2017 Conference Schedule

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - Day 1

Session # 1:  8:30 – 10:00 AM
Keynote – Mike Rayburn
“What If…?”

Mike Rayburn, CSP, CPAE is an inspirational thought leader and one of the most in-demand and un-conventional keynote artists in the world. Mike draws from his success as an entrepreneur as well as a Carnegie Hall headliner, to get his message across and challenge attendees to accomplish what they think cannot be… all by daring you to ask the question, “What if…?”
The “What If…?” Experience is Mike’s transformational, hilarious keynote presentation. In it Mike will utilize his amazing guitar work and hilarious comedy as a metaphor, to illustrate three tools designed to turn your team into an army of innovators with the peak performance skills to transcend the status quo, to stop managing change, and lead by creating change.

Mike Rayburn is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), Hall of Fame speaker (CPAE), author, comedian, and world-class guitarist. He is a two-time TEDx presenter, has performed more than 4,000 presentations and his comedy remains in heavy rotation on Sirius/XM radio. Mike has been featured in USA Today, Newsweek, Billboard, American Entertainment, Gig, and Successful Magazine.

Session # 2:  10:30-11:30 AM
Session Title: Safety Leadership and Culture-Why are they important & What does it look like?
Presenter: Ben Schoffmann, CEO

Presentation Abstract:
This presentation will share insights into the process of becoming a true safety leader, and what elements are important to establishing a strong safety culture.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Create a culture where Safety is consistent, persistent and beyond compromise.
  2. Leadership must understand their highest obligation.
  3. How to become a true safety leader.

For the past 7 years, Ben Schoffmann has served as President and CEO of Kakivik Asset Management and CCI Industrial Services, both of which are subsidiaries of Bristol Bay Industrial and Bristol Bay Native Corporation. Together, Kakivik and CCI have about 500 employees. They provide oilfield and industrial services to operators and other clients in Alaska (mostly on the North Slope), as well as overseas in Australia and Southeast Asia. Previously, Ben spent 30 years with Marathon Oil Company in its upstream operations in Illinois, Texas, Colorado, Alaska and the UK. He held a wide variety of roles in engineering, supervision and management, including a number of years as Operations Manager in Alaska and finally as Marathon’s Health, Safety and Environmental Operations Manager for North America. Ben is a passionate safety leader, recognized for his ability to lead change in the safety performance of organizations by focusing on transforming culture and systems to ensure that safety is a value, not just a priority. He and his organizations have been recipients of numerous recognitions and awards from clients and senior leaders for safety leadership and performance. Ben is a trusted advisor and advocate for development of safety leadership training and strategic planning by many in the industry. A 1980 Mechanical Engineering graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, in Terre Haute, Indiana, Ben considers Alaska his home. If asked, Ben would say that he considers his most important “job” is to be a husband and the father of two daughters, and he plays an active role in his church and community.

Session # 3:  10:30-11:30 AM
Maintaining your Ethics & Core Values in Challenging Times
Presenter: Stephanie Varner

Presentation Abstract:
Discuss how personal biases and morals can affect your work center; tips on how to stay true to your core values and create a conducive work environment.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to reference OSHA Primary Ergonomics Risk Factors and their application.
  2. Attendees will be able to describe OSHA Solutions for Risk Reduction and their application.
  3. Attendees will be able to describe examples of how utilizing basic High Reliability Organization principles can contribute to a significant improvement in caregiver injuries.

During 2016 at Providence, Stephanie Varner presented, instructed and trained about 2,800 caregivers in High Reliability, Safe Patient Handling New Employee Orientation, Champion Super User Classes and Skills Fairs, Human Resources New Employee Orientation, Departmental Ergonomic In-services. I also recently was a guest speaker presenting on Ergonomics to the Alaska Joint Safety Steering Committee.

Session # 4:  10:30-11:30 AM
Session Title: Office Ergonomics in 2017: Budget Band-Aids
Presenter: Chris Krebs

Presentation Abstract:
In these challenging economic times, we don’t want to send more than we have to right now. We will explore what can be done to improve office ergonomics on a tight budget, and how to determine when Band-Aid solutions are not wise.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify and implement the easy, inexpensive ergonomics interventions in office environments.
  2. Evaluate modifications for specific applications.
  3. Understand the costs of “saving” by not investing in long term solutions.

Chris Krebs has traveled throughout the state of Alaska since 1993 as an ergonomics consultant and trainer for Situs Ergonomics. After completing his engineering degree in Canada, Chris moved to Alaska in 1991 and began apprenticing with PhD Ergonomist and Occupational therapist Liz Dowler, the founder of Situs. Chris and his wife, Deb became co-owners of the company in 2005. Chris has not only helped many thousands of Alaskans work more comfortably and safely, but has also helped train hundreds of professionals to do better Office Ergonomics Evaluations.

Session # 5:  10:30-11:30 AM
Misunderstood Minerals: How Beryllium and Silica Could Affect You and Your Work
Presenter: James Mainolfi, OSH and Kim Arlington, OSH

Presentation Abstract:
This presentation will be based on Federal OSHA’s new Crystalline Silica standards for general industry 29 CFR 1910.1053 and construction 29 CFR 1926.1153. It includes an overview of what silica is its health effects, methods of compliance, training, and program development and requirements based of the new published OSHA standard. Kim will provide an overview of what beryllium is specific beryllium exposures hazards, exposure limits, and methods of compliance.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to identify sources of silica exposure in the work place and become familiar with OSHA’s workplace requirements.
  2. Attendees will learn OSHA’s exposure limits and their medical effects on the human body.
  3. Attendees will be able to identify sources of beryllium exposure in the work place and become familiar with OSHA’s workplace requirements, learn OSHA’s exposure limits and their medical effects on the human body and determine the best methods of compliance with the new standard.

James R. Mainolfi is a Health Consultant with the State of Alaska Department of Labor Standards & Safety Division, Occupational Safety and Health, Consultation and Training Section. He also is a Bioenvironmental Engineering Craftsman with the 176 Wing Alaska Air National Guard, where among other duties he manages the Respiratory Protection Program for the entire wing. James earned his Bachelors of Science degree with honors in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University and has over 10 years of experience as an Industrial Hygienist.
Kim Arlington is a Health Consultant for the State of Alaska Department of Labor Standards and Safety Division, Occupational Safety and Health, Consultation and Training Section. She has a Masters of Science degree in Industrial Hygiene from Colorado State University and Bachelors of Science in Biology from Lewis and Clark College.  Ms. Arlington has over 20 years’ experience as an Industrial Hygienist and Safety Specialist in Alaska. During her career, she has worked for several oil and gas companies, safety and health consulting companies and contractors.

Session # 6:  10:30-11:30 AM
Session Title: Highlights of the New ANSI Z244.1.2016 Lockout Standard –Latest Best Practices
Presenter: Todd Grover, Advanced Safety NSC

Presentation Abstract:
This presentation reviews the major areas of expanded information and technique provided in the 2016 ANSI/ASSE Z244.1 lockout global best practice standard. We will discuss machine design considerations, control reliable safeguarding systems, improved program facilitation guidance and discuss in detail the new section on Alternative Methods to be used when lockout is not feasible.
Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will review the substantial improvements in best practice provided in the 2016 updated standard.
  2. A comparison will be provided between the 2016 ANSI Z244.1 standard and the existing OSHA 1910.147 regulation
  3. Participants will review situations when the use of alternative methods to lockout can be justified by risk assessments and effective control measures

Todd Grover has over 30 years of experience as a practicing safety professional and EHS Manager as well as a business degree in Administrative Management. And he holds an Advanced Safety Certification through the National Safety Council and is an OSHA authorized instructor for both the General Industry and Construction 10 and 30 hour courses. He worked with a wide range of industries to prepare numerous lockout policies and detailed procedures, develop company-specific compliance training, and performs accident investigations. Todd has represented dozens of employers during Lockout related OSHA citation cases. He has worked with Control of Hazardous Energy-Lock out Tag out since the inception of the OSHA 1910.147 standard and is currently a participating member of the ANSI Z244.1 committee on Control of Hazardous Energy, as well as a delegate to the U.S. PC283 committee contributing to the upcoming ISO 45001 Global Standard for Occupational Health and Safety.

Session #7:  12 – 12:40 PM
Luncheon Speaker: Deborah Kelly, Director AK OSH
Regulatory Changes in Alaska, a Glimpse of the Future.

Presentation Abstract:
Ms. Kelly will share a little of her role as the Director of AK OSH, and share what we can expect in regulatory changes and emphasis coming forward.

Deborah Kelly is the director of the Labor Standards and Safety Division of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. She has worked as a safety coordinator and with the National Safety Council's Labor Division. She is a lifelong Alaskan and a journeyman lineman, and has explored the state while building and maintaining Alaska's power grid.

Session #8:  1-2 pm
Session Title: Building Simple and Effective Hazard Recognition Competency in a Complex World
Presenter: Mike Fleming, MBA, CSP

Presentation Abstract: Risk reduction depends upon recognizing hazards. Many workplaces practice methods that perpetuate a gap in hazard recognition competency. Energy-based hazard recognition helps employees learn what creates a hazard. This simple and reliable approach provides a pathway to informed risk reduction choices that enables continuous improvement in incident prevention.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how closing the hazard recognition competency gap can contribute significantly to incident prevention
  2. Evaluate existing hazard recognition education and practice methods in their workplace to determine if these provide effective methods to close the hazard recognition competency gap
  3. Learn why a simple, systematic energy-based hazard recognition process can help employees develop competency well beyond adherence to policies, procedures, regulatory compliance requirements, and traditional hazard recognition methods

Michael Fleming is an accomplished safety engineering, fire protection, environmental, and risk management professional. Michael has 40 years of professional experience including 25 years of consulting and training with Decision Point where he is the CEO and Principal Consultant, 13 years with Mobil Oil Corporation, and two years with M & M Protection Consultants. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology and a Master of Business Administration in Engineering Management. Mr. Fleming has facilitated thousands of Hazard Recognition Plus™ workshops and classes in eighteen countries for a wide variety of industries including oil and gas drilling, production, refining, pipeline, gas processing, and related service companies as well as industrial goods manufacturing, paper mills, and chemical processing. Michael is a life-time member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and holds memberships in the American Training Development Society, and the American Chemical Society.

Session # 9:  1-2 PM
Session Title: Behavioral Safety & Emotional Intelligence – Managing the “X-Factor” of Human Behavior
Presenter: Jeff Lincoln

Presentation Abstract:
Safety programs are executed by people who come to work every day with emotions that, like it or not, impact their behavior. Asking an employee to leave their emotions behind when they come to work, is like asking them to leave their brains behind, - it isn’t reasonable. How can we quantify this risk, and can something as unpredictable as emotions be managed? Historically we have taken a “my way or the highway” approach to safety, and while it is appropriate to take a firm position, this doesn’t change the fact that we are ALL emotional beings to one extent or another, and those emotions have an impact on our behavior.

Learning Objectives:

  1. How can safety leaders quantify the value of something as unpredictable as human behavior?
  2. What is emotional intelligence, and how does it impact our behavior and the behavior of our employees?
  3. How can leaders and team members alike leverage emotional intelligence skills to add stability to their safety culture?

With 20+ years of corporate trouble-shooting for two Fortune 100 companies, Jeff realized all troubled business units have one problem in common, people. People are also the answer to the organization’s problems, and Jeff founded Lincoln Consulting with this concept in mind. Lincoln Consulting helps organizations and their employees grow, collaborate and win together through advising, leadership coaching, and professional skills training.

Session #10:  1-2 pm
Session Title: Cyber Crime and the Safety of your Business
Presenter: Dan Foote, CSSA, MCP

Presentation Abstract:
Businesses and computer users today are concerned – and rightfully so – about protecting their themselves from the vast and growing number of cyber threats out there today, be it ransomware, bank and credit card fraud, phishing emails, and web activity. Protection does not need to be costly, yet it is vital.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The #1 security threat that antivirus, firewalls and other security protocols cannot protect against.
  2. How to identify everyday threats.
  3. What can be done to protect yourself, your family or business that are efficient and effective—without a high cost?

Daniel Foote has almost 20 years of experience in the IT industry and a bestselling author. From being the sole support for a small business network to managing a support desk that delivers services to thousands of customers through all methods of data delivery, Dan has a wealth of experience on many platforms. Currently, he is the president of DanTech Services, Inc, an IT Managed Service Provider based in Anchorage, Alaska. DanTech Services works with small to medium sized businesses to protect their technology infrastructure, data, and users with a layered approach to security. The DanTech Services team provides support from the desktop to the cloud, delivers perimeter security, and protects against data loss with intelligent business continuity services. He has also delivered presentations covering topics such as cyber security, business continuity, and cloud computing options. Taking the anxiety out of a business owner or manager’s mind is one of the deliverables that DanTech Services provides it is Customers by keeping Computers under control!

Session # 11: 1-2 PM
Session Title: The New Face of Hazardous Communication – Compliance in the Post-GHS Deadline Era
Presenter: Chuck Haling

Presentation Abstract: GHS is in full effect for the millions of companies covered by OSHA’s Hazardous Communication Standard, but what exactly does it mean for SDS and label compliance? This session clarifies OSHA’s expectations, reviews recent regulatory activity surrounding the standard and provides easy-to-follow best practices for getting and staying compliant.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the most common compliance challenges affecting EHS professionals when it comes to SDSs and labels, as well as their impact on overall Hazardous Communication program compliance
  2. Understand the importance of staying on top of Hazardous Communication, GHS and related hazardous chemical-related regulations
  3. Get clarification on OSHA’s expectations for SDSs, shipped labels and secondary container labels and receive best practices for achieving and maintaining compliance in the post-GHS adoption era

Chuck Haling is Vice President of Sales at VelocityEHS. VelocityEHS, through its MSDSonline brand, is the leading provider of chemical management solutions that help customers meet global EHS regulatory requirements (e.g. OSHA Hazardous Communication Standard, Recordkeeping, and GHS). Chuck has nearly 20 years of high-level strategic management experience and has authored many articles for the EHS industry. He is a sought-after speaker, presenting at dozens of events across the country, including VPPPA, NSC and ASSE conferences. Prior to joining VelocityEHS in 2007, he led sales & marketing operations for premier companies such as W.W. Grainger and Baer Supply Company. Chuck holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia University and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University.

Session # 12:  1-2 PM
Session Title: Industrial Hygiene Exposure Limits: What you need to know for Alaska and beyond
Presenter: Tony Barnard, CIH, CSP

Presentation Abstract:
OSHA has Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs). Do you know where/how they originated? Do you know how they compare to other exposure limits? Do you know what to do there isn’t an OSHA PEL or ACGIH TLV for a potential IH exposure? This interactive presentation discusses these topics and more.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand where/how OSHA PELs originated.
  2. Be aware of common Alaska PELs that are lower than Federal PELs.
  3. Know about ACGIH TLVs and other available exposure limits.

Mr. Barnard began his HSE career in 1987 in the Army as an industrial hygiene and safety technician. After completing his service, he received a BS in General Science and Chemistry Minor from UW-Platteville and a MS in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Michigan in 1995 under Fellowship from the Department of Energy. He worked from 1995-2002 as an HSE consultant and then Manager of Health and Safety Services at a consulting company based out of Boulder, Colorado. This work included a wide range of HSE challenges to include IH/safety surveys, indoor air quality investigations, noise/ventilation evaluations, HSE Plan development, environmental impact assessments, and oil & gas issues of many kinds, HSE legal support, and OSHA citation advice. Mr. Barnard arrived in Anchorage. He worked at a consulting company at Nortech Environmental, at a contracting company with ASRC, and currently at an oil & gas producing company with BP. He has been an active HSE professional serving as the President of the Midnight Sun AIHA for several years and presenting on various IH and safety topics at the monthly ASSE meetings, Safety Summits, Governor H&S Conference, and other organizations.

Session # 13: 3-4:15 AM
Session Title: “The Schlumberger HSE Blitz”- A Proactive Approach to Safety
Presenter: Christy Resler, General Manager

Presentation Abstract:
The presentation will focus on Schlumberger’s four year journey and results of a proactive safety program.

In the harsh working environment of Alaska’s North Slope and Kenai Peninsula, seasons change quickly. As a result, employees must quickly increase their awareness of safety issues and shift gears to accommodate for winter safety as this period of transition has traditionally brought an increased amount of HSE incidents. Due to these seasonal increases, over the past four years the Alaska management team has held an annual competitive “HSE Blitz” that proactively increases awareness as well as Teamwork, Commitment, Integrity, and Drive. The Blitz is themed around Football with a focus around teamwork and friendly competition.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Development of proactive safety programs that can truly be turned into a program or culture versus just an initiative
  2. Utilization of hazard hunts and rewards for eliminating hazards in the workplace
  3. Strategies for getting Sr. management, suppliers and customers involved in the program, foster team work and make it cultural and repeatable.

Christine Resler currently lives in Alaska and is the General Manager for Schlumberger, Alaska. Schlumberger is the largest oilfield service provider in the world.  Previously she was the Katy Technology Center Manager for Schlumberger where she was responsible for engineering and manufacturing for land based directional drilling as well as the worldwide downhole drilling motor operations.  She started her career in investment banking where she worked as an analyst and an associate in the mergers and acquisitions’ departments of Merrill Lynch & Co., Jefferies and Co., Inc. and Credit Suisse First Boston.  She spent 5 years working as the Director of Mergers and Acquisitions and Investor Relations for Integrated Electrical Services, a large publicly traded electrical contracting company.  In 2006, she joined Smith International, Inc. as Director of Mergers and Acquisitions where she led a number of transactions including Smith’s $3.2 billion acquisition of W-H Energy Services.  In 2008, Christine became the Vice President of Advanced Technologies within the Bits and Advanced Technologies Group where she managed a number of technically focused businesses including, power sections for down hole drilling motors,  diamond cutter manufacturing for drill bits,  performance elastomers and friction stir welding.  She led one of the integration teams for the integration of Smith into Schlumberger Ltd. following that announced merger in 2010.  She has been an Executive Professor of Finance at the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston since 2002 and taught graduate school there until 2013 when she moved to Alaska.  She currently teaches finance in the Business School at Alaska Pacific University.  Her undergraduate degrees are in Economics and Political Science with a concentration in Finance from Boston University and she has an MBA from the University of Chicago.  Christine is a wife and mother of three and she enjoys cooking, wine, endurance horseback racing, Pilates, fishing and snow skiing.

Session #14:  3-4:15 pm
Session Title: Active Shooter – Defensive Strategies
Presenter: Brian Horner

Presentation Abstract:
RUN! HIDE! FIGHT! While urban survival training has historically concentrated on natural disasters, storing your food and digging out of the rubble, the new emphasis is more personal. With disgruntled employees, political disagreements and mentally unbalanced persons able to procure weapons and make explosives, people need to know how to react to an active hostile entering their lives. As a hostage survival instructor and personal protection instructor for the US military, DEA, US Customs and others, Brian Horner leads you through the steps to take prior to this type of event, and the reactions needed during this typically short encounter. Brian addresses the situation from three different comparative angles. From understanding the psyche of the shooter, addressing escape methods, learning basic fighting skills and the needed medical response, the students become empowered to save themselves and others. The session provides realistic answers to a new, and lethal social problem.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Offer strategies to prevent and prepare for a potential Active Shooter incident
  2. Provide options to enhance survival when confronted with an Active Shooter.
  3. Describe actions needed to safely interact with the responding police officers
  4. Detail medical considerations for both EMS and responding employees
  5. Emphasis through case studies of the need for specific reactions in this emergency

Brian Horner, has over 35 years in conducting survival and rescue training programs in the U.S. and abroad for both military and public sector workers. He is considered an expert in the fields of emergency behavior training and specializes in remote medical care in adverse environments. Brian initially learned his skills during an 11 year career in the US Air force as an S.E.R.E Specialist. This special operations group, deals specifically with military survival, escape and rescue. He would eventually transfer to Elmendorf AFB, where he became the NCOIC of Base Survival training. He followed this with 5 years of service to both the US Customs Service and the DEA as their trainer for South American operations. This also led to his work in Russia and China for Amoco Eurasia. Brian then turned his attention to supporting expeditions as a Field Safety Specialist for groups like the Discovery Chanel, National Geographic and remote oilfield operations. This included Antarctica with Colonel Norman Vaughan, three years on Denali, both guiding and with the NPS High Altitude Rescue Team and a number of ski/sledge hauls across the north slope of Alaska. In 2013 he was part of an international team that attempted to find and extricate the “Grumman Duck” aircraft that is buried beneath the Ice in Greenland. His training venue since 1986 is his private company, LTR Training Systems Inc., in Anchorage Alaska. LTR, or (Learn to Return), a 31 year educational company that provides advanced HSE training specific to the topics of fall protection, remote medical care and aviation emergencies. The LTR facility includes a complete fall protection climbing area complemented with towers, fixed anchors, ladder climbs, a confined space simulator and multiple aircraft egress simulators. Brian is known as a consummate speaker, entertaining, dynamic, informative, sarcastic and downright fun guy.

Session # 15: 3-4:15 PM
Session Title: Applied Ergonomics – What we can learn from the Health Care Industry
Presenter: Caleb Terpstra, PT, DPT, CEAS

Presentation Abstract:
Healthcare workers having some of the highest rates of musculoskeletal injury in the United States. This presentation will discuss the link between caregiver and patient safety and introduce how Providence is using applied ergonomics with its Safe Patient Handling Program to significantly decrease injuries while positively impacting patients.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to reference OSHA Primary Ergonomics Risk Factors and their application.
  2. Attendees will be able to describe OSHA Solutions for Risk Reduction and their application.
  3. Attendees will be able to describe examples of how utilizing basic High Reliability Organization principles can contribute to a significant improvement in injuries.

During 2016 at Providence, Caleb Terpstra presented, instructed and trained about 2,800 caregivers in High Reliability, Safe Patient Handling New Employee Orientation, Champion Super User Classes and Skills Fairs, Human Resources New Employee Orientation, Departmental Ergonomic In-services. I also recently was a guest speaker presenting on Ergonomics to the Alaska Joint Safety Steering Committee. Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Alaska Regional Manager of Injury Prevention and Ergonomics. Nominated for 2016 March of Dimes Friend of Nursing Award.

Session #16:  3-4:15 pm
Session Title: Hearing Loss Prevention – Successful Hearing Conservation in the Real World
Presenter: Sandra Uberuaga, MA, CCC-A, F-AAA, CPS/A

Presentation Abstract: We will discuss solutions for effective hearing conservation/risk management, emerging technologies, prevention of hearing loss on AND off the job. Methods of measuring the amount of actual protection at the ear. How to prevent overprotecting employees to the point of endangerment. Learn methods to veritably improve your HC program.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define key elements of a hearing conservation program & know best practices
  2. Understand technology that can measure a worker’s actual personal attenuation rating
  3. Know how to find technology that can accommodate the hearing impaired worker and improve communication in the workplace
  4. Be more proactive in managing risk for both the employee and the employer
  5. Know where to find great resources for effective training, which are at no cost.

Sandra MacLean Uberuaga, MA, CCC-A, F-AAA, CPS/A, is an occupational audiologist with a masters in audiology & pathology. She is president of Alaska Occupational Audiology & Health Services, Inc which provides onsite hearing conservation services, consultation, including claims review, accommodation of workers with hearing loss, audio logical review services, mobile hearing testing, noise level studies, custom PPE, employee training and objective measurement of attenuation and fitting of PPE. Sandra has frequently presented on local, national and international levels regarding issues of hearing conservation and safe accommodation of workers, specializing in workplace communication assessment. Sandra has been working exclusively in this field since 1982. She is licensed as an audiologist to practice in Alaska, Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington. She is a member of the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) having served on the executive council. Sandra is a six time NHCA “Golden Lobe” award winner. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Acoustical Society of America and the NFPA, having served on its occupational medical and heath technical committee. Sandra is a course director for CAOHC; training individuals to be certified as Occupational Hearing Conservationists. Sandra is also certified by CAOHC as a Professional Supervisor in Audiometry. Sandra enjoys hunting, fishing, international cooking and travel.

Session #17: 3-4:15 pm
Session Title: MSHA Regulatory Update in the New Administration
Presenter: Joshua Schultz, Attorney & Mine Safety Professional

Presentation Abstract:
This presentation will inform safety professionals on MSHA trends and changes as President Trump and a new Labor Secretary put their imprint on mine safety regulations. We will take a look at MSHA’s regulatory agenda as well as the status of proposed and pending rules. Additionally, the presentation will address enforcement trends and important compliance tips to enable operators to stay ahead of the curve on MSHA issues.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Increased understanding of MSHA regulations and enforcement initiatives
  2. Forum to share experiences and compliance strategies at MSHA regulated sites
  3. Stay informed on how the new administration will shape MSHA’s regulatory agenda

Josh Schultz is the Managing Attorney at the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC's Denver, Colorado Office. The Law Office of Adele L. Abrams is an 8-attorney firm that represents employers in MSHA and OSHA defense, compliance, and training nationwide. Schultz is accredited by the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals as a Mine Safety Professional. He is a graduate of the University Of Maryland School Of Law and the University of Maryland, College Park School of Journalism. Before joining the Law Office of Adele Abrams in September 2008, he clerked with the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Maryland Office of the Attorney General. Mr. Schultz lives in Evergreen, Co.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - Day 2

Session # 18:  8 – 9:30 AM
Day 2 General Session: with James Smith, CSP
Session Title: “Safety – Investing in the Future”

"Safety - Investing in the Future" – proof in effective programs - making the business case for safety. Hear proven results achieved from in investing in safety for any industry. Apply strategies to gain buy-in and momentum in reducing costs, improving production, and creating a safer workforce / customer experience.

Jim Smith is the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) President Elect and is the Vice President of Risk Control Services for Arthur J. Gallagher Company (4th largest broker company in the world), as well as the Managing Director, Gallagher Public Entity Loss Control Group. Mr. Smith received both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degree’s in Industrial Safety from University of Central Missouri. Mr. Smith has over 32 years of experience as a Corporate Safety, Risk/Claims Manager and providing industrial safety expert witness consultative service.
The ASSE named James D. Smith as the “Safety Professional of the Year”. One of the most prestigious awards for safety professionals. Jim was nationally elected by his professional peers to serve on the ASSE Board of Directors for the past 15 years. Mr. Smith serves on variety of American National Technical Standards Committees that include: risk management and risk assessment techniques, stairs/ramps/platform designs, safety control through prevention through design, standard for slip resistance on working surfaces, fixed ladder safety code (chairman) and Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS).
Jim has worked with a broad spectrum of industries including: Public Entity, K-12 Scholastics, Healthcare, Higher Education, Religious, Restaurants, Construction, Commercial and Retail. Jim has extensive professional experience in working with large self-insured organizations and insurance pools with multiple locations. Jim works with over 20 clients who have property values in excessive a billion dollars in value. Jim has an extensive success list of working with many clients in reducing work-related injuries/cost, liability, automobile claims cost. Mr. Smith has investigated major accidents, fatalities, participated in many natural disaster events (EOC and Field Command Centers) and is qualified as expert witness in safety engineering in Federal/State of Florida Courts. Jim has lectured at numerous insurance, safety and risk management professional organizations and conferences. Jim has authored several technical articles in safety and risk management.

Session # 19: 10-11 AM
Session Title: Perception, Genes and Culture in Risk Taking in Commercial Fisheries & Pilots
Presenter: Jerry Dzugan

Presentation Abstract:
This presentation takes a look at the emotional roots of risk taking behavior and the role of genetics, personality, culture and our personal reward system’s influence. Examples of decision making involving risk from the perspective of commercial fishermen and pilots will be given. The positive effect education and training can have on decision making will be discussed. A brief look at the potential causes of the dramatic decreases in fishing vessel casualties in Alaska over the past 30 years will also take place. This presentation would be appropriate for workers or managers no matter what their work or role is or what their length of time has been in their work or role.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the difference between risk tolerance and risk perception.
  2. Recognize which can be more positively influenced by education.
  3. Define at least seven different theories regarding why people take risks.

Jerry Dzugan has been the Executive Director of AMSEA since 1986. He has developed an Alaskan, port based marine safety instructor training program into a national program with an international outreach. He has commercially fished in the Alaska salmon troll, seine and halibut longline fisheries starting in 1980. He develops safety curriculum, conducts marine safety train the trainer courses, teaches fishing vessel safety and supports a national marine safety instructor network. He has developed numerous videos, books, curriculum and articles on marine safety. He is also a member of the Coast Guard’s Fishing Safety Advisory Committee. Since 1990, he has given numerous presentations on marine safety and risk management at national and international conferences in Canada, China, France, Iceland, Norway, Scotland, Spain and U.S. and has taught on all coasts of the US. He has a Graduate Degree in Marine Education & Training from World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden and a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Chicago State University. He has been an educator for over 45 years. He has earned numerous certifications in specialized marine safety topics and served on numerous boards and committees on marine and occupational safety.

Session # 20: 10-11 AM
Session Title: OSHA’s New Recordkeeping Law and How to Simplify Compliance
Presenter: Chuck Haling

Presentation Abstract:
This presentation starts by looking back at the last year and all of the changes brought to OSHA's Recordkeeping Standard. It will offer best practice advice for getting beyond compliance and explore ways technology can help. It concludes with a look forward to what professionals can expect in coming years.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the steps to compliance with OSHA’s Recordkeeping Standard
  2. Explain the recent updates to OSHA’s Recordkeeping Standard
  3. Describe emerging issues as the law cycles through its first enforcement, including pending challenges to the standard

Chuck Haling is Vice President of Sales at VelocityEHS. VelocityEHS, through its MSDSonline brand, is the leading provider of chemical management solutions that help customers meet global EHS regulatory requirements (e.g. OSHA Hazardous Communication Standard, Recordkeeping, and GHS). Chuck has nearly 20 years of high-level strategic management experience and has authored many articles for the EHS industry. He is a sought-after speaker, presenting at dozens of events across the country, including VPPPA, NSC and ASSE conferences. Prior to joining VelocityEHS in 2007, he led sales & marketing operations for premier companies such as W.W. Grainger and Baer Supply Company. Chuck holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia University and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University.

Session # 21: 10-11 AM 
Session Title: Fleet Safety Program Elements and Risk Reduction Opportunities
Presenter: Phil Corrado, CHST

Presentation Abstract:
The purpose of the presentation would be to discuss the elements of a comprehensive auto fleet program, the most common fleet safety program improvement opportunities and the benefits of developing and implementing a comprehensive fleet safety program. Actual high severity claims incurred by businesses and how those claims may have been proactively mitigated through the implementation of a comprehensive fleet safety program would be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Fleet safety program improvement opportunities
  2. Benefits of developing and implementing a comprehensive fleet safety program.
  3. Actual high severity claims incurred by businesses and how those claims may have been proactively mitigated through the implementation of a comprehensive fleet safety program would be discussed.

Phil Corrado worked as a safety professional for Liberty Mutual Risk Control for 27 years. During that period, he has presented on various safety related topics in front of customers and professional groups. He has also presented topics during the 2010 and 2016 Alaska Governor’s Safety Conferences. As a Technical Consultant with Liberty Mutual, a part of his responsibilities is to assess the customer fleet safety programs and aid them to implement controls to lower related risks.

Session # 22: 10-11 AM
Session Title: Is your facility compliant with NFPA 70E?
Presenter: Joseph R. DeMonte
This session is sponsored by NPC who brought this session to Alaska.

Presentation Abstract:
130.3 Arc Flash Hazard Analysis. An arc flash hazard analysis shall determine the Arc Flash Protection Boundary and the personal protective equipment that people within the Arc Flash Protection Boundary shall use.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand NFPA 70E and have a complete written NFPA 70E Safety Plan
  2. Train and Qualify Employees in NFPA 70E Compliance
  3. Generate and Post a Facility Electrical One-Line Diagram

Mr. DeMonte holds both an Associate Degree in Science and Applied Science and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts from Thomas Edison State College. He graduated from the Naval Nuclear Power School in 1993.

Session # 23: 10 - 11 AM
Session Title: Safety & Health Program Elements
Presenter: Rob Wright, OSH

Presentation Abstract:
This presentation covers the four major and essential elements of an effective safety and health program; management commitment & employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention & control, and safety & health training.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Essential elements of an effective safety and health program
  2. Management commitment & employee involvement
  3. Worksite analysis, hazard prevention & control, and safety & health training.

Rob Wright is a Senior Safety Consultant with the State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Occupational Safety and Health office, and has been with that agency for over fifteen years. As a Safety Consultant he is responsible for providing General Industry and Construction Industry employers with on-site safety and health consultations ranging from limited program-specific evaluations to full-spectrum safety program and workplace assessments. Rob spends an extensive amount of time researching and developing safety and health program materials for use by employers that enables them to obtain and maintain compliance with federal and state regulatory requirements for safety and health. Rob is a retired Air Force Senior NCO and lives in Palmer, Alaska, with his wife of 36 years.

Session # 24:  1:30-2:30 PM
Session Title: Saving on Safety-Tuning Safety Performance for a Lean Economy
Presenter: Kevin Worrell, CSP

Presentation Abstract:
When revenue is low, leaders either cut costs or go broke. When it comes to safety, the cost is easily measured, but what about the savings? Unknowingly, a leader may cut safety spending only to encounter greater cost through injuries, equipment damage, and lost contracts due to poor performance. Saving on Safety examines the elements of safety performance to help attendees measure the return on their safety investment. The course will identify the risk of wholesale cuts to a program, and offer a palette of low-capital initiatives that will bolster the workforce even in lean times.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Through facilitated discussion the audience will examine the risk to their company’s overall performance when safety programs face indiscriminant cuts
  2. Through an examination of the elements of a safety performance, the audience will evaluate the return on investment in their safety program.
  3. Given a presentation of initiatives, the audience will work in small groups to create action plans that will boost safety culture and performance.

Kevin Worrell CSP has more than ten years of Health and Safety experience in the oil and gas industry. He began his career in behavior based safety and progressed through field advisor positions on Alaska’s North Slope. Through consulting Kevin gathered experience and perspective as an industrial hygienist at BP’s Cherry Point Refinery, as an eLearning developer for Alyeska Pipeline, and as a safety leadership specialist for ExxonMobil’s Point Thomson Project. He is currently the Lead Consultant for Alaska-based Northern Industrial Training, LLC. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the New School University in New York City. Throughout his career Kevin has fused his study and experience as a music composer and performer with his practice in the health and safety field. This merging of passions has yielded a unique approach to content development and an acumen for performance that shines through in his speaking career. Kevin lives happily in Anchorage, Alaska where he is highly active in the arts community as a producer and performer and gets into the great outdoors with his son come rain or come shine.

Session # 25: 1:30-2:30 pm
Session Title: Changes to General Industry Walking & Working Surfaces and PPE
Presenter: Seth Wilson, OSH

Presentation Abstract:
This presentation will cover changes to General Industry Walking & Working Surfaces and PPE that is required. We will take a look at the scope and definition, the general requirements, and relevant changes as it applies to the various areas covered under 1910 Subpart D. The presentation will also cover relevant protections in place for workers in these areas.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Why do we need a new regulation?
  2. What is different about this regulation?
  3. Who is responsible for compliance? Owner or contractor?

Seth Wilson worked in Construction and Commercial Fishing prior to joining AKOSH. He has worked for the State of Alaska for the past 5 ½ years as a Consultant, helping keep Alaskans safe in the workforce. He holds a B.S. in Geography.

Session # 26: 1:30–2:30 PM
Session Title: “Risk Management for Personnel in Outdoor Activities”
Presenter: Amelia Beaudoin and Robert Durnell

Presentation Abstract:
Recreation tourism is increasingly popular in Alaska, and draws visitors year-round. Through tales of adventure and an action packed slide show presentation, we will present concepts to increase awareness and reduce risk in outdoor activities.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about popular forms of recreation tourism activities in Alaska, and the potential risks involved with each.
  2. Understand the concepts of subjective and objective hazards.
  3. Recognize a “Heuristic Trap” and an “Expert Halo”

Amelia Beaudoin lives in Girdwood, Alaska and has been teaching and guiding in Alaska since 1992. She teaches technical climbing and mountaineering courses for UAA, and guides in the Alaska Range for Alaska Mountaineering School.  She studied Nutrition and Herbology at the School of Natural Healing, in Springville, Utah.  Amelia refined her outdoor skills through apprenticeships, and technical courses through the Alaska Mountaineering School, Evergreen College, UAA, and the Eppley Institute.  Her current certificates includes Mountain Guiding, Wilderness First Responder, Professional Ski Instructors of America, Swiftwater Rescue, Avalanche, Interpretation, and Leave No Trace.  She has spoken and presented slide shows to numerous small and large groups about Climbing in Alaska at Alyeska Resort, school classrooms, and at Treasure Island Resort, in Hong Kong.

Robert Durnell lives in Girdwood, Alaska.  He guides heli-skiing at Chugach Powder Guides, leads Denali Expeditions with Mountain Trip, spends his summers rafting and fly fish guiding on remote rivers in Alaska for Ouzel Expeditions, and is a field assistant for UAA. Robert has 20 plus years guiding in Alaska, and learned his trade through apprenticeships and specialized training with Rigging for Rescue, American Mountain Guides Association, and Alyeska Ski Patrol. His current certifications include Wilderness First Responder, Avalanche, US Heli-skiing, Swiftwater Rescue, and Leave No Trace.  He has spoken and presented for many years to the Anchorage School District about outdoor education opportunities and avalanche education and safety.

Session # 27: 1:30-2:30 PM
Session Title: Risky Driving & Techniques to Lower those Risks
Presenter: David J. Baldwin

Presentation Abstract:
Using actual transit bus video, police & scene photos of Municipality of Anchorage incidents and collisions from his 16 years with the MOA, covers why these collisions happen, the legal consequences, and understand the mechanics behind the techniques involved to lower our driving risks. You will find out why you don’t want to drive like “Everyone else”!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Lower driving risks by understanding and managing space and time
  2. Reduce vehicle collisions/loss of control by understanding vehicle & environment behavior
  3. Eliminate driving Myths and beliefs to improve/change driving behavior

David J. Baldwin is a former Chief Instructor with the National Safety Council and Motorcycle Safety Foundation, and was the Program Coordinator with the State of New Mexico Traffic Safety Bureau for seven years, working to eliminate or reduce that state’s vehicle collisions, injuries and fatalities. He handled Risk, Liability and Subrogation claims for sixteen years with the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) Risk Management Department and was an Alaska State licensed Liability & Property adjuster.

Session #28:  1:30-2:30 pm
Session Title: Designing and Delivering Effective Training
Presenter: Dell Husted, CET

Presentation Abstract:
The National Environmental Safety and Health Training Association’s award-winning 40 hour “Designing and Delivering Effective Training” workshop is designed for anyone who needs or desires a formal introduction into the theory and practice of adult education.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Conducting training needs analysis as well as the performance of a task analysis.
  2. Demonstrating instructional strategies, methods and media and linking them to learning objectives.
  3. Developing a training lesson plan.

Dell Husted, CET is the Director of Alaska Training Center. He is retired military, serving in the Air Force and Army on active duty as well as the National Guards for both services. He served as a State Military Academy Deputy Commandant, Army Recruiting and Retention Officer, Total Quality Management Organizational Improvement Consultant, as well as many other leadership and followership positions. Dell has provided training and organizational improvement consulting for over 50 years.

Closing General Session #29
Tim Pearson and Brian Griggs
“Moving Safety Forward”

Brian and Tim will close out this 36th Annual Event by wrapping up all that was learned, reflecting on history, and call to action forward. Fast paced and inspiring – an ending that starts a beginning.

Brian Griggs is a QHSE Specialist with Schlumberger on the North Slope where he has worked for the past four years. He has also worked for the U.S. Department of Defense as Youth Education Support Services Director/School Liaison to the Anchorage School District for eleven years. Brian holds a double BA in Russian and German from Brigham Young University. He also holds a NEBOSH certificate with distinction and is a certified American Red Cross Safety Instructor.

Tim Pearson is a Professional Coach with Pearson Consulting in Anchorage. Tim has worked as a behavioral change advisor for 27 years embedding long-term safety change, including seven years in Greater Prudhoe Bay. He works with executives, managers and teams in fields including oil & gas, construction, manufacturing, telecommunications, healthcare, education, government, and not-for-profits. Tim holds a Master in Public Policy (MPP) from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He is certified in talent identification, talent management, and talent development. He grew up in Teller and Nome.

Brian and Tim are learning partners who are skilled at facilitating group sessions in Alaska and Europe.