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Meet our Workshop Presenters!

You can also download the workshop schedule here. (Current as of 9/21/18)

OSHA Electronic Recordkeeping

Presenter: Valerie Struve
Program Analyst, US DOL OSHA

In 2018, covered establishments must submit injury information from their completed 2017 Form 300A by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, covered establishments must submit the information by March 2.  During this workshop, OSHA will explain which establishments are covered and how to submit the data online.  The presentation will also cover which cases are OSHA-recordable.  At the end of the presentation, there will be a question and answer period for general OSHA recordkeeping issues.


This workshop will be held Tuesday, October 2nd, from 8:00 - 9:30 am in the Carousel meeting room.

Introduction to using PLAN-DO-CHECK-ACT (PDCA) Methodology to Improve your Self-Inspection Program

Presented by Stuart Mirowitz, DrPH, CIH, CSP, FAIHA

Paramus, NJ

The Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Cycleprovides a simple but effective approach for problem solving and continuous improvement, ensuring that ideas are appropriately tested before committing to full implementation.  This workshop will highlight key factors of using the PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) model to improve safety and health self-inspection program.  

Initial plans for improvement generated a: revised inspector training program; group of mentors for those who are new to conducting inspections; and revised the inspection documentation. This resulted in improved employee engagement and hazard recognition.

This workshop will be held Tuesday, October 2nd, from 10:00 - 11:30 am in the Carousel Meeting Room. 

ARC Flash 19.10.335/70E Awareness


Presented by Kevin O'Brien, CSC

Director of Operations & Training, Access Health Systems

Employees working in areas where there are potential electrical hazards shall be provided with, and shall use, electrical protective equipment that is appropriate for the specific parts of the body to be protected and for the work to be performed. This training will cover protective equipment and maintenance, the insulating capability of protective equipment, use of nonconductive head protection wherever there is a danger of head injury from electric shock or burns due to contact with exposed energized parts. Protective equipment for the eyes or face wherever there is danger of injury to the eyes or face from electric arcs or flashes or from flying objects resulting from electrical explosion. General protective equipment and tools, fuse handling, insulating capability of tools, use of nonconductive ropes and hand lines used near exposed energized parts, protective shields, protective barriers, or insulating materials shall be used to protect from shock, burns, or other electrically related injuries. 

This workshop will be held Tuesday October 2nd, from 12:30 - 2:00 pm in the Carousel meeting room.

VPP Manager Workshop

Presented by Richard Brown, VPP Manager, US DOL OSHA  

This workshop will provide an opportunity for a program update for VPP participants from the VPP Manager.  There will also be an update for current Special Government Employees.  There will be a question and answer session for the group, and the VPP Manager will be available afterwards to answer any individual questions.  This year, a significant portion of the workshop will be devoted to VPP self-evaluations.  We will discuss how to improve annual submissions and how to use VPP self-evaluations as a tool to drive continuous improvement.

This workshop will be held Tuesday October 2nd, from 2:15 to 3:45 pm, in the Carousel meeting room.

Common Fire Safety Violations

Presented by Brian Bennett and Norman Deitch

EHS Excellence Consulting, LLC

The local fire inspector has called and scheduled an inspection of your facility in the upcoming days.  You want to prepare, but you are not sure of what things the inspector will be looking for.  Using photographs from previous inspections, an experienced Fire Inspector will give you insights into what issues will likely be focused on during the inspection, some common violations that are found in workplaces, and what you can do to properly prepare for an inspections.

This workshop will be held, Tuesday, October 2nd, from 8:00 - 9:30 am in the Canfield meeting room.

NAES – Two Locations Sharing Two Best Practices:

Logan’s Generating will be presenting on Back Pass Buddy, and Carney’s Point will be presenting on Safety Comes Home

Presented Mike Holick – Logan Generating, NJ and Paul Diedrichson, Buzz Ryder – Carney’s Point, NJ 


“Back Pass Buddy” One of the operation crews at Logan Generating came up with this idea and presented it to their shift supervisor.  The idea was to utilize a mechanical device to clean ash from the back pass area of the boiler for inspections verses employees climbing in and out to clean with a fire hose. 


“Safety Comes Home” People are three times more likely to be hurt off the job than while at work. Bringing safety home it is not just the right choice for you, but influencing family, friends, and impacting your community, makes it the right decision for everyone.

This workshop will be held Tuesday October 2nd, from 10:00 - 11:30 am in the Canfield meeting room.


Workplace Violence – Who is at Risk and How to Reduce it . . . .


Presented by Steven Huntington, Safety Instructor 

Catamount Consulting

Workplace violence is any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site.  It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide. It can affect and involve employees, clients, customers, and visitors.  This workplace violence presentation provides information on the extent of violence in the workplace, assessing the hazards in different settings and developing workplace violence prevention.  Workplace violence training will help reduce disruptive incidents, prevent workplace violence, lower risk of injury improve workplace relations, and reduce exposure to liability.  Join the presenter to share in his over 30 years of law enforcement experience and tactical training.


This workshop will be held, Tuesday, October 2nd from 12:30 - 2:00 pm in the Canfield meeting Room.

Survive an Active Shooter Event

Presented by Brian Bennett and Norman Deitch

EHS Excellence Consulting, LLC


Active shooter incidents are becoming all too common.  These incidents are often unpredictable and evolve very quickly.  This workshop will discuss common facility vulnerabilities that exist that can be exploited by a shooter to maximize attack effectiveness, and what you can do to reduce the likelihood of an attack. Information will be presented on what actions can be taken in response to an attack to protect employees and increase their chances of survival.  The workshop will also address basic security enhancements that can be made to make your workplace more secure and less vulnerable to criminal activity or terrorist attacks. 

This workshop will be held, Tuesday, October 2nd, from 2:15 - 3:45 in the Canfield meeting room.

Killing Conditions – Why They Continue


Presented by TJ Lyons, OHST, CSP 

Eastern Region EHS Manager, Total Facility Solutions – A company of the M+W Group


Honest discussions with the audience on outdated construction work traditions and why now is the right time for change.  Discussed in plain terms and examples, TJ offers methods to eliminate outdated conditions that are hurting or killing workers on our projects. Conditions we overlook on a construction site – through simple conversation and contractual provisions would prevent injuries or death. Ten opportunities including a topic few are willing to discuss.  All offered to save your schedule, profits and lives.  Most if not all the interventions offered will keep our sons and daughters unhurt for little or no money.


This workshop will be held, Tuesday, October 2nd from 8:00 - 9:30 am in the Yaddo meeting Room.

Managing Contractors at VPP Sites

Presented by Brian Bennett and Norman Deitch

EHS Excellence Consulting, LLC

Contractors can make or break your participation in the VPP. Improperly selected, trained, and managed contractors can lead to increased injuries and significant incidents.  This workshop will cover various best practices regarding the use of contractors at VPP Worksites. Topics covered include: Developing an effective contractor; safety and health management systems; selection and approval of contractors; training of contractors; auditing of contractors; and integration of contractors into your overall safety and health system.  Attendees will learn various techniques that can be employed to ensure contractors work at least as safe as your own employees and are a valued VPP partner.

This workshop will be held, Tuesday, October 2nd, from 10:00 - 11:30 in the Yaddo meeting room.

Aerial Work Platforms & Fall Protection

Presented by Lawrence G. White, Mathew E. White, and Randy A. White

L.G. White Safety Corporation

L.G. White Safety Corporation’s Presentation will cover both Aerial Work Platform and Fall Protection information. The Aerial Work Platform portion of the course will cover OSHA standards, pre-use inspections, types of aerial lifts, training requirements, selecting the right lift, inspections, safety and shutdown procedures, and fall protection while working on an aerial lift. The Fall Protection portion of the course will cover OSHA standards for railings, safety nets, covers, and personal fall arrest systems. The course will also include information about fall protection equipment inspections, ABCD’s of fall protection, and the difference between active and passive fall protection solutions. L.G. White Safety will bring to the course examples of commercially available fall protection equipment for demonstration.

This workshop will be held, Tuesday, October 2nd, from 12:30 - 2:00 pm in the Yaddo meeting room.


Improving Safety Culture Through Risk Management

Presented by Scott McKenna, Catamount Consulting

There are a number of things that the Safety Supervisor has to manage within their organization. We will focus our time on the inspection process and minimizing citations, as well as minimizing exposure of risk to the staff members. Join us while we explore these details. We will explore the human behavior side of accident prevention and look at how human factors and behavior affect personnel and organizational safety. Does compliance with regulatory standards equal safety? Why do the same injuries still continue to occur? Discussions on safety are always based on who’s doing what wrong and who’s getting injured and killed. Let’s take a different look at safety and see what’s being done right and who isn’t being killed while acknowledging that safe, quality production is the goal. The Catamount Consulting Group has spent a great deal of time exploring the foundations of safety and is convinced all levels of safety professionals must understand how to manage risk and recognize that relying on luck is not solution as well as being aware of the link between effective communication and accident prevention. Attendees are invited to join in this session to explore some of Mr. McKenna’s thoughts as he captivates your attention and entertains you while you learn.

This workshop will be held, Tuesday, October 2nd, from 2:15 - 3:45 pm in the Yaddo meeting room.

Strengthening Star Quality - Post Forum Workshop

Presented by Robert Brynes, Vice Chapter Chairperson, (Wheelabrator) and Brenda Wiederkehr, CSC, Chapter Chairperson (Access Health Systems)

This workshop will go over questions such as Just Maintaining? Or what is OSHA seeing?  It will also look at what the recertification findings have been showing with Employee Involvement, Hazard Prevention & Control, and Safety & Health Training.  It will give ideas of what to do.  Reasons why to still participate in VPP.  We will have breakout groups to help work on these findings. There will also be a review of Best practices.  It will also review the common 90 day items!

This workshop will be held, Wednesday, October 3rd, from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm in the Carousel meeting room.

Respirable Crystalline Silica - Post Forum Workshop

Presented by Kevin O'Brien, CSC

Director of Operations & Training, Access Health Systems


This workshop will clearly identify the health hazards associated with respirable crystalline silica exposure. How are employees exposed? What activities put workers at increased risk? What control measures can be put in place to limit exposure? When is air sampling required? How is Table 1 used to develop safe work practices? We will tackle the questions and more. This course is designed to provide a solid foundation in the essential elements of the standard. The particulate in question is 100 times smaller than a grain of sand. The adverse health effects (ex. Silicosis, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is 100% preventable. This will cover both the Construction 29 CFR 1926.1153 & the General Industry Standards 29 CFR 1910.1053

This workshop will be held, Wednesday, October 3rd, from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm in the Canfield meeting room.

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