Session Descriptions & Speaker Bios

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Monday, October 31, 2022

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

7:00 - 8:30 AM

7:30 AM - 7:30 PM

8:15 - 9:00 AM

Registration | Great Lobby

Continental Breakfast | Great American Hall

Expo Hall | Great American Hall

Welcome & Opening Remarks | Chocolate Ballroom

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Keynote

What's Your Safety Story: How to Make Safety Personal with Frontline Employees
Patrick Nelson | CEO | Loyalty Point Leadership
Monday, October 31 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

We all have experiences where unsafe environments have impacted us in profound ways. These experiences have the power to save someone’s life. By building the skills to share our experiences through storytelling, we’re able to inspire (vs. mandate) workplace safety behaviors. The practice of storytelling also helps create a culture where individuals feel more closely connected to the safety of others and contributes to a service-based environment where caretaking and teamwork thrive.


Speaker Bio | Patrick has gained local and national accolades for his military service, academic career, and work as a professional speaker and trainer, including being named the inaugural NFL-Tillman Military Scholar. He is an experienced leader that spent nearly seven years in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper and completed three combat deployments leading soldiers. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart Medal. Patrick is an engaging facilitator who has led leadership development programs for a variety of clients, from Fortune 500 clients to small businesses and across a variety of industries. Off the proverbial leadership field, he serves his community by actively volunteering with Tee It Up for the Troops, a non-profit organization that raises money for wounded veterans. Patrick studied at Minnesota State University and received a Bachelor’s Degree graduating Magna Cum Laude. He also has a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from Minnesota State and a Masters in Organization Development from Pepperdine University.


Website | www.loyaltypointleadership.com


Connect with Patrick on LinkedIn.

10:00 - 10:30 AM

Expo Hall & Beverage Break | Great American Hall

10:30 - 11:45 AM

Concurrent Sessions A

How to Conduct a Productive Meeting
Joe Zinobile, CSP, ARM, OHST | Health & Safety Training Specialist | Labor & Industry | Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

Linda Quinby, MS | Health & Safety Training Specialist | Labor & Industry | Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

Session Description | Are you tired of hosting team meetings where nothing gets followed up in the aftermath? Frustrated by lots of talk but no execution or results? Holding effective meetings is tricky enough when everyone is in the same room. When everyone is in a different place, not necessarily even a room, it can feel even more of a challenge.

Productive meetings happen by design, not by accident. In this session, you will learn skills, techniques, and strategies to plan and lead meetings effectively.

Speaker Bio | As a Health and Safety Training Specialist for the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation, Joe is responsible for identifying safety training needs; monitoring and providing oversight of safety and corrective processes; and establishing, maintaining, and presenting safety and training programs. He has more than forty-three years of experience in risk management-related pursuits.

Joe earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Penn College.

Speaker Bio | As a Training Specialist for the Health and Safety Division of the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation, Linda Quinby is responsible for developing and conducting a wide range of educational safety-related courses for the general public and various members of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation regulated community.

Linda has over ten years of experience as a safety and health training professional instructing Montgomery County Community College students. She worked for Rohm and Haas Chemical Company as a Product Safety Specialist for ten years in the corporate Product Integrity Department. She authored Material Safety Data Sheets for a wide range of specialty chemicals and participated in product reviews for toxicologic, risk assessment, and worldwide regulatory issues. She also participated in the industry panel that created ANSI Z400.1 for MSDS preparation. Before her chemical industry experience, she worked for five years in the Customer Service field.

Linda graduated from Delaware Valley College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Health Education from Arcadia University. Linda is a certified instructor for the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, the ALICE Training Program, and the American College of Surgeons’ Stop the Bleed program. She is also a Pennsylvania-certified EMT with 15 years of volunteer ambulance experience.

How are You Handling the Heat?

Isabel DeOliveira | Compliance Assistance Specialist | USDOL-OSHA

Mark Harmon, MS | Compliance Assistance Specialist | USDOL-OSHA

Session Description | During the presentation, OSHA will be reviewing Outdoor and Indoor Heat-Related Hazards - National Emphasis Program (NEP), including which high-hazard industries are covered. This will include a review Heat Illness inspections industry data and citations in Pennsylvania and the United States. Compliance assistance resources and existing and accessible outreach material will be shared on stakeholders’ frequently asked questions.


Speaker Bio | The USDOL- OSHA’s core mission is to assure that every working man and woman has a safe and healthy workplace. To do that, OSHA is setting and enforcing standards by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance.


Ms. Isabel DeOliveira has been with the US Department of Labor, Occupational Safety Administration for over 20 years. Her experience includes industrial and occupational safety, having worked in a variety of industries, including construction, manufacturing, warehousing, and healthcare settings.


She started as an Industrial Hygienist Compliance Safety and Health Officer (CSHO), performing worksite safety and health inspections and evaluations throughout New Jersey and New York City. In June 2010, Isabel began providing outreach information as the Regional Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) for the Philadelphia Regional Office. She coordinates all federal outreach activities in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington DC. Her Portuguese and Spanish language skills are critical for effectively reaching many vulnerable workers.


Prior to working for OSHA, Ms. DeOliveira worked as an emergency medical technician, environmental consultant, and for a building management company.


Speaker Bio | Mark F. Harmon is a graduate of Marshall University with a Master’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health. Mark started working for the Erie OSHA office in 1996 as a Compliance Safety and Health Officer (CSHO) and conducted over 600 inspections before becoming the Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) in 2010. As an OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist, Mark is responsible for overseeing and managing all of the OSHA Strategic Partnerships, Alliances, and Voluntary Protection Program worksites within his office’s jurisdiction. Prior to working for OSHA, Mark worked as a licensed FAA aviation technician in Santa Barbara, California after serving in the US Air Force at Edwards AFB.


Website | www.osha.gov

Keystone Habits and Safety: Conduits for Solving Addiction and Workplace Injuries
David Whitesock, JD, MA | CEO + Founder | Commonly Well

Session Description | Humans are error-prone. But, we can be efficient and safe when we understand and apply good habit creation. Most addictions are deeply trained habits; a compulsive act that continues despite negative feedback. The same goes for injuries in the workplace. Many injuries happen because of learned behavior or habits that eventually result in negative consequences. This session will use the safety and sales turnaround of Alcoa to illustrate how keystone habits work and how you can implement them yourself.

Speaker Bio | David Whitesock has been leading innovative and entrepreneurial programs in addiction, mental health, and technology since 2004. In the course of designing new approaches to peer-to-peer coaching, he developed the Recovery Capital Index (RCI). The RCI is a scientifically validated assessment that measures recovery or wellbeing. Through the RCI, individuals are nudged toward building new habits and tracking their growth. David founded Commonly Well in 2020 to broaden the reach and impact of the Recovery Capital Index.

David is a regular speaker and advocates for addiction and mental health. He focuses his advocacy on improving the well-being of fellow attorneys and reducing impaired driving. David further works with all kinds of organizations to design and implement customer experience improvement. Through this work, David trains organizations to build internal habits that translate into customer delight and success.

David is also a lawyer. He resides in Potsdam, NY where he, his wife, and their beagle enjoy exploring the Adirondacks.

Website | www.commonlywell.com

Connect with David on LinkedIn.

Flagger 101

Joe Healy, CSHM | Safety Consultant | Med-Tex Services

Session Description | Having competent Flaggers is an essential component of any job task where vehicle traffic is a possibility. This session will cover the following:

  • OSHA requirements for Temporary Traffic Control (TTC).

  • MUTCD requirements and typical applications.

  • Pennsylvania Publication 213 typical applications.

  • Flagger requirements for attire, flagger stations, and flagging operations.

Speaker Bio | Joe Healy is a Safety Consultant for Med-Tex Services. After spending over 30 years in the construction trades as a Local #1 Bricklayer, Estimator, Project Manager, and Safety Director, he entered the field of full-time safety with a great level of experience and knowledge. A dual authorized OSHA instructor for Construction and General industry, Joe conducts trainings in various subjects for workers in the construction and general industry fields. Due to his background, he also works with clients on Safety Committee Operations, conducts Job Site Audits, and reviews clients Safety Programs. He holds the CSHM certification from IHMM as a Certified Health and Safety Manager, and the Occupational Safety Professional Certification from OSHAcademy. He is also a Gulf War Veteran and a graduate of Temple University.


Website | www.med-texservices.com

The Best Defense Is a Good Defense - How to Structure Your Safety Program to Preserve Defenses to OSHA Citations

Michael Metz-Topodas, Esq | Partner | SAUL EWING ARNSTEIN & LEHR LLP

Session Description | An OSHA citation does not necessarily mean an employer actually violated a safety regulation. Often an employer can assert valid defenses that exonerate wrongful conduct and avert potential fines, which can reach well into the six figures. Successful defenses are made long before OSHA issues a citation and come from a well-developed safety program.

This presentation explains the measures safety program managers should take to position themselves better to take advantage of more common OSHA citation defenses. These measures involve policies, training, monitoring and record keeping. After a brief overview of the citation process, the presenter will summarize several effective defenses, then explain the safety program measures vital to each. In final the interactive portion, participants will hone their understanding by responding to hypothetical problems.

Speaker Bio | A construction litigator, Michael represents general contractors, subcontractors, owners, designers, and suppliers through all stages of private, public, and federal projects. He helps clients navigate construction project disputes, including delay and inefficiency claims, design and construction defects, unforeseen site conditions, project scope disputes, and payment claims. Michael also pursues mechanics liens, bond claims, and Miller Act claims. He drafts, reviews, and negotiates a range of construction and commercial contracts, including general contractor and subcontractor agreements, master service agreements, and supplier/vendor purchase orders.


Clients rely on him for real-time counseling to address business matters on ongoing projects, including contract disputes, compliance issues, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforcement and investigations. He helps his construction clients review existing safety policies and programs and design and implement new safety measures where needed. This work not only ensures employees a safe environment, but it also protects clients from liability. Over the past few years, he has guided companies through changing health and safety regulations. He has written and presented on issues such as OSHA’s Covid-19 policy changes, including emergency standards, and state and local shutdowns.


Michael’s practice includes all phases of litigation in both federal and state court, from pre-litigation counseling and case assessment to mediations and settlements, trials and arbitrations, and appeals. He has tried or arbitrated multiple cases as both first and second chair. Michael also has substantial experience in briefing and oral argument for substantive and procedural motions and in advising clients on eDiscovery issues.


Website | www.saul.com


LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-metz-topodas-03005352/

Workplace Emergency Preparedness | Conversations of Reality
Thomas Barnowski, MS | Director of Corporate and Public Safety Education | Northampton Community College

Session Description | The presentation will provide an interactive environment that will explore the challenges of workplace emergency preparedness. From fire and explosions, to tornados and weather-related incidents, to hazardous materials releases impacting worksites to active shooters and terrorist incidents, the ramifications and expectations will be discussed and explored as topics of awareness. As discussed, the incidents will reveal the associated emotions. The aspects of reality surrounding these incidents will be explored. Revelations will focus the concerns that total dependance on 911 external response may not yield the desired outcome. Methods to achieve a preparedness state of mind within a workplace readiness mindset will be affirmed as the ongoing tabletop that all have participated in throughout the presentation come to light.

Speaker Bio | Thomas Barnowski is the Director of Corporate and Public Safety Education at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA. During his twenty years with the College, Tom has written and delivered over 200 health and safety training programs. He is a PA State Fire Academy accredited fire/rescue suppression instructor and has served on a number of Commonwealth curriculum committees. Tom has been a firefighter for Bushkill Township, PA for over three decades and is currently serving as its municipal emergency management coordinator. He is an OSHA Outreach instructor trainer and is qualified to teach OSHA Education Center courses. His credentials include an AA in Emergency Services Technology from Northampton Community College, a BS in Public Safety Management from Franklin University, and a Master of Science in Safety, Security and Emergency Management from Eastern Kentucky University. Before joining the College, Tom owned and operated a contracting business for 26 years.


Website | https://www.northampton.edu/

Fundamentals of Realistic De-Escalation

Brian Curtis | Lieutenant | Mechanicsburg Police Department

Edward Curtis, MSW | Corporal | Lower Allen Township Police Department

Session Description | Focusing on a real world approach to communicating tactfully, promoting a professional image, building rapport, and reducing liability. Looking at ways to communicate and solve unreceptive situations before they erupt. This can be accomplished by effective communication, effecting behaviors of others, and understanding tactical communication.


Bio | Brian started with the police department in July 2001. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2008. Serves many roles within the police department, including presenter and trainer for many different areas of law enforcement. Currently serves as a CISM Team Member, member of the South Central Keystone Emergency Services Honor Guard, CIT officer, and a Negotiator with the Cumberland County SRT.


Website | www.mechanicsburgpolice.org


Bio | Corporal Curtis has been a police officer with Lower Allen Township Police Department for 19 years. He was promoted to Corporal in 2017 supervising a squad in the patrol division. As part of his duties, he has served as an investigator with Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, field training officer, and DARE/ TEAM officer and trainer. He has conducted numerous trainings in Active Intruder through ALICE and ALERRT. He is a crisis intervention trained officer and member of the Cumberland County Critical Incident Stress Management Team and Peer Support. He recently completed his Master of Social Work at Shippensburg University.


11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

1:00 - 1:15 PM

Lunch & GASE Awards | Chocolate Ballroom

Expo Hall | Great American Hall

1:15 - 2:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions B

Job Safety Analysis - A Strategic Approach

Steve McCarty, CSP, CIE | Loss Control Professional/Risk Solutions Consultant | TekSolv/McConkey Insurance & Benefits

Session Description | This presentation will help attendees understand what a Job Safety Analaysis (JSA) is, the benefits of performing JSAs, how to form a JSA team and and how to select job tasks for JSAs. The presentation will then review in detail a comprehensive JSA form that outlines various categories of potential hazards and various controls (elimination, substitution, engineering, administrative and PPE) to minimize or eliminate these hazards. To develop and apply JSA skills, we will then review video of two job tasks. With the first job task, the presenter will walk participants through a job task, identifying the the steps of the job, the associated hazards of each step, as well as current and/or potential different and/or additional control measures that would be appropriate and effective in minimizing or eliminating the hazard. In the second video, participants will identify the job steps, hazards and control measures on their own using a JSA form provided during the presentation.

Speaker Bio | Steve has been with TekSolv since 2021. He coordinates and provides Risk Control services for almost 90 captive members in 12 different captives. He also provides Risk Solutions consulting for McConkey Insurance & Benefits.


Steve spent seven years with a large insurance broker as a Senior Risk Control Consultant and eight years prior to that as a Senior Risk Control Consultant with a regional commercial insurance carrier specializing in workers' compensation. Earlier in his career, Steve was a safety engineer for a large manufacturing company. His specialty is ergonomics with a focus on client training, slip and fall assessments, OSHA compliance, and managing carrier risk control service plans. Steve has worked with a wide range of industries including manufacturing, health care, real estate, and the roofing industry.


Steve is a Certified Safety Professional and a Certified Industrial Ergonomist.


Website | www.teksolv.com and www.ekmcconkey.com/business-insurance/risk-solutions


Connect with Steve

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New Methods for Delivering Safety Information

Chris Martin | Atlas Marketing

Jon O'Brien | Executive Director | Keystone Contractors Association

Session Description | COVID has forced many safety professionals to seek new communications methods or vehicles to tell the safety story. The advent of the remote worker has also placed strains on the importance of safety on the job. In this presentation, audience members will learn of new methods for delivering safety information via social media, podcasts and traditional print magazines.

The co-presenters are industry leaders who created a Pennsylvania centric construction podcast in the early days of the COVID pandemic and have used the platform to share valuable information on multiple topics that impact the industry. Listen as they discuss creative ways of sharing stories, the impact planning has on distributing safety information and how social media has influenced younger generations. Additionally, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn how to creatively develop safety related stories to capture attention.

Bio Chris Martin | Chris has worked in the construction industry for over 25 years in various marketing, business development, and public relations positions. The first six years of his career were spent working for a general contractor and an engineering firm before shifting to the agency side and working with construction clients. While on the agency side, he has worked with government agency clients such as PENNDOT and the City of Pittsburgh. In addition, he has worked with contractors across the country and Pennsylvania to tell stories that range from projects and services to strategy and crisis management.


In 2008, Chris founded Atlas Marketing and began working with various labor organizations, including the Ironworkers, Boilermakers, Carpenters, and Steel Workers, along with the Keystone Contractors Association and the General Contractors Association of Pennsylvania. He has overseen these groups' recruitment campaigns, owner outreach efforts, digital communications, and internal communications projects. Currently, his firm is working on several workforce development programs for various clients throughout Pennsylvania.


Atlas Marketing tells stories for companies who build things in the aerospace, automotive, biotech, construction, food manufacturing, healthcare, industrial, and manufacturing industries. The agency utilizes its experience to simplify complex ideas through engaging stories.


Website |www.atlasstories.com


Connect with Chris on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


Bio | Jon O’Brien became the Executive Director of the Keystone Contractors Association on January 1, 2017. In this role, he oversees a commercial construction trade association that is active throughout most of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. KCA is renowned for providing labor relations, safety services, workforce development, business development, and community service in the construction industry. Additionally, he serves as the Executive Director of the General Contractors Association of PA, representing over a thousand construction companies in the legislative process. Mr. O'Brien is also a co-host of the Building PA Podcast. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and is also a Navy Veteran, serving his country from 1995 to 1999. Outside of work, Jon spends his time supporting his community in Dillsburg, PA, and he enjoys life with his lovely wife, three beautiful daughters, and two boxer dogs.


Cleaning Up Your Safety Culture - Six Critical Elements

Bill Paletski, PE, CSP | Senior EHS Consultant | East Coast Risk Management

Session Description | Safety Culture has many definitions, but understanding the core elements of what drives an establishment to have a positive safety culture is key. There are several critical elements that every positive safety culture has embedded in an organization. Whether you are a manufacturer, construction company, or a service establishment, these core elements are universal for a successful organization. The focus of this presentation is on these core elements for a course of action.

Speaker Bio | Bill is a Senior EHS Consultant at East Coast Risk Management, a trusted risk management consulting firm with offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee, Illinois, and North Carolina. He has over 37 years of experience in environmental, health and safety compliance and management. Bill has gained his expertise in all areas of workplace safety while working in manufacturing, private consulting, and County government. He holds degrees in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Pollution Control. Bill is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of PA and a Board Certified Safety Professional. He is also an OSHA Outreach Instructor for the ten and 30-hr courses in Construction and General Industry.


Connect with Bill on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Is a Safety Policy Really Necessary?

James Devine, Esq | Managing Partner, Lancaster | Cipriani & Werner, PC

Session Description | Employees are an employer's most important asset. While there are competing laws and regulations demanding a "safety first" culture and protocol, protecting that asset is critical to the integrity, viability and profitability of any business. Some employers have been slow to develop a "safety first" policy much less culture. They confuse policy and intent and do not recognize the value in a comprehensive safety plan to compliment an effective handbook and job descriptions. Many employers grapple with the cost of injury in the workplace but fail to address the best defense - safety first. This presentation will identify the need for a safety policy and protocol.

Speaker Bio | James F. Devine is a partner in the firm's Lancaster, PA, and Atlanta, GA offices. With almost 25 years of litigation experience, he concentrates his practice in employment law and workers' compensation matters. His broad range of experience includes handling cases involving the interplay between the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family, and Medical Leave Act, and employment law concerns surrounding discipline and discharge and drug and alcohol abuse. Mr. Devine also has extensive experience defending employers in EEOC and PHRC claims.

Connect with Jim on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Demystification of Multiple Gas Detectors for Confined Space Entry

James Leer, CSP, MS | Senior Loss Control Consultant | Penn National Insurance

Session Description | This program provides an overview of the terminology, selection, operation, application, validation of operation, and care/maintenance of multiple-gas detectors to assess confined spaces entry. In this session, we will discuss the following:

  • The essential foundations of a gas detection program- training/education, routine validation of operation, and care/maintenance.

  • Sensor technology operating principles, benefits, and limitations.

  • The importance of routine care/maintenance and validation of operation.

  • Training/education resources.

  • Basic terminology, chemistry, operation, and application techniques.

  • Instrument start-up and confined space remote sampling techniques and practices.

Speaker Bio | James Leer is a Senior Loss Consultant for Penn National Insurance Company. His safety experience expands 30 years with fire safety in municipal code enforcement, volunteer fire service, and insurance loss control. His interest in fire safety started when he joined the volunteer fire service at 16. His education in safety continued when he attended the Community College of Allegheny County, earning a A.S. Degree in Fire Science and Administration. He advanced his education, earning a B.S. Degree in Safety and Environmental Management through Slippery Rock University and an M.S. in Safety Science-Technical through the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Safety Professional. He has been a Pennsylvania State Fire Instructor for over 25 years, obtaining certifications as a Fire Officer III, Instructor II, Fire Inspector II, Hazardous Material Technician, Hazardous Materials Incident Commander, and Vehicle Rescue Technician.


Website |www.pennnationalinsurance.com

Developing Accountable Safety Leaders
Patrick Nelson | CEO | Loyalty Point Leadership

An interactive, practical, and inspirational growth experience to help participants build strong cultures of forward-looking accountability.

This breakout is not your average breakout – it’s an experience that takes participants on an engaging journey that builds off of Patrick's keynote, "What's Your Safety Story: How to make safety personal with front-line employees." As an “accidental leader,” Patrick seamlessly shares his inspirational stories and brings the content to life to help participants develop skills and behaviors to lead through influence, not their title or position. Participants will get practical tips centered around developing forward-looking accountability in themselves and others and leave with an action plan they can implement immediately.


Speaker Bio | Patrick has gained local and national accolades for his military service, academic career, and work as a professional speaker and trainer, including being named the inaugural NFL-Tillman Military Scholar. He is an experienced leader that spent nearly seven years in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper and completed three combat deployments leading soldiers. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart Medal. Patrick is an engaging facilitator who has led leadership development programs for a variety of clients, from Fortune 500 clients to small businesses and across a variety of industries. Off the proverbial leadership field, he serves his community by actively volunteering with Tee It Up for the Troops, a non-profit organization that raises money for wounded veterans. Patrick studied at Minnesota State University and received a Bachelor’s Degree graduating Magna Cum Laude. He also has a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from Minnesota State and a Masters in Organization Development from Pepperdine University.


Website | www.loyaltypointleadership.com


Connect with Patrick on LinkedIn.

Fundamentals of Realistic De-Escalation

Brian Curtis | Lieutenant | Mechanicsburg Police Department

Edward Curtis, MSW | Corporal | Lower Allen Township Police Department

Session Description | Focusing on a real world approach to communicating tactfully, promoting a professional image, building rapport, and reducing liability. Looking at ways to communicate and solve unreceptive situations before they erupt. This can be accomplished by effective communication, effecting behaviors of others, and understanding tactical communication.


Bio | Brian started with the police department in July 2001. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2008. Serves many roles within the police department, including presenter and trainer for many different areas of law enforcement. Currently serves as a CISM Team Member, member of the South Central Keystone Emergency Services Honor Guard, CIT officer, and a Negotiator with the Cumberland County SRT.


Website | www.mechanicsburgpolice.org


Bio | Corporal Curtis has been a police officer with Lower Allen Township Police Department for 19 years. He was promoted to Corporal in 2017 supervising a squad in the patrol division. As part of his duties, he has served as an investigator with Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, field training officer, and DARE/ TEAM officer and trainer. He has conducted numerous trainings in Active Intruder through ALICE and ALERRT. He is a crisis intervention trained officer and member of the Cumberland County Critical Incident Stress Management Team and Peer Support. He recently completed his Master of Social Work at Shippensburg University.


2:30 - 2:45 PM

Expo Hall & Beverage Break | Great American Hall

2:45 - 4:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions C

Best Practices in Building a Team Culture to Achieve Safety Excellence

Facilitator: Bill McEnroe - Monroe Energy, Director - Health, Safety & Security Leader


Ben Ditson | ABMECH Acquisitions, LLC – 2020 GASE Winner

Todd Fenton | G. R. Noto Electrical Construction - 2016 and 2022 GASE Winner

Bob Hall | G. R. Noto Electrical Construction - 2016 and 2022 GASE Winner

Brian McTiernan | Monroe Energy

Mark Petrillo | Monroe Energy

Session Description | The intent is to have a conversation with GOSH Award Winners where they can share their perspectives on how each team addressed cultural challenges, aligned their safety principles/values, and achieved high employee safety engagement and ownership, leading to a culture of safety excellence.

Speaker Bio | Prior to joining Monroe Energy, Bill was Director of Safety, Health, Environment, & Security for Cristal and its predecessor companies of Lyondell and Millennium Chemicals, where he led the global HSES programs to excellence in the chemical, petrochemical, and mining industries. His focus is on driving change by enabling people, building systems, and working with the mosaic of cultures to build sustainable change and deliver results.

Earlier in his career, he was Director of Safety at AmeriGas Partners, L.P., and had numerous operational and corporate management roles with E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.

Bill earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Sciences from Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s Degree in Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental Engineering from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.

Speaker Bio | After several years in the self-employed world, I came to refining with Conoco Phillips in 2007. I began my career working in the alkylation unit and the FCC as a represented employee with the USW.

Joining the emergency response team in 2007, I found great love and appreciation for the safety side of things. When an opportunity arose to become a member of the Emergency Response Team full-time, I quickly jumped in.

Six years later, I found yet another home in the Health Safety and Environment Team as a Field Safety Coordinator. In this capacity, I’ve become a salaried employee. Thus, understanding how the labor and managerial sides can come together as one, I feel I have a lot to offer the employees of Monroe Energy.



Falls in Construction - A Data-Driven Exploration of Trends and Underlying Causes
Grace Barlet, MPH | Research Analyst | CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training

William Harris, MS | Research Assistant | CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training

Session Description | Falls continue to be the leading cause of death in the construction industry despite existing regulation and efforts to increase use of fall protection and fall prevention solutions. In 2020, there were 353 fatal falls to a lower level, accounting for over a third of all construction fatalities, and over 11,000 additional non-fatal injuries resulting in days away from work. CPWR ‒ The Center for Construction Research and Training's Data Center and Research to Practice (r2p) teams examine and address the continued danger falls present through surveillance data analyses, the first fall experience survey which will be highlighted in this presentation, and the development and dissemination of educational materials and other resources. We will begin by showcasing results from recent analyses examining falls along with associated Data Center resources. Next, we will discuss findings from the fall experience survey, a 32-question online survey developed by CPWR with input from the ANSI Z359 National Work at Heights Task Force, the NORA Construction Sector Council Falls Work Group, and other partners. Out of 671 respondents, 74% had been involved in, witnessed, or investigated a fall incident. When reporting on those incidents, respondents indicated that a lack of adequate planning was a key underlying cause of falls. Insufficient planning was also found to be associated with a lower likelihood of using fall protection. We will present on these and additional survey findings on the underlying causes of falls, likelihood of using fall protection, and attitudes or beliefs, and will share free fall prevention resources.


Speaker Bio | Grace Barlet, MPH, is a Research Analyst at CPWR ‒ The Center for Construction Research and Training, where she is part of the Research to Practice (r2p) team. At CPWR, she conducts research on the hazards construction workers face on the job and develops translational products for contractors, workers, and other stakeholders based on research findings. Prior to joining CPWR, Grace worked as the Epidemiologist/Data Manager for the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, where her primary role was to analyze data for a research study examining the risk of injury, illness, and mortality among railroad workers. She received her MPH in Environmental Health Sciences from the Yale School of Public Health.

Speaker Bio | William Harris, M.S., is a Research Assistant at CPWR ‒ The Center for Construction Research and Training, where he is a part of the Data Center team. He assists in many different analyses of large surveillance datasets used in the Data Center’s bimonthly Data Bulletins and Data Dashboards. Before joining CPWR, he completed his Master’s in Demography from Florida State University. Throughout his undergraduate and graduate studies, he would work breaks as a helper in the construction trades, performing drywall repair and installation work alongside his brother and other employees. William’s personal experience and familial ties to the construction industry are what drives his interest in continuing to improve safety and health outcomes for all workers in the industry.


Website |www.cpwr.com

Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/CPWR.COSH

Diversity and Inclusion

Juan Mayo, ASC | Health & Safety Specialist | PA Dept. of Labor & Industry

Dara DeRoiste | Health & Safety Specialist | PA Dept. of Labor & Industry

Session Description | Diversity in the Workplace refers to the concept of employing people from a diverse range of different cultural backgrounds and socio-economic classes to get as many different views on your company as possible. Companies with a diverse workforce make better decisions faster and achieve greater profits. This presentation will focus on the values and benefits of diversity in the workplace.

Speaker Bio | As a Training Specialist for the Health and Safety Division of the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation, Juan Mayo is responsible for developing and conducting a wide and varied range of educational safety-related courses for the general public and various members of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Comp regulated community.


Juan is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant and Navy veteran. He has twelve years of experience as a health and safety professional and over twenty years of experience in the Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration field.


Juan has an Advanced Safety Certificate from the National Safety Council, is an American Red Cross instructor for First Aid/CPR/AED certification, and is an OSHA Authorized General Industry Outreach Trainer.


Speaker Bio Dara DeRoiste | Dara DeRoiste (De-ROW-shhh-tah) is a Training Specialist for the Department of Labor and Industry’s Bureau of Worker’s Compensation (BWC) in the Health and Safety Division. Dara works on the development, evaluation, and delivery of health and safety-based educational courses.


Website | www.dli.pa.gov

Creating Effective Interactive Safety Training
Christy Bliss | Director of Operations | Chesapeake Region Safety Council & Mid Atlantic OTIEC

Session Description | Learning is enhanced when participants are actively involved. This presentation will focus on creating safety training that engages participants using different modalities of interactive training.

Using the ADDIE model, we will help attendees determine which activity to use, when to implement that activity, and how best to implement that activity to maximize the effectiveness of their safety topic. In addition, we will share suggestions on how to transition these in-person interactive activities into activities that can be used during a Virtual Instructor Lead Training. Practical interactive activities and suggestions will be shared, and attendees will learn how to integrate these interactive activities effectively into their safety training.

Speaker Bio | Christy Bliss is the Director of Operations with the Chesapeake Region Safety Council and the Mid Atlantic OSHA Training Institute Education Center (MAOTIEC). Christy’s role as Director of Operations began in 2020. Before that, she was program manager of MAOTIEC at NCC, a consortium partner in the MAOTIEC with the Chesapeake Region Safety Council. Christy became the program manager at NCC in 2017 and was also an instructor for NCC for both credit and non-credit courses. In addition, Christy has been a qualified instructor for the MAOTIEC and an Authorized OSHA Outreach Instructor in General Industry since 2016. As a trainer, consultant, and sales representative, Christy has been in the occupational safety, health, and environmental industry for the past 14 years. Christy’s education includes a BS in Elementary Education from Bucknell University and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University.


Website | www.oshamidatlantic.org

Toxic CO2 Exposures - The Unacceptable Risk

Fred Straub, PhD, MS, CSP, ARM | Owner | Prospering Safely: Safety & Risk Management Services

Session Description | What does the local microbrewery down the street have in common with underground confined spaces, landfills, slaughterhouses and fire extinguishing systems? Answer: Potentially dangerous carbon dioxide exposures. Key takeaways from this session include:

•Carbon dioxide is often misunderstood as being a simple asphyxiant when, in reality, it is a potent toxic substance of significance.

•Deadly levels of toxic carbon dioxide at nearly twice the immediately dangerous to life or health level can still present adequate oxygen concentrations—a hazard of high risk not detected by most atmospheric sampling meters.

•Overexposure to carbon dioxide is a common problem in U.S. workplaces, as many employers, chemical suppliers and regulatory agencies remain unaware of the risk.

•The risk from carbon dioxide may be significantly reduced by implementing a carbon dioxide exposure control program.

Speaker Bio | Fred Straub, Ph.D., MS, CSP, ARM is the owner and principal consultant of Prospering Safely in Millersville, Pennsylvania for over 25 years. Dr. Straub has over thirty years of practical safety and health experience. He received his Doctorate, Masters, and Undergraduate degrees in Safety Sciences from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He holds professional designations as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and as an Associate in Risk Management (ARM). Dr. Straub was authorized by OSHA as an Instructor for their 10-hour and 30-hour training courses in General Industry and Construction Safety and Health for over twenty years. He is also a former Adjunct Professor at the Millersville University Occupational Safety & Hygiene Management (OSHM) Program.


Website | www.prosperingsafely.com

2022 Refresher on Tier II & Environmental Health and Safety Compliance
Susan Burkett, CSP | Principal of eCAP Services | August Mack Environmental, Inc.

Session Description | This workshop will explain the history of EPCRA and give an overview of Tier II reporting. We will discuss facilities that fall subject to Tier II reporting, submission requirements, reporting exemptions, and more. If this regulation applies to your facility, or you have an inkling that it does, please join us as we explore Tier II reports. Touch on a series of regulations that prevent contamination of the environment that we and our family and friends live in (PMS Audits, PFOA, Load Water safety).

Speaker Bio | Susan serves as the Principal of eCAP Services. She has over 29 years of environmental and health and safety consulting experience, focusing primarily on industrial and manufacturing clients. She has extensive experience conducting regulatory compliance inspections and audits and routinely assists clients with the development and implementation of Environmental Management Systems (EMS) in accordance with the ISO 14001 standard. She has prepared and negotiated environmental permits and prepared compliance reports for clients in 20 states. Susan provides technical expertise for each August Mack eCAP© facility, covering over 130 regulated sites. She is also responsible for staff development and technical training of August Mack staff.


Website | www.augustmack.com

Facebook | LinkedIn

Scaffolding Safety - Everything you wanted to know about working safely on scaffolds but were afraid to ask.

Mike Ryan, QSSP, CSMP | National Sales Manager | HazTek Safety Management, Inc.

Session Description | Real-world safety considerations when working on scaffolds. You will leave this session with a greater understanding of:

  • Scaffold user safety.

  • Proper fall protection on scaffold.

  • Falling object protection.

  • Other lessons learned.

Speaker Bio | Mike Ryan, National Sales Manager for HazTek Safety Management, Inc., brings over 20 years of construction safety experience with expertise in scaffolds. Mike is a Certified Safety Management Practitioner through ISHM. His scaffold training includes Competent Person and Train the Trainer through the Scaffold Training Institute. In addition, he is certified as a Competent Person for Fall Protection Inspection. As a Scaffolding Subject Matter Expert, Mike is a valuable resource for General Contractors, Managers, and those working in Construction and General Industry. His presentation will encompass Scaffold User Training, Scaffold Competent Builder Training, Proper Techniques for Building Scaffolds, Hazards Associated with Scaffold Erection, Use and Dismantling, Scaffold Design and Calculating Scaffold Loads, Scaffold Material Inspection Proper Fall Protection for Scaffold, Proper Anchor Points for Working on Scaffold, OSHA and ANSI Standards. Mike will be demonstrating with a live Scaffold presentation.


Website | www.haztekinc.com


Connect with Mike on LinkedIn.

4:00 -4:15 PM


Expo Hall & Beverage Break | Great American Hall

4:15 - 5:15 PM

General Session

OSHA Updates
James Frederick | Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health | U.S. Department of Labor

Session Description | Coming Soon

Speaker Bio | Jim Frederick has three decades of experience providing occupational health and safety leadership to North American labor unions as an advocate and a resource to workers, their employers and regulatory agencies. Mr. Frederick spent twenty-five years in the Health, Safety and Environment Department of the United Steelworkers Union (USW), serving as Assistant Director and Principal Investigator until 2019. In that role, he provided technical guidance to the USW and other unions on matters pertaining to occupational health, safety, and the environment. Mr. Frederick worked closely with the USW’s management counterparts and organizations around the world on a wide range of projects to improve workplace health and safety.

Mr. Frederick earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health (Industrial Hygiene) from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Environmental Health and Safety Management from Rochester Institute of Technology. Throughout his career, he has served on a number of safety and health groups including: the NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselor; the ANSI Z10 standard committee; the US committee that contributed to the ISO 45001 standard; the NIOSH NORA Traumatic Injury Prevention Council; the NIEHS Worker Training Program National Clearinghouse Advisory Committee; and the OSHA Metal Working Fluids Standard Advisory Committee.

5:15 - 7:15 PM

Expo Hall & Welcome Reception | Great American Hall

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

7:00 AM - 12:30 PM

7:00 - 8:00 AM

7:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Registration | Great Lobby

Continental Breakfast | Great American Hall

Expo Hall | Great American Hall

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Keynote

Influencing Safety - Creating a Culture of Engagement
Speaker - Garrison Wynn, CSP | CEO | Wynn Solutions
Tuesday, November 1 @ 8:00 - 9:00 AM

Whether you are trying to reduce your number of recordables or prevent a good safety record from creating complacency, this keynote will have you laughing, learning, and motivated to create a culture of safety while maintaining productivity.

This program focuses on developing the personal influence to make things stick, whether you're helping leaders move change through their locations, dealing with employee engagement issues, or getting workers to look out for each other on the job site.

Bio | With talents that established him as a Fortune 500 leader and professional stand-up comedian, Garrison Wynn, CSP, fuses comic timing and research to show how anyone can help create a culture of safety. He is authentic – a guy who's been there. Wynn is a chemical plant explosion survivor and bestselling author featured in Forbes and Inc. magazines.

For 25 years, he has given keynote presentations to clients such as ExxonMobil, Walmart, Caterpillar, Bechtel, US Space, Missile Defense Command, the National Safety Council, the NFL, and NASA. In his teens, he helped debut the world’s first video console gaming system (Odyssey). As a young man, Wynn spent six years touring comedy clubs with the top names in the business before creating industrial safety products still being sold in 30 countries.

9:00 - 9:15 AM

Expo Hall & Beverage Break | Great American Hall

9:15 - 10:45 AM

Concurrent Sessions D

Career Paths for Safety Professionals

Paul Allen, CIH, CSP, ARM, CRIS, AOEE | Consulting Director - Industrial Hygiene | CNA Insurance

Michael Baltrusaitis, CHMM, CSP | Sr. Health & Safety Professional | Pennoni Associates

Betty-Jo Bowers, PhD, MBA, CSP | Associate Professor | Millersville University

Amy Fasano, PhD, MPH, CHES | Instructor | Indiana University of PA

Samantha Hackney, GSP | EHS Specialist | Armstrong World Industries

Cindy Medford, CSP | Assistant Professor | Slippery Rock University
Damon Morris, GSP | Loss Control Consultant | Donegal Insurance Group

Session Description | This will be a panel discussion with representatives from three Occupational Safety Degree Programs - Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Millersville University, and Slippery Rock University. Each university plans to have at least one recent graduate join them on the panel to share their early career experiences. This program will discuss the career paths that safety professionals have taken at the start of their careers and as they evolve. The program will also discuss the importance of networking, effective networking strategies, and how that can influence and impact career opportunities.

Speaker Bio| Paul Allen is the Risk Control Product Consulting Director for Industrial Hygiene at CNA Insurance. In this role, he is responsible for leading and advancing the Industrial Hygiene services provided by CNA's Risk Control staff. A safety professional with over 30 years of experience, Paul holds a BS in Occupational Safety & Hygiene Management from Millersville University and the Associate in Risk Management designation. Paul is also a Certified Industrial Hygienist, a Certified Safety Professional, an Accredited Office Ergonomics Evaluator, and a Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist. He is a professional member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and the current chair of the American Industrial Hygiene Association's (AIHA) Protective Clothing and Equipment Committee.

Speaker Bio| Mike Baltrusaitis is a Sr. Health and Safety Professional with Pennoni. With over 20 years of experience, Mike provides management and technical services in various areas of environmental health, occupational safety, and toxic materials control for clientele in all major business sectors. In addition to site surveys, assessments, and consulting, Mike also develops and instructs in many EHS training programs.

Website | www.pennoni.com

Connect with Mike on LinkedIn.

Speaker Bio | Dr. Betty-Jo Bowers earned a Ph.D. in Leadership in December 2016 from Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania. She earned a master of business administration, a bachelor of science in environmental engineering technology from Penn State University, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in medical studies from Drexel University. Dr. Bowers has over 15 years of industry experience in environmental, health, and safety engineering and management positions at Johnson & Johnson, Cargill, Fairchild Semiconductor, and World Resources Company. She also taught business, leadership, and math courses as an adjunct faculty member at Lycoming College, McCann School of Business and Technology, and Alvernia University.

Speaker Bio | Amy Fasano started her career conducting environmental compliance management for a major automotive service industry. Her safety management career included positions in the electronic shielding component industry, a manufacturer of industrial brushes, and an international foundry operation. Dr. Fasano also managed her own consulting company to help businesses meet safety and health compliance needs.

Dr. Fasano joined the Millersville University faculty and has been teaching as a part-time instructor in the Occupational Safety and Environmental Health program since 2013. She teaches the Introduction to Occupational Safety and Environmental Health, the Legal Aspects of Safety and Environmental Health, and the Industrial Fire Prevention and Protection courses. She supervises students during their internship semester. Dr. Fasano recently joined the faculty at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and PennWest (CalU) for the Fall 2022 semester.

Dr. Fasano is a graduate of the Safety Sciences Doctoral program at IUP and holds her Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) designation. She obtained her Master of Public Health, Community Health Education degree from East Stroudsburg University (ESU) and is a graduate of Millersville University's Occupational Safety and Hygiene Management program. Dr. Fasano is an authorized instructor for OSHA 10- and 30-hour for General Industry and Construction.

Amy is completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training and is president of the League of Women Voters of Lancaster County.

Speaker Bio | I graduated from Millersville University, in 2021, with a BS in Occupational Safety and Environmental Health and a minor in Environmental Hazards and Emergency Management. During my time at Millersville, I was an active leader of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Student Chapter and the Fire Safety Lab Assistant. In addition, I interned at the University of Pennsylvania and SPS Technologies during my schooling. Also, I was honored to receive numerous awards/grants from ASSP, NIOSH, BCSP, and Millersville University. I have been working at Armstrong World Industries as an EHS specialist for the past year and a half.

Speaker Bio | Cindy Medford has been a CSP since 1994 and an Assistant Professor in the Safety Management Department at Slippery Rock University since August 2019. Her work experience spans several industries, including Insurance Loss Control with Continental Insurance, Transportation with Federal Express and Ryder Truck Rental/Budget Systems, Inc., Manufacturing with Pepsi Bottling Group, Government with the City of Paducah, KY, and higher education with Murray State University.

Ms. Medford is an authorized instructor for OSHA 10- and 30-hour for General Industry and an ABET/ANSAC Safety Program Evaluator. In addition, she serves on several committees, including ASSP Student Section Advisor and the University Assessment Committee.

Ms. Medford's undergraduate degree is in Occupational Safety and Health from Murray State University, and her master's is in Organizational Management. She is completing her Ph.D. in Safety Sciences at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with her doctoral dissertation entitled "An Investigation of Worker Safety Perceptions and Influencing Factors on Marijuana Use."

Speaker Bio | Damon is currently a Loss Control Consultant with Donegal Insurance Group. He received his Safety Management Degree from Slippery Rock University in May 2020. Where he also minored in Leadership. While completing his studies at Slippery Rock, Damon held several positions within the university and out in the field, including student section President for the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP). Before becoming President, Damon held an executive board position as Vice-President where he led research and community service for the student section. Through these efforts, Damon’s ASSP student section was awarded third place for the Outstanding Student Section Award. Outside school, Damon was Campus Ambassador and a certified trainer for Before It’s Too Late LLC. This LLC is set up to train students and employees in CPR/ First-Aid/AED.

Minimizing Aches and Pains through Early Symptom Intervention

Ashley Maurer, MOT, OTR/L | Regional Manager of Workstrategies | Select Medical

Rob Rice | Health, Safety & Env. Site Leader | R.H. Sheppard, Inc.

Session Description | As many employers are reviewing and looking for ways to improve their Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable numbers, DART rates and Workers' Compensation costs, Early Symptom Intervention (ESI) programs can create positive changes in these key statistics and in the overall well-being and productivity of workers. ESI programs employ licensed/certified health care professionals to provide assessment and first aid care for workers in the early stages of soreness and discomfort, which if not appropriately managed, could result in more serious injury. Examples of these include musculoskeletal sprains, strains, tendonitis contusions, and abrasions. With early intervention, a health care professional may be able to prevent a "soreness" from becoming a recordable injury per OSHA guidelines. An effective ESI program reduces the number of OSHA recordable injuries, improves DART rates and decreases Workers' Compensation costs in a number of ways:

• Decreases trips to an off-site physician or emergency room. Because the employee does not have to travel off-site for care, transportation costs, replacement wages to cover time away from work for appointments, and the elevated costs that can be associated with a physician office visit are avoided.

• Increases ability to monitor employees' symptoms. Job coaching right in the employee's work area can provide valuable input for symptom reduction with possible changes to work flow, first aid intervention, guidance for intermittent stretching or other ergonomic modifications.

• Improves employee morale. Establishing an ESI program is viewed as an employee-friendly initiative. It conveys the message that the company wants to provide professional and convenient services to help alleviate workers' discomfort.

• Creates opportunities for future preventative care. Employees who successfully complete care in an ESI program tend to establish a positive relationship with ESI program staff. This rapport increases the likelihood that the employee will seek out ESI staff for general health advice or early symptom intervention services in the future.

ESI programs can be tailored to meet the needs of any size or type of employer. Having qualified health care professionals available to address little pains before they become big problems benefits both employers and employees.

Speaker Bio | Ashley Maurer is a Regional Manager of WorkStrategies® at Select Medical's outpatient rehabilitation division (NovaCare Rehabilitation, Select Physical Therapy and Kessler Rehabilitation). Ashley is a graduate of West Virginia University and is a board-certified, licensed Occupational Therapist. Her current focus is identifying safety initiatives with employers and helping to implement cost savings solutions. Ashley is a peer review/utilization review specialist, educator, and ergonomic expert.


Website | www.selectmedical.com/outpatient/work-strategies--work-health/


Speaker Bio |Rob Rice is currently the Health, Safety and Environmental Site Leader at R.H. Sheppard, Inc. In his 25 years of experience, Rob has held a variety of roles at consulting firms and manufacturing industries, including Daimler-Chrysler, Nestle and Knorr-Bremse.


Website | www.rh-sheppard.com

Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

James Rochester, MD, FAAFP | Medical Director | Worknet Occupational Medicine

Session Description | Presentation and discussion on the issues affecting employers regarding medical marijuana in the workplace.

Speaker Bio | For the last 18 years, Dr. Rochester has been the Medical Director for Worknet Occupational Medicine in their Lancaster and Ephrata, PA offices treating various work-related injuries. He completed his undergraduate studies in Biology and Chemistry at West Chester University, Cardiovascular Research Internship, Dept. of Physiology at Thomas Jefferson University, Medical Doctorate at Temple University School of Medicine on a military scholarship, and residency in Family and Community Medicine at Lancaster General Hospital. He completed Fellowship Training in Sports Medicine and Obstetrics at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Rochester served 18 years in the USAF as a Paramedic and Medical Officer. His last assignment was as Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences Medical School in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Rochester is a frequent lecturer on Occupational Medicine topics in the Central PA region.


Website | www.WorknetOccupationalMedicine.com

Willin' but Weak - Truckers' Hearts and Fitness to Drive | FMCSA Cardiovascular Fitness for Duty Criteria

Richard Donze, DO, MPH | Medical Director | The Occupational Health Center and Travel Medicine Program of Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital

Session Description | The presentation will describe the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) cardiovascular fitness to work/drive criteria that physicians and other FMCSA certified medical examiners utilize to determine whether or not drivers are medically qualified to operate commercial motor vehicles when they have certain cardiac diagnoses and treatment regimens and/or following specific cardiac events and/or procedures. Using case studies, Dr. Donze will illuminate the nuances and gray areas that frequently challenge examiners and cardiologists making difficult decisions about drivers’ fitness, attempting to balance public health obligations to optimize safety while trying not to unnecessarily jeopardize any given individual’s livelihood.

You will leave this session understanding:

  • The general occupational medicine approach to establishing fitness for duty.

  • The most common cardiovascular conditions and procedures that may impact fitness to drive.

  • The two primary mechanisms by which certain cardiovascular conditions may impact fitness to drive.

Speaker Bio | Dr. Richard Donze is the Medical Director of Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital's Occupational Health Center and Travel Medicine Program, and formerly the Hospital's Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs. In his Occupational Medicine role, Dr. Donze helps direct a program that provides business-related health services to over 900 companies in the Chester County region, in addition to being a direct patient care provider. Dr. Donze is a certified Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration examiner, and board certified in Preventive/Occupational Medicine and Family Medicine. He is also a published medical poet and essayist, and has spoken and presented regionally and nationally on topics in Preventive and Occupational Medicine and hospital administration.

Website | https://www.chestercountyhospital.org/services-and-treatments/occupational-health-center

Talk Saves Lives'

Robert Granzow, MS | AFSP Eastern PA Chapter Board Member | American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Session Description | This one-hour educational experience provides participants with a clear understanding of common risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide. It further includes (1) the latest data on suicide in the U.S. and worldwide,(2) information from research on what causes people to consider suicide, as well as health, historical, and environmental factors that put individuals at risk, (3) an understanding of the protective factors that lower suicide risk, (4) strategies for managing mental health and being proactive about self-care, and (5) guidance on warning signs and how to get help for someone in a suicidal crisis.

Speaker Bio | Robert Granzow, MS serves as a board member with the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Mr. Granzow’s will be presenting the AFSP program, ‘Talk Saves Lives’. This one-hour educational experience provides participants with a clear understanding of common risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide. It further includes (1) the latest data on suicide in the U.S. and worldwide, (2) information from research on what causes people to consider suicide, as well as health, historical, and environmental factors that put individuals at risk, (3) an understanding of the protective factors that lower suicide risk, (4) strategies for managing mental health and being proactive about self-care, and (5) guidance on warning signs and how to get help for someone in a suicidal crisis

Mr. Granzow holds a graduate certificate in forensic medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, a master’s degree from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, a baccalaureate degree from York College of Pennsylvania, and he has completed executive leadership programs at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Boston University’s School of Management, Georgetown University, and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, California.

Mr. Granzow served honorably with the United States Naval Reserves and the Pennsylvania National Guard, and he is an active volunteer with the Pennsylvania Medical Reserve Corps.

Website | https://afsp.org/chapter/eastern-pennsylvania

Armada Greencastle Quest for SHARP Achievement
Scott DeMarco | Quality Systems Manager
Dave Yanoschick, CSP | SHARP/ Outreach Coordinator | IUP/PA OSHA Consultation

Daniel Larson, MS, CIH | Health and Safety Consultant | IUP/PA OSHA Consultation

Session Description | Armada Greencastle's quest for SHARP achievement was accomplished through collaboration with an IUP/PA OSHA Consultation, Zenith workers compensation company, Armada safety committee certification, Armada management and most importantly Armada Greencastle's warehouse associates.

The presentation will discuss the following:

  • Armada's management support & commitment

  • Unsafe behaviors program

  • Safety observation program

  • Job safety hazard analysis

  • Collaboration with material handing equipment company on improving safety

  • Weekly verification checklist

  • Monthly site inspections

  • Monthly safety call on sharing best practices

  • Shift meeting safety topics

  • New employee training program and annual employee training

  • Testing and forklift observations on all equipment

  • Safe lifting training, LOTO, crisis management, rIght to know SDS

  • Rack inspection program

  • Unannounced safety audits

  • Continuous improvement

  • Safety committee participation

Speaker Bio |Scott DeMarco graduated from Plum Borough High School about 15 minutes outside Pittsburgh and then graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in food and nutrition. Scott started working in 1999 at a food manufacturing plant in Arnold, Pennsylvania as a Quality Assurance technician, monitoring both food safety and employee safety. Scott was promoted to packaging manager overseeing the operations and employee safety of approximately 22 employees. Scott was promoted again to project manager, where he managed labor relations, scheduling, and employee safety. He worked closely with union representatives on improving working conditions. Scott began work at Armada Supply Chain Solutions in 2010 as the Quality Systems Manager and managed three facilities' employee safety, food safety, and environmental programs. One of those facilities is the Armada Warehouse Solutions, Hub center warehouse in Greencastle, Pennsylvania. Scott has worked to achieve ISO 14001 certification and SQF certification, below industry average incident rates, and the facility has most recently achieved SHARP in 2021.


Armada - www.armada.net/


Speaker Bio | David Yanoschick is the SHARP/Outreach Coordinator for the IUP/PA OSHA Consultation Program. Dave is a certified safety professional (CSP) who earned a Bachelor of Science in Safety Sciences from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Prior to working for the PA/OSHA Consultation Program at IUP in 2012, Mr. Yanoschick served as a senior health and safety professional for Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Corporation (CWFC), located in Cheswick, PA.


Speaker Bio | Mr. Daniel Larson is a health and safety consultant for the PA OSHA Consultation Program located at the Indiana University of PA. Dan is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) with over 30 years of experience, including 8 years as an industrial hygienist in the federal government and over 20 years managing private consulting offices. Dan has a bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Tennessee and a Masters degree in Safety and Industrial Hygiene from West Virginia University. He became a part of the PA OSHA Consultation program in 2019.


Website |www.iup.edu/pa-oshaconsultation

Active Shooter

Angela Grube | Trooper | Pennsylvania State Police

Session Description | The Active Shooter Presentation is based on the Run, Hide, Fight method. This method is adopted by most law enforcement across the country. In this presentation, we will look at statistics with active shooters and test our observation skills. We will go over what to look for to potentially prevent an active shooter situation. Should you ever find yourself in an active shooter situation we will present the run, hide, fight method which can be utilized. We will break down each step of the method and give tips on how to handle suspicious activities.

Speaker Bio | Trooper Angela Grube grew up in Schuylkill County in the small town of Orwigsburg. She attended Elizabethtown College and graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After graduation, she attended the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. Upon completion of the PSP Academy, she was stationed at the Chambersburg Station in the patrol section. In October of 2021, Trooper Grube received a full-time position as the Troop H Community Service Officer and transferred to the Harrisburg Station. As the Community Service Officer for Troop H, Trooper Grube covers Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, Dauphin, and Perry counties.

10:45 - 11:00 AM

Expo Hall| Great American Hall

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions E

Managing Subcontractor Safety - How General Contractors Can Mitigate Their Risk
Moderator - Darren Rech, CSP, MBA | Alexander Building Construction
Speakers

Brent Gates, CSP | Risk Manager | Strickler Agency, Inc.

Michael Metz-Topodas, Esq | Partner | Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Don Tracy, CSP | Quandel Enterprises

Kyle Walsh | Safety Manager | Houck

Session Description | All stakeholders on a construction project take responsibility for worker safety, but commonly general contractors have the burden of ensuring all aspects of project work meet safety requirements so that everyone “goes home safe.” Such a unique role demands both a deep understanding of project safety requirements and obligations and the care and attention to implement that understanding in day-to-day project work. Managing subcontractors in a successful safety program requires understanding each contractor’s role on the project, assessing each contractor’s safety qualifications, communicating safety requirements to all project contractors, ensuring compliance with contractual and regulatory responsibilities, and addressing safety issues consistently and effectively. This panel presentation and discussion brings together safety managers, trade association leaders, and legal counsel to explore all these topics in greater depth so general contractors and subcontractors alike can develop and follow more successful worksite safety programs.

Learning Objective | By the end of this seminar, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the different construction project stakeholders, describe their functions on the project, and explain their connection to overall project safety.

  • Use contractors’ safety metrics (such as EMR, TRIR, and DART), safety records (such as the 300 Log), and safety program features (such as training and enforcement) to assess contactors’ safety qualifications.

  • Implement strategies for communicating project safety requirements to all project participants, including daily safety issues.

  • Identify and comply with contractual and regulatory responsibilities for project safety.

  • Use different strategies to address project safety issues, including correcting potential hazards and enforcing safety policy violations.


Moderator Bio | Darren is currently the Safety Director for Alexander Building Construction (A Butz Family Company), in Harrisburg, PA. Board Certified Safety Professional (CSP) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Safety Science from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and over 30 years of diverse experience in leadership roles in healthcare, construction, manufacturing, insurance, consulting, and mining. An OSHA-authorized 10-hour & 30-hour trainer for Construction.


Website| www.alexanderbuilding.com

Speaker Bio | Brent Gates, CSP is the Risk Manager for Strickler Agency, Inc., with locations in Carlisle and Chambersburg, PA. He graduated from Millersville University with a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and Environmental Health. After completing internships in the construction, manufacturing, and insurance industries, Brent became a risk control consultant for a national insurance carrier, providing risk control consultation services to insured and contracted clients. About five years later, Brent was hired by Strickler Agency, Inc. in order to create and develop a risk management platform on the agency side of insurance. He is now responsible for providing valuable risk management services to Strickler Agency’s commercial clients, primarily in the construction, warehousing, transportation, and manufacturing industries. These services include but are not limited to: comprehensive risk management assessments, customized service plans to address organizational needs and deficiencies, job site safety inspections, OSHA and DOT compliance, PA Certified Workplace Safety Committee support, in-person safety training, including OSHA Outreach Training, loss analysis and benchmarking, safety program policy and procedure development, and claims management and advocacy.

Website | https://www.stricklerins.com/

Connect with Brent | https://www.linkedin.com/company/strickler-agency-inc.


Speaker Bio | A construction litigator, Michael represents general contractors, subcontractors, owners, designers, and suppliers through all stages of private, public, and federal projects. He helps clients navigate construction project disputes, including delay and inefficiency claims, design and construction defects, unforeseen site conditions, project scope disputes, and payment claims. Michael also pursues mechanics liens, bond claims, and Miller Act claims. He drafts, reviews, and negotiates a range of construction and commercial contracts, including general contractor and subcontractor agreements, master service agreements, and supplier/vendor purchase orders.


Clients rely on him for real-time counseling to address business matters on ongoing projects, including contract disputes, compliance issues, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforcement and investigations. He helps his construction clients review existing safety policies and programs and design and implement new safety measures where needed. This work not only ensures employees a safe environment, but it also protects clients from liability. Over the past few years, he has guided companies through changing health and safety regulations. He has written and presented on issues such as OSHA’s Covid-19 policy changes, including emergency standards, and state and local shutdowns.


Michael’s practice includes all phases of litigation in both federal and state court, from pre-litigation counseling and case assessment to mediations and settlements, trials and arbitrations, and appeals. He has tried or arbitrated multiple cases as both first and second chair. Michael also has substantial experience in briefing and oral argument for substantive and procedural motions and in advising clients on eDiscovery issues.


Website | www.saul.com


LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-metz-topodas-03005352/


Speaker Bio | Don Tracy, CSP, is the Corporate Safety Director for Quandel Enterprises, LLC. He leads by example and believes that it is essential to gain trust and respect from colleagues to create a positive working culture, which will enhance and improve the business and its environment. Don has worked in the environmental health and safety field since 1979. He has worked in various areas, including insurance, municipalities, metal products manufacturing, safety consulting, and large construction projects. Besides the United States, Don has performed work in China, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa. As Corporate Safety Director of Quandel Enterprise's family of companies, Don is responsible for the safety and environmental operations of all divisions of Quandel. He has developed and implemented a corporate safety program to govern safe operations on his firm’s projects. In addition to creating site-specific safety plans, he prepares and manages tracking/trending reports to accurately determine safety training needs for the organization, visits project sites throughout the organization, and conducts ongoing safety training. He will focus on implementing a safety program to prequalify subcontractors, taking safety records a step further, and using written safety plans, job-specific safety plans, toolbox talks, and more to prequalify subcontractors.

Connect with Don | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook


Speaker Bio | Kyle Walsh graduated from Penn State University in 2018. He worked for four years with Teksolv as a safety consultant where his primary focus was on job site safety consultations for various customers. Kyle joined Houck Group in July of 2022 as a Safety Manager. As a Safety Manager he will oversee job sites for the roofing, concrete, masonry, electrical and industrial departments.

Working Alive vs. Working Live: Practicable Electrical Safety - Related Work Practices

Kevin T. Chambers, MBA, MSc, ASHM | Area Director – USDOL / OSHA, Harrisburg Area Office

Session Description | Its been said that the hard things are easy and the easy things are hard. The same is true for Electrical Safety. Working with electricity is not new, and the body of knowledge is substantial. The reality is that a company can be 100% OSHA Compliant in this function and still experience a workplace fatality or serious injury. The industry is fortunate to have the well-written NFPA 70E series of publications, which are much more comprehensive than the Government's standards.

This presentation is for safety leaders and field supervisors to see a broad overview of the coverage for each side: private vs. public.

Speaker Bio | Kevin Chambers is the Area Director for the Harrisburg Area Office of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. The Area Director for the Harrisburg Area Office oversees the safety and health enforcement and compliance assistance efforts for 14 counties in southcentral Pennsylvania.

Kevin is in his thirtieth year of Federal Service. After a tenure with the Department of Defense, he joined OSHA in 2008 as a Compliance Safety and Health Officer in the Allentown Area Office. Kevin has been the Area Director in Harrisburg since 2020. Additionally, he served for 23 years in the U.S. Air Force and later retired from the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.

Kevin holds a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Science in Occupational Safety & Health, and an Associate Safety & Health Manager certification from the Institute for Hazardous Materials Management.

Running An Effective Safety Committee - Getting More than Your "5%"

Michael Baltrusaitis, CHMM, CSP | Sr. Health & Safety Professional | Pennoni Associates

Session Description | Are you getting more out of your Safety Committee than your 5% Workers Compensation savings? This session will outline ways organizations can establish and implement an effective Workplace Safety Committee. Topics include basic compliance requirements, common pitfalls to avoid, new ideas, and engagement techniques. Case studies will be used to highlight important concepts.

Speaker Bio | Mike Baltrusaitis is a Sr. Health and Safety Professional with Pennoni. With over 20 years of experience, Mike provides management and technical services in various areas of environmental health, occupational safety and toxic materials control for clientele in all major business sectors. In addition to site surveys, assessments and consulting, Mike also develops and instructs in many EHS training programs.


Website | www.pennoni.com

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What's So Complicated About Complex Projects?

Armando Ferri | President | Sicavo Consulting, LLC

Session Description | Get to know the ins and outs of how Complex Projects work and when they are required under the UULPA Law (1 Call).

Speaker Bio | Armando Ferri is the President of Sicavo Consulting and General Manager for Stefanik’s Next Generation Contracting Company. He is a graduate from Penn State University holding two engineering degrees. Armando has worked in the construction industry over 30 years as a contractor and represents the damage prevention community on several boards and committees such as PA 1 Call, Public Utility Commission’s DPC Committee, Common Ground Alliance Best Practices Committee, and Vice President of NUCA of Pennsylvania. His main objective is to help educate all stakeholders in understanding the 1 Call Law, how to be in compliance with the law, and damage prevention.

Website | www.sicavo.net

Connect with Armando on LinkedIn.

No New Way to Die - Confined Space Programs
William Shirley | Consultant

Session Description | Guide to the establishment or review of an existing CS program. While OSHA identifies the minimum requirements, it lacks practical tools to build a compliant program. This presentation will cover the key steps and tools to develop a compliant program. Handouts will include worksheets to evaluate risk, classify and identify critical elements of a compliant program. Tips on avoiding costly mistakes in equipment selection will be included. The title is based on the presenter's view of numerous incidents over 30+ years. Bill has developed programs, provided training, and supervised or participated in confined space operations in the US and overseas.

Speaker Bio | Bill Shirley brings 40+ years of experience working as a Safety Specialist, Safety Manager, and consultant in government and industry. He has also worked in several leadership roles in high-risk environments in the Middle East. Bill has been involved with Confined Spaces as a rescuer, entry supervisor, and program manager for many spaces in the US and overseas.


How the Process of Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Increases Worker Safety and Decreases Project Costs

William Steinhart, MSc | Senior Geophysicist | Rettew Associates, Inc.

Session Description | Subsurface Utility Engineering is the intentional gathering of underground utility data to present in a clear/concise manner to the stakeholders in a construction project to avoid damage, minimize costly changes, and ensure the safety of our workers.

Speaker Bio | Mr. Steinhart is a Senior Geophysicist at RETTEW with more than 20 years of experience in utility locating and designating investigations for various engineering, construction, transportation, and critical infrastructure projects. He is experienced in utility locating methods in accordance with CI/ASCE 38-02 Standards for Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Quality Levels A through D. Mr. Steinhart is responsible for the daily quality assurance and control of field investigations and deliverables for RETTEW's SUE team. His supplemental experience includes geophysical investigations using acoustic, thermal, sonic, electromagnetic, electrical resistivity, gravity, seismic, and GPR technologies.


Website | www.rettew.com

Active Shooter

Angela Grube | Trooper | Pennsylvania State Police

Session Description | The Active Shooter Presentation is based on the Run, Hide, Fight method. This method is adopted by most law enforcement across the country. In this presentation, we will look at statistics with active shooters and test our observation skills. We will go over what to look for to potentially prevent an active shooter situation. Should you ever find yourself in an active shooter situation we will present the run, hide, fight method which can be utilized. We will break down each step of the method and give tips on how to handle suspicious activities.

Speaker Bio | Trooper Angela Grube grew up in Schuylkill County in the small town of Orwigsburg. She attended Elizabethtown College and graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After graduation, she attended the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. Upon completion of the PSP Academy, she was stationed at the Chambersburg Station in the patrol section. In October of 2021, Trooper Grube received a full-time position as the Troop H Community Service Officer and transferred to the Harrisburg Station. As the Community Service Officer for Troop H, Trooper Grube covers Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, Dauphin, and Perry counties.

GOSH will make every effort to avoid changes to the program and events; however, some changes may occur due to unavoidable circumstances. Click here to download the Schedule.