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Tuesday, April 18, 2023

10:15 am (Handout)
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.  It 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 and group rigging applications.

11:30 am (Handout)
10 Proven Tools, Techniques, and Practices to Turn Around a Problem Plant – part 2  (Intermediate)  Jean Ndana, Regional Health and Safety Manager, Michigan Seamless Tube (MST).

Is it possible to reverse a decades-long trend of poor safety performance in only 2 years in a unionized manufacturing plant, where for years, management and workers have been at loggerheads with each other?  Is it possible in only 24 months to , not only fuel collaboration between both groups, but also alignment and the execution of the plant’s health and safety strategy, including transforming shop floor workers who have been branded for years as whiners, clock punchers, incorrigible or worse into health and safety evangelists?

Come and learn how, through the use of non-conventional approaches, 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.

1:45 pm (Handout)
Dust Collection Control Safety in the Metal Fabricating Industry (Intermediate)  Allen Mejan, Hastings Air Energy.

While dust collector explosions 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 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’s first-hand experiences.

3:15 pm (Handout) (HAZOP Form 1)    (Form 2)    (Fishbone Diagram)    (Failure Modes)
Root Cause Analysis – Simplifying the Investigative Process  (Intermediate)  Byron Beattie, Director EHS and Community Relations, Gage Products.

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:

  • Reviewing and utilizing the 5 why problem-solving process as a structured investigation tool for multiple uses (hands on demonstration)
  • Neutralizing immediate/persistent threats to the environment, safety and health
  • Communicating to key leaders
  • Determining the depth of the investigation
  • Be able to utilize and analyze several types of sub investigative methods to support such a process
  • Best ways to identify hazard control measures, appropriate responses  to prevent reoccurrence and follow up
  • Demonstrating your and the team’s robust involvement  through personal engagement

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

9:00 am
Onsite Solutions:  Work Injury Prevention and Intervention (Intermediate)  Panel Presentation.
From Corewell Health:  Dan Clapper, Supervisor Sports Medicine – Supervisor of Onsite Athletic Trainer
Don Packard, Director of Rehabilitation Services – Rehab
Erin Hudson, Business and Program Development Manager – Occ Health/Onsite Services
Jaren Cowan, Director of Operations – Virtual/employer services system synergy, and
Terri Carlson, Senior Account Manager
From Steelcase:  Alex Barsamian, Safety Manager

This session will include cost effective on-site and virtual work injury prevention, intervention and resolution strategies.
Attendees will learn how-to’s through an integrated health system approach to meeting employer & employee health and safety needs, to include:
*How to successfully develop and utilize 5 onsite service options
(Occ Health, Rehab, Athletic Trainer, RN & Virtual)
*Cost effective ways to provide your employees with immediate injury
intervention and access to healthcare onsite.
*Best practices checklist:  ergonomic stretches, functional job descriptions,
virtual work injury triage, communication, case management, integrate
health system approach to wrapping around employers and providing all their needs
*Effectively utilizing and maximizing job rotation.
*Ways to utilize technology for injury risk analysis and injury prevention.
*Carpal tunnel injury prevention program and new-hire orientation and training program

10:15 am (Handout)
Machine Guarding a Review of the B11.19 Standard, Hard and Pinch Pt (Intermediate)  Steven Van De Wal and Ryer Appeldoorn, Machine Guard and Cover Company.

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 complimentary equipment and measures.

12:30 pm

Common Hazards and Deficiencies Found in Metal Fabrication Industry (Intermediate)  Jeff Edgerton, Senior Workplace Safety Advisor, MIOSHA.

Hazard Identification is a crucial aspect in ensuring worker safety in the metal fabrication industry.  Deficiencies may lead to employee injuries and MIOSHA citations.

Attendees will learn through examples:
*How to identify some of the most common hazards found in the industry
*Methods of correcting deficiencies
*Common MIOSHA citations
*Some lockout requirements and misconceptions

1:45 pm (Handout)
How and Why it is Important to Choose Proper Hand and Arm Protection in the Metal Fabricating Industry
(Intermediate)  Jeff Boss, Territory Manager, Ansell.

This will serve as a review for the need for proper hand and arm protection in Metal Fabrication.  The review will include what to look for when choosing PPE and how to select the right products for different applications as well as the importance of them.

3:15 pm (Handout)
Safety Best Practices for the Metal Fabricating Industry (Intermediate)  Chris Brogli, Global Vice President of Safety, ROSS Controls.

The presenter Will cover safety best practices from across the metal forming industry.
Attendees will learn “how-to” through examples:
*Safety requirements
*Why proper risk assessments are important
*How to develop functional specifications for the design of safety for
metal fabrication equipment
*Safety solution selection
*Safety system design and design verification
*Safety system implementation and validation
*Periodic maintenance requirements

  • Chair: Byron Beattie, Director, EHS and Community Relations, Gage Products Company
  • Division:  John Brennan, JB Safety Consultant, LLC
  • Eva Hatt, Hardhatt Safety Consulting & Training, LLC
  • Allen Mejan, Hastings Air Energy