Industrial Division Classes

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022
10:15 am
Integrating HOP and BEHAVIORIAL Systems:  Lose the “Big Stick” (Intermediate)  Bill Sims, President, Bill Sims Company.

Many leaders today see value in HOP (Human & Organizational Performance)…and wonder if it has replaced the need for behavior based systems. Is it truly one or the other? System? Or Behavior? Or might we benefit from integrating the two? In this session, you will be the judge.

In this power packed class, we will de-construct the movie “Sully” from both a HOP perspective and a BBS view, and you will come away with some surprising takeaways as well as practical “blocking and tackling” action items to help meld the two sciences in your world.

The purpose of analyzing the human behavioral component of any event is to understand why those involved did the things they did. Investigations attempt to understand the workplace conditions, worker attitudes, adequacy of staffing levels, and the effectiveness of leadership in order to explain what happened. This presentation seeks to understand how worker’s decisions and the capacity of the organizational management system to influence of safe and at-risk behaviors make sense at the time, given the environment within which they were working.

During one recent ASSP conference an interesting debate on “BBS” versus “HOP” garnered much attention. Is it one or the other? Or is there a middle ground?

When we incorporate elements of Human and Organizational Performance (HOP) and Behavior-Based Safety (BBS) into the investigation it allows management to create an environment where workers can make good decisions by recognizing the role of the individual and human fallibility, identifying how organizational systems influence human behavior and embracing the role of the leader to manage organizational systems in order to positively influence human behavior. Further, as worker behaviors are examined using the behavioral approach, the underlying & well hidden management system at risk behaviors become apparent. When we reach these holistic conclusions, we can concentrate on improving the management system….instead of using the easy answer of the “big stick”. This blended approach allows us to become an advocate for the most precious resource we have – the worker.

11:30 am
Identification and Management of the Aggressive Employee (Intermediate)  Dr. Ken Wolf, Incident Management Team.

Analyses of acts of workplace violence often reveal that there was a “trajectory” of warning signs which often preceded the incident itself.

Companies may prevent violence if employees know what signs to look for.  Consistent with OSHA Guidelines, this program will describe warning signs, and the components of a Workplace Violence Prevention Program including behavioral indicators of risk, employee awareness training, systems to report threats, litigation issues, role of a Threat Assessment Team, verbal de-escalation training and protection of employees and assets.  Video tapes of actual perpetrators will be used for case illustration.

1:45 pm
Using Drones for Safer Risk Collection and Assessment (Intermediate)  Craig Galecka, P.E., CSP, Principal, LJB, Inc.

In all walks of life, people want, need and use more data—and safety professionals are no different. Better data typically leads to better decisions, so the more information available about safety risks, the better the solution or abatement plan can be.

However, sometimes gathering the data brings its own level of risk, which can counteract the purpose. How can this risk be avoided? Take technology to the sky and keep feet on the ground.

This session explores the value that leveraging drone technology can bring to an organization, allowing for safe and efficient data collection and processing. The presenter will discuss ways to leverage technology to gather better risk data, as well as methods to process the data to make well informed, actionable decisions to reduce risk.

Using specific case studies from risk assessments performed with drone technology, the presenter will discuss the benefits achieved, lessons learned and best practices to get the most from this technology. The value of incorporating this data with existing asset and facility management programs will also be discussed.

Participants will learn from real world experiences to evaluate how this technology can help minimize risk, quickly process data and aid in critical decision making to efficiently and effectively reduce risk.

3:15 pm
NSC 2020 Green Cross Award of Safety Excellence Winner:  La-Z-Boy’s Ergonomic Journey (Intermediate)  Dennis Poland, Regional EHS Manager, La-Z-Boy, Inc.

Join us to learn about La-Z-Boy’s ergonomic journey and the measures taken for overall program improvement. The company’s five-year strategic plan turned into a success story documenting a 64% decrease in ergonomic injury rates, a 73% average reduction in workers’ compensation claim costs, and an 8% average increase in manufacturing employee efficiency. This outline for ergonomic success ultimately led to La-Z-Boy becoming the winner of the 2020 NSC Green Cross Award for Safety Excellence.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

9:00 am
Safety Engineering in Robotics (Intermediate)  John Lawson, VOME Safety Manager, and Andrea Maurer, PTME Safety Manager, Ford Motor Company.

10:15 am
10 Proven Non-Conventional Safety Tools, Techniques & Practices to Turn Around a Problem Plant (Intermediate)  Jean Ndana, Regional Health & Safety Manager, Michigan Seamless Tube.

Is it possible to reverse decades-long trend of poor safety performance in only two years in a unionized manufacturing plant?

Come and discover how, through the use of non-conventional tools, techniques, tactics and routines, one unionized manufacturing plant whose safety performance nearly landed it on OSHA’s severe violators list was spectacularly transformed into a bastion of safety and ultimately a profit machine.

11:30 am
Rig-it-Right (Basic)  Kent Richards, Lifting Specialist, Mazzella Lifting.

The speaker will present the basics of risk management, the rigging triangle, center of gravity, and choosing the correct sling for each lift, as well as the effect of angles and correct attachment to the load.    They will also briefly cover inspection of slings.  There will be a hands on of proper rigging.

1:45 pm
A Review of OSHA’s Walking and Working Surfaces/Fall Protection Rules (Basic)  Joe Rosen, Royal Arc.

The speaker will review OSHA’s recent update to the Walking and Working Surfaces Rules as well as applicable Fall Protection updates to ensure compliance and increase overall worker safety.

3:15 pm
Error Proofing for Fatigue and other Cognitive Challenges (Intermediate)  Kathy Malone, Lean EHS Consultant, Manguard Systems, Inc.

Did you know OSHA has an entire page devoted to fatigue? That fatigue impairs workers even more than a few drinks? And that it is more insidious because it is cumulative and the person doesn’t realize how impaired they are?

And that the first cognitive abilities to leave are the ability to ask “does this make sense?” and “is this the right thing to do?” And that those are the last to return?

And having worked a bunch of rotating schedule essential worker jobs during Covid the speaker experienced the effects last year. Did you know you’re supposed to put a pot under the coffee maker before you hit the On switch? Do you know how many thousands of times she had successfully made coffee before that?

This will be an interactive discussion about changes you have made or need to make to your work “how-to’s” to help prevent the kinds of incidents that fatigue can cause.

We will also discuss color blindness, English as a second language, lower literacy, and slower cognition and how adding visual effects and media can help improve safety for your workers.

The speaker is looking forward to hearing other examples from the group!

  • Co-Chair:  Carl Granger, Woods Construction, Inc.
  • Co-Chair:  Tim McCurry, La-Z-Boy, Inc.
  • Division: Wendy Burkett, Ford Motor Company
  • Barbara Fleming, Torrance Learning
  • Crystal Gunn, MMI Door
  • AJ Hale, CompOne Administrators
  • Darryl Hill, FirstGroup America, Inc.
  • Sandra Kiers, Ford Motor Company
  • Dave Lerner, Ford Motor Company
  • Kathy Malone, Manguard Systems, Inc.
  • Jean Ndana, CSP, ASP, Michigan Seamless Tube (MST)
  • Kent Richards, Mazzella Lifting Technologies
  • Don Schmid, CSP, Safetec Industrial & Construction Services
  • Greg Zigulis, CIH, CSP, CHSP, Sixth Sense Safety Solutions
Future Meeting Dates

April 12-13, 2022, Lansing, MI
April 18-19, 2023, Grand Rapids, MI
April 16-17, 2024, Grand Rapids, MI


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