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Health and Safety

March 26-27, 2013
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Preventing work-related illness and injury is the most important job at any organization. All workers have the right to a healthy workplace and to return home each day safe and sound. Explore this community for prevention tips, assessment tools, raising awareness, health and safety articles, blogs, and other related resources to protect workers' health, safety and well-being on the job.

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Amanda Norris, Regional Sales Director(

Welcome to the Institute for Human Resources Health & Safety Virtual Event! Thank you to everyone for your participation and support. The next two days mark the 2nd Virtual Event for this great community. We have a very exciting event planned for you with many informative sessions covering the hot topics and trends around Health & Safety. Join Leanne Schmidt, Community Facilitator at and Advisory Board member for Health & Safety as she reviews the Institute's accomplishments thus far and highlights what’s in store for the coming months. During this short, 15-minute session, Leanne will provide an overview of the certification program (have you signed up?) and an update on hours accumulated to date. Find out what you have missed, and take a look at what is planned for the remainder of 2012. Throughout this session we will:
• Introduce you to the Advisory Board
• Introduce you to the Institute and the Certification program
• Help you become an expert in Health & Safety
• Learn why this Institute is important to the Health & Safety community and
• Learn how you can contribute to its success.

If you are new to the Institute for Health & Safety, this introduction will cover not only our past accomplishments but explain why you should continue to participate and be a part of this community. For those with questions regarding the Institute and its content, this is your chance to share your ideas. Don’t forget, this is a great opportunity to converse with our industry experts.

Looking forward to your participation!

Marianna Lead, Ph. D., Founder/Executive Director(Goal Imagery Institute)

The health and productivity of your employees depends on their awareness of how their lifestyle (both in and out of the workplace) affect their physical and emotional well-being. This interactive workshop will introduce you to Life and Health Coaching, a new dimension of Health Coaching, and provide you with simple yet effective coaching tools to help your employees take control of their health.

You'll learn the concept of finding your Inner Health Coach™
to empower yourself and your employees to take critical action steps for adopting healthier lifestyles.

You'll also learn how to tactfully help your employees recognize when their health is out of balance -- and to become their cheerleader and motivator for maintaining good health.

You will learn how to increase awareness by asking deeply focused coaching questions that will help identify the areas for improvement, brainstorm resources, find out what their obstacles may be and ways of overcoming them.

You will learn how to set SMART goals and use Wheel of Health coaching template to design specific actions for positive changes in your health and health of your employees, including behavior modification for smoking cessation, weight management, overall fitness, improving sleeping patterns, stress management, and more.

As a result of this workshop, you'll find yourself equiped with effective coaching tools to better maintain the delicate balance of your own health, as well as educating and empowering your employees to do the same. You'll also learn about additional resources thatt you can offer as an HR professional to make your life and lives of your employees healthier and more productive.



Cheryl Archer, Managing Partner(Women in SH&E: A Leadership Collaborative)
Rosa Antonia Carrillo, Safety Leadership Consultant(Carrillo & Associates)

Be honest with yourself…you have tried several formulas to convince people to do what you feel is needed, but are you able to anticipate and circumvent the unintended consequences? Do you find your approach can sometimes have no impact at all? If you are concerned about these questions or your response to these questions…you are not alone.

In this 1 hour webinar “Women in Environmental Safety and Health Series: Influencing for Infinite-Win® Results*”, we will explore some of the deeply embedded assumptions, attitudes, and beliefs that shape our actions and outcomes.

At this webinar you will learn:

• The difference between power and influence
• What holds women in EHS back
• How to build Infinite-Win alliances
• How to get the results you want

Rosa Carrillo has held highly acclaimed workshops for women of EHS at many companies and organizations including Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Johnson & Johnson companies, ASSE and the VPPPA.

Cheryl Archer is a Managing Director of Business Women Rising, a leadership development firm dedicated to the advancement of women in leadership. A former COO and CEO in the motor sports manufacturing industry, Cheryl has led highly successful EHS programs in North America, Europe and beyond.

Influencing successfully without authority is an essential leadership skill. Whether you are dealing with peers, employees, managers, or external constituents, you need to get things done through others. Authority, position and title will work sometimes, but to be successful across boundaries, you need to master the art of persuasion and influencing others. We look forward to having you join us to learn how!

Martha White, Patient Safety Officer(Memorial University Medical Center)

Has your family or one of your friends experienced an undesired outcome from a healthcare provider? Would you and your employees like to know how to empower yourselves to avoid being harmed by the system that pledges to heal you?
Over a decade ago the Institute of Medicine published To Err is Human a book which claimed that 50-100,000 people die in hospitals across the United States every YEAR because healthcare providers make mistakes. This is equivalent to one 747 crashing every day and killing all on board. But hospitals do this one patient at a time, so you may not know it is happening in your backyard. Back in 2004, the U.S. government proclaimed this a national healthcare crisis and regulated healthcare to ensure the safety of American patients. In 2012 the healthcare industry continued to harm patients with their errors at near the same rates.
Errors occur at an alarming rate. Each healthcare provider working a 12 hour shift is likely to make 20 errors. Multiply that by the number of healthcare providers working with your mother or your son and you have a cause for worry. Learn how to mitigate the errors that WILL occur when your loved ones are admitted to the hospital – any hospital. Discover how to find out what some hospitals are doing to decrease the number of errors being made and lessen the level of harm to the patient. Determine which metrics are appropriate for measuring your healthcare providers’ commitment to safety. Finally consider cultural and educational changes at your organization which would enhance your employee’s ability to choose evidence based providers and decrease your Worker’s Compensation claims.

David A. Casavant, CFM LEED AP, Compliance Consultant(Carlyle Consulting)

Imagine that OSHA showed up at your place of business today. What would you do? How would you handle the audit? Did you realize that much of OSHA’s focus is on the so called “HR Side of the house”?

From OSHA Injury & Illness recordkeeping, employee safety training and progressive discipline, HR is squarely in the sights of the OSHA inspector; yet so many HR professionals are unsure of their organizations OSHA compliance responsibilities.

Other OSHA responsibilities include such areas as emergency preparedness, employees “Right to Know” standard, fire protection and personal protective equipment including issues that might impact your organizations dress code!

Last Year OSHA visited over 40,000 organizations and issued millions of dollars in fines for safety violations in the workplace. In one example, an HVAC company was fined over $1.2 million for record keeping violations!
In fact OSHA has issued a ecent directive that tells the OSHA inspectors to increase their fine amounts an average of 400%.

Frightening perhaps to think about, but in reality there is no need to fear an OSHA visit - if you understand compliance and your organizations responsibilities. . .

The good news - many organizations have learned to comply with OSHA regulations and have avoided fines and citations when audited by OSHA and we’ll teach you the same techniques we teach our clients. These are simple to implement techniques that will make your life as an HR professional easier!

Even more important - these proactive organizations keep their employees safe!

This fast-paced webcast will help you better understand health & safety compliance issues for your organization and you'll never fear OSHA again!

Adele Abrams, President/Attorney(Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC)

Whistleblower protection claims are one of the legal areas where safety/health and human resources professionals can be placed into a position of working in a coordinated manner, or taking independent action that can come into conflict internally and have significant consequences for a company. In addition to the standard relief that arises from normal “wrongful discharge” or “discrimination” legal actions, whistleblower claims arising under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) or the Federal Mine Safety & Health Act of 1977, as amended (Mine Act) will bring OSHA or MSHA into the mix, conducting an intense investigation of the complainant’s claim, and in some cases issuing citations or civil penalties as a result of their findings.

This presentation will explore the rights of employees under the OSH Act, Mine Act and other whistleblower statutes (such as Sarbanes-Oxley and various environmental laws) whose causes of action are investigated and prosecuted by OSHA and/or MSHA.

It will discuss the interrelationship of these claims with other protections, under worker’s compensation laws, and federal statutes such as the Americans with Disabilities Act. It will define what constitutes “adverse action,” what constitutes "protected activity," and the procedural distinctions among these various federal laws.

Finally, it will include recommendations for handling these complaints from the employer’s perspective and will look to the future, to expansion of these protections in pending Congressional legislation, including possible criminal sanctions for whistleblower violations, as well as regarding OSHA’s expressed intention to scrutinize incentive and disciplinary programs as possible violations of Section 11(c) of the OSH Act.

John Drebinger, Safety Motivational Speaker(John Drebinger Presentations)

One of the greatest challenges in today’s workplace is that people do not watch out for each others safety. Safety is often relegated to HR departments because no one else wants the responsibility. People see unsafe conditions and behaviors every day and do nothing to correct the situation.Very seldom do employees take the time or effort to share their concern that someone may be injured. Yet after an injury occurs those same people experience a great deal of guilt because they realize they could have prevented the injury if they had taken action.

Over the past 23 years, John Drebinger has interviewed many safety professionals who report hearing the same comments from people following an injury, “Oh yeah, I’ve seen Bob do that all the time.” How sad it is that an injury that was completely preventable occurred because someone would not get involved.

You will learn:

*The obstacles that keep people from getting involved in preventing workplace injuries.
*Three reasons why people who see an unsafe behavior don’t act to prevent it.
*What resources are available to teach people how to make a difference.·
*How communication training in the past has worked on the wrong solution.
*Telling people to be, “their brother’s keeper”is not enough.
*What leadership needs to do to get people involved.
*How leaders values impact safety.

What leaders of companies with a great safety performance record do to achieve and maintain that performance. One of the reasons organizations fail to improve their safety culture is because they do not understand the obstacles in the way. When you know your outcome and understand the obstacles you are ready to begin the journey to a safety culture that involves everyone.

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