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2024 Classes

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

10:15 am – 11:15 am
Understanding & Applying the Guiding Principles for Human & Operational Performance (Intermediate)

Doug Hill, Consumers Energy

Learn to apply the guiding principles of HOP in your work environment effectively.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Complacency Equals Catastrophe (Basic-Advanced)

Keith Jenks, Keith’s Korner Safety

Keith Jenks relates his actual work experience of a near death electrical explosion. In his presentation he will take you through the hours leading up to the accident and the roll complacency played and the catastrophic events that unfolded afterwards.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Safety Culture (Basic)

Michael Burns, COSS, Active Training Consultants, LLC.
The discussion will revolve around the true place of your safety in workplaces and why it falls as far as it does.  The presenter will also discuss ways to change safety culture to turn this trend around, various training methods that can be used, and where to begin, as well as discuss the benefits of a safety program.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Root Cause Analysis Facilitation: Tips, Traps and People

Chris Eckert, Managing Partner

This presentation will provide a logical and proven approach for conducting Root Cause Analysis facilitations. Best practices that generate sustainable and measurable results will be shared, along with the pitfalls to be avoided.

A best practice that will receive special focus is how to maintain a positive environment for the people involved assuring a no blame outcome.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

9:00 am – 10:00 am
How Leadership Affects Your Safety Program (Basic)

Rick Snyder, Executive Manager of Support Operations & Strategy, Kaltz Excavating Co., Inc./M.U.E. Inc.

The speaker will use real life industry experiences (over 46 yrs.) to show the effects of various leadership styles (with a focus on “Servant Leadership”) and their impact on safety programs.  Successes as well as failures will be covered.

10:15 am – 11:15 am
Confined Space Entry – What is Required Before my Employees do this Work? (Advanced)

Tracy Hazel, 517 Safety Guru and Business Owner, Advanced Training and Consulting, LLC and 517 Training Center

The hazards of doing confined space work have been known for a long time.  On average, 13 people lose their life on the job here in the United States according to OSHA.  In this program, you will learn about the requirements of OSHA’s 1910.46 and 1926.1200 subpart AA permit required confined space entry.  Before entering a confined space, you should have emergency personnel available, have an air monitoring system in place, complete training for employees, have a written program, a confined space permit log and so much more!  Attend this class and you will receive a free written confined space program that you can edit to meet your company’s needs.  Putting 911 on your entry permit for your emergency response plan is almost NEVER acceptable.  Learn why in this presentation.  Let’s talk about it and prevent potential costly fines and save more lives together!

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Leadership and Ethics (Basic)

George Smith, Employee Safety Superintendent, Kent County Road Commission

This session will focus on how ethics and attitude from leadership can affect your employees.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Situational Awareness and Response to Violence (Basic)

Ryan Cressman, Manager of Security and Safety, Lansing Board of Water and Light

This session will provide options and information to utility workers on how to respond to situations involving active violence, argumentative persons, or other unsafe situations.  The focus will be on field workers, but many aspects will be applicable for office workers and everyday life.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Safety Perceptions (Intermediate)

Scott Kingry, CHST, COSS, President and Consultant, The Line, LLC.

A brief look into the perception of safety and the leadership from the workers perspective, and how leadership can and must build the bridges to a safer workplace.

Division Members


Steven Sienko

Consumers Energy


Gary Maudie

DTE Energy

Todd Burger

Local 223 UWUA, AFL-CIO

Olive Aybar

DTE Energy

Tracy Hazel

Advanced Training and Consulting, LLC

Kevin Housner, CSP

Kaltz Excavating

Dennis Kerr


Scott Kingry, CHST, COSS

The Line, LLC

Brian Kositz, CIH, CSP

DTE Energy

George Schomberger

DTE Energy

George Smith

Kent County Road Commission