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2024 Classes

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

10:15 am – 11:15 am
MIOSHA Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard: Highlights and Tips for Avoiding Mistakes (Basic)

Cindy Pauley, COSS, COHC, EHS Editor, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

Employers continue to be assessed MIOSHA citations for improper or incomplete implementation of the hazard communication standard.  This presentation will provide answers to address common mistakes made when implementing this standard.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Leveraging Data in Gas Detection (Basic)

Andy Speidel, Connected Solutions Sales, MSA The Safety Company

Access to data is essential for maintaining gas detection safety programs. And, there is a good chance that you already have plenty of details about incidents in your workplace. But, are you using this information to your advantage? Learn ways to capture this data and turn it into actionable insights.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Confined Space Rescue (Intermediate)

Steve Blauser, 1910 Confined Space Training, LLC
The speaker will inform attendees of OSHA requirements for establishing a rescue team. He will discuss training, the permitting program, timely response, equipment, hazard analysis, and lock-out tag-out, etc.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Ventilation of Permit-Required Confined Spaces (PRCSs) (Intermediate)

Gregg Grubb, CIH

OSHA/MIOSHA regulations (MIOSHA Parts 90/490 and OSHA 29 CGR 1910.146) address the ventilation of permit-required confined spaces (PRCSs) when performing alternate entries and/or permit entries.  This presentation will address the use of ventilation to successfully control or eliminate airborne hazards in a PRCS.  Regulatory requirements, the differences between forced-air and exhaust ventilation, and the calculation of air changes will also be discussed in this session.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Silica Update – General Industry and Construction Standards – Controls – the good, the bad and the ugly (Basic)

Harvey Johnson, CIH, MIOSHA Consultation, Education and Training (CET) Division

This session will review the MIOSHA Silica General Industry and Construction standards. The session will highlight the good, bad and ugly silica control practices and attempt to illustrate how to adequately protect workers from exposure to silica.

10:15 am – 11:15 am
Best Practices in Ergonomics Program Management (Intermediate)

Tara Diesbourg, Ph.D., CPE, Oakland University

As with any safety program, ergonomics programs require a systematic process for development, review, and implementation. However, unlike other safety programs, ergonomics programs do not often undergo this level of scrutiny. This presentation will discuss the best practices for ergonomics program development and management according to NIOSH, and will explore an example of a detailed ergonomics program developed according to these best practices.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Exposure Assessment First Steps:  Basic Characterization and Information Gathering (Basic)

Dave Huizen, Ph.D., CIH, Associate Professor, Grand Valley State University

The speaker will provide a summary of the required elements of a basic characterization (AIHA’s Strategy for Assessing and managing Occupational Exposures) of the workplace to begin workplace exposure assessments.  This element of exposure assessment covers gathering information on the work environment and processes, workforce, and physical and chemical hazardous agents.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
What an Effective IH Program Looks Like (Intermediate)

Bradley Burcz, CIH, CSP, Sr. Project Manager, Forensic Analytical Consulting Services (FACS)

This presentation will provide an overview of establishing and managing an effective IH program within a company. The development of an IH program includes practical methods for applying the classic IH anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control framework to ensure a consistent and sustainable means of developing sampling plans, applying the AIHA exposure assessment strategy, determining control methods, reassessment frequency, and integration of additional regulatory programs (respiratory protection, agent-specific standards, etc.) needed for compliance.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Stress Management for Health and Safety (Intermediate)

Oscar Rodriguez-Franco, PhD, MPH, CIH, Oakland University.
High stress levels can impair an employee’s concentration, cognitive engagement, decision making, and work behavior. The role of the supervisor, safety climate, and other contributing factors will be discussed, including mitigating strategies.

Division Members


Cindy Ostrowski, CIH

CAO Consulting, LLC

Bradley Burcz, CIH, CSP

Forensic Analytical Consulting Services, Inc

Jeff Fusee, CIH, CSP

Michigan State University

Dave Huizen, PhD, CIH

Grand Valley State University

Harvey Johnson, CIH


Sarunas Mingela, PhD, FAIHA, Retired/Surrendered CIH, CSP, ROH, CRSP, CHMM, CEP

Principal Vytis

Oscar Rodriguez-Franco, PhD, CIH

Oakland University

Jennifer Walton, PhD, CIH

Central Michigan University

David Woods

Forensic Analytical Consulting Services, Inc.