Day 1: Tuesday, February 11, 2020

8:00 a.m.        
Registration and continental breakfast with sponsors and exhibitors

8:30 a.m.     
Welcome

Todd Logsdon, Esq., Attorney, Fisher Phillips

Legislative Update
John Cox, Manager, Public Affairs, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

8:45 a.m.     
Understanding Leadership from a Safety Professional’s Perspective

Sammy Davis, MSc., CSP, Gr.IOSH, Senior Director, Safety & Compliance, Papa John’s International

Safety leaders face a unique challenge each and every day. There is an altruistic nature safety leaders hold in wanting to protect and care for others but in most cases feel unsupported or unheard by their organizational leaders. The purpose of this workshop is to provide a clear understanding of how different leadership styles impact Safety Leaders in today's general industry and attempts to answer the question why some are more impactful than others. The workshop will place emphasis on the principles of transformational leadership as described by Bernard Bass, servant leadership according to Robert Greenleaf, and establish the importance of utilizing these theoretical frameworks to gain an advantage with developing the necessary skills required to be a successful safety leader.

9:45 a.m.         
Critical Management Decisions Regarding Safety

Bobbi K. Samples, CSP, Owner / Principal Consultant, The Safety Firm, LLC

More than 24 years of safety and health consulting brings observations of how management decisions impact a safety program. Decisions from top management and decisions from the safety management can both either elevate or impair a safety and health program. How do you make decisions? How do you implement those decisions? How do you determine the effectiveness of those decisions? This session will look at real life examples of decisions and management techniques that can cripple safety within an organization. It will also share how to make effective safety decisions with an emphasis on “people.”

11:00 a.m.         
Confidently Exercising Employer Rights in an OSHA Inspection

Todd Logsdon, Esq., Attorney, Fisher Phillips
Barry Spurlock, Esq., CSP, Attorney, Assistant Professor, Eastern Kentucky University

Most safety professionals know the basic components of an OSHA inspection, as well as common steps to take when OSHA knocks on the door. After an inspection is underway though, and the compliance officer starts requesting documents, wishing to speak with managers, asking to see certain areas of a facility, interview workers, etc., safety professionals often become uncertain of their rights. Unfortunately, this uncertainty can lead to employers waiving certain rights. This session will explore, in detail, employer rights during and after an OSHA inspection so that participants can be more confident in their OSHA inspection planning, and their responses in the heat of the inspection.

12:00 p.m.     
Lunch with sponsors and exhibitors

1:00 p.m.         
Contractor Safety Management – Don’t Let Your Contractors De-Rail Your Safety Program

Bill Simkins, CSP, W.E. Simkins & Associates

Contractors, suppliers and even vendors “working” at your location can adversely impact your safety program, directly and indirectly. Their hazards are your hazards, and your hazards become their hazards. How are you managing and minimizing this threat to your program?  This session will address the significant risks that contractors pose and proven methods and approaches for managing this essential safety, health and risk element. The session will also afford participants with a roundtable opportunity for Q & A.

2:15 p.m.  
The Front-Line Supervisor – A Safety Manager’s Friend or Foe

Eric Harper, CSP, CHMM, Manager – Process Safety, EHS Technology Group LLC

The front line supervisor is a vital cog in all successful safety programs.  Supervisors set the tone for safety and can either push safety efforts forward or derail them before they can even get started in his or her department.  Since they play such a critical role in employee safety, Safety Managers have a vested interest in developing positive, productive relationships with supervisors and helping to ensure a supervisor’s success.  This session is designed to help safety professionals identify why supervisors fail to manage safety in their departments and how they can help front line supervisors ensure the overall success of his or her department through safety.

3:15 p.m.     
Occupational Safety Internships in the Commonwealth

David Stumbo, Ph.D, OHST, Assistant Professor, Eastern Kentucky University

This presentation will detail: Benefits & challenges of hosting college interns. Details of EKU’s successful occupational safety internship program. The Handshake platform used by EKU and many other KY colleges (UK, NKU, KSU, etc.) which links employers and students for jobs & internships. Details of the existing “pipelines” EKU has established with Kentucky companies such as: Marathon Petroleum, Gray Construction, Mubea, Sazerac, and others through internships. Methods for building and optimizing “pipelines” via campus visits & teleconferencing to identify potential interns. Feedback data received from host employers about interns.

4:00 p.m.
Day one adjourns

 

Day 2: Wednesday, February 12, 2020

8:00 a.m.        
Registration and continental breakfast with sponsors and exhibitors

8:30 a.m.     
Culture Change through Improved Safety Metrics

Michael Fackler, CSP, ARM, Founder and Chief Safety Strategist, Caliber Safety
David Valentine, Consultant, Caliber Safety

When it comes to safety, what you measure is as important as how measure. How does your organization measure safety performance? Still using incident rates and loss-time days? How an organization measures safety provides critical insights into the structural, procedural and cultural drivers of safety performance. Learn why measuring safety with accident-based metrics actually makes your organization less safe, and works against your efforts to create a culture where safety is valued. Start changing your culture by changing how you measure safety.

9:20 a.m.         
Achieving OSH Excellence with OSHA’s Safety Management Model & VPP

Bill Simkins, CSP, W.E. Simkins & Associates
Danny Vernon, Kentucky Safe - VPP Program Manager, Kentucky Labor Cabinet
Jeff Clark, EHS Manager, WestRock Nicholasville Food & Beverage Packaging
Brian Black, VPP Administrator, Kentucky Labor Cabinet
Butch Collins, Safety Director, Nucor Steel Gallatin
Greg Gibson, CSP, Safety Supervisor, Marathon Petroleum Corporation  (Invited)

Kentucky’s Voluntary Protection Partnership (VPP) is a program offered by the Division of Education and Training to recognize and promote exemplary safety and health performance in the workplace. In order to achieve this OSH recognition employer participants must meet rigorous qualifying criterion which includes a, functioning, effective, OSH Safety Management System, which will undergo an extensive on-site evaluation. Once certified, program partners enjoy many benefits from OSHA, and fellow VPP companies across KY and the U.S. including Best Practices sharing and removal from the general scheduled inspections list.

10:35 a.m.         
Workplace Violence Prevention: It’s not Just About Shooters

George Adams, Esq., Attorney, Fisher Phillips
Todd Logsdon, Esq., Attorney, Fisher & Phillips LLP

With ever-increasing workplace violence situations, companies continue to grapple with what measures should be taken to prevent shootings and/or violence in the workplace.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 20,790 employees missed one or more days of work in 2018 because of an intentional non-fatal injury inflicted by another person. An additional 757 were intentionally killed in the workplace in 2018.  No one knows how often workplace violence goes unreported. Workplace violence is estimated to cost employers billions each year, including legal fees and damage awards. Employers can potentially be held liable for their employees' violent acts, even when such acts are intentional and outside the scope of employment. This session will address sources of liability and types of workplace violence ranging from bullying to active shooters. This session will cover preventative measures (both generally and in various circumstances), personal safety tips, and other important information.

11:25 a.m.     
ISO 45001: The New Gold Standard of Workplace Safety

Robert Smith, Executive Director, Fisher Phillips Safety Solutions

In March 2018, after a five year process involving more than 70 countries, a new international Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) standard, ISO 45001, was published. The standard seeks to set a new benchmark in global OH&S and will result in companies significantly reducing their workplace injuries and illnesses while dramatically improving employee productivity and quality which will led to increased profitability.  It provides a framework to significantly improve organizational safety and health performance through a risk management system, while increasing operational excellence and positively impacting a company’s sustainability and social responsibility programs. This interactive panel discussion will examine the benefits of becoming ISO 45001 – certified and provide a detailed overview on how to achieve this status.

12:15 p.m.     
Lunch with sponsors and exhibitors

1:15 p.m.  
Wait! We Didn’t Retaliate – Understanding an OSHA Whistleblower Investigation

Chantell Foley, Esq., Attorney, Fisher Phillips
Todd Logsdon, Esq., Attorney, Fisher Phillips

Being involved in an OSHA whistleblower investigation can be challenging for employers, especially those unfamiliar with the process.  OSHA’s notice of suit letters often reference citations to various legal statutes, contain a complaint summarizing the claimant’s allegations, and require that the employer collect and provide an abundance of information in a short time period. In addition, an employer is required to provide a response and may be required to produce employees for witness interviews.  The goal of this session will be to provide an easy and digestible roadmap that employers can use to navigate through this process.

2:05 p.m.  
Ask the Experts

Bobbi K. Samples, CSP, Owner / Principal Consultant, The Safety Firm, LLC
Barry Spurlock, Esq., CSP, Attorney, Assistant Professor, Eastern Kentucky University Bill Simkins, CSP, W.E. Simkins & Associates
Moderator: Todd Logsdon, Esq., Attorney, Fisher Phillips

In this session you’ll have the opportunity to get your most pressing OSH-related questions, on OSHA compliance, Best Practices, legal concerns and Safety Management, answered by our expert presenters This is a MUST ATTEND session!

3:00 p.m.
3rd Annual OSH Management Conference adjourns

 

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