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Health and Safety

June 11-12, 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 3rd 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 Amanda Norris, 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, Amanda 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!

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

We often get requests for information on how to manage difficult people. Our work environment inevitably creates conflict situations on a daily basis. Conflict can be about the work (e.g. my approach versus yours, schedules, priorities) or about relationships (e.g. I don’t trust you, your style is different than mine). Conflict can be a source of creative solutions... but only if people understand both the value of conflict and how to resolve it. Join us to learn how you naturally respond to conflict and how you can leverage conflict for win-win outcomes.

Say “Goodbye” to anxiety when conflict arises!!

As women we have an underutilized resource that can be leveraged to improve safety and environmental performance—our feminine energy that projects caring and empathy. These are key to preventing and resolving conflict.

Research consistently shows that women have leadership strengths and frequently receive higher performance reviews than men. Yet many women in EHS express frustration that their observations, opinions and ideas are not taken seriously, even in areas as basic as safety design for women’s bodies.

Now be honest ... not one woman in EHS can honestly say they don't experience conflict with co- workers and business associates. Do you understand the cause of conflicts in starting new programs, implementing solutions or finishing projects? If you're concerned with these questions ... or your response to these questions ... you're not alone.

Our webinar is strongly recommended for any woman in EHS who faces more work in less time and higher expectations from top management.

This FREE one-hour webinar will help you assess and identify effective ways to make conflict work for you! You'll learn how to:

• Expand your knowledge of more effective tools and techniques

• Build leadership skills to influence more people more effectively

• Identify practical ways to begin using advanced techniques

• Explore other methodologies and techniques that enhance your leadership competency

Learning Objectives:

o What triggers conflict?
o Consider what you contribute to conflict
o Identify sources of conflict
o Learn one approach for managing conflict

Mike Taubitz, Managing Partner(Sustainable Lean LLC)

This session will provide a background on how lean thinking and tools can help safety and any HR function. Before the term “lean” there was only critical thinking to drive continuous improvement based upon the teachings of Dr. W. Edwards Deming, considered one of the fathers of the modern quality movement. Toyota and other Japanese companies followed Deming’s teachings when creating the Toyota Production System, now commonly referred to as lean production. What is not well understood is that “lean” works in any office and business, regardless of size. Whether healthcare, small enterprise, food service, or non – profit, “lean” can help improve teamwork and build a culture of drive continuous improvement. Those benefits can only if we go back to basics and strip away the mystery that this thinking is only for the manufacturing floor.

By going back to basics, HR professionals will understand the profound thinking of the simple Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) model of continuous improvement. The session will offer a fast online-exercise of 5S, a five step procedure for making things neat clean and organized. Not only is this process a cornerstone for good housekeeping and efficiency, but HR professionals may be interested how a simple one-day hands-on training exercise can be used to drive teamwork and a gut level understanding of waste in business systems. Teams learn how to identify and eliminate waste (if you cannot name the seven forms of operational waste, you might wish to join the session) and develop standards that will sustain the improvement. This is of particular significance because “standards” are typically thought of as something developed by management for workers. Participants in the session will gain new insight into both “how” and “why” standards should be developed.

Laura Putnam, CEO(Motion Infusion, Inc.)

In this fast-moving, informative and entertaining session, get the “why” and the “how” on worksite wellness. Come away with useful takeaways that can be applied immediately toward any worksite wellness initiative, including useful statistics to convince any decision maker, template to build a worksite wellness program start to finish, and tips to maximize effectiveness.

Simply put, companies can no longer afford to NOT have worksite wellness programs. Health care costs continue to skyrocket – and companies are paying the bulk of these expenses. Furthermore, there are many hidden costs associated with these costs. The good news is that worksite wellness is one of the best ways to save on health care costs and at the same time boost productivity, morale, retention and engagement – all key elements to a healthy bottom line. After hearing this presentation, you’ll have what you need to convince senior leaders that worksite wellness is one of the best ways to mitigate costs AND enhance productivity.

After getting the “why” on worksite wellness, get up to speed on the “how.” Beginning with a clarification of “worksite wellness,” you’ll acquire a template for a “start to finish” worksite wellness program. To ensure real results, we’ll explore how you can move from a “check the box” worksite wellness program to an “out of the box” worksite wellness program. Whether your company already has a wellness initiative in place – or is just getting started – come away with useful information that can be applied immediately to maximize the benefits of any worksite wellness program.

Edwin G. Foulke Jr, Partner(Fisher & Phillips LLP)

OSHA: Be Prepared For Sweeping Workplace Safety Changes

If OSHA has fallen off your radar screen, it is time to put it back on. Over the past two years, OSHA has been changing, and more changes are on the way. Employers in all industries are seeing a continued shift away from the government’s recent emphasis on cooperative efforts with employers to a more aggressive enforcement approach.

This presentation will briefly review the essential elements of OSHA compliance and an effective workplace safety and health program, with an eye to preparing for increased civil and criminal enforcement, as well as the use of safety issues to unions and a growing group of whistleblowers. The presentation will also explain how, when used properly, safety compliance can be a “profit center” and not another administrative cost.

The following is a descriptive outline of the areas to be covered in the speech:
 The future of safety and health in the workplace
 How to develop an effective safety and health management system that will help add to the Company’s bottom line
 Proposed legislation regarding workplace safety and health issues
 New enforcement strategy for OSHA
 OSHA’s rulemaking/standards agenda
 The future of OSHA’s voluntary compliance program

This program will examine the significant changes that are occurring in OSHA within the Obama Administration. Specifically, the program will look at Congressional actions and legislation to expand OSHA’s role in the workplace. The program will also examine the new enforcement strategy for OSHA as well as the safety and health standards most likely will undertake in the near future. The second portion of the program will examine issues that will be impacting workplace safety and health while at the same time endangering every company’s ability to remain profitable and competitive. Specifically, the program will examine the increase of injuries to baby boomers as well as the incoming workforce and their demanding safety and health problems. Finally, the program will examine what steps all companies will need to take to ensure that employees have a safe work environment and at the same time allow companies to survive in difficult times.

Tracey Hawkins, Safety Trainer Professional Speaker(Safety and Security Source)

Criminal take 7-10 seconds to chose their victims. We control whether or not the criminal has the opportunity to victimize us. There are specific steps and practices that can be implemented in daily living to prevent being a victim.

This program is lead by a safety and security expert who teaches the participant how to utilize their survival/gut instinct, which we all possess.

The instructor hasbeen in the safety and security field for over 18 years, as a professional speaker, safety/security product retailer and on-air safety expert for news organizations. Utilizing real world experience, feedback gained over the years and research, the instructor will share actionable ways to protect the participant and their families.

Learn how to focus on how increasing your awareness is crucial, what that actually means and how doing so can help save your life.

We will cover specific how-to skills to stay safe when at home, including what to do in an emergency situation.

When out and about attendees will learn personal safety survival skills and techniques, as well as what to do and what not to do in specific dangerous situations. Learn "How to not look like a victim".

Safety on the road will be discussed and the instructor will share what everyone should have in their vehicles in case of an emergency situation.

The participants will learn how to create a "Safety Plan" in order to reduce the likelihood of being victimized. We will discuss different real-life dangerous situations and how to plan accordingly to prevent them from turning into a crime.

The instructor will educate about the choices of safety tools, including when and where they should be used.

Michael Lawrence, EHS Consultant(Summit Safety Technologies)

Every year, thousands of employers are cited for violating one of the many OSHA standards. These violations bring with them not only fines, they also put you on OSHA's "radar“. And if you are in violation of any OSHA Standards, which nearly all businesses that are inspected are, OSHA may publish information about your violations in press releases. They may also inspect you again later to ensure compliance.

The best way to avoid fines and intense inspections is to know not only what the common violations are, but to be in compliance before you get inspected! To be in compliance, you must know what Stanards apply to your business and what those Standards require you to do.

The following OSHA Standards will be covered in this presentation (those in Bold Text apply to nearly every employer):
-Hazard Communication
-Personal Protective Equipment
-Respiratory Protection
-Eye & Face Protection
-Hand Protection
-Control of Hazardous Energy (LOTO)
-Fire Prevention Plans Standard and Exit Routes Standard

-Medical and First Aid standard
-Emergency Action Plan standard

Your business can be inspected by OSHA at any time. All it takes is for one employee to file a complaint or to have a serious injury (such as a fatality, amputation, or hospitalization). If OSHA finds that your organization is not meeting their responsibilities under the myriad of OSHA Standards, violations occur and you could end up with some very hefty fines. To avoid violations, you must make sure you are in compliance with the OSHA Standards that apply to your business. This presentation will cover some of the OSHA Standards that apply to most businesses and will show you what you must do to comply with those Standards.

P.J. Schoeny, Product Manager(MSDSonline)

OSHA Recordkeeping gets a lot of attention each year in January as companies prepare for the annual posting of OSHA form 300A between Feb 1 - April 30. For the first month of the year, HR managers and safety professionals in general, sweat over making sure their forms are filled out correctly and posted in time. However, tracking injuries and illnesses is a year-round responsibility, and this year, with OSHA pursuing important updates to what and how incidents are recorded, it's more important than ever to ensure your company is up-to-date with OSHA initiatives.

Additionally, OSHA has called the creation of an Injury and Illness Prevention Program Standard, known as I2P2, its top priority in the coming year. The bedrock of I2P2 is incident management. Today’s electronic recordkeeping solutions make tracking all workplace incidents and near misses easier to manage. To that end, this presentation will discuss what should be on every HR professional’s radar in terms of I2P2 and near miss tracking.

Currently, OSHA’s Recordkeeping rule covers over 1.5 million establishments that are required to maintain records of occupational injuries and illnesses. However, all 6.5 million OSH-Act establishments must report any occupational fatality or the hospitalization of 3 or more employees (this caveat is likely to change soon.)

This Webinar will:
- Review OSHA’s Recordkeeping rule and some of OSHA’s recent activity around it
- Dive into OSHA forms 300, 300A and 301. The backbones of the Recordkeeping Standard
- Discuss recordable criteria and how to distinguish between recordable and non-recordable cases
- Discuss compliance best practices

Esteban Tristan, Ph.D., Safety Practice Manager and a Senior Consultant(Select International, Inc.)

Most organizations have traditionally focused on reducing workplace injuries and fatalities primarily by improving safety training programs, providing safe working conditions, and implementing clear safety policies and procedures. While these approaches are all important to overall safety performance, their effectiveness relies on the assumption that all individuals are inherently and equally safe when given sufficient training, a safe working environment, and clear safety policies and procedures. However, extensive research tells us that certain individuals are more likely than others to expose themselves to risk and engage in unsafe behaviors. How do we determine this likelihood for an individual? By measuring their unique “Safety DNA.”
This presentation will provide an in-depth look the four psychological factors that are most strongly related to safe behaviors, safety incidents and injuries. Based on decades of research in industrial psychology and workplace accidents, these four factors comprise a person’s Safety DNA profile, which is unique to every individual.
Recent advances in psychometric testing methods now make it possible to measure a person’s Safety DNA profile in a valid and reliable way. As a result, this information can be used by organizations in order to 1) develop a safer workforce and 2) hire employees who will engage in safer behaviors and 3) build stronger safety leaders that can sustain a thriving safety culture.
This new methodology gives organizations a way to better align current safety training programs and hiring systems with their overall corporate safety strategy in order to get one step closer to the goal of an injury-free workplace.

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

This presentation will address from both a legal and safety perspective the appropriate methods of managing different types of crisis situations - ranging from natural disasters to workplace violence to occupational accidents. It will cover basic definitions and goals of crisis management, and some of the pitfalls that affect businesses by failure to have management plans in effect.

Participants will learn how to perform triage in staffing and oversight of emergency situations, what they should consider when retaining outside experts and counsel, and appropriate methods of media management and community relations. Mandatory reporting requirements to federal/state agencies will be covered, as well as coordination of legal issues (OSHA/MSHA/EPA, worker's compensation, tort litigation, breach of contract arising from business disruption etc.).

The presenter, who is both an attorney and safety professional with experience in over 200 fatality cases, will address do's and don'ts for management of incident investigations, such as how to: determine the type and extent of incident and damage; evaluate normal operating procedures; review maps; secure the accident site and restrict access; identify and interview eyewitnesses; and review precursor events. Legal issues involving privilege (attorney/client and attorney work product doctrine) for documents will be examined.

The program will also address mandates for emergency response programs under OSHA, and the need to obtain and review third party data, and effectively determine causation and remedial measures. Finally, the session will discuss post-incident actions, including remediation of identified problems, briefing of employees, liaison with the victims/families of those affected by the incident, and proactive measures to improve safety and health performance in the future.

Brad Harbaugh, Marketing & Communications(MSDSonline)

Are you covered by OSHA’s HazCom Standard and worried about how you’re going to meet compliance with the new GHS alignment changes and phased-in compliance deadlines? Well, you’re not alone. The changes, which primarily affect safety data sheet formatting, chemical classification, labeling elements and worker training, impact more than 5 million workplaces in the United States. However, with a little education and preparation, you can eliminate your transition concerns and ensure your organization is able to seamlessly meet OSHA’s series of phased-in HazCom 2012 compliance deadlines ― the first of which is Dec. 1, 2013.

This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of HazCom 2012, a review of the requirements associated with each of the four compliance deadlines, and actionable steps you can take to manage the transition and meet compliance with the approaching deadlines. GHS compliance means something different for each affected party, so the speaker will cover the different compliance obligations for chemical manufacturers, distributors and importers, and employers/end-users.

Canada is also on the path to GHS adoption, and the United States and Canada have vowed align their respective hazard communication systems, through GHS adoption, as closely as they can. In many ways, this presentation is a preview of what’s to come in Canada.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will:
•       Understand the five main components of OSHA’s HazCom 2012.
•       Be able to identify the major changes to OSHA compliance as part of GHS alignment.
•       Know what the impending HazCom 2012 compliance deadlines are, such as the Dec. 1, 2013 employee-training deadline, and be able to identify which requirements are most important for their workplace.
•       Learn what actionable steps to take to ensure their company is able to seamlessly meet OSHA’s series of phased-in compliance deadlines.

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