November 28-30, 2017
The Hilton Atlanta
Atlanta, GA USA

Tuesday, November 28
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Room:   204
  • Tuesday, November 28, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Juneau Construction Company is one of the most respected general contractors and at-risk management firms in the Southeast. Since our founding in 1997, Juneau has built a reputation of working with clients and employees like members of the same family and part of the same team. Together with clients and...

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Tuesday, November 28
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

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  • Room:   206
  • Tuesday, November 28, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
For more than 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2016 sales and revenues of $38.537 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction...

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Tuesday, November 28
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Room:   214
  • Tuesday, November 28, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Machinery Safety programs are driven by various factors: a safety incident resulting in injury; the creation of a Culture of Safety; or OSHA inspection. No matter what the driver, following a proven process to compliant machinery safety ensures best practice results. Attendees will learn about the latest safety standards and approach...
Speakers
Joshua Draa

Senior Engineer, CMSE
Polytron
Presenter

Sean Daswani P.E., FS Eng (TÜV Rheinland)

Senior Electrical Engineer and Machine Safety Business Leader
Polytron, Inc.
Presenter

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  • Room:   208
  • Tuesday, November 28, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Other than safety folks and OSHA, nobody is proactively looking for more safety training, better safety systems or a safer working environment - even though they should be.  CFOs should care - safety pays big dividends to the bottom line. Plant Managers should care because an injured worker hurts more than...
Speakers
Don Wilson

Vice President of SafeStart
SafeStart
Presenter

John McGillivray

Manager, Safety & Environmental
Scot Forge Company (ASC winner)
Presenter

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Tuesday, November 28
9:45 AM - 12:15 PM

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  • Room:   207
  • Tuesday, November 28, 9:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Upon its completion in August 2017, Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be a world-class sports and entertainment facility and home to the National Football League's Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer's Atlanta United. The multi-purpose stadium will host major sports and entertainment events, including the 2018 College Football Playoff Championship, the 2018...

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Tuesday, November 28
12:15 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Room:   204
  • Tuesday, November 28, 12:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Gain an insider's view of ‘The Milliken Safety Way', Milliken's Safety processes, when you tour this 116-year-old plant in Gainesville, GA. During the tour, you will discover that while this 550,000 square foot plant operates a highly diversified product platform on six floor levels, it does so safely and efficiently....

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Tuesday, November 28
12:45 PM - 3:15 PM

  • Room:   207
  • Tuesday, November 28, 12:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Upon its completion in August 2017, Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be a world-class sports and entertainment facility and home to the National Football League's Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer's Atlanta United. The multi-purpose stadium will host major sports and entertainment events, including the 2018 College Football Playoff Championship, the 2018...

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Tuesday, November 28
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Room:   214
  • Tuesday, November 28, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Your company's greatest asset is its employees, and protecting your workers from injury or illness is critical to the success of your business. In this interactive, hands-on workshop, attendees will explore the ABCs of getting started through employee engagement and improving your safety program.
Speaker
Monchello Curry

Learning Lead
Polytron
Presenter

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  • Room:   208
  • Tuesday, November 28, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Extending your EHSQ programs to all workers, including workers in the field or on the shop floor, requires EHSQ leaders to take a different approach. Mobile technology is providing organizations with an “always-on, always-there” connection to all employees, simplifying EHSQ management, standardizing data collection and reporting and changing the way...
Speakers
Brent Dubecki

Product Director, Mobile & User Interfaces
Intelex Technologies
Presenter

Emily Johnston

Business Development Specialist
Intelex Technologies
Presenter

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Wednesday, November 29
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

  • Room:   Grand Ballroom East
  • Wednesday, November 29, 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
It is human nature to take better care of that which we own. Ownership is the main reason people will detail their own car but won’t even run a rental through a free car wash. Ownership is also the reason why some safety efforts are stellar and others are lackluster. Should we create...
Speaker
Terry Mathis

CEO and Founder
ProAct Safety
Keynote

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Wednesday, November 29
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

In response to a major incident, Mondelez International, one of the world’s largest snack companies, initiated a global project to improve the control of combustible dust hazards in their operations. During the assessment, several additional process safety risks were identified. This presentation will provide an overview of the process safety...
Speakers
Michael D. Snyder

Vice President, Organizational Process Safety
DEKRA Insight
Speaker

Susan Lotter

Associate Director Risk Engineering
Mondelez International
Speaker

Thomas Sexton

Senior EHS Manager
Middough Inc
Speaker

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  • Room:   207
  • Wednesday, November 29, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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This session will look at why companies need a formal safety management system and what implementation looks like.  Additionally we will look at the overall benefits to the company. Attendees will learn the following: how safety and health impacts your business’s bottom line; how to manage safety like a business...
Speaker
Jim Howry

Associate Director-OSHA Training Institute @ Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Speaker

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  • Room:   208
  • Wednesday, November 29, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Tracks: 
On November 7, 2016 OSHA issued its final rule revising its walking-working surfaces regulations while greatly expanding its fall protection requirement for General Industry.  The final rule, 20 years in the making, took effect on January 17, 2017, and it is anticipated to impact approximately 7 million general industry workplaces...
Speakers
Sheila Wilson

Safety Coordinator
Dyke Industries
Speaker

Tracy Moon

Partner
Fisher Phillips
Speaker

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  • Room:   210
  • Wednesday, November 29, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Tracks: 
Multiple studies show that, rather than focusing on simply compliance or cost avoidance, Safety Managers should focus on the productivity gains obtained through comprehensive safety programs including cultural, procedural, and technical elements. Best-in-class perfomers achieve 5%-7% higher OEE, 2%-4% less unscheduled downtime, with less than half the injury rate of...

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Wednesday, November 29
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

  • Room:   210
  • Wednesday, November 29, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
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Topic: An Integrated Approach to Risk Assessment and Control This session will provide insight into an integrated approach to risk assessment and control that encompasses safety, industrial hygiene and ergonomic aspects, which are maintained within a standardized data management system. Attendees also will learn about how Raytheon uses risk heat maps...
Speakers
Andrew McCammack

Corporate Industrial Hygienist, Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability
Raytheon Company
Speaker

Ron Henderson

Director of Global Environmental Health and Safety
Tower International
Speaker

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  • Room:   207
  • Wednesday, November 29, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Tracks: 
One way to improve the effectiveness of your safety process is to improve the way it is measured. Lagging indicators measure failure; leading indicators measure performance. Companies dedicated to safety excellence are shifting their focus to using leading indicators to drive continuous improvement. Learn how enabling feedback, increasing constructive problem...
Speaker
Steve Wiltshire


Speaker

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  • Room:   208
  • Wednesday, November 29, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Tracks: 
This session explores what the recent whirlwind of OSHA rule and policy changes mean to safety professionals in light of a new administration.   Changes involving recordkeeping, increased penalties, post-accident drug testing, whistleblower investigations, temporary employees and other matters will be addressed.  In addition to the changing OSHA landscape, safety...
Speakers
Barry Spurlock

Assistant Professor/Attorney
Eastern Kentucky University
Speaker

Todd Logsdon

Attorney
Fisher Phillips
Speaker

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As safety professionals navigate through their career, the use of critical thinking during investigations as well as day-to day operations can be tedious, to say the least. Learn and understand the different idiosyncrasies of critical thinking and how it can apply to safety professionals. Perception versus reality, beliefs versus knowledge,...
Speakers
Bob Toohey

Sr. Mgr. of EHS
Continental Mills
Speaker

Paul English

Area Safety Manager
CMC Steel Texas
Speaker

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Wednesday, November 29
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Room:   207
  • Wednesday, November 29, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
Many companies in construction today struggle to fully understand how to comply with two emerging issues: the 2016 confined spaces in construction standard and the new silica standard. This session will detail best practices on how to effectively and efficiently train for compliance, along with case studies on how these...
Speakers
Ed Foulke

Partner
Fisher Phillips
Speaker

Hilarie Warren

CIH; Senior Research Scientist
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Speaker

Steve Davis

President
GRM Inc
Speaker

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  • Room:   208
  • Wednesday, November 29, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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This presentation will focus on the skills necessary for Safety Managers to become leaders in their companies.  The program will examine how to effectively communicate to the C Suite to not only get C Suite recognition of Safety’s contribution to the company’s bottom line but also to engage front-line employees...
Speakers
Ed Foulke

Partner
Fisher Phillips
Speaker

Steve Davis

President
GRM Inc
Speaker

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Today's connected enterprise offers unprecedented opportunities to improve safety and productivity by providing contextualized information, providing insight into worker behaviors, asset compliance, causes of safety shutdowns, and more. This session will detail uses of critical safety measures as a tool for identifying potential productivity improvements, and highlighting risks due to...
Speaker
Pat Barry

Regional Marketing Leader
Rockwell Automation
Speaker

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Engaging and motivating employees and supervisors can be the fastest way to get everyone aligned to your safety message. This session will teach you how to get supervisors involved in safety efforts, motivate safe behavior among employees, engage the workforce and the power behind it, develop relationships that will influence...
Speakers
Brian K. Grossguth

Operations Manager
Miyoshi America Inc
Speaker

JoAnn DelaO

HSE Manager
Hunter Site Services
Speaker

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Wednesday, November 29
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

  • Room:   Grand Ballroom East
  • Wednesday, November 29, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
The greatest challenge to developing and sustaining a safety culture is the mindset that in order to achieve a safe working environment, a price in productivity must be paid – in other words, we are trading off a portion of today’s productivity to prevent an infrequent, but catastrophic event. Then,...
Speaker
Dr. John Carrier

Senior Lecturer
MIT Sloan School
Keynote

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Thursday, November 30
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Room:   207
  • Thursday, November 30, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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See how STEP members achieve world-class safety. ABC will reveal the findings of its third annual Safety Performance Report, which covers the 2016 STEP data year and trend comparisons over the previous five years. Learn how the implementation of specific leading indicators can significantly improve your safety program, as well...
Speakers
Greg Sizemore

VP of HS&E and Workforce Development
Associated Builders & Contractors Inc
Speaker

Mike Bellaman

President & CEO
Associated Builders & Contractors Inc
Speaker

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We’ve all heard about and used apps and wearable designed for consumers, but can the technology be used to promote occupational safety and health and risk management? Our two speakers look at cutting edge technology – wearable and apps – and explain how they can help you and your workers...
Speakers
Haytham Elhawary

CEO
Kinetic
Speaker

John Rupp Jr

Senior Consultant
Learning Designs Inc
Speaker

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Temporary work does not have to mean a temporary safety culture. While employers typically have safety programs and standards in place for permanent employees, organizations should ensure there is uniformity with the plan for temporary workers in order to reduce and prevent exposure to risks and health and safety hazards....
Speakers
Corey Berghoefer

Senior Vice President - Risk Management & Insurance
Randstad North America
Speaker

Michael Summers

Director, Safety - Risk Management
Randstad North America
Speaker

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  • Room:   208
  • Thursday, November 30, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Tracks: 
Opioid and prescription painkiller use and abuse has hit most workplaces with a wide array of legitimate concerns for the employer.  Questions abound as to drug testing, addressing workplace safety, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and rising costs of opioid use to the employer.  A significant percentage...
Speaker
Mark Gomsak

Attorney
Fisher Phillips
Speaker

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Thursday, November 30
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

  • Room:   208
  • Thursday, November 30, 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
  • Tracks: 
These veteran law enforcement officers will walk you through a mock, interactive shooter event, and describe how you can prepare for, respond to, and avoid such a situation. After the seminar, attendees will:  -          Have a plan in place to prepare for an active shooter situation, prevent...
Speakers
Kris Sacra

CEO
Avert Training and Consulting
Speaker

Travis Vance

Attorney
Fisher Phillips
Moderator

Wayne Freeman

Special Agent
SC Enforcement Division
Speaker

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The aging of the global workforce will have profound effects on manufacturing – reducing productivity growth by 40%, and affecting the safety of workers young and old. But there are steps you can take to help mitigate the problem, including changing machinery design methodologies, worker training, manufacturing intelligence, and addressing...

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  • Room:   207
  • Thursday, November 30, 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
  • Tracks: 
Maintaining employee engagement during ever-changing project conditions is a major challenge, but it is critical to performing at an elite level in both safety and quality. In this session we will discuss effective tools and methodologies shared by multiple contractors and Fortune 500 companies that will foster employee engagement and...
Speaker
Jim Thompson

Corporate EH&S Director
Kwest Group
Speaker

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Learn how one of the largest dairy food companies (and America’s Safest Company) elevated safety culture and performance over a three-year period. Leprino Foods maintained a solid safety program for decades with good results, but certain elements were missing and preventing the company from being among the best in its...
Speakers
Brigette Philpot

Vice President Health, Safety & Environment
Sodexo North American Operations
Speaker

John Forrester, CSP

Corporate Operations Safety Manager
Leprino Foods Inc
Speaker

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Thursday, November 30
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

  • Room:   207
  • Thursday, November 30, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
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Create a “best place to work” by enhancing your awareness of how your attitudes and behaviors affect your personal results and that of your team with regard to work quality, health, safety and wellbeing. Understand the role of a leader in creating an effective company culture, develop skills to increase...

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  • Room:   210
  • Thursday, November 30, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Tracks: 
Artificial Intelligence is already infiltrating our lives on a consumer level (Siri, Alexa, etc.) by performing menial tasks that add marginal value. Some businesses are already using AI symbiotically alongside humans to tackle real threats (for example, Facebook using AI to comb through posts for ‘at risk’ behavior), but beyond...
Speaker
Gokul N. Solai, MD

CEO
Novatio Solutions
Speaker

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  • Room:   208
  • Thursday, November 30, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
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LOTO can be difficult for the most seasoned safety professionals.  During this interactive presentation safety leadership discuss the current trends in LOTO citations, typical problem areas for employers, exceptions to the standard (and why the exceptions are frequently not met), and machine specific issues. Attendees will gain knowledge of current...
Speaker
Collin Warren

Partner
Fisher Phillips
Speaker

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Sustainable safety cultures are built not by fixing holes in the floor or guards on machines but by fixing the process people use to make choices in their work environment. Social engineering is the process of influencing a group to make decisions in a certain, pre-directed manner. We are exposed...
Speaker
Adam Bates, MS, MBA

Global Director of Health, Safety and Security
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Speaker

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Thursday, November 30
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Room:   Grand Ballroom East
  • Thursday, November 30, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
This special keynote address addresses how companies can develop and accomplish a culture in which safety is the shared value of every employee. Audience members will learn how to lead and implement a safety culture, involve employees in recognizing and identifying hazards, use measurement tools created for the National Safety...
Speakers
Keyra Jallah


Master of Ceremonies

Patrick Cunningham

Director, Safety & Auditing
Browz
Keynote

W. E. Scott PhD, MPH

President, CEO
Global EHSS Leadership Solutions
Keynote

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