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2024 Classes

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

10:15 am – 11:15 pm
Results:  Leader Behaviors that Deliver Improvements in Safety and Operations (Intermediate)

Dr. John Austin, Reaching Results.

Leaders today are under pressure to deliver results, but as you know, pressure alone does not make it happen. How can leaders like you deliver better results? Dr. John Austin will discuss evidence-based strategies for producing measurable improvements in safety, operations, and other results in a wide variety of industries. Backed up by years of scientific research, large-scale practical applications, and his nearly 100 scholarly articles in behavioral science, he will share a series of behaviors and mindsets that any leader can engage in to deliver rapid and lasting change, reduce injuries and improve operational outcomes. These practices also improve relationships, improve retention, and increase psychological safety on your teams. Dr. Austin will deliver this message through stories and examples, in an entertaining and accessible way, and participants will leave with ideas for effective strategies they can immediately apply.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Creating a Safer Workplace through Authentic Leadership (Advanced)

Stephanie A. Walker, PhD, CSP, Clinic Risk & Privacy Officer, The Ohio State University; and Dan G. J. Kuchinka, PhD, Professor of Graduate Studies, Keiser University.

The speakers will present research demonstrating the positive correlation of Authentic Leadership and Safety Climate; along with conclusions and recommendations for safety practitioners.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm THE NEXT LEVEL: Real World Implementation of a Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) (Intermediate)

Steve Kowalczyk, Facilities Manager, and Tim White, Quality Assurance Production Part Approval Coordinator, Fastco Industries, Inc.
Backed by the company president, these two highly unlikely “safety” seers took the initiative to explore if FMEA based on empirical data and a correlation to address unsafe behaviors/unsafe conditions (bases on priority) in order to implement the proper preventative measure.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
How to Implement Alternative Methods to Controlling Hazardous Energy Sources – and still be compliant (Advanced)

Chris Gerges, Machine Safety Consultant/Manager, DAK Machine Safety Services, LLC.

ANSI Z244.1 is the lockout tagout and alternative methods standard. It is currently going through a revision and OSHA is as well involved in its development. The speaker has been active on the committee for the last two revisions along with other standards. 

The presentation will focus on what alternative methods are, how they should be implemented to ensure they function reliably.  The process of deciding the best mean to reduce risk for personnel tasks (lockout or alternative methods).  

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

9:00 am – 10:00 am
AI for MSD Injury Prevention:  Getting it Right (Intermediate)

Heather Chapman, Owner, Paradigm Safety.

The significance of employing safety technology to prevent injuries should not be underestimated.  In today’s competitive industry, it’s essential to grasp the utilization of data and AI-powered visual analysis to minimize safety hazards, enhance operational procedures and reduce workplace injuries.  Implementing this type of technology requires thorough planning, intentional engagement, and a long-term strategy.  In this session, we’ll discuss a couple of case studies and how each of the organization’s achieved success.

10:15 am – 11:15 pm
ADA Panel (Intermediate)

Elizabeth Hanning, JD, SPHR, Sr., HR Consultant, Cooper People Group; Joshua Axline, CSP, CWCP, EHS Manager, Avery Dennison; and Carolyn Sullivan, Varnum LLP.

This panel discussion will examine how to effectively accommodate workers under the American Disabilities Act (ADA) from Legal, Safety and Human Resource perspectives with a focus on effectively utilizing an employee’s abilities, meeting organizational goals, and reducing risk.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Lessons Learned from a Near Miss:  How Organizations Grow from an Averted Emergency (Intermediate)

Jason Russell, Founder and President, Secure Education Consultants, LLC.

Organizations impacted by a crisis spend countless hours after the event studying what could have been done differently. After-action reviews occur in almost every case; changes occur within the organization as a reaction to the findings. But what about those “near miss” situations-the crises that are averted? What if we could learn from what didn’t happen?

In this presentation, SEC shares examples of organizations from across the country who have used their “near miss” experiences, in collaboration with SEC, to delve deeply into the circumstances and conditions around the incident through an after-action review. We lead participants through a hands-on, problem-solving model used to identify gaps in physical security and how those findings informed widespread change.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Culture Killers – Brandon’s Story (Intermediate)

Nathan Steffen, President, TriCoast Advisors and Brandon Presler, Guest Speaker.

Hear Brandon, a former steel worker, tell his life altering story. This insightful interview of Brandon will highlight the culture killers that lead to life changing accidents. Both an encouragement to those involved in organizational safety and a wakeup call for leaders on culture killers. Time well spent for company owners, leaders, safety professionals and safety committees.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
ANSI/ASSP 359 Standards Update for Safety Requirements for Self-retracting Devices for Personal Fall Arrest and Rescue Systems (Intermediate)

Brian A. Sebastian, MBA, QSSP, Executive Vice President of Sales, Safety Distribution Services.

This session will include policies, responsibilities, training, survey and identification of fall hazards, procedures, controlling fall hazards, rescue planning, program implementation, incident investigation, and evaluating program effectiveness.

Division Members


Bob Schneider

Peoplelink Group


Rich DeLeau, MSB, CHST, CAWC

BHS Insurance Agency, Inc.


Linda Hudson, CSP

FCCI Insurance Group

Kellie Anderson, CPCU, ARM, AIM

The Cincinnati Insurance Companies

Kevin Boonie, CRM, CAWC

The Lighthouse Group

Gary Boyer, CSP

The Cincinnati Insurance Companies

Angela Cierpial, SPHR

Humphrey Products

Paul Hascher, CSP

Frankenmuth Insurance

Mary Kamsickas, CSP, CFPS, CPCU, ARM

Hanover Insurance Group

Eric Krieger, CSP, MBA

TriCoast Advisors

Robert Murray

Superior Investigative Services, LLC

Pat Peters, CSP, ARM, CFPS

The Cincinnati Insurance Companies

Jack Sanders

Superior Investigative Services, LLC

Karen Satterfield, CSP

Citizens Insurance Company

Thomas Schlubatis, CSP

SECURA Insurance

Morgan Thane

OHM Advisors

Richard Trembath

Meadowbrook Insurance Group

Michelle Trudell

SuperiorX Investigations