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


The Roadmap to Machinery Safety

Workshop Session, Tuesday, November 28, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Rooms: 214

Manufacturers will receive first priority for the Polytron workshops as they will benefit the most from the content.

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 to a Machinery Risk Assessment. Teams will participate in two knowledge exercises: 1) Apply safety standards, and 2) Conduct a mock risk assessment and the calculation of risk levels.

Each team will then present its exercise results to the group and attendees will discuss the outcomes.

Key takeaways:

  • Review of most common Machine Safety drivers
  • Overview of the latest Machine Safety Standards
  • Learn how a Roadmap to Machinery Safety delivers best practice solutions
  • Participate in a group exercise to apply safety standards and conduct a mock Machine Safety Risk Assessment


Sean Daswani

Sean Daswani, P.E., Functional Safety Engineer (TÜV Rheinland), Senior Electrical Engineer and Machine Safety Business Leader. He is a Professional Engineer with more than 14 years experience in the industry. As the Machine Safety Business Leader, Mr. Daswani manages a team of engineers that perform all parts of a machine safety life cycle including: Risk Assessments, Safety Design, Implementation, and Validation. He possesses a wide range of knowledge of control systems and has lead Polytron's programming standards team responsible for developing standards for the changing controls environments. He has served as a Project Leader and Project Manager on a variety of projects, and consulted on complex system designs and implementations. Mr. Daswani is an Electrical Engineering graduate from Georgia Tech and Certified Functional Safety Engineer from TÜV Rheinland. He is a published author and presenter of safety related topics.

Josh Draa

Joshua Draa, PE, Senior Engineer, CMSE® - Certified Machinery Safety Expert (TÜV NORD). Josh has over seven years of engineering experience providing industrial automation systems integration and electrical engineering services within the food and beverage, consumer products, and paper industries. He is experienced in safety system design, and safety validation, system and control theory analysis, power distribution, and control panel design. As part of the Polytron Machinery Safety Solutions team, Josh conducts risk assessments, defines the plan, designs the solution, implements and validates the design of manufacturing safety projects for clients across multiple industries helping companies create a safe workplace for their employees. Josh holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and CMSE® - Certified Machinery Safety Expert (TÜV NORD), He is also a member of IEEE and ISA.

Who Really Cares about Workplace Safety?

Workshop Session, Tuesday, November 28, 9:00am – 11:30am
Rooms: 208

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 the company's safety record—it affects costs, team dynamics, quality and productivity. CEOs should get it, because a focus on safety can change the entire culture and every KPI. Even the individual, whose life is on the line in risky situations every day, often has little concern for their own safety.

So, how do you get people to actually care about safety? You have to appeal to each person's own agenda. What do they care about and how does safety relate to the things most important to them?

Key Takeaways:

This session highlights common challenges and demonstrates to safety leaders the things that will make safety a priority for everyone—from company stakeholders to front-line workers, including:

  • how a common language and common purpose can get buy-in, commitment, and engagement from all levels of the organization
  • why people need to connect the safety dots to their personal life, off-the-job, in order for them to work on being safer at work
  • how a 24/7 safety skillset that reduces safety errors can be applied to also improve quality and production


Don Wilson

Don Wilson, Vice President of SafeStart, a division of SafeStart. Don's working background includes over 25 years of experience in Instructional Design, Vocational Education, E-Learning, Industrial Education and Health & Safety Training. As a motivational speaker on 24/7 safety concepts, he has been a frequent presenter at corporate health and safety meetings, as well as NSC, ASSE and VPPPA conferences at both the national and local level.

John McGillivray

John McGillivray, Manager, Safety & Environmental Affairs at Scot Forge Company. With a Chemical Engineering Degree from University of Missouri-Rolla, John has spent the last 20+ years in risk engineering and safety. He has first-hand experience applying the safety concepts covered in this workshop at Scot Forge and extended them even further by integrating them into the company's operational fabric. His contributions and the strong culture at Scot Forge led them to being awarded one of America's Safest Companies in 2014.

Improving Your Safety Culture

Workshop Session, Tuesday, November 28, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Rooms: 214

Manufacturers will receive first priority for the Polytron workshops as they will benefit the most from the content.

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.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to define a Culture of Safety
  • How to use Machinery Safety and Job Hazard evaluation tools to engage your workforce
  • Explore the role of training in creating a safe environment that is relevant and sustainable


Monchello Curry

Monchello Curry, is a Learning Lead in Polytron's Workforce Development and Training Group. With over eight years of training expertise, she manages training projects and vendors, and also develops and delivers training curricula by creating student and instructor materials for Polytron's customers. Monchello implements skill-building programs, and communication and presentation training to convey complex technical information in a simplified manner. She has hands-on expertise in workforce training for manufacturing safety. Monchello holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Averett University.

The Mobile Advantage - Engaging Workers with EHSQ Technology

Workshop Session, Tuesday, November 28, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Rooms: 208


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 in which employees understand and engage with environmental, health and safety, and quality initiatives.

Learn how organizations are using the industry-leading Intelex Mobile Platform to:

  1. Extend EHSQ initiatives to their diverse and global workforce
  2. Increase the volume and accuracy of EHSQ data
  3. Reach workers in real time with alerts or immediate intervention
  4. Provide real-time, in the field training
  5. Integrate gamification to bolster EHSQ initiatives


Brent Dubecki

Brent Dubecki, Product Director of Mobile & User Interfaces at Intelex Technologies As the Product Director of Mobile & User Interfaces at Intelex Technologies, Brent Dubecki drives new methods of leveraging technology to empower Health & Safety professionals to reduce workplace injuries. As use of technology within the workplace continues to grow, Brent studies how organizations can incorporate new technologies and improve adoption of these technologies by users to improve processes, trend results and uncover insights that will transform their business.