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2024 Classes

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

10:15 am – 11:15 am
Serious Accidents: Avoidance thru Consequences (Basic)

Gregory Narsh, Attorney, Troutman Pepper

Our culture suggests that everything must be done faster, better, cheaper. Most accidents are the result of hurrying (for good reasons or bad), taking shortcuts and ignorance (willful or otherwise). Attention to detail may take a little longer but will actually save time, money and lives. For those who do not follow this advice, consequences can be severe.

Greg Narsh has over 43 years’ experience in both the chemical industry and law dealing with OSHA and safety issues across many industries. He has handled more than 60 fatality cases and hundreds of OSHA enforcement matters.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
New Hire Safety Orientation: 7 Practical Ways to Make it Effective, Stick, and, Yes, Fun (Intermediate)

Jean Ndana, Corporate EHS Director, Bull Moose Tube (BMT)

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 into one day (or less)? Is your new hire safety orientation a “one man show”? meaning the safety department is sole responsible for it? Is your new hire safety orientation a box- ticking exercise? Is your new hire safety orientation all the above? Come and discover 7 practical ways you can use to make your new hire safety orientation effective, impactful, stick and yes fun.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Real Safety Leading Indicators (Intermediate)

Kathy Malone, Founder and Senior Environmental Engineering, Manguard Systems Inc.

Leading safety indicators are predictive measures that occur before safety incidents actually occur. They are proactive, preventive, and predictive measures that provide information about the effective performance of safety and health activities in your company. These indicators measure events leading up to injuries, illnesses, and other incidents and reveal potential problems in your safety and health program. But are they real?

This session will assist you in identifying REAL safety leading indicators at your company, how to set them up, and how to engage your team to embrace them including metal fabricating industry examples, as well as providing examples from the Metal Fabricating industry (and hope you’ll share yours as well).

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Dust Collection Control Safety in the Metal Fabricating Industry (Intermediate)

Nate Collins, Hastings Air Energy

While dust collector explosions are not 100% preventable, manufacturers should not view them as inevitable. Facilities can signifcantly reduce their risk of combustible dust accident by installing the best engineering practices; practices that include a solid maintenance plan in order to reduce or eliminate dangerous dust that settles on floors, walls, machinery and overhead areas. 

A review of NFPA 484 and 653 requirements will also be included.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Believe In Safety – A Survivor Story (Basic)

Brandon Schroeder, Consultant/Owner, Believe in Safety

In today’s fast-paced and interconnected world, ensuring safety has become an utmost priority for individuals, organizations, and communities alike. Join us for an engaging and thought-provoking presentation by Brandon Schroeder, where he will shed light on the crucial concept of “Believe in Safety” and its transformative power in our lives.

Brandon Schroeder, a renowned safety speaker and career tradesman, will delve into an arc flash accident that should have ended his life in 2011. Brandon will guide you through his terrifying arc flash explosion and agonizing recovery process, he will navigate the audience through his mindset and journey as well as offer practical strategies to foster a culture of safety in any environment.

10:15 am – 11:15 am
Introduction to Safe Rigging Practices (Basic)

Robert Siemens, Senior OSHA Outreach Instructor, Royal Arc

Many industries utilize rigging practices on a regular basis; however, lack of proper training often leads to injuries or can even end with a fatality. This session will cover proper usage of below the hook devices such as chain & wire rope slings, shackles, and eye bolts. We will also cover how to employ safe lifting angles, read load calculations, acknowledge proper procedures, and follow the necessary requirements to make a safe lift for both individuals & group rigging applications.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Reviewing How Key NFPA 70E (2024) Changes Impact Sustainable PPE Best Practices (Intermediate)

Steve Francis, Technical Sales Manager, Westex: A Milliken Brand

NFPA 70E compliance/electrical safety continues to evolve, so learn when, why and how to re-visit your organization’s arc flash risk assessment. Maintenance status, equipment changes, and human performance will likely impact risk assessment results and resultant FR/AR PPE choices. Per NFPA 70E, the risk assessment needs to be reviewed for accuracy at least every 5 years or when changes occur to the electrical distribution system. Discover factors such as human performance, assessment of equipment condition on arc flash likelihood of occurrence and how to improve the risk assessment to select a sustainable, best practice arc flash PPE program.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Machine Guarding: a Review of the B11.19 Std, Hard and Pinch Point Guard Requirements (Intermediate)

Ryer Appeldorn and Bill LaBarge, Machine Guard

The speakers have been Machine Guarding Fabricators for over 26 years and on the ANSI B11.19 committee revising the current guarding standards.

This session will provide a review of the current standards and practices for physical hard guarding, and how to keep it simple in the design, construction, installation, operation and maintenance of hard guard safeguarding (guards, safeguarding devices, awareness devices, safeguarding methods) as well as performance requirements for complementary equipment and measures.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Incident Investigation: Qualified, Quantified and Simplified (Intermediate)

Byron Beattie, EHS Consultant, Response EHS Management, Consulting and Training, LLC.

Effective incident investigations are a process for documenting, analyzing, and addressing an incident that results in a near miss or first aid as well as recordable injuries or fatalities.

Attendees will learn how to through examples:
· Review and utilize the 5 why problem-solving process as a structured investigation tool for multiple uses (hands on demonstration)
· Neutralize immediate/persistent threats to the environment, safety and health
· Communicate to key leaders
· Determine the depth of the investigation
· Be able to utilize and analyze several types of sub investigative methods to support such a process
· Understand the best ways to identify hazard control measures, appropriate responses to prevent reoccurrence and follow up
· Demonstrate their and the team’s robust involvement through personal engagement

Division Members


Byron Beattie

Response EHS Management, Consulting
and Training, LLC

John Brennan

JB Safety Consultant, LLC

Eva Hatt

Hardhatt Safety Consulting & Training, LLC

Allen Mejan

Hastings Air Energy

Christopher Morano