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2024 Classes

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

10:15 am – 11:15 am
Chicken or the Egg? Which comes first: Safety Culture or Safety Program Maturity? (Basic-Intermediate)

Heather Chapman, Owner, Paradigm Safety

How do we build and maintain a strong culture where people feel empowered to speak up and take action to improve safety? What happens if we ignore the role of culture when we develop a safety program? In this interactive session, we will unpack the vital relationship between psychological safety and physical safety.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Generational Differences and How They May Impact the Way We Manage Safety (Basic-Intermediate)

Greg Zigulis, CSP, CIH, Sixth Sense Safety Solutions, and Audrey Zigulis, GSP, Autokiniton

Greg and Audrey (father and daughter) are at the opposite ends of safety and health careers. They will discuss strengths and opportunities in different approaches to the management of safety programs based upon generational differences that can exist such as communication styles, use of technology, work-life balance, learning preferences, workforce engagement, risk perception, and others. Audrey will discuss “what the heck?!” perceptions and suggestions from a new manager’s viewpoint. Greg will discuss approaches that continue to work over time and others that have changed. Both will discuss how they bring value in different ways.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Understanding Combustible Dust Hazards (Intermediate)

Jason Reason, CIH, CSP, CHMM, Director of Combustible Dust Services, Airdusco EDS
This presentation will discuss the fire, explosion, and reactivity hazards associated with several common combustible dusts and powders. In addition to discussing how to recognize these hazards, this presentation will also discuss ways to mitigate these complex hazards using the safest most cost-effective methods. Common myths and mistakes will also be discussed using a myriad of pictures, videos, and real life examples.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Implementation of Ergonomic Solutions: Job Rotation to Redesign (Intermediate)

Kelly Hogan, Sandalwood Engineering and Ergonomics

This presentation will discuss ergonomic solutions for decreasing risks for injury, tips on implementation, and metrics to show success. Solutions from easy to more complex, including job rotation, simple design and standards, benefits and costs for each, and how to achieve prevention through proactive solutions will also be discussed.  Examples will be provided.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

9:00 am – 10:00 am
AI for the Future – ChatGPT (Basic)

Aaron Munoz, ARM Cultural Safety Consulting

Learn how is AI being used now and how you can use it now?

10:15 am – 11:15 am
New Hire Safety Orientation: 7 Practical Ways to Make it Effective, Stick and Fun (Intermediate)

Jean Ndana, Bull Moose Tube

Is your new hire safety orientation a “borientation” (meaning an endless torrent of information via multiple slideshows and off the shelf safety videos)? Is your new hire safety orientation a one-day affair? During your new hire safety orientation, are you cramming days worth of information in to one day (or less)? Come and discover 7 practical and proven ways you can use to make your new hire safety orientation effective, stick and yes fun.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
The Buried Truth Uncovered (Basic-Advanced)

Eric Giguere, Safety Awareness Solutions

Take advantage of the opportunity to listen as Eric Giguere, a 47 year old former construction worker from Phelps, NY, shares his story of how he was buried alive while working in a trench.  Eric explains the circumstances and events that led up to his accident and the profound effects it has had on him and his family for the last twenty years.  Eric speaks from the heart with a desire for the listeners to learn from his death defying safety message.  He has a very genuine approach and the intent of his presentation is to prevent this experience from ever happening to anyone again.  Eric explains how he is an average guy and a series of extraordinary events left him with an unbelievable story to tell.  Once you have heard Eric’s story, damage prevention will be more important to you than ever before!

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Battery Safety in Research Setting (Basic-Intermediate)

William Dawson, MS, EHS, Research Health and Safety, University of Michigan Ann Arbor EHS

This session focuses on battery safety measures for working in an academic setting. The speaker will share options for lab set up, battery storage options, when to dispose of batteries, safety preparedness for labs, and post-incident lessons learned.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
International Safety Experience (Basic)

Jessica Jannaman, EdD, Global Director of Health and Safety, TE Connectivity

Join us as we take a look at how safety translates across the globe.  Whether you are in China, Mexico or the United States, there are practices which anyone can apply.

Division Members


Carl Granger

Woods Construction, Inc.

Eric Baker

L.L. Johnson Lumber MFG. CO. & Johnson’s Workbench

Wendy Burkett

Ford Motor Company

Heather Chapman MS, CSP, CHMM, CEAS III

Paradigm Safety

Barbara Fleming

Torrance Learning

Laurel Flythe, CSP


Crystal Gunn, CHMM, CSP


Sandra Kiers

Ford Motor Company

Salima Ladha

Ford Motor Company

Dave Lerner, CSP

Retired Safety Manager

Kathy Malone

Manguard Systems, Inc.

Jean Ndana, CSP, ASP

Michigan Seamless Tube (MST)

Kent Richards


Tyler Wilcox

Stiles Machinery

Greg Zigulis, CIH, CSP, CHSP

Sixth Sense Safety Solutions