Program Details

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Keynote: Next Level Executive Safety Leadership: Inspiring Culture and Performance

Robert Pater, Managing Director, Strategic Safety Associates Inc

Learn how, through highest-level safety leadership, executives can energize employee engagement, reduce losses, boost trust, heighten receptivity, affect health care costs, and elevate overall performance. Attaining these results means aligning staff motivation, communications, leadership, and daily actions toward the desired direction. Safety culture encompasses what your employees believe about safety within your organization and how they conduct themselves, even when no one is watching. To achieve and sustain high-level safety performance, it is critical to send strategic messages, transfer critical skills, and reinforce these skills consistently. Albert Einstein wrote, "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Doing more of the same actions is unlikely to lead to breakthrough results, and this presentation will focus on proven time-leveraged strategies for catalyzing significant improvements in safety performance and culture. It will address how to identify the four stages of safety cultural development and how to develop insight into strategies for moving to a next-level safety culture. Learn “Executive Do's and Don'ts” for motivating safer actions and personal safety responsibility--even among minimally-supervised and "difficult to reach" workers.

Robert Pater is Managing Director of Strategic Safety Associates Inc. of Portland, Ore., and MoveSMART. His company has provided safety culture and best practices consulting services and training to major corporations in more than 63 countries worldwide. He is author of Leading from Within: Martial Arts Skill for Dynamic Business and Management and has written articles published in esteemed journals such as Nation's Business, Professional Safety, Occupational Health & Safety, HR Magazine, Training, and more. Mr. Pater has an MA in Industrial Psychology and presents frequently at conferences and events including the American Society of Safety Engineers' Annual Professional Development Conference Expo, the National Safety Congress, and now OH&S’s Executive Safety Summit.

9:40 AM - 10:30 AM

1A: Integrating Health and Safety In the Workplace

Jayme Ambrose, Director, Corporate and Community Healthcare, Scottsdale Healthcare

The workforce continues to age and obesity is the number one disease in America. Employers are caught in a myriad of health conditions that can increase your safety costs. When an employee is not physically fit, they are at higher risk to injury. The length of time and the costs of recovery also increase. Identifying health issues and providing options for wellness are a plus in reducing the overall costs of your work related injuries. Scottsdale Healthcare began integrating wellness into their safety program over the past three years. This seminar will discuss the wins for the employees and the system that this integration has created.

Jayme Ambrose, MSN, RN, COHN, CCM, is the Director of Corporate & Community Health at Scottsdale Healthcare. Jayme has over ten years of experience in the management of occupational health and safety programs. She been with Scottsdale Healthcare since 2003 and has overseen the corporate health program and its expansion. She is a graduate of Arizona State University with Master’s of Science in Nursing, emphasis on Community Health. She was recognized as Community Health Advanced Practice Student of the year in 2007. She is certified as an Occupational Health Nurse (COHN) & as a Certified Case Manager (CCM). She was recognized as Occupational Health Nurse of the Year in 2006 through the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses.

1B: The Safety Director's Role In Emergency Planning

Ellen Clas, CIH, CSP, President, Clas Consulting

When a disaster strikes, emergency responders rush in. As a result, injuries and health issues may arise. Formalized emergency response programs need to include a qualified and experienced safety officer to address these issues, mandated by NIMS and OSHA. This presentation will discuss the roles and responsibilities of a safety officer, qualifying attributes to hold the position; various training resources; and after-action critiques.

Ellen Clas is a highly accomplished emergency management, safety and industrial hygiene consultant with over 20 years of progressive responsibility. She has an impressive history of participation in numerous high-profile national emergency response and recovery efforts. This includes command staff experience as the Disaster Safety Coordinator for federal operations in Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina and the lead FEMA Safety Officer for the response and recovery efforts in New York City following 9-11. Prior to forming Clas Consulting in 2000, Ms. Clas worked for twelve years at Liberty Mutual Insurance, where she served as both an industrial hygienist and safety consultant at various insured facilities. She has also held safety and health positions with the University of California at Irvine and Berkshire Medical Center, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Ms. Clas was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Industrial Hygiene Association in 2006. Both the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and the American Board of Industrial Hygienists have recognized Ms. Clas as a professional in comprehensive practice. She holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health and Technology from Springfield College.

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

2A: The Path to a World Class Safety Culture

Bob Krzywicki, Workplace Safety Practice Leader - North America Region, DuPont Safety Resources

Companies and organizations that commit to safety excellence enjoy benefits beyond safety, including high productivity, lower insurance premiums, better labor and community relations and higher retention rates of valued employees. What does world-class leadership look like in a healthy and dynamic safety culture? What does benchmarking reveal about the key attributes of a strong safety culture? How do leaders make the right choices that maintain the culture and make a difference in the lives of employees?

This session will review strategies for demonstrating leadership that creates an environment that thirsts for, and sponsors, continuous improvements in safety, and drives employee involvement. Additionally, trends and analysis on safety perceptions and safety culture gained from nearly ten years’ worth of data from the DuPont Safety Perception Survey will be discussed – with the goal of helping executives, management and safety professionals better understand and overcome the obstacles to world-class performance.

Bob Krzywicki has 27 years of experience at DuPont. In his current role, he is the North America Operations Leader for DuPont Safety Resources and a member of its business team. For the last 8 years with DSR, Krzywicki has worked with senior leaders across a variety of industries to improve and sustain workplace safety culture and performance. Krzywicki has represented DuPont on the ANSI A10 committee (Safety Requirements for Construction and Demolition Operations) and chaired the ANSI A10.18 committee (Temporary Floor and Wall Openings, Railings and Toeboards). Krzywicki currently represents DuPont with the Construction Industry Institute (CII) and Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) where he chairs the safety committee. He has also authored numerous trade journal articles. Krzywicki’s experience includes work with a variety of owners and contractors in maintenance, service and construction. In previous roles, he worked with DuPont businesses, operating sites, customers and contractors to identify, evaluate and solve safety and health related problems. He has led a corporate-wide network that leverages learning and best practices to improve corporate contractor safety performance. Krzywicki was also the administrator of DuPont’s Owner Controlled Insurance Program, a program providing workers’ compensation and general liability insurance to a select group of contractors. This program has saved DuPont businesses between six and eight million dollars annually.

2B: Global Health Management: Risks and Rewards

Myles Druckman, MD, VP, Medical Response, International SOS

Whether it is preparing for an influenza pandemic or dealing with the fallout of a malaria fatality or suspected TB case, organizations are more sensitized than ever to the impact health incidents can have on their personnel and their business. As companies continue to expand into new markets, new health risks and challenges emerge that must be addressed. How can your organization support and protect its personnel consistently wherever they are in the world? By implementing global corporate health standards, not only can organizations reduce the risk to their global workforce, but also significant productivity gains can be achieved. Learn some of the key global health risks that challenge organizations and the key standards companies are implementing to deliver an effective global corporate health program.

Myles Druckman, M.D. is Vice President, Medical Services for International SOS, directing the Medical Consulting Services division in the Americas. In this role, Dr. Druckman leads the development of customized corporate health solutions for multinational organizations, as well as the implementation and evaluation of the programs to ensure they meet the clients’ needs. Prior to this role, Dr. Druckman was Regional Medical Director for International SOS in North Asia. Based in Beijing for five years, he developed and managed four International SOS Global Clinics, three International SOS Alarm Centers and 26 remote site operations. Considered a leading pandemic expert and thought leader in international corporate health, Dr. Druckman has served as a resource for international and national media such as CNN, CNBC and Consumer Reports on topics such as the global management of emerging diseases, pandemic preparedness, and medical crisis management. Dr. Druckman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University and a Medical Degree from McMaster University Medical School.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

3A: Deadlines and Disasters! Meeting Your Emergency Training Requirements

Richard Miller, Vice President, Public Safety Solutions

As a safety, facility or HR manager, you are mandated to hold disaster drills and training for the tenants or employees in your facility. The employees/tenants have heavy workloads, deadlines looming, the boss has hinted participation in the upcoming drill is optional, and maybe even discouraged attendance because of the impact on productivity. This is a common challenge for all who are tasked with employee and tenant safety. This program will quickly review what is required under the safety umbrella, how to motivate compliance with safety policies and procedures, improve participation in emergency drills and meet the organization’s goals for disaster preparedness and response. Learn of best practices across the country and take away new ideas on reducing the impact of a workplace emergency.

Richard Miller is the Vice President of Public Safety Solutions in Richmond, Virginia. He is the retired Fire Chief of James City County Virginia Fire Department, responsible for fire, EMS, and emergency management services. Since joining Public Safety Solutions he has managed projects for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia Hotel-Motel Association, National Marrow Donor Program, U S Bank, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and CB Richard Ellis. During his 25 years in James City County, he commanded the operations, training, and emergency management divisions. While serving as the county emergency manager, he directed the county response and recovery to two Presidential declared disasters. Richard has his Bachelor Degree in Business Management from St Leo College.

3B: Soft Tissue Injury Management

Ron Bellows, Consulting Services Mgr, AIG

Strains and sprains account for 40 to 60 percent of workers' compensation claims and 60 to 80 percent of loss costs across most major industries. Using a three-pronged approach, Soft Tissue Injury Management (STIM) programs reduce loss costs and are designed to improve all three risk control areas (pre-hire screening, prevention, and medical management) in a total WC cost control effort. This includes consideration of aging workforce issues and the implementation of utilization protocols that apply objective medical diagnostics to date and age injuries and generate fact-based medical regimens, disability ratings, and return-to-work programs. Learn ways to implement the major components of STIM programs as part of your overall risk management program.

Ronald R. Bellows, MS, CIE, CSP is the Consulting Services Manager for AIG WorldSource. He has over 25, years experience in the property casualty insurance arena, including various management positions in underwriting, claims and risk control. In his current position, Mr. Bellows is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of risk management solutions for customers in the domestic US. He received his Bachelors Degree in Biology from SUNY and his MS in Safety Management from Bienville. He is a member of numerous industry associations including RIMS, International Facility Managers, Semiconductor Safety Association, Massachusetts Biotechnology Group and others.

2:10 PM - 3:10 PM

4A: Using Reward and Recognition Programs to Drive Safe Behavior

Michael A. Fina, Vice President, Michael C. Fina

Companies are increasingly employing reward and recognition programs to promote workplace safety, especially in industries such as construction, health care, and transportation. Using case study examples, this session will show how companies can reinforce workplace safety through employee recognition and ways to reward safe working behavior among individuals as well as teams on an enterprise-wide basis. Learn how to implement safety recognition programs; how safety recognition programs lead to reduced downtime, decreased workers’ compensation, increased client retention, and improved customer satisfaction; and how the end result generates increased return on investment.

Michael A. Fina is an innovator of employee recognition programs with a strong background in technology and systems development. He designs and implements safety reward and recognition programs for Fortune 100 companies and has established a reputation for building upon a successful family operation that is dynamic, visionary and forward-minded. Michael is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, National Association for Employee Recognition, WorldatWork, and is affiliated with the Gemological Institute of America, the Better Business Bureau, the Grand Central Partnership, and the Long Island City Business Development Committee.

4B: What Employers Don't Know Will Cost Them

Frank Pennachio, Senior Consultant, Injury Management Partners

Disability threatens an employer’s best asset: a healthy, skilled workforce. While improved safety programs have reduced the number of injuries, the cost of a disability once an injury does occur has gone up. This presentation illustrates that true cost of disability goes far beyond the workers’ compensation premium and highlights the keys to an effective injury management process. Revealing misaligned incentives between employers and their workers' compensation service providers and how these misalignments occur, this session will give employers concrete tools for reducing comp costs. Attendees will gain insight into how managed care organizations work, and how they bill, revealing the hidden costs of rebates, commissions, and overrides. Learn how to measure savings and vendor performance.

Frank Pennachio has more than 30 years of experience in the workers’ compensation industry and is dedicated to helping business owners fight overcharges caused by the mistakes running rampant in the workers’ compensation system. He is the founder and president of WorkComp Partners, a Florida-based workers’ compensation insurance agency. He also co-founded the Institute of WorkComp Professionals, and is a senior consultant with Injury Management Partners. A popular industry speaker, Pennachio has also published numerous articles in such publications as HR Magazine, Insurance Journal, Occupational Hazards and Risk & Insurance. He is a graduate of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla.

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Panel Discussion: Executives Who Are Passionate About Safety

Moderator: Robert Pater, Managing Director, Strategic Safety Associates Inc
Panelists: Steve Rowley, CEO, Eagle Materials
Tom Zarges, President, Washington Division of URS Corp.

Senior Executives who simultaneously breathe the Safety message and also actively, strategically lead have reaped significant results in both culture and performance. Their "secrets" can be learned and applied by many other companies to achieve global-class levels of performance. This panel will include a cross-section of Senior Executives who are willing and able to share their lessons learned and specific strategies that participants can adapt to their own organizations.

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