2017 Safety & Workforce Summit

Sessions (Tentative - Subject to Change)

Wednesday, June 21st @Little America
9:30 - 10:30am

Electrical Safety Do's and Don'ts

Joe Muzy
@Wyoming Room A

This presentation will cover the basic electrical concepts of the NFPA 70 National Electrical Code and NFPA 70E Standards for Electrical Safety in the workplace, effects of electrical current on the human body and current citable violations relating to OSHA standards.

Trenching and Excavating

Adam Powell
@Wyoming Room B

This session will incorporate OSHA construction trenching and excavation requirements along with basic hazard recognition.

Top 10 Reasons Employers are Out of Compliance

Chuck Haling
@Wyoming Room C

OSHA's June 1, 2016 Globally Harmonized System/HazCom deadline is now in effect, requiring the millions of employers covered by the rule to be in full compliance with the Globally Harmonized System change. This might sound easy, but the fact is many employers are still out of compliance with even the most basic requirements of HazCom. That's one reason HazCom repeatedly ranks as OSHA's second most frequently cited standard. With OSHA's Globally Harmonized System employer deadline newly in effect and recent enforcement initiatives underway, employers must remain vigilant in their quest to comply in order to avoid hefty fines, tarnished corporate reputations, and most importantly, worker injuries resulting from a compromised HazCom Program. Learn the top 10 reasons employers are out of compliance and simple steps to getting on track.

The High Cost of Pain in the Workplace

Ruth Nottage
@Wyoming Room D

In the U.S., bone and joint issues are costing more in the U.S. than cancer, diabetes and heart disease combined. Every employer faces higher costs and lower productivity to this pervasive problem. Come learn why the problem isn't as complicated and expensive to address by understanding the major source of pain and immobility. Learn simple tips and tricks to help the workforce feel better now.

How to Handle a High Experience Modification Rating (EMR)

Nichole Brommer, Shane Bustillo & Lauren White
@Sheridan Room

Many employers may face the challenge of a high Experience Modification Rating (EMR). A high EMR can result from multiple factors, some include an employer’s past injury history or a change in the EMR calculation. Regardless of reason, an increase in the EMR can cause a financial burden on an employer, which can result in both long- and short-term effects. However, having a high EMR is not the end of the world. Come join the Workers’ Compensation Risk Management team to learn a few tactics to manage a high EMR and how to decrease it for the future.

A Review of Health Effects and NIOSH Evaluations of Select Hazards in the Oil and Gas and Construction Industries

Bradley King
@Yellowstone Room

Attendees will gain a better understanding of health effects related to four exposure hazards common in the construction and/or oil and gas industries: silica, hydrocarbon gases and vapors, diesel exhaust/particulate matter and noise. Attendees will also gain insight into NIOSH's Health Hazard Evaluation Program, in which NIOSH scientists respond to requests for investigations at worksites around the country, evaluating these types of occupational exposures and potential health effects being experienced by the worker population.

The Difference Between Consultation, Compliance and Workers' Compensation Safety and Risk

Dan Bulkley
@Teton Room

This session will explain the differences between OSHA Compliance, OSHA Consultation, OSHA Compliance Assistance and Workers' Compensation Safety Services. In this session, participants will learn what to expect when visited by these agencies, limitations, protection and advantages/disadvantages. Prestige programs offered by OSHA Consultation, OSHA Compliance Assistance and Workers' Compensation Safety Services will also be covered.

So You're a Company Safety Guy, Now What?

Bill Murphy
@Big Horn Room

What are the key elements that should be in place for a good safety program? What resources are available to safety professionals? How do safety specialists sell safety to management and win employee buy-in? How about drug testing, case management and recordkeeping? This session will point new safety specialists in the right direction.

Wednesday, June 21st @Little America
10:45 - 11:45am

Employer Services Update: Changes to Workers' Compensation

Kaeci Daniels
@Wyoming Room A

Wyoming Workers' Compensation was heavily impacted by the most recent legislative session. In this segment, Workers' Compensation representatives will talk about those legislative changes, including the Employer Rate Holiday, Interest Rate Adjustment, Installment Payment Agreements, Bonding Requirements and Out-Of-State Experience Modification Rating (EMR).

Identifying and Preventing Oil and Gas Fatalities in Wyoming and U.S.

Kyla Retzer
@Wyoming Room B

Attendees will learn about the leading causes of fatalities in the oil and gas extraction industry, trends over time and some of the risk factors for workers in this industry. Attendees will also learn about key recommendations and the most current resources for preventing these incidents within their company.

Workers' Compensation Safety and Risk: Who We Are and What We Do

Tom Trujillo
@Wyoming Room C

This will be a discussion on the Workers' Compensation Safety and Risk unit, the wide variety of programs and services it offers, how the program has expanded and the volume of employers that have used this service during its first year of inception.

What Businesses Need to Know - An Overview of Safety and Compliance

Trey Overdyke
@Wyoming Room D

OSHA Inspections can be stressful, intimidating and often follow emotional events such as injuries and fatalities. However, the OSHA inspection process provides an excellent opportunity for companies to not only identify and eliminate regulatory violations following an incident, but also to internally evaluate policies and procedures for regulatory compliance and operational efficiency going forward. This presentation will focus on chronology of an OSHA investigation and suggestions on promoting a collaborative approach with the inspector; recommendations on record-keeping requirements and organizational preparedness prior to an inspection; tips on issues associated with internal self-critical analysis and resources available for companies to conduct compliance history enforcement analysis at the facility and industry level.

Construction's Fatal Four: Common Sense Solutions for Prevention

Clayton Gaunt
@Sheridan Room

Construction's fatal four are falls, being struck by objects, electrocutions and being caught in between. The construction industry's fatal four is responsible for approximately 60 percent (or about 600 workers) of construction-related fatalities annually. This session will give attendees some ways to identify and prevent these fatalities from occurring.

Multi-Gas Meters and Protecting the Air Around You

Ann Etcheverry
@Yellowstone Room

Regardless of industry, gas monitoring is a valuable safety tool. However, it seems like most people do not know how to use gas monitors, or even what the monitor is telling them. This session will provide a detailed explanation, along with a hands-on demonstration, of the fundamentals of gas detection, as well as covering the characteristics of the most prevalent gases encountered while using gas detection monitors.

Public Health Emergency Preparedness in Wyoming

Sheryl Roub
@Teton Room

This session will describe public health and public health preparedness concepts. Participants will be able to understand how employers and workers can prepare for emergencies and disasters. They will also understand what resources Wyoming Department of Health brings to the crisis response.

Stop Work Authority: Implementing a Winning Program (English and Spanish)

Sid Miller, Bill Murphy & Matt Burghardt
@Big Horn Room

This session, presented by WOGISA, surveys key elements of successful Stop Work Authority Programs. Starting with the basic fundamentals of how the process works, learn a solid understanding of intervention and why intervention is necessary when an unsafe act or condition exists. The session introduces attendees to the prestigious Governor's Stop Work Authority Award given each year at this Summit. WOGISA seeks to call on employers to find opportunities to apply the principles of the Stop Work Authority Program in their organization and recognize those individuals' Stop Work actions by submitting award applications for the Summit.

Wednesday, June 21st @Little America
1:45 - 2:45pm

Electrical Safety Do's and Don'ts

Joe Muzy
@Wyoming Room A

This session will cover the basic electrical concepts of the NFPA 70 National Electrical Code and NFPA 70E Standards for Electrical Safety in the workplace, effects of electrical current on the human body and current citable violations relating to OSHA standards.

Trenching and Excavating

Adam Powell
@Wyoming Room B

This session will incorporate OSHA construction trenching and excavation requirements along with basic hazard recognition.

Multi-Gas Meters and Protecting the Air Around You

Ann Etcheverry
@Wyoming Room C

Regardless of industry, gas monitoring is a valuable safety tool. However, it seems like most people do not know how to use gas monitors, or even what the monitor is telling them. This session will provide a detailed explanation, along with a hands-on demonstration, of the fundamentals of gas detection, as well as covering the characteristics of the most prevalent gases encountered while using gas detection monitors.

A review of Work-Related Fatalities in Wyoming, 2012-2016

Meredith Towle
@Wyoming Room D

According to the U.S. Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, Wyoming consistently claims the worst or second worst occupational fatality rate in the country. This session will explore how fatality data is tracked, and provide information on the causes and distribution of occupational deaths.

My Employee was Hurt... Now What?

Scott Calhoun
@Sheridan Room

This session will address the roles and responsibilities of both the injured worker and employer when filing a report of injury to Workers' Compensation. Additionally, an overview of Workers' Compensation benefits, including medical and indemnity, as well as return-to-work conditions will be provided.

A Review of Health Effects and NIOSH Evaluations of Select Hazards in the Oil and Gas and Construction Industries

Bradley King
@Yellowstone Room

Attendees will gain a better understanding of health effects related to four exposure hazards common in the construction and/or oil and gas industries: silica, hydrocarbon gases and vapors, diesel exhaust/particulate matter and noise. Attendees will also gain insight into NIOSH's Health Hazard Evaluation Program, in which NIOSH scientists respond to requests for investigations at worksites around the country, evaluating these types of occupational exposures and potential health effects being experienced by the worker population.

The Problem of Cybersecurity for Employers

Dustin Berger
@Teton Room

This session will focus on cybersecurity from the employment perspective. It will cover the growing nature of the cybersecurity problem, particularly for small and medium businesses; the major obstacles employers face when trying to improve their cybersecurity; and how to take a realistic, standards-based approach to improving cybersecurity.

Top 10 Reasons Employers are Out of Compliance

Chuck Haling
@Big Horn Room

OSHA's June 1, 2016 Globally Harmonized System/HazCom deadline is now in effect, requiring the millions of employers covered by the rule to be in full compliance with the Globally Harmonized System change. This might sound easy, but the fact is many employers are still out of compliance with even the most basic requirements of HazCom. That's one reason HazCom repeatedly ranks as OSHA's second most frequently cited standard. With OSHA's Globally Harmonized System employer deadline newly in effect and recent enforcement initiatives underway, employers must remain vigilant in their quest to comply in order to avoid hefty fines, tarnished corporate reputations, and most importantly, worker injuries resulting from a compromised HazCom Program. Learn the top 10 reasons employers are out of compliance and simple steps to getting on track.

Wednesday, June 21st @Little America
3:15 - 4:15pm

Silica Hazard Awareness and Exposure Control: A Training Program for Construction Workers

Annyce Mayer & Bill Brazille
@Wyoming Room A

This session will provide an overview of silica exposure recognition and control training programs developed for workers in the construction industry. Attendees will learn how this training can be delivered to workers, free of charge.

Health Monitoring: Why it Matters and Practical Application

Reed Aivazian
@Wyoming Room B

As an emphasis on safety has blossomed in many industries in the last several years, little emphasis has been placed on occupational health. So, why is there little emphasis on evaluating employee exposures in work environments? Did you know that exposure from contaminants in the workplace can be evaluated? Determining employee exposure to hazards and deciding what is needed to protect employees can start with conducting health monitoring. This session will examine areas of occupational health concerns, how to assess the extent of the hazards and options for controlling these hazards.

Current Oil Rig-Anchor Testing Regulations

Tom Trujillo
@Wyoming Room C

This session will provide an overview of the current oil rig anchor testing regulations and what that means to employers in that industry.

What will OSHA Say When They Show Up

Trey Overdyke & Christian Graham
@Wyoming Room D

This session will cover the basic principles of OSHA's inspection procedures and will demonstrate what employers can expect during an inspection.

How Registered Apprentice Can Help Make Quality Management Your Culture

Michael Broad & Gustave Anderson
@Sheridan Room

Improving quality is a goal of every business. Quality makes businesses successful and provides all a sense of professionalism. This session will show employers how Registered Apprenticeship and Quality Management can align as tools to make Quality Management a business culture. Participants will receive an explanation of each and how they can be aligned into a Quality Management plan.

Workers' Compensation Fraud

Chad Seidel
@Yellowstone Room

While most Workers' Compensation claims are legitimate, many claims are inflated or even fraudulent. This session will discuss the red flags often associated with a fraudulent claim.

Identifying and Preventing Oil and Gas Fatalities in Wyoming and U.S.

Kyla Retzer
@Teton Room

Attendees will learn about the leading causes of fatalities in the oil and gas extraction industry, trends over time and some of the risk factors for workers in this industry. Attendees will also learn about key recommendations and the most current resources for preventing these incidents within their company.

So You're a Company Safety Guy, Now What?

Bill Murphy
@Big Horn Room

What are the key elements that should be in place for a good safety program? What resources are available to safety professionals? How do safety specialists sell safety to management and win employee buy-in? How about drug testing, case management and recordkeeping? This all can be an intimidating role to take on, but this session will point new safety specialists in the right direction.

Department of Workforce Services Labor Standards Review and Update

Kelly Roseberry & Teresa Wilde
@Grand Ballroom

Although Wyoming is a right-to-work state, employers must comply with State and Federal laws when it comes to hiring, firing and disciplining employees. Labor Standards is responsible for investigating and deciding charges of workplace discrimination and claims for unpaid wages. This session will help employers avoid becoming the subject of a future Labor Standards investigation by highlighting employers' legal obligations to their employees.

Thursday, June 22nd @Laramie County Community College
8:00 - Noon

Fall Protection Planning and Inspection

Travis Weber, Rene Gonzalez & Clayton Gaunt
@Clay Pathfinder Building PF 108

This session will cover all types of fall protection in residential and commercial construction.

Foundations for Safety Leadership

Karrie Slayter
@Clay Pathfinder Building PF 109

Everyone, from the company owner to the experienced foreman and new trainee/apprentice, needs to own safety and be a safety leader. The Foundations for Safety Leadership training module is designed to introduce construction workers, particularly those with supervisory responsibilities such as foremen, to safety leadership principles and give them the skills to be a safety leader who can help create and sustain safe and productive jobsites. The Foundations for Safety Leadership module was developed by a curriculum development team that included experienced OSHA 10- and 30-hour outreach trainers, construction workers, safety and health professionals from the construction industry, and safety, health, and leadership experts. The first part of the Foundations for Safety Leadership module introduces foremen/workers to reasons why safety leadership is important and describes five safety leadership skills emphasized in the training. The remainder provides opportunities to work through real-world construction-based scenarios that allow students to think more about how to apply the safety leadership skills on the jobsite.

Active Shooter Training

Chad Seidel & Shelli Stewart
@Clay Pathfinder Building PF 409

Preparing for emergencies and preventing violence in the workplace are important components of workplace safety. As active shooter incidents continue to make headlines, come learn how vigilance, preparedness and effective responses to danger can have a big effect on safety. Discussion will include the importance of emergency response and communications protocols and training, planning for continuity of operations and how to recognize and respond to active shooter incidents.