Tentative Breakout Sessions

We reserve the right to modify and/or change the sessions


Mike Bewley

Active Shooter Survival: A Safety Professional’s Primer
Presentation will focus on the different active shooter scenarios, the role of the internet, Public safety response doctrine and keys for individual survival during and after the event. 

Karen Puckett

Karen Puckett

Karen Puckett is the Director of the Center for Environmental Excellence at the University of Texas at Arlington. She oversees the university’s programs that provide consulting services, field work, project management, and staffing in a broad range of environmental disciplines for clients such as the Environmental Protection Agency and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

She previously served as the Director of Workplace Safety with the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’Compensation. She was responsible for the agency’s occupational injury,illness, and fatality prevention programs, including the Occupational Safety and Health Consultation (OSHCON) program, safety trainingand education, data collection for the Bureau ofLabor Statistics, insurance company accident prevention services compliance inspections, and safety violation investigations.

She served as an Advisory Committee member of the National Safety Council’s Our Driving Concern Texas Employer Traffic Safety Program and a member of the Texas Department of State Health Services Texas Occupational Health Surveillance Program’s Strategic Planning Group.

Prior to her work at DWC, Karen held operational and public relations roles in the medical supply distribution and non-profit industries. Karen has a bachelor’s degreein Marketing from Lamar University in Beaumont, TX.

Combating Distractions in Vehicles and on Job Sites
Safety programs shouldn't end when employees walk out the door and get into a vehicle to drive or get to a job site. This session will discuss why distractions on the road and at job sites are so dangerous. Attendees will learn how the brain processes distractions, policies employers and risk managers should consider for a comprehensive safety program, and ways you to improve workplace safety culture.

Samuel Knight

Combining Technology and Safety in the 21st Century
We have so many ways to bring transparency and safety to job sites available to us in the 21st century. Unfortunately, too many of us rely on antiquated processes which will never allow us to use technology to our advantage. Things as simple as taking photos that are permanently stored in an electronic job folder are not possible at most job sites. As someone who has been in the field with our customers reviewing safety issues, and how to use technology to reduce risk and be OSHA compliant, I consider it my duty to inform the rest of the industry on what they have available to them, that is cost-effective, and also simple. Now that we are 3 years old, I have customer data to pull from best practices that I can use for this presentation.

Bob Bruan

Emerging Issues in Safety & Health
Look forward at the technology and innovations that will shape the challenge for safety and health in the future. Suggestions on ways to meet these challenges.

Bradley Hartmann

Millennials in construction—how to lead, manage, connect, and retain
This presentation will look at how to lead, manage, connect, and retain young workers.

Cindy Lewis

Safety: The "People" Profession
Safety professionals have to deal with people every day at every level of the organization and from every walk of life. While they may be more than competent in their abilities to perform safety related functions many struggle to have positive influence in making long lasting changes within their organizations. In this session we will cover an overview of the principles of personality identification, communication skills using neurolinguistics and positive conflict resolution. Using a modified DISC assessment attendees will first identify their personality type. Using this assessment the attributes of each of the four personality types will be covered including how each personality style can best communicate with and identify others. The attendees will be shown how words have an impact in the actions of others. Lastly, the attendees will learn about conflict resolution and how to come to an agreement to disagree when necessary to move action plans forward.

Doug Huddleston

Use of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) / (Drone) in Construction - from an OSHA and Industry Perspective
Topic: Overview of how drones are being employed, Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 107 operating requirements, limitations and restrictions, use of video and how the information obtained supports daily operations. This session will focus on the growing use of UAS (drones) in both industry and government. The session will be presented jointly by FAA certified drone pilot-in-command(s) from both OSHA and The Beck Group, and will be facilitated through a guided discussion supported by a PowerPoint and video visual presentation. OSHA will discuss basic FAA requirements, pilot certification and testing process, as well as the use of the drone in support of its operations, video techniques, various challenges and previous support flights. The Beck Group will discuss how they utilize the drone to support daily operations, the value added to a projects construction activities, video techniques, various challenges and video from previous support flights.


Timothy Minor

Benefits of utilizing On-site Consultation services
This session will be comprised of explaining what On-site Consultation is and how employers can benefit from the services that are offered. In addition, contact information for the On-site Consultation Program that exist in Region VI will shared with the audience members.

Timothy Minor

Timothy Minor was born in Dallas, Texas. Timothy was a graduate of South Oak Cliff High School, Dallas, Texas. He earned his Associates of Applied Science degree from Columbia Southern University.

Timothy served for two (2) years in United States Navy. Upon receiving an honorable discharged from the Navy, he came to the Dallas V.A. hospital in 1992 for a total of fourteen (14) years had many various positions. In 2005, Timothy was promoted to the position of Safety and Health Specialist, and then in 2009, hired by OSHA’s Dallas Area Office as a Compliance Safety Health Officer. His work efforts earned him a progressive level of awards ranging from Good Job Awards, and many Outstanding Service Awards.

In 2013, Timothy was promoted to the position of Assistant Area Director in Region VI, Dallas Area Office, Dallas, Texas. Timothy successfully presented several significant and/or complex case reviews. In addition, Timothy provided OSHA updates to various industry professional groups and conferences as an Assistant Area Director.

Currently Timothy works in the Dallas Regional Office as the Regional Consultation Program Manager, where he is responsible for five (5) states within the region: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. He is responsible for ensuring that each state consultation program within Region VI submit their Cooperative Agreements in a timely manner, these Cooperative Agreements total $6,418,900.00. In addition, he communicates with OSHA’s National Office on regular basis via email and telephonically to report any and all issues as they relate to the Consultation Projects.

John O'Connor

Cranes & Lifting Policies/OSHA
Are Your Crane & Lifting Policies/Personnel Ready for an OSHA Visit? OSHA has a directive for their officers on conducting and enforcing 1926 Subpart CC inspections. Little known are the differences between the directive and the standard. As an example, the guide references Lift Director 42 times, but the standard references it once. Avoid a citation/fine for not meeting OSHA expectations.

Effects of Capacities and Marking on Cranes and Rigging
What’s the difference in capacities between "T" and "t"? If the side of the mobile crane is marked 100-ton, will it pick up a load this size? Hoists are marked with kgs, lbs or tons. Does any of this really matter? YES! and CICB will guide your through this mine field.

Brendon McDermott

Myths of Heat Illness Etiology, Presentation and Intervention
Our team approach presentation aims to blend scientific evidence and a wealth of occupational safety and health field experience to highlight common misconceptions regarding exertional heat illness etiology, symptom presentation and effective intervention. New scientific evidence demonstrates that preventive measures to mitigate heat illness risk include effective hydration strategies and facilitated heat acclimatization. Further, some traditional heat illness prevention advice is supported, while other recommendations are not. There are some misconceptions related to typical heat illness presentation. For example, oral and skin surface temperature readings are invalid to assess core body temperature. Effective treatment for exertional heat illness has demonstrated 100% success in large samples of heat illness victims. However, many treatment strategies are not typically included in occupational management protocols. We will provide evidence for effective implementation of on-site intervention techniques to help prevent, recognize and/or treat exertional heat illness in occupational settings.

Jim Maddux

Using and applying tools developed by NIOSH and CPWR

Jim Maddux

Jim Maddux recently moved to the San Antonio, Texas area. He provides consulting, training, curriculum development, public speaking and executive coaching services to public and private sector clients. Topics include occupational safety, safety and health management systems, safety culture, management, and leadership.

Jim retired from OSHA in 2016, where he was the Director of the OSHA Directorate of Construction. Before being appointed to the construction position, Jim held several leadership positions at OSHA, including Director of the Office of Physical Hazards, the Office of Maritime, and the Office of Biological Hazards.

Jim has been a project director, author and contributor to numerous OSHA standards, guidance, enforcement, and outreach projects. Topics include fall protection, personal protective equipment, injury and illness recordkeeping, ergonomics, and maritime safety issues. He was a major contributor to the OSHA/NIOSH/CPWR fall prevention campaign and stand-down.

Jim has a Bachelors degree in economics, an Associate degree in computer information systems, and an Associate degree in chemistry.

Marianne McGee

OSHA Reporting and Recording Requirements
Confused about the OSHA requirements to report fatalities, hospitalizations, amputations, and loss of an eye. What about the latest requirement to electronically submit your injury and illness summary data? This session will clarify your reporting and recording requirements under the OSH Act and help you better understand what injuries and illnesses are required to be on your OSHA logs.

Kevin Cannon

What to do when OSHA Calls
Strategy for an effective plan of action to deal with OSHA inspections on the jobsite.


Pat Thomas

Arc Flash - Current Technology for Protection from Arc Flash Events
This presentation will cover some of the current technologies to prevent Arc Flash events and some of the current ways to protect personnel from the effects of an arc flash should one occur. (This presentation could also be used with the other two submitted proposals on Arc Flash to present the entire subject of Arc Flash.)

Arc Flash - What is it and What are the Hazards
The presentation will include what is an Arc Flash, what causes them, and what are the hazards involved. (Arc Flash is a topic that appeals to a large range of occupations. Because the time slots are so short, I am presenting several topics on Arc Flash that could cover several time slots to fully cover the topic)

Bob Braun

Management of Change
Presentation will describe what management of change is and focus on the benefits of introducing a management of change program and it's effects on safety.

Katherine Culbert

PSM 101
Are you new to Process Safety? Do you find yourself wondering what all the acronyms stand for? Have you wondered why we have Process Safety? This presentation will review where Process Safety came from, what the Process Safety Managment regulation means, and how Process Safety applies in today’s climate. We will also illustrate how OSHA’s PSM and EPA’s Risk Management Program work together to provide a full-plant solution. You will leave with the ability to better communicate with others in the industry by understanding the history and terminology and you will be able to impress your friends by talking in full acronym sentences.

The Business Case for PSM
Since PSM was enacted in 1992 companies have worked to meet the guidelines, without fully understanding the benefits other than compliance. This presentation will show how PSM complements operations to meet regulation goals and increase the bottom line. The focus of the presentation will be a discussion of why PSM is good for business, especially with increased media coverage of industrial incidents. The court of public opinion can be worse than the legal courts, necessitating good Process Safety implementation to keep activities out of the news. A selection of the 14 PSM elements will be investigated throughout the talk to illustrate how they work together to make operations function more effectively and efficiently thereby increasing through-put, decreasing injuries, and reducing environmental impacts.

Katherine Culbert

Originally from Upstate New York, Katherine Culbert is a graduate of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry with an undergraduate degree in Paper Science & Engineering. Since graduation, she has focused her career on Process Safety Management, starting out at GE Silicones designing and managing the installation of pressure relief systems. Ms. Culbert earned her MBA from the University at Albany in their executive education program. She has experience in Sales and Marketing including supplying valves and electrical equipment to the US Navy for nuclear powered vessels and she has taught high school physics. Katherine is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York State, a Six Sigma Green Belt and a certified Project Management Professional. Since moving to Houston, she has worked for various consulting firms facilitating Process Hazard Analyses and managing other large engineering projects. She co-founded K and K Process in 2016 to assist companies in their PSM compliance journey.

Daniel Boreman

Report Writing 101
Report writing is extremely important in many facets; professional, academic and even personal. Report Writing 101 discusses the fundamentals of detail oriented and concise information gathering and report writing. Key terms and methods will be identified and effective training techniques0 to be practiced individually or as a group will be shared. Who knew report writing could be fun?

Daniel Boreman

Daniel Boreman is a safety, health and environmental leader with more than fourteen years of experience in safety, rescue and emergency response. Daniel is a committed safety professional with a proven background in; program development and execution, training, compliance and team building. Daniel combines his years of practical experience and high energy to deliver informative and entertaining training sessions. Daniel is a Husband to one, Father to five, writer, veteran, safety nerd and a “People Enthusiast”.


Jeffrey Morrow

ABC's 2018 Safety Performance Report and the Six Leading Indicators You Can't Do Without
Every company that works in construction wants to send its workers home in the same condition in which they arrived—if not even better—after an active day of work that stimulates the mind and the body.

Until now, relatively few studies have been conducted on the correlation between the use of measures companies can take to keep workers safe on jobsites—leading indicators—and the number of incidents, accidents and injuries that occur—lagging indicators. The empirical evidence didn’t exist.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) created the Safety Performance Report to address this issue. The charts and summaries in this presentation reveal the clearest picture yet of the remarkable impact that leading indicator use has on a company’s safety performance: fewer disrupted or lost lives and a safer, more productive jobsite regardless of the size of the company. In fact, companies that engage in leading indicator use are, statistically, considerably safer than their peers.

Dr. Linda Goldenhar

Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL)
Introduces construction industry stakeholders to the 5 leadership skills and how to effectively use these skills to engage employees to improve safety on the jobsite. 5 Leadership skills covered are:
- Lead by example
- Engage and empower team members
- Actively listen and practice 3-way communication
- Develop team members through teaching, coaching, & feedback
- Recognize team members for going above and beyond for safety

Safety Climate Survey (SCATT)
Introduces the Safety Climate Survey for Construction. It uses eight leading indicators to improve jobsite safety climate and safety outcomes in construction.

Dr. Linda Goldenhar

Dr. Linda M. Goldenhar received her PhD in Public Health at the University of Michigan and began her career as a Research Psychologist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). While there, she focused her research on construction-related topics such as tradeswomen’s safety and health concerns, worker perceptions on working overtime, job stress and injury outcomes, among others. She served as NIOSH’s construction coordinator and was a member of the National Academies’ review of the NIOSH construction program. For the past 6 years, Dr. Goldenhar has served as the Director of Research and Evaluation at CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Evaluation. She leads the project that created the Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL), a leadership training module for frontline foremen and supervisors. She’s also the lead on CPWR’s safety climate efforts that includes creating the Workbook and Rating Tool to Help you Strengthen Jobsite Safety Climate and the Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CAT). She has published 70 peer-reviewed publications, articles in trade magazines, book chapters and manuals and has presented extensively at national and international academic and construction conferences.

Mark Hernandez

Game Day: 4 Principles & Practices for Accelerating Performance
Game Day is a High Energy, Highly Engaging Motivational Keynote that will challenge and inspire each participant to Serve at their highest level and Create Crazy Results. Game Day is based on the four foundational principles of the acronym REAL: Relationships, Equipping, Attitude, & Leadership. “REAL are the foundational leadership principles needed for every leader” – John C. Maxwell

Each participant will:
1. Learn the 4 foundational leadership principles that will increase your leadership influence.
2. Participate in highly engaging that will reinforce the principles, help practice a new skill, & create a memorable experience.
3. Discover how to apply the 4 Principles with Practices that can be immediately applied.

Mark Hernandez

Multiply Leadership started their career on the back-side of a scaffold wrench and worked up the ranks eventually found a home working in the safety field. Multiply Leadership has over 20 years of safety experience and the only safety professional who has worked for the US Department of Labor, OSHA for 12 years and an Independent Certified John Maxwell Speaker, Trainer, and Coach.

  • In 2011 joined John Maxwell Certification program as a Founding Member and part of a Global Team representing over 12,000 members in over 100 countries
  • In 2012, launched Multiply Leadership development company
  • In 2012, part of transforming two counties with the Global John Maxwell Team. In 2012 Multiply Leadership was part of transforming Guatemala by training over 10,000 leaders in one week. To date, there are 60,000 leaders as a result of the initial training
  • In 2016 in Paraguay trained over 15, 000 leaders in one week with the Global John Maxwell Team
  • In 2017 co-authored two book projects which both made the Amazon Best Sellers List

Wylie Davison

Safe 4 the Right Reasons
Getting employees to value safety and safe behavior are the constant challenges faced by today’s companies. “Safe 4 the Right Reasons” explains why we behave this way and can be used as the foundation of how to work with employees in avoiding accidents and to value safety.

Kathleen Dobson

The nature of leadership - intuitive or learned?
We can be managers or we can be leaders or we can be both. What's the difference and how are leaders made? Some theorize that leadership is instinctive, intuitive and part of a person's DNA. Others say leadership can be learned and we invest thousands of dollars to turn people into leaders in our organizations. What's the real nature of leadership and is it a unique set of qualifications, or something else.


Pat Furr

Beware the Grim Reaper of Complacency
Without quoting statistics, it can be said that the overwhelming majority of workplace accidents are not caused by unsafe equipment or processes, but are indeed caused by unsafe worker behavior. And complacency in its many forms is at the root of that behavior. This presentation will identify institutional and individual complacency as not only a problem that negatively effects production numbers and quality, but even more importantly, can have a devastating effect on the safety of our employees. The truth is, no matter how focused and diligent we try to be, we are all susceptible to complacency to varying degrees. This presentation is not intended to preach from the high horse about our individual faults and shortcomings, but to help us identify the signs of complacency in ourselves or in our co-workers, and to provide some tools that can be useful in combating complacency.

Travis Costello

Conducting Effective Employee Safety Training
This presentation will show you how to conduct highly engaging & effective safety training by using simple "Hands-on" tools & technology.

Phillip Ragain

Hardwired Inhibitions: Hidden forces that keep us silent in the face of disaster
There are a surprising number of forces that inhibit people in the moment when they should speak up to stop something that is unsafe. This presentation teaches the more significant but often overlooked psychological and social factors that suppress safety interventions, and provides first steps for making “Stop Work” a part of your culture.

The session includes practical examples and demonstrations, as well as explanations of relevant research.

After the session, attendees will be able to (1) explain how social and psychological factors inhibit “safety intervention,” (2) describe the impact of factors such as Deference to Authority, Bystander Effect and Unit Bias, and (3) implement some significant first steps to increase the likelihood that they and others will speak up with they see something unsafe.

Cindy Lewis

Let me EnterTRAIN You
A good training program doesn't happen by accident. It needs to be a combination of the fundamentals of adult training, use of technology and creativity of a safety trainer to create EnterTRAINment! This session will layout the habits of a good presenter by covering a review of the fundamentals of adult training and some of the "do's and don'ts" that the speaker has learned that aren’t covered in most training sessions. Building on a structure of training that combines both presentation materials and interactive techniques the attendee will be able to learn about using both high- and low-tech options to create an entertaining environment for the different generations of employees in the workforce today. We'll cover an overview of today’s workforce and talk about the training needs for each generation. Attendees will walk away with a list of the activities demonstrated and resources on where to find free or low cost materials to change their delivery from training to enterTRAINing.

Peter Guske

Putting Your Own Back, “Back In” AND Comprehensive Employee Wellness in 60 Minutes per Month
Given that the largest portion of all health/safety costs for any employer are directly attributable to only 3 maladies:1)Fatigue/Diabetes, 2)Low Back Pain, and 3)Heart Disease, this unique, lively presentation ultimately focuses on the costliest, most common injury in all of safety/health; Low Back Pain, but highlights much farther-reaching implications for worker safety and the integration with health, included is a demonstration on how to put your own back, "back in". In sharp contrast to traditional approaches, this new, ground-breaking approach dramatically reduces expenses and has been demonstrated for companies nationwide by challenging the long-held beliefs that aerobics, core/strengthening or “correct lifting” have been effective, since none of these have shown cost savings or back injury reductions. Usable in all work settings, any age group and in a fraction of the time of the usual wellness programs. No abstractions or “fluff”, just real, immediately usable information.

Peter Guske

Peter Guske is a licensed physical therapist with 24 years clinical experience treating back injuries in the hospital, out-patient and home care setting. He is a former competitive bodybuilder and founded his own fitness gym before obtaining his BS in Physical Therapy from Wayne State University, Detroit. He worked in Los Angeles developing the first rehabilitation protocols for Nautilus Sports/MedX Industries and then opened his own rehabilitation clinic in Florida. He has gone on to build The Back Saver System, the only comprehensive, low-cost, single-source, employee wellness training program, which actually demonstrates how you can put your own back, “back in”. Mr Guske has instructed over 21,000 individuals across the nation using his unique, highly non-traditional system. Clients include Western Kentucky Energy, Kinder Morgan-NY, Minnesota Power, Williams Pipeline-Utah, Aleris Aluminum, Texas National Guard, City of Cheyenne, multiple Offshore Platforms and many others.

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Scott Johnson

Best Practices for Controlling Fugitive Dust
This course provides an overview for agencies and their legal responsibilities in complying with the OSHA Silica regulations. The presentation reviews the importance of dust abatement on construction sites, roads or anywhere silica dust can be hazardous. We will discuss general risk reduction strategies including the use of magnesium chloride that works effectively to suppress the silica laden dust that is created from natural materials used on these sites. We will describe best practices and standards that are necessary to ensure the safest protection for your community.

Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson is semi-retired from the construction industry with over 29 years as a superintendent. He traveled extensively over the course of 3 decades leading the charge on countless projects as large as $560m. Scott is STSC certified and is currently teaching transportation construction related topics across the country as a subject matter expert with the Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) for the University of VA and FHWA. Scott is passionate about safety and is inspired to share his passion everywhere he goes. With the implementation of the OSHA Silica regulations last year, Scott has zoomed that focus on preventing silica laden dust from leaving our construction projects.

Tony Stergio

Employer Strategy for OSHA Fatality Investigations
Thorough examination of employer strategy for dealing with OSHA fatality investigations, including strategy for before OSHA arrives, OSHA's initial investigation, employee/management interviews, document production and handling the citation, and citation contest.

Tony Stergio

Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Anthony G. “Tony” Stergio has extensive experience in the defense of State and Federal employment discrimination claims, wage and hour compliance and claims, OSHA compliance and contests, Davis-Bacon Act compliance, noncompetition agreements, Department of Labor and TWC investigations and employment policy design and review.

He speaks frequently at employment-related seminars and also counsels clients regarding developments in various areas of State and Federal employment law.

In 2017, Tony received an AV© Preeminent™ Judicial Rating from Martindale Hubbell, the nation’s leading legal services resource. He scored a 5 out of 5 rating, the highest rating achievable in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards. He previously received an AV© Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating from Martindale Hubbell in 2011.

Kathleen Dobson

MORE Silica? I thought I already knew everything there was to know!
Don't fall into a trap when it comes to management of silica - more than just a mineral, silica is also a hazard to those who work around it. Companies who work in the construction industry and their employees have been overwhelmed with information about the 2017 revisions to the Federal OSHA standard on Silica. What have we learned and what do we still need to be aware of? Kathi Dobson will take a deep dive into some of the still-to-be determined issues surrounding this sensitive, and potentially costly subject.

Adele Abrams

OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule: Challenges and Solutions
OSHA’s final rule reducing construction worker exposures to silica by 80% took effect in Fall 2017, affecting 2 million employees. This session will provide an overview of the requirements including use of “Table One,” medical surveillance, exposure monitoring, development of engineering-based control plans, competent person training, PPE issues, and more. In addition, the impact of the federal court decision affirming the rule on pending and future tort and worker’s compensation claims will be addressed, as well as OSHA enforcement protocols and proactive solutions.

Adele Abrams

Adele L. Abrams is an attorney and Certified Mine Safety Professional who is president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C., a multi-attorney firm with offices in Beltsville, MD, Denver, CO, and Charleston, WV. The firm represents employers in OSHA and MSHA litigation nationwide, and Adele also handles employment law matters in a number of states. Adele and her firm colleagues provide employment and safety law consultation, safety audits, industrial hygiene assistance, and training services to companies in a variety of industries.

Adele is a member of the Maryland, DC and PA Bars; the U.S. District Courts of Maryland, DC, and TN; the U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit 3rd Circuit, and 4th Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court. She is a graduate of the George Washington University’s National Law Center (JD degree), received a Graduate Certificate in Public Relations from American University, and earned her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. She serves on the adjunct faculties of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she teaches on employment, labor and occupational safety law.

She is an active member of the National Safety Council, where she was awarded the Distinguished Service to Safety Award (DSSA) in 2017. She also chairs the Business & Industry Division’s committee on Regulatory, Standards and Legal Affairs, and was an initial co-chair of the NSC’s Women’s Caucus. She serves on the NSC Board of Delegates nationally, and is also a member of the Chesapeake Region Safety Council’s Executive Committee. She is a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and is a multiple recipient of the ASSE Safety Professional of the Year Award at the chapter, regional and practice specialty level. She is also an active member of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, the American Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Labor and Employment Relations Association. Adele has co-authored several textbooks on employment law, occupational and mine safety and health.

John Dibiasi

Safety is Your Middle Name? OSHA Doesn’t Necessarily Think So
This seminar will focus on how employers can effectively handle OSHA job site investigations when OSHA comes a-knocking. The panelists will discuss evolving trends and sample case studies dealing with investigatory issues, such as: evidence preservation; employee interviews; are there “Constitutional” issues?; document requests and production; employees’ rights; employers’ rights; attorneys’ dual representation; how OSHA’s general duty clause might impact a response; and knowing OSHA’s internal Severe Violator Program, a “Program” you can’t afford to be on.

1. Recognizing the importance of having a plan in place if a job site accident does occur for when OSHA comes knocking;
2. Or what to do even when there hasn’t been an accident, but a self-started OSHA investigation.
3. Understanding your rights as an employer and the rights of your employees; and
4. Understanding the permissible breath and scope of an OSHA investigation in order to comply, but also to protect your rights as an employer.

Dr. Melanie Gorman

Silica Control Tool – An online application for Respirable Crystalline Silica Risk Assessment
Silica Control Tool is an online application designed to help construction companies navigate silica risk assessment and management. It is also an educational resource on best practices. It predicts silica exposure level for common tasks, guides selection of appropriate exposure controls, and generates exposure control plans meeting regulatory requirements.

Kevin Cannon

The Surprises in AGC's New Study of Construction Fatalities
The results of a new study commissioned by the Associated General Contractors of America will be discussed. It provides a comprehensive look at fatalities arising from construction-related incidents. The study identifies key contributing factors, as well as suggestions for mitigating them.