attorney, Peterson, Johnson &Murray, SC Learn the latest information on amendments to the Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Act, as well as summaries of key worker’s compensation decisions from the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Wisconsin Court of Appeals, and Labor and Industry Review Commission.

#14 Industrial Ventilation Systems-Get Rid of the Dust (2) Kevin Rohde, General Manager, Hastings Air Energy Control How do you check for inefficiency in your ventilation system on the factory floor? What do you do about it?

#15 Breathe Easy: How to Properly Select and Use Respirators (1) Kay Rowntree, CIH, Industrial Hygiene Consultant, Industrial Hygiene Sciences, LLC OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard was the fourth most cited standard in 2012-2013. Learn how to select the right respirators, when and how to use them, and what administrative elements you need to have a program that protects employees and complies with the Standard.

#16 Don’t be Blind-Sided by Change! (2) Chris Seider, CSP, PHR, ARM, Corporate Safety Specialist, Foth Production Solutions, LLC From the inception of a new process, tool, or equipment to the final realization, it is essential that safety has a voice in each and every stage. This session will cover the concept of management of change and techniques for how it can be successfully applied within an organization.


1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Sessions

#17 Age and Obesity: Two Megatrends in Worker’s Compensation (3) Elizabeth Thompson, CEO, Encore Unlimited Learn about the scope of the aging and obesity problem and the effect on worker’s compensation claims. This presentation will take the latest research and identify what focused actions to take in claims, safety and health. You will learn how critical it will become to take action on these issues to control medical costs in claims.

#18 Worker’s Compensation Compensability Quiz 3 (2) Bill Sachse, Jr., Attorney, Peterson, Johnson & Murray, SC Several real-life worker’s compensation scenarios will be presented in quiz format. The audience will be asked to vote on whether the scenario presents a compensable worker’s compensation injury. After the correct answer is revealed, the presenter will discuss the legal reasons behind the decision. This is the third version of this popular quiz.

#19 Eliminating Death by PowerPoint (1) Bob LoMastro, President, LoMastro & Associates, Inc. Wes Van Huss, Safety Consultant, LoMastro & Associates, Inc. Are you still using cold and boring overheads or slides that no one reads or pays attention to? Safety training should be informative and fun. The days of getting away with presentations containing 60+ slides overloaded with bullet points must end. This session is dedicated to those who would like to make their training memorable. We will explore the deeper power of training software like PowerPoint, Articulate, and Camtasia to help you energize your training session. This is a hands-on program, so bring your laptop with the most current version of PowerPoint.

#20 Stress and the Aging Workforce: Ergonomic Accommodations and Wellness Strategies to Improve Productivity (3) Brian Langenhorst, OTR, CEA, Industrial/Ergonomic Specialist, Mayo Clinic Health Systems – Occupational Health This workshop will illustrate the physiological changes that occur with aging. This will include the effects of aging on strength, flexibility, endurance, fatigue, cognition, memory, balance and coordination. Attendees will leave the session with the skills and knowledge to understand: 1. the ways aging affects the musculoskeletal system, material handling ability, the impact on cognitive abilities and work performance. 2. How to integrate ergonomic interventions to prevent injuries and increase productivity among the aging workforce.

#21 The Journey to World Class Results (3) Jerry Chapman, Corporate Safety Manager, Industrial Towel and Uniform, Inc. Kurt Meyer, Director of Human Resources, Industrial Towel and Uniform, Inc. When you consider the moral, financial, or legal arguments for safety, world class results are the only acceptable option. Learn in detail the actions that management must execute to develop and sustain a culture of safety throughout an organization. Participants will learn how to incorporate organizational values into the safety vision and develop strategies and action plans that translate into a managed approach to control risk and create a culture where accidents are unacceptable. The result… dramatic reductions in workplace injuries and illnesses; and bottom line results fueled by lower risks and increased employee engagement.

#22 Your Stress and Your Health: How to Manage Both (1) John Shier, RN, PhD, Owner, Unidentified and untreated stress is a primary threat to our health. This program will help attendees learn to identify their stressors, how to deal with them and thereby how to build their health and wellness.

#23 Preparing for an Insurance Carrier Loss Control Visit and Strategies to Get the Best Resources Out of Your Carrier (2) Chris Halverson, Director of Risk Management, M3 Insurance Solutions Ron Wegner, Property Loss Specialist, West Bend Mutual Insurance Co. This session will guide you through strategies to prepare your company for a carrier loss control visit and assist you in understanding what resources are available from the carrier that will assist you in your loss control programs. The session will also focus on worker’s compensation process management and preventative measures and how the insurance carrier evaluates your company controls to reduce loss.

#24 OSHA’s Whistleblower Program – Do I Need to Worry About That? (1) Shawn Harrigan, Regional Whistleblower Investigator, U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA Peter Herman, Regional Whistleblower Investigator, U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA Did you know that incentive programs based on trailing indicators, such as injury and illness rates, are not in keeping with OSHA’s Whistleblower provisions? Did you know that OSHA has more than 22 statutes they have jurisdiction over, from the OSHA Act to Sarbanes-Oxley to the Affordable Care Act? Two OSHA Investigators will review the basics of the Whistleblower complaint, discuss new statutes, coverage, and recent cases.


3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Sessions

#25 OSHA Updates With the Area Directors (1) Christine Zortman, Area Director, U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA Robert Bonack, Area Director, U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA Meet the new OSHA Area Directors. Robert Bonack has taken over the Appleton area, and Chris Zortman is now the Director in Milwaukee. This is the conference’s regular annual update on what is happening with OSHA in Wisconsin and nation-wide.

#26 Practical Noise Control (2) Tim O’Neill, President, O’Neill Engineered Systems OSHA’s primary approach to over-exposures is to engineer out the problem. This presentation will address the basics of noise, noise control and specifications, design and engineering.

#27 Driver Safety for the Non-Regulated Fleet (1) Clint Wernimont, CSP, Global Road Safety & Special Projects Leader, Cummins, Inc. Driver safety reaches beyond the regulated fleet. Safe driver programs now need to focus on passenger vehicles as well. Go on a journey with a global organization’s development, implementation and improvement of a program. Understand the issues that face your organization every time an employee gets behind the wheel.

#28 Electrical Hazards Safety Awareness Program (2) Robert Pendowski, Sr. Training Consultant, WE Energies Designed to inform/educate personnel of the hazards involved when working near overhead or underground lines and equipment. Scenarios covered include: down wire situations, dig-ins, vehicle contact and car-pole accidents.

#29 OSHA’s Proposed Silica Standard (1) George Gruetzmacher, PhD, CIH, CSP, PE, Industrial Hygiene Consultant, WisCon WI State Laboratory of Hygiene In September 2013, OSHA released the proposed silica health standard. Currently, OSHA’s standards for crystalline silica uses obsolete sampling methods and an often misunderstood calculation. This rule will make the exposure limit consistent with the way all other limits are sampled and analyzed. In addition, the other required elements of all health standards are included.

#30 Making Lock /Tag Out Work Instructions Easy to Administrate and Increase Employee Understanding (2) William Gooding, Managing Director, Management of Environmental, Safety & Health, Inc. Lock/Tag Out (LTO) is still one of the most cited OSHA regulations. Most of the citations center on LTO work instructions and employee understanding of what is required. MESHinc, supervisors, and employees have developed a system and documentation that allows for efficient development of LTO work instructions (even an intern could use it). Pairing this with the LTO labeling system, that brings basic LTO information to the point of use, compliance could not be easier. The presentation includes all the forms and information.

#31 Chemical Spill Response (2) Jason Christopherson, MS, Environmental & Safety Consultant, REI Engineering, Inc. Kent Lassa, PS, Environmental Specialist, REI Engineering, Inc. Learn the basics of chemical spill response techniques, reporting requirements, environmental liability, and safety issues when conducting spill response activities at your company. This presentation will provide attendees with the tools necessary to identify risk in regards to potential spill events, and outline what steps are necessary to properly respond.

#32 A S-T-R-E-T-C-H Away From Workplace Health (2) Beverly Gruber, MS, OTR, Health & Safety Consultant/Trainer, Working Right, LLC Daily stretching helps to prevent sprains and strains, and it helps to relieve muscle tension, pain, and overall stress. This session will explore the benefits and components of a successful workplace stretch program. Participants will engage in 14 gentle, workplace-friendly stretches. Click here for Wednesday’s Session Listing