Metal Fabricating Division Classes

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
10:15 am
PSDs (Intermediate) Dean Phillips, Founder, Production Enhancement Engineer, Link Systems.

12:30 pm
AR & IoT’s Impact on Workforce Safety (presence sensing device, eg) (Intermediate) Dean Phillips, Founder, Production Enhancement Engineer, Link Systems.

This session will provide insight into the future of Virtual Reality & IoT on safety training and operations.

Gamification and use of Virtual Reality training will be the new safety training devices across the manufacturing spectrum. Instantaneous feedback through VR and actually seeing what workers are seeing help to fine tune our safety programs as well as determine ergonomics, design and safety integration using IoT tools. Presence sensing devices will used as an example to illustrate how VR & IoT can assist us with proper use and application of light curtains and much more.

1:45 pm
Choosing Proper Hand Protection in Metal Fabrication (Basic) Jeff Boss, Territory Manager, Ansell.

A description of how to choose the correct PPE for Metal Fabrication as well as what factors to look for when making those choices.

3:15 pm
Dust Collection Control Safety in the Metal Fabricating Industry (Intermediate)  Allen Mejan, Sales Manager, Hastings Air Energy.

While these accidents are not 100% preventable, manufacturers should not view them as inevitable. Facilities can significantly reduce their risk of a combustible dust accident by instilling 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 previous catastrophic events, NFPA 484 and 653 requirements will also be included

This interactive presentation will provide attendees with a basic understanding of the combustible dust issue and discuss critical housekeeping tips and recommendations relative to the metal fabricating industry and as they pertain to Nilfisk’s and Hastings Air Energy first-hand experiences.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
9:00 am
Physical Machine Guarding-Keeping it Simple, B-11 Standard Update (Intermediate) Ryer Appeldoorn, Director of Communication, Machine Guard and Cover Company.

The speaker has represented Machine Guarding Fabricators for over 30 years, and, is on the ANSI B11.19 committee which is the current guarding standard. 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.

10:15 am
Confined Space Myths & Misconceptions, Part 1 (Intermediate) Chad Ignatowski, EHS Director, Padnos.

This session will include a discussion of common and uncommon misconceptions and missteps when implementing a confined space program.

12:30 pm
B121 Update (Intermediate) Ryer Appeldoorn, Director of Communication, Machine Guard and Cover Company.

1:45 pm
Confined Space Myths & Misconceptions, Part 2 (Intermediate) Chad Ignatowski, EHS Director, Padnos.

This session will cover confined space do’s and dont’s.

3:15 pm
Optimizing Your Incident Investigation Process (Intermediate)  Byron Beattie, Regional EHS Manager, BASF Chemetall.

Organizational culture is seen as a critical factor in achieving corporate performance and safety goals, such as the reduction of recordable and lost-workday injury rates. Accident investigations is one element of that effective safety culture.  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:

*Neutralize immediate/persistent threats to safety and health
*Communicate to key leaders
*Determine the depth of the investigation
*Be able to utilize several types of investigative processes to reduce or  eliminate incidents through effective root cause analysis
*Best ways to identify appropriate responses to prevent reoccurrence
*Demonstrate your and the team’s involvement through personal attention

  • Chair: Byron Beattie, BASF
  • Division:  John Brennan, JB Safety Consultant, LLC
  • Eva Hatt, Hardhatt Safety Consulting & Training, LLC
  • Allen Mejan, Hastings Air Energy
Future Meeting Dates

April 13-14, 2021, Virtual Conference
April 12-13, 2022, Lansing, MI
April 18-19, 2023, Grand Rapids, MI
April 16-17, 2024, Grand Rapids, MI


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