2016 Conference Itinerary

Wednesday, April 6, 20168:00amKeynote Speaker #1: Joe Sweeney – Moving the Needle: Get Clear, Get Free and Get Going in Your Business, Career and Life

Description: Through his new book and training program, Joe will show you how to put action plans into place, become accountable, and ultimately, achieve your goals. If you’ve been hoping to gain much-needed traction at work and in your personal life, then Joe Sweeney will show you how to move forward.

Speaker: Joe Sweeney is a former owner and now a strategic director at Corporate Financial Advisors, LLC, a middle-market investment banking firm which specializes in providing merger and acquisition advisory services, capital sourcing, exit planning, and general corporate advisory services.
Wednesday, April 6, 20169:20amExhibitors / Break
Wednesday, April 6, 20169:40amKeynote Speaker #2: T. J. Lyons - Prevention through Design – From risk management to risk elimination

Description: The opportunities for designing-in a safer worksite and structure is one of the largest advances in the safety profession. Prevention through Design (PTD) provides significant risk avoidance for the building owner and any firm focused on claims reduction. TJ is a recognized expert in the area and will advocate that now is the time for the safety professional to step up and help prevent incidents by what he calls “design intervention’. The efforts now will create a more efficient worksite and prevent sons and daughters we will never meet – from getting hurt.

Speaker: T.J. Lyons is board certified as an Occupational Health and Safety Technologist and Certified Safety Professional, and he holds the Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) certification. He is a past assistant chief, New York State adjutant fire instructor (hazardous materials), and emergency medical technician (EMT). He serves as Director of Health and Safety for Gilbane Federal covering projects and teams across the US and overseas.
Wednesday, April 6, 201610:40amExhibitors / Break
Wednesday, April 6, 201611:00amSession 1: Topics in Occupational Medicine

Description: This session will discuss the many facets of Occupational Medicine. These include what an occupational clinic has to offer, various types of Workplace Wellness Programs and how common issues such as spine & back conditions are handled.
This session will also discuss the workplace drug abuse issues and Workplace Drug Testing Programs.

Speaker: Paul Hart, MD has been the medical director of WNY Occupational Healthcare and the employee health clinic at Niagara Falls Memorial since 1997. Prior to that, he worked at Sister’s of Charity Hospital occupational health clinic from 1994-1996. In addition to occupational medicine, he has worked in the emergency departments of Buffalo General Hospital and Millard Fillmore Hospital. He has also worked in private practice internal medicine for the past 10 years.

Speaker: Ray Hubert has been the Substance Abuse Program Administer for WNY Occupational Health for nearly 20 years. He is recognized as a Substance Abuse Professional as required by the Department of Transportation to perform evaluation’s on individuals who have violated the DOT workplace substance abuse program policies. In addition, he has been a NYS Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor for over 10 years.

Wednesday, April 6, 201611:00amSession 2: Controlling Musculoskeletal Costs – Critical Concepts & Tactics

Description: Not only do musculoskeletal injuries account for nearly eighty percent of all workers’ compensation costs, but they are typically one of the top three most expensive diagnostic categories within employer health plans. Health Connections Enterprises takes the position that the current healthcare model addressing the musculoskeletal system is inappropriate and ineffective. The current approach leads to unnecessary medical costs, reoccurring injuries, more absenteeism / presenteeism (coming to work sick), excessive employee turnover, additional hidden costs, and significant suffering for employees / patients.

Speaker: Dr. Hatrel serves as President/CEO of Health Connections Enterprises, a company geared towards reshaping the US healthcare industry’s approach to the musculoskeletal system. Dr. Hatrel has investigated and documented how the musculoskeletal system can be managed to significantly lower both workers compensation and general health costs for employers, when physical therapists with advanced training in manual and exercise therapy are placed in primary care roles.
Dr. Hatrel has designed several different types of functional testing protocols from pre-placement, post-offer screens, up to and including, a comprehensive Functional Capacity Evaluation.
He has also consulted with numerous employers, insurance carriers, and healthcare providers across the country in developing proactive strategies that reduce incidence rates, control the cost of claims, and improve the operational process for receiving healthcare services for both workers compensation and general health issues. Dr. Hatrel advocates that a systematic change in the approach to musculoskeletal problems can lead to significantly fewer claims and exponentially lower claims costs!

Wednesday, April 6, 201612:00pmLunch (provided) & Exhibitors
Wednesday, April 6, 20161:00pmSession 1: The Aging Workforce

Description: It has been quoted that the average age of the construction workforce is 47 years. People are working longer as out life expectancy increases. Whether it is for financial reasons or job satisfaction, retirement is no longer a given at a certain age. How has this changed our practices in the field and in the office?

Speaker: Dr. Warren Silverman, a Board Certified Physician in Internal Medicine, will discuss the impact of aging, the changes in the workforce, and how our businesses and industry must adapt. Dr. Silverman brings 30 years of experience in the occupational medicine field, and over two decades of working in the arena of Workers’ Compensation, both as a medical expert and with the Workers’ Compensation Board.
Wednesday, April 6, 20161:00pmSession 2: Machine Guarding and Control Wiring Issues

Description: Many safety programs (whether behavior based or meticulously written SOPs) often have deficiencies in the areas of servicing and troubleshooting equipment. These are risks that operators and technicians often overlook. Risks that are rarely addressed in annual training as well.

This presentation will not only address proper machine guarding but also highlight the risks of merely using control wiring as a means of LOTO for troubleshooting and maintenance. Whether it’s a simple control wiring schematic or new / complex schematic on a multi-function piece of equipment, the risk for injury remains when an operator or technician bypasses these controls, uses them for an undesigned purpose or is unaware of the intricacies of the wiring diagram altogether.

Speaker: Mike DeRosier is the Engineering Services Manager at Schmersal Inc. and a TUV certified Functional Safety Engineer for Machinery. His 20 years of experience include controls engineering to design, build and integrate full machine control systems. His safety experience lead him to help corporations to develop Corporate Safety Standards, perform machine safeguarding risk assessments, machine safety training and design, as well as implementation of safety systems for all aspects of machinery (electrical, electronic, pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical). Mike is joined by Jason Ziegler of Schmersal Inc.
Wednesday, April 6, 20162:10pmSafety Innovation Award Presentations
Wednesday, April 6, 20163:20pmAdjournment Safety Innovation Award with voting ballots accepted
Wednesday, April 6, 20163:30pmDay Prizes
Thursday, April 7, 20168:00am Keynote Speaker #1: Endeavour to Succeed – Captain Mark Kelly, NASA Astronaut and Author

Description: On January 8, 2011, Captain Mark Kelly would face the toughest challenge of his life when an assassination attempt was made on his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford's. His dedication to family and Giffords's road to recovery would captivate the nation. For Mark Kelly, focus equals success-even in the face of adversity. Personifying the best of the American spirit, Kelly is a homegrown hero who was a combat pilot in Iraq, an astronaut on four space shuttle missions, and commander of the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour. He has combined teamwork, leadership, communication, and family in an unwavering commitment to succeed. Kelly shows audiences how to accomplish their mission while maintaining the love and devotion to family that is the foundation of true success.
Thursday, April 7, 20169:00amExhibitors / Break
Thursday, April 7, 20169:20amKeynote Speaker #2: Ford/UAW Joint Health & Safety Program

Description: For over 30 years the UAW-Ford National Joint Committee on Health & Safety (NJCHS) has been a collaboration of labor and management providing development and oversight of health & safety including training programs, single point lessons and yearly safety stand downs (winter and summer) for over 52,000 workers across the United States. Utilizing a central theme of “Aligned – Committed – Engaged”, the NJCHS will share their journey to “becoming safest in the world”.

Sean Coughlin – Assistant Director H&S, UAW National Ford Department
Robb Miller – UAW Co-Chair, NJCHS
Mark Jones – Ford Co-Chair, NJCHS
Thursday, April 7, 201610:10amJoe Sweeney followup workshop – applying what we learned
Thursday, April 7, 201611:10amSession Title 1: Leading versus Lagging Indicators

Description: What key performance indicators are driving your safety program? See which leading and lagging indicators are essential to an accurate assessment of your program and which ones can be used to enhance and improve it.

Speaker: Dominic Bruno is currently the Safety & Security Coordinator responsible for site safety compliance (OSHA Standards, SABIC Safety Policies), contractor safety, site security systems, and security staff. He is the site Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Manager. He serves as the Co-chair at the Selkirk site OSHA VPP core team. He is involved in the site Emergency Response Organization. He has worked for SABIC Plastics (formally GE Plastics) for over 31 years.
Dominic is a 40 year member and past Chief of the Coeymans Fire Company, currently serving as Assistant Fire Chief. He is also a member of the Delmar/ Bethlehem Ambulance Squad and an active Fire Instructor for New York State Office of Fire Prevention & Control.

Speaker: Timothy Knapp has worked in the area of EHS for over 20 years and has served in various positions at the plant and corporate levels for manufacturing, mining and pharmaceutical firms across the globe. He began his career as a Health Physicist after completing his Master of Public Health degree and eventually obtained an MBA in management in an effort to help him drive safety culture with senior management. With a passion for continuous improvement in EHS and an aversion to “flavor of the day” safety programs, he strives to establish meaningful, long-term leading indicator programs, at the facilities he works with, based on their specific improvement needs.
Thursday, April 7, 201611:10amSession 2: Indoor Air Quality and Facility Engineering Challenges for Building Management Systems

Description: Whether it is for a new facility, a renovation or a building expansion, new HVAC units and building management systems offer energy efficiency and cost effectiveness only if they are well designed and maintained. Our panel will discuss factors affecting indoor air quality, operational issues of BMS and the challenges of designing a BMS program within LEED parameters.

Karen Peissinger - Industrial Hygienist, University at Buffalo Environment, Health & Safety
Dan Velasquez - John W Danforth Company
John Stuber – U&S Services
Thursday, April 7, 201612:00pmLunch (provided)  Award Presentations / Scholarships / ASSE Awards
Thursday, April 7, 20161:10pmSession 1: Back Injury Prevention

Description: Back injuries are among of the most common, devastating and expensive injuries occurring in industry. This presentation will address how to reduce the risk of a back injury, simple self-care options, general safety considerations and proper lifting techniques. Every employer and employee should understand the role they play in reducing the risk of back Injury.

Speaker: Tom Haney – Principal at Tom Haney Consulting and Coaching
Tom provides expert consultation in Health Risk Management and Corporate Wellness Program facilitation to assist employers in controlling health care costs. He applies research-based programs that help prevent and manage work place injuries and reduce workers' compensation claims. Strategies include individual and management team training as well as job and data analysis to develop solutions necessary for employees to perform their work safely and efficiently.
His firm offers individual coaching in health, fitness, anti-aging and athletic performance. Tom is and has been a director, member, contributor and consultant for many businesses, associations and organizations through WNY.
Thursday, April 7, 20161:10pmSession 2: Your Process Safety Management Program is Out of Date

Description: This will be a discussion of the OSHA Process Safety Management regulation from the unique perspective of an OSHA compliance officer who developed and managed a PSM program in private industry. Insight will be provided on the most frequently cited sections of the standard along with a discussion of field observations and experiences along with compliance suggestions. Included will be a review of the most current PSM interpretations from the OSHA National office and a Q/A session.

Speaker: Mr. Donofrio has worked for the Buffalo Area Office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) since 2005 and brought more than two decades of chemical industry experience to his position with the agency. Beginning his career with FMC Corporation at their Specialty Chemicals facility in Buffalo, as a Safety Supervisor, he later took the position of Safety Manger at their Middleport New York facility subsequent to the Methyl Isocyanate incidents at Bhopal India and Middleport, NY. At FMC he was responsible for developing safety policies, procedures and programs to ensure worker safety, regulatory compliance and coordination of emergency response activities.
He continued his career in occupational safety and health going to work for Pennwalt Lucidol at their Geneseo, New York facility. While overseeing hazard identification and loss prevention activities at one of the largest organic peroxide manufacturers in the country, Mr. Donofrio created, developed and was responsible for the site Process Safety Management (PSM) program.
His other duties at OSHA include performing safety inspections; complaint and accident investigations along with National and Local Emphasis Program compliance activities related to Machine Guarding. He is also considered a subject matter expert on Combustible Dust Hazards within Region II.
Thursday, April 7, 20162:10pmBreak
Thursday, April 7, 20162:20pmSession 1: OSHA case studies – the Do’s and Don’ts

Description: This panel will discuss various missteps that companies have taken when confronted with OSHA violations. Whether during informal conferences, formal hearings or followup inspections, companies have come up with unique and peculiar attempts to avoid implementing corrective actions and paying penalties. If you think an OSHA citation is merely a “parking ticket” on your company’ journey, you need to hear what has happened to your cohorts.

Mike Stratton – Hazard Evaluations Inc.
Nicholas Getty – Lawley Insurance
James Donathen – Phillips Lytle LLP
Thursday, April 7, 20162:20pmSession 2: iAuditor Safety App by SafetyCulture
Description: iAuditor is the world’s most used inspection checklist app. It offers the benefits of collaborative and crowd-sourced safety. The audience will get an insight into how iAuditor is used to increase safety and best practices for audits and inspections.
Speaker: Joshua Yeamans is responsible for the success of SafetyCulture customers in the deployment of SafetyCulture products. He works closely with the software engineering teams and helps drives the innovation from the user's perspective. Prior to joining the SafetyCulture team, Joshua was a Fire Lieutenant and Paramedic for over 13 years with the City of Lenexa Fire Department. During his last few years at the fire department, he implemented iAuditor into the fire department's daily operation for conducting and capturing inspections, quality assurance, and training data to help minimize the department's risks.
Thursday, April 7, 20163:30pmDay Prizes

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