- May 23, 2018
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Check-In & Networking Breakfast
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Galen Blanton, Regional Administrator, and Michael Mabee, Asst Regional Administrator-Whistleblower, Region 1, USDOL/OSHAKenneth Tucker, CONN-OSHA Director, Connecticut Department of LaborModerator: Mark Haskins, Principal Consultant, Practical Safety Solutions, LLC
A. New NFPA 70E Standards for Electrical Safety & Protective EquipmentOSHA says that NFPA-70E standards can be used as evidence that a company acted reasonably to protect its workers. In fact, if OSHA determines that compliance with 70E would have prevented an employee injury, they may cite you under the general duty clause. Discuss how your company can avoid this predicament by complying with the new 2018 standards and explore the personal protective equipment that can help workers avoid electrical mishaps.
Mike Ziskin, Founder and President, Field Safety Corporation
B. Enhance Your Safety Through Data
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. Learn how to efficiently capture, and analyze data to enhance your safety efforts. You’ll get the tools you need to act on the information so it is more than than just an electronic dashboard.
David Galt, Senior Legal Editor, EHS Training, and Emily Scace, Senior Editor, Safety, BLR—Business & Legal Resources
C. Tips for Avoiding Recordkeeping Violations
Reporting occupational injuries and illnesses to OSHA often raises numerous questions. What is reportable and what is not? What is work related and what is not? How does the new electronic reporting impact my company? Get answers to these questions and others so you can report incidents with confidence and avoid violations.
Catherine Zinsser, Occupational Safety Training Specialist, CONN-OSHA
D. Walking & Working Surfaces: A Perennial Top Five Violation
OSHA estimates over 200,000 serious injuries and 345 fatalities occur annually due to falls. This top-five OSHA violation threatens to be even more of an issue this year with the introduction of new Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems. Explore the standards that companies have the most difficulty meeting and the steps you can take to address these issues. Examine how you can make sure your facility is compliant and your workers stay safely on the ground.
Chris Mayne, Vice President, and Randy Feranec, Safety and Environmental Specialist, Facility Support Services
E. Workers’ Compensation: The Billion-Dollar Problem
Accidents happen. When they do, the workers’ compensation impact can be a nightmare. According to OSHA, employers pay almost $1 billion weekly in workers’ compensation costs. Both HR and safety managers play key roles in mitigating these costs. Explore the intricacies of the workers’ compensation process and key steps a company should take to ensure claims are addressed properly when injuries occur.
Brendan Gorman, Director, National Accounts, The Hartford
F. Keeping Your Mobile Workforce Safe
When employees operate off company property, it becomes difficult for businesses to manage safety risks. The safety of these workers is frequently in their own hands. Companies with remote workers must develop safety strategies that keep their workers safe when they’re away from your facility. Discuss cultural change strategies and the safety equipment you can use to enhance safety. Eversource’s VP of Safety, Robert Coates, will share ideas and experiences to successfully prepare your remote employees.
Robert Coates, VP of Safety, Eversource
Lunch & Networking
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
G. Knowledge Bazaar
Talk to our speakers in an informal roundtable setting. Ask questions, or explore an issue in depth with fellow safety professionals.
H. Returning to Work: Fit for Duty?
Safety and HR managers have the delicate task of reintroducing injured workers back into their company’s daily operations. They must consider the company’s production needs, the employee’s health, and the concerns of medical professionals, as well as legal responsibilities under the American’s with Disability and American’s with Disability Amendment and Family Medical Leave Act. Identify strategies to help you fully understand the employee’s capabilities upon returning to work or the need for accommodation are critical to the success of all parties. Learn how to effectively work with the medical community and within the laws to reduce the chances of injury aggravation and better protect your company.
David Hoyle, National Director, Select Physical Therapy
I. Lockout/Tagout: Is Your Process Airtight?
Annual violations relating to lockout/tagout cost companies tens of millions of dollars in fines. Yet many companies frequently fail to identify their procedural shortcomings and establish a program with appropriate energy control procedures, employee training, and inspection standards. Mishaps caused by poor lockout/tagout procedures can be expensive and even fatal. Explore the key components of energy control programs and the lockout/tagout devices and procedures that will help you meet OSHA’s guidelines. You will be well on your way to developing an airtight lockout/tagout program.
Mark Haskins, Principal Consultant, Practical Safety Solutions, LLC
Drones & Safety: A Brave New World
One of the more exciting safety-related developments has been the increased use of drones. Not only have drones become more sophisticated, their affordability allows both large and small companies to take advantage of them. Among other applications, they’re now used in facility inspections and sent to places unsafe for employees. Investigate ways your company can use drones to enhance your safety efforts and explore any issues you may have before committing to purchase one for your company.
Carl Tyburski, Supervisor, Transmission Lines, Eversource Energy and Al Gates, Ph.D., CFI Helicopter, UAS Pilot and Professor, Central Connecticut State University
Disaster Safety Guidelines
Many Connecticut businesses still shiver when they remember the “Snowtober” of 2011, and fortunately we’ve escaped a calamity like Hurricane Maria for the last several years. Being prepared for a natural disaster is one of your critical roles as a safety professional. Analyze what companies learned from the disasters of 2017, how they worked with the government toward a speedy recovery, and how they have modified their business continuity plans as a result of these events.
Ed Goldberg, Manager, Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery & Threat Assessment, Eversource
Includes raffle drawing.
Venue: Radisson Hotel Cromwell