Kalispell SafetyFestMT 2021

Kalispell SafetyFestMT

The Kalispell SafetyFest will take place virtually from March 29, 2021 - April 2, 2021. The event is FREE and open to anyone that wants to attend. Participants who complete their courses will receive a certificate for each session they attended.

Here is a list of topics that are on the agenda:

  • 8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher (Class Size is Limited)
  • Management of Aggressive Behavior Class is Full
  • Mental Health First Aid Class is Full
  • Reasonable Cause Testing - Signs, Symptoms & So Much More! Class is Full
  • OSHA 10-Hour Construction (Class Size is Limited)
  • OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Class Size is Limited)
  • OSHA 7215 Silica in Construction & General Industry (Class Size is Limited)
  • OSHA 7405 Fall Protection in Construction (Class Size is Limited)
  • OSHA 7410 Managing Excavation Hazards (Class Size is Limited)
  • ABC Clinic
  • Ag Safety
  • Confined Space
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A
  • Defensive Driving
  • Electrical Safety
  • Ergonomics
  • Grain Safety
  • HAZCOM & GHS
  • HAZCOM Practices During the Pandemic
  • Healthy Home Pollutants and Airflow
  • How the Americans with Disabilities Act Impacts You
  • Independent Contractor Exemptions in Montana
  • Internal Safety Audits
  • Lead Safe Practices
  • Let it Snow: If the Snow Retention System is Installed
  • Load Securement
  • Lockout Tagout
  • Making the Connection Between Housing, Hazards & Health
  • Montana Safety Culture Act (MSCA): Accident Investigation & Safety Committees
  • MSCA: New Employee Orientation & Annual Refresher Training
  • MSCA: Record Keeping & Reporting
  • MSCA: Self Inspections
  • MSCA: Task Specific Training
  • Occupational Noise
  • OSHA Record Keeping Update
  • Preventing Distracted Driving
  • Radon & Asbestos in Montana
  • Risk Assessment: The Underused Tool That's Free!
  • Risk Assessment for PPE
  • Risk Perception
  • Slips, Trips & Falls
  • Stay at Work/Return to Work Programs
  • Stress & Nutrition
  • Suicide in Montana
  • The Ins & Outs of Drug Testing
  • Trenchbox Safety
  • Welding Safety
  • What You Need to Know About Discrimination
  • Work Comp 101
  • Working Safe Around Equipment
  • Workplace Violence

If you have questions about SafetyFestMT, please email Casey Kyler-West.


Sponsors


Agenda


Monday 3/29

8 AM - 9 AM
Workplace Violence

9 AM - 12 PM
OSHA 10-Hour Construction (Class occurs at the same time every day through Thursday, class size is limited)

9 AM - 10 AM
Internal Safety Audits
OSHA COVID-19 Guidance

10 AM - 11 AM
Lead Safe Practices

10:30 AM - 12 PM
Ag Safety

11 AM - 12 PM
Stress & Nutrition

1 PM - 3 PM
Suicide in Montana
Work Comp 101

2 PM - 4:30 PM
ABC Clinic (Class occurs at the same time every day through Thursday)

3 PM - 5 PM
Stay at Work/Return to Work
Working Safe Around Equipment


Tuesday 3/30

8 AM - 5 PM
OSHA 7215 Silica in Construction & General Industry (Class size is limited)

8 AM - 12 PM
Defensive Driving (Participants who sign up for this course will be sent a link to enter their information in order to receive their certification at the end of the class.)

OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Class occurs at the same time every day through Thursday & class size is limited)

8 AM - 9:30 AM
MSCA: Record Keeping & Reporting

8 AM - 9 AM
Risk Assessment - The Underused Tool that's Free!

9 AM - 10:30 AM 
OSHA Record Keeping Update

10 AM - 11 AM
Healthy Home Pollutants and Airflow
MSCA: Task Specific Training

11 AM - 12 PM
What You Need to Know About Discrimination

1 PM - 2:30 PM
The Ins & Outs of Drug Testing

1 PM - 2 PM
MSCA: Self Inspections & Audits

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
MSCA: Accident Investigation & Safety Committees

3 PM - 4 PM
Occupational Noise

Wednesday 3/31

8 AM - 5 PM
OSHA 7410 Managing Excavation Hazards (Class size is limited)

8:30 AM - 4 PM
Mental Health First Aid (Class size is limited)

8 AM - 12 PM
8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher (Class occurs at the same time on Thursday and class size is limited)

8 AM - 10 AM
Grain Safety

8 AM - 9 AM
MSCA: New Employee Orientation & Annual Refresher Training

9 AM - 12 PM
Reasonable Cause Testing - Signs Symptoms & So Much More (Class size is limited, participants who register for this course will be sent a link to enter their information in order to receive the certification at the end of class.)

9 AM - 10 AM
Load Securement

10 AM - 12 PM
Electrical Safety

11 Am - 12 PM
Let it Snow: If the Retention System is Installed

1 PM - 3 PM
Risk Perception

1 PM - 2:30 PM
Trenchbox Safety

3 PM - 4 PM
Conducting Ergonomic Assessments
Risk Assessment for PPE

Thursday 4/1

8 AM - 5 PM
OSHA 7405 Fall Protection in Construction

8 AM - 10 AM
Radon & Asbestos in Montana

8 AM - 9 AM
Confined Space

9 AM - 1 PM
Management of Aggressive Behavior (Class size is limited)

9 AM - 11 AM
Preventing Distracted Driving (Participants who register for this course will be sent a link to enter their information in order to receive the certificate at the end of class.)

9 AM - 10 AM
Lockout Tagout

10 AM - 12 PM
Harassment & Hostile Work Environment Prevention Training
Making the Connection Between Housing, Hazards & Health

11 AM - 12 PM
How the ADA Impacts You

1 PM - 3PM
HAZCOM & GHS
Slips, Trips & Falls

3 PM - 5 PM
HAZCOM Safety Practices During the Pandemic
Welding Safety

Friday 4/2


8 AM - 9 AM 

Independent Contractor Exemptions in Montana






Class Descriptions


ABC CLINIC TRACK
Various Presenters
Monday – Thursday 2 PM – 4:30 PM
Attendees that register for this track will hear a variety of presentations. The topics and times are listed below (times are subject to change):

Monday 
Wage & Hour and Independent Contractor Exemptions – Presented by Logan Jackson
Montana Employer Support of Guard & Reserve (ESGR) – Employers will learn how ESGR works.

Tuesday 
Montana Department of Revenue Withholding & E-services – Presented by Jennifer Williams
Montana Job Service – Presented by Tammy Wynn
Labor Market Information – Presented by Matt Betcher
Child Support Enforcement & New Hire Reporting – Presented by Shawn Rafferty

Wednesday
Unemployment Insurance Benefits – Presented by BreAnn Miller
Unemployment Insurance Contributions – Presented by Lisa Barton

Thursday
Workers’ Compensation – Presented by Cindy Zimmerman
Vocational Rehabilitation – Presented by Mark Mahnke
Montana Registered Apprenticeship

AG SAFETY
Rob Sperle, Montana State Fund
Monday 10:30 AM – 12 PM
The ag sector has many hazards, this class will address several hazards and give the student strategies to work safely around these.

CONDUCTING ERGONOMIC ASSESSMENTS 
Jake Sandau, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday 4 PM – 5 PM
Cumulative trauma injuries are becoming one of the top workers' compensation claims that employers face. These are especially prevalent due to many employees now working remotely or in unfamiliar locations. This presentation will discuss tips on how to conduct an initial ergonomic assessment for employees. Note:  This is for preventative ergonomic assessments and does not take the place of medical advice.

CONFINED SPACE
Shawn McLain, DLI Safety & Health Bureau
Thursday 8am – 9am
This class will cover the OSHA standard 1910.146 and will outline the requirements for practices and procedures to protect employees in general industry from the hazards of entry into permit-required confined spaces.

COVID-19 VACCINE Q&A
Jim Murphy, DPHHS
Tuesday11am – 12pm
Participants who register for this course will learn about Montana’s COVID-19 policy and be able to ask the State’s top health experts questions about the vaccines.

DEFENSIVE DRIVING
Montana Department of Administration, Risk Management & Tort Division
Tuesday 8am – 12pm
This 4-hour National Safety Council course educates drivers about common risks associated with driving. The course includes learning modules to help drivers understand their driving environment and avoid the most common causes of crashes. The course also emphasizes preparation for the driving experience and ways to be more aware and defensive in 
daily driving. The class is entertaining and contains valuable information for all participants. It uses slides, videos, and instructor comments to convey information. The 36-page course workbook is yours to take home and share with others.

Participants who sign up for this course will also be sent a link to register through the instructor’s platform so that they can receive the Defensive Driving Certification. 

ELECTRICAL SAFETY
Jerry Laughery, DLI Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday 10 AM – 12 PM
Many industrial hazards may not be reduced through elimination, substitution, engineering or administrative controls. An employer’s last line of defense is to suit employees in personal protective equipment (PPE). However, most workers suffering eye, head and foot injuries are due to a lack of utilizing PPE. 

OSHA requires that all employers evaluate their workplace for hazards and complete a documented assessment. We will cover key elements of the OSHA PPE regulation and how to protect your employees and business.

GRAIN SAFETY
Chris Tacke, DLI Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday 8am – 10am
This class will look at safety and health hazards that are commonly found in Grain Handling. We will be discussing the six (6) most common hazards found in Grain Handling/Storage, abatement options for mitigating safety and health hazards, OSHA’s Grain Handling standard 1910.272 and looking at tools and resources for employers to use when identify and mitigating safety and health hazards.

HARASSMENT & HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT PREVENTION TRAINING
Deanna Keller, Missoula Federal Credit Union
Thursday 10 AM – 12 PM
This session will include learning about what is sexual harassment and hostile work environment, how they differ from one another, and how to identify the behavior.  Time will also be spent on intent versus perception, the reasonable person standard, and the third person standard.   Participants will also learn about workplace bullying and how it can differ from harassment.

HAZCOM & GHS
Jason Venn, Victory Insurance
Thursday 1 PM - 2:30 PM
Participants in this class will learn about the identities and hazards of chemicals in the workplace. They will also learn how to classify chemicals and communicate hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. Participants will also receive any updates to the OSHA standard.

HAZCOM SAFETY PRACTICES DURING THE PANDEMIC
Fred Miller, DLI Safety & Health Bureau
Thursday 3 PM – 5 PM
HAZCOM Safety Practices During the Pandemic - does your Hazard Communication plan address the changes you need to make in wake of COVID-19 to keep your workers safe? Lack of planning can result in failures as employers attempt to address challenges with insufficient resources and workers who might not be adequately trained. Planning for COVID-19 may involve updating plans to address the specific exposure risks, sources of exposure, routes of transmission and other unique COVID characteristics. 

HAZWOPER 8-HOUR REFRESHER
Larry Alheim, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Part 1.  Wednesday 8 AM – 12 PM
Part 2. Thursday 8 AM – 12 PM
This class meets OSHA requirements for 8 hours of annual refresher training and targets workers who remove hazardous waste or who are exposed to hazardous substances or health hazards. Topics include HAZWOPER regulations, safety hazards, air monitoring, medical surveillance, site control, decontamination, and respiratory equipment. This is for those who have completed the 40-hour or 24-hour HAZWOPER training.

HEALTHY HOMES: POLLUTANTS AND AIRFLOW
Wyatt Catron, Montana Weatherization Training Center, MSU Extension Office
Tuesday10 AM – 11 AM
Healthy Housing Principles for the Construction Industry. An update on protocols to protect homeowners from home hazards. Includes sections on combustion safety, moisture management, pest control, and pollutant reduction. This course would follow healthy housing principles established by the Building Performance Institute.

HOW THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT IMPACTS YOU
Andria Hardin, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Human Rights Bureau
Thursday 11 AM – 12 PM
Participants who take this class will learn about the Americans with Disabilities Act and how it impacts their workplace.

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR EXEMPTIONS IN MONTANA
Logan Jackson, Department of Labor & Industry
Friday8 AM – 9 AM
Everything you wanted to know about Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate and Construction Contractor Registration but were afraid to ask.

INTERNAL SAFETY AUDITS
Kayla Criscuolo, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday9 AM – 10 AM
This session is intended to provide knowledge of workplace hazards, according to OSHA 1910 General Industry Standards, and recommendation to eliminate them. It will provide guidance on how to conduct a thorough audit of your work environment as well as OSHA mandated safety and health programs.

LEAD SAFE PRACTICES
Wyatt Catron, Montana Weatherization Training Center, MSU Extension Office
Monday10 AM – 11 AM
A review of the lead paint hazard, with some background science and practical steps to reduce risk. Plus, an intro to the EPA Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program. 

LET IT SNOW: IF THE SNOW RETENTION SYSTEM IS INSTALLED
Gary Heslington, Tra Snow & Sun
Wednesday 11 AM – 12 PM
Heavy snow, while perfect for skiing and snowball fights, is less than ideal when it glaciates, moves, and avalanches off roofs, creating severe safety issues for those below.  Despite deaths, injuries, and property damage there are currently no codes or standards to help resolve this issue and the accompanying liabilities.  In this course, building professionals will learn to recognize these hazards and how to effectively protect a building, its occupants, and its surroundings by using properly engineered, designed, and installed roof top snow retention systems.
Course Learning Objectives:
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Recognize the danger and safety concerns that heavy snow moving and falling from roofs present to occupants and by-passers.
  • Understand that common, everyday solutions are not effective at resolving the safety issues or removing liability concerns.
  • Identify modern snow retention solutions, such as snow brackets and snow fences, that effectively retain snow so that occupants can safely access and use a building.
  • List engineering factors that need to be considered to ensure snow retention devices are properly engineered and installed to effectively solve the many potential problems of heavy snow moving and follow off roofs.

LOAD SECUREMENT
Kevin Adkins, MDT MCIS
Wednesday 9 AM – 10 AM
Class Description Coming Soon…

LOCKOUT TAGOUT
Billy Chilton, DLI Safety & Health Bureau
Thursday 9 AM – 10 AM
This course covers OSHA's Control for Hazardous Energy and Lockout and Tagout (LOTO) standards.  These procedures exist to ensure safety during equipment servicing and maintenance.  They prevent you from being injured by the unexpected or start-up of machines or the sudden release of stored energy. You'll learn the required elements of energy control procedures and their purpose, as well as the responsibilities of people involved with lockout/tagout. We'll cover training and inspection requirements, the steps for safely applying energy shutdown, and the basic requirements for lockout/tagout devices. 

MAKING THE CONNECTION BETWEEN HOUSING, HAZARDS & HEALTH
Gerald Freese, Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
Thursday 10 AM – 11 AM
Participants who take this course will learn about the dangers lead paint can pose to human health.

MANAGEMENT OF AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR
Ryan Mulcahy, BA, RMA, AEMT, MPH, Candidate Highland College
Thursday 9 AM – 1 PM
MOAB® presents principles techniques, and skills for recognizing, reducing, and managing violent and aggressive behavior. The program also provides humane and compassionate methods of dealing with aggressive people. MOAB® techniques provide research based nonverbal, verbal and physical skills as well as personal defense and safety skills. MOAB® goes beyond the strategies for preventing and diffusing a crisis. It addresses the multitude of crises and stages of conflict to help clam people, diffuse anxious or aggressive behavior, avoid violence and injuries, and create confidence and the ability to improve any situation and minimize or eliminate lawsuits. 
Participants who sign up for this course will receive the link to the session directly from the Instructor.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
Nikole Bakko– Riverstone Health
Julie Russell – Montana Health Network
Wednesday 8:30 AM – 4 PM
Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illness, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common support. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illness, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia.
Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

COURSE DETAILS:
• Assess for risk of suicide or harm
• Listen nonjudgmentally
• Give reassurance and information
• Encourage appropriate professional help
• Encourages self-help and other support strategies

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
• Must complete the 2-Hour individual assignment before session.
• Must attend the full 5.5-hour virtual training.
• Must pass the test at the end of the course.

Participants who register for this course will receive the link to the class directly from the instructor.


MONTANA SAFETY CULTURE ACT (MSCA): ACCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS & SAFETY COMMITTEES
Matt Berg, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
This session will highlight the reporting, investigating, and taking corrective action on all work-related incidents as well as safety committee requirements of the Montana Safety Culture Act for the public sector. This class will cover different topics and ideas for the required documentation to fulfill these elements. Additionally, attendees will participate in an accident investigation that will give them an idea on how to report, investigate, and take corrective actions of work related incidents.  

MSCA: NEW EMPLOYEE ORIENTATION & ANNUAL REFRESHER TRAINING
CJ Holland, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday 8 AM - 9 AM
This class details these three elements required under the Montana Safety Culture Act. Safety Compliance Specialists from the Montana Department of Labor and Industry will explain numerous options and ideas for completing the required trainings to fulfill the requirements of these elements. Additionally, the instructors will cover the employer documentation requirements. 

MSCA: RECORD KEEPING & REPORTING
Ethan Anderson, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau 
Tuesday 8 AM – 9:30 AM
This session will highlight the recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the Montana Safety Culture Act with emphasis towards public sector employers. This will include when to record and report work related injuries and illnesses and how to complete the required forms.

MSCA: SELF INSPECTION & AUDITS
Tyler Sanders, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday    1 PM - 2 PM
This session will highlight the MSCA requirements and importance of thorough periodic self-inspections. We will touch on available tools to assist Public & Private Sector employers with the process and provide a chance for participants to review scenarios and identify hazards.

MSCA: TASK & REFRESHER TRAINING
David Evans, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday    10 AM - 11 AM
This session will highlight task-specific and refresher training in the workplace. Provisions of the Montana Safety Culture Act and various OSHA requirements will be examined. The second half of this session will provide employers with a sample training program that can be adapted to their specific workplace.

OCCUPATIONAL NOISE
Molly McNabb, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety Health Bureau
Tuesday      3 PM – 4 PM
Overview of noise hazards in the workplace, assessing noise exposure levels and controls to reduce harmful noise exposure to employees.  This class will also review additional requirements per the OSHA noise standard.

OSHA COVID-19 GUIDANCE
John Olaechea, OSHA
Monday    9 AM – 10 AM
This course covers OSHA’s revised guidance regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic and workplace safety.

OSHA 10-HOUR: CONSTRUCTION
Berke Brown, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday - Thursday 9 AM - 12 PM
This training is designed to educate every construction worker on the recognition and avoidance of the top four hazards in your work environment. Topics include fall protection, personal protective equipment, health hazards, and more. It also includes an introduction to OSHA’s construction industry standards and requirements of the more frequently referenced and cited standards. Students receive an OSHA 10-hour card upon completion.

Participants who sign up for this course must turn their camera on during the virtual session.

OSHA 10-HOUR: GENERAL INDUSTRY
Fred Miller, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday - Thursday 8:30 AM - 12 PM
This training is designed to educate every worker on hazard recognition and avoidance. Topics include personal protective equipment, flammable and combustible liquids, machine guarding, preventing slips, trips and falls, and more. Also includes an introduction to OSHA’s industry standards and requirements of the more frequently referenced and cited standards. Students receive an OSHA 10-hour card upon completion.

Participants who sign up for this course must turn their camera on during the virtual session.

OSHA 7215 SILICA IN CONSTRUCTION AND GENERAL INDUSTRY 
Rob Weston, Rocky Mountain OSHA University of Utah
Tuesday       8 AM – 5 PM
This course covers the development and implementation of controls and strategies to prevent or mitigate silica exposures in construction, maritime, and general industries. Course topics include describing the requirements of OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica standards and recognizing the hazards and risks, assessment options, and exposure control measures associated with silica exposure. Minimum student contact hours.

OSHA 7405 FALL HAZARD AWARENESS FOR CONSTRUCTION 
Rob Weston, Rocky Mountain OSHA University of Utah
Thursday 8 AM – 5 PM
This one-day course provides information on identifying, evaluating and preventing exposures to fall hazards at construction sites. The goal of the course is to provide small business owners, trainers, supervisors and employees with information on recognizing potential fall hazards at their work sites and suggest ways to avoid, minimize, control and prevent these hazards whenever possible. The course focuses on falls to a lower level rather than falls resulting from slips and trips. Topics include identifying fall hazards, analyzing fall hazards, and preventing fall hazards, as well as OSHA resources that address fall hazards.

OSHA 7410 MANAGING EXCAVATION HAZARDS
Rob Weston, Rocky Mountain OSHA University of Utah
Wednesday 8 AM – 5 PM
In this one-day course, students will learn about the role and responsibility of the employer to assign a competent person to the excavation site and arm that person with the knowledge to perform the work properly. Topics include the understanding and application of definitions relating to OSHA's Excavation Standard (Subpart P), excavation hazards and control measures, soil analysis techniques, protective system requirements and emergency response. At the end of this course, the participant will understand the importance and duties of a competent person towards excavation work and will have the knowledge and skills that are required to perform those duties. 

PREVENTING DISTRACTED DRIVING
Montana Department of Administration Risk Management and Tort Defense Division
Thursday     9 AM - 11 AM
This is a 2-hour course designed to educate drivers on the risks associated with distracted driving.  It is primarily intended for drivers who have completed a general Defensive Driving class, but anyone can attend. New research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that 80-percent of all crashes involved distracted driving.  That is almost 5 million crashes per year and roughly $184 Billion in damage caused by distracted drivers! The course discusses distractions such as electronic equipment, passengers, vehicle controls, things outside your car, and eating, reading and grooming and offers tips on how to reduce those risks.
Participants who sign up for this course will also be sent a link to register through the instructor’s platform so that they can receive the Defensive Driving Certification. 



RADON & ASBESTOS IN MONTANA
John Podolinsky, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Thursday     8 AM – 10 AM
Asbestos, radon, and meth labs are popular media topics and public concerns.  Come join the Department of Environmental Quality and learn about radon, asbestos, and meth labs and how they’re regulated in Montana. 

REASONABLE CAUSE TESTING – SIGNS, SYMPTOMS, AND SO MUCH MORE
Samantha Morris, Vice President, The Chemnet Consortium
Wednesday 9 AM – 12 PM
This class covers what supervisors need to know regarding the following topics:
• What is Reasonable Suspicion
• DOT Prohibited Conduct & Rule Violations
• Sings, Symptoms & Effects
• Physical, Performance and Behavior Indicators
• How to Make a Reasonable Suspicion Determination
• How to Counter Employee Defense Strategies

Who should attend?
• Program Managers
• Company Contact
• Personnel
• Supervisors
• Managers
• Owner/Operators

Class size is limited and those who register for this course will be sent a link to enter their information so that they can receive their certification at the end of the class.

RISK ASSESSMENT – THE UNDERUSED TOOL THAT’S FREE!
Kellie Trudgeon, Montana State Fund
Tuesday     8 AM – 9 AM
In this class you will learn how to risk asses any work task prior to conducting work.  How to recognize hazards and put controls into place to prevent injuries.  Risk assessing goes a long way to not only improve safety but production, quality, and efficiency. 
 
RISK ASSESSMENT FOR PPE
Darby Decker, DLI Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday      3 PM – 4 PM
Many industrial hazards may not be reduced through elimination, substitution, engineering or administrative controls. An employer’s last line of defense is to suit employees in personal protective equipment (PPE). However, most workers suffering eye, head and foot injuries are due to a lack of utilizing PPE. 

OSHA requires that all employers evaluate their workplace for hazards and complete a documented assessment. We will cover key elements of the OSHA PPE regulation and how to protect your employees and business.

RISK PERCEPTION
Bob Winston, Victory Insurance
Wednesday 1 PM – 3 PM
Unsafe worker actions contribute greatly to the frequency and severity of workplace injuries.  Studies show that seventy to ninety percent of all accidents are caused by unsafe actions.  Our actions equate to behaviors.  Our behaviors equate to the choices we make.  As safety professionals we need to ask ourselves why workers make the choices they make that potentially put them in harm’s way.  Risk perception may be a key factor as to why employees tolerate, deny or minimize unsafe practices within their work environments.  This session will address key issues regarding risk perception on behalf of employees as well as management.

SLIPS, TRIPS, & FALLS/STAIRWAYS & LADDERS
Bryan Page, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Thursday   1 PM – 3 PM
Slips, trips and falls are one of the leading causes of accidents, both in and out of the workplace. As a result, they are a significant problem both to the general public and the workplace. This class will cover practical methods to reduce slips and falls.

STAY-AT-WORK/RETURN-TO-WORK PROGRAMS
Cindy Zimmerman, Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance 
Monday 3 PM – 5 PM
Learn the best practices the stay at work/return to work program recommendations for safe and effective return to work following a workplace injury. Learn how to use a workability form to improve communication between the health care provider, injured worker, and the injured worker’s employer.

STRESS & NUTRITION
Paul Campbell, CareHere
Monday     11 AM – 12 PM
Everyone deals with stress. Higher levels of stress can lead to poor eating patterns that will fuel your already high stress levels which can impact your metabolic demand. Just because you do not feel stress, does not mean it doesn’t exist. Identifying positive coping mechanisms for stress will help set you up for success.

SUICIDE IN MONTANA 
Karl Rosston, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
Monday 1 PM – 3 PM
This presentation focuses on suicide within our culture with specific attention towards Montana.  The presentation covers national and Montana data, demographics of a suicidal person, warning signs, risk assessment, training on how to intervene with a suicidal person, evidenced-based practices, and resources available.

Learning objectives for this presentation include: 1) Participants will be able to identify at least three warning signs of suicide, 2) Participants will know what QPR stands for, and 3) Participants will be able to identify at least two suicide prevention resources in the state.

THE INS & OUTS OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING
Samantha Morris, Chemnet Consortium
Tuesday     1 PM – 2:30 PM
This informational class will address Drug and Alcohol Testing in the workplace.  We will provide answers to the following questions and more.
•         Why should your company have a Drug and Alcohol testing program?
•         What does Legalization of Marijuana mean for Montana Business Owners?
•         What is the difference between DOT required testing and Non-DOT testing?
•         What items need to be in place to start a Drug and Alcohol Testing program?
•         What is the employer responsibilities in managing a testing program?
•         What is the testing process?

TRENCHBOX SAFETY
Eli Rickert, Key Rentals Group
Wednesday 2 PM – 3 PM
This class will give a brief overview of trenchbox safety while performing excavations.

WELDING SAFETY

Breeinna Bosch, DLI Safety & Bureau
Thursday   3pm – 4pm
This session is intended to provide knowledge of general welding safety, according to OSHA 1910 General Industry Standards, and hazards associated. It will also provide guidance on various methods to protect employees from these hazards.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DISCRIMINATION 
Andria Hardin, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Human Rights Bureau
Tuesday     11 AM – 12 PM
Participants who sign up for this course will learn how to avoid discrimination in the workplace.

WORK COMP 101
Cindy Zimmerman, Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau
Monday     1pm – 3pm
This class provides an overview of Montana’s workers’ compensation system, including the history and purpose of workers’ compensation, coverage requirements, rights and responsibilities of the employer and injured worker, benefits structure, and dispute resolution process.

WORKING SAFE AROUND EQUIPMENT
Rob Sperle, Montana State Fund
Monday     3 PM – 5 PM
This class covers how workers can stay safe while working around moving equipment/heavy machinery.

WORKPLACE VIOLENCE
Drew Sheehy, DLI Safety & Health Bureau
Monday       8 AM – 9 AM
This course will cover Workplace Violence from a generic OSHA workplace environment setting including general industry, construction, and office settings as well as a portion outlining workplace violence specific to the healthcare industry and its workers.

Instructor Bios

You can download a printable version of the instructor bios by selecting this link.


KEVIN ADKINS

MDT MCIS
Kevin is the Captain for District 5 of Motor Carrier Services and is based out of Billings.  He’s been with the department since the Fall of 2002.  Kevin spent his first four years in the inspection facility conducting level 1 inspections.  From there he spent 13 years in the patrol and the last couple as Captain.  Kevin has been a CVSA instructor since 2011 and taught classes both in and out of state.  

LARRY ALHEIM
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Larry Alheim is the Safety Director at the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). He has been working at DEQ for over 17 years in both safety and enforcing environmental statutes.  Larry was in the U.S. Coast Guard for 22 years, retiring as a Marine Science Technician Senior Chief (E-8). He was the Environmental Response Section supervisor in New York, NY, Boston, MA, and Mobile AL supervising Incident Commanders / Federal On-Scene Coordinators and responding to major oil and hazmat releases.  As a Coast Guard Marine Inspector, he inspected Ultra Large Crude Carrier tankships, offshore oil drill rigs and various oil/chemical ships and barges.   Larry is a graduate of University of the State of New York.

ETHAN ANDERSON
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Ethan was born and raised in Great Falls, MT. He graduated from Montana Tech of the University of Montana with a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health in 2017. Throughout his college career, he has gained safety and health knowledge through education, surface coal mining and underground metal mining in Wyoming, North Dakota, and Michigan. He currently is a Compliance Specialists for the Department of Labor and Industry.  Ethan enjoys spending his free time with family and friends; fishing, boating, and hiking/backpacking. 


Nikole Bakko

RiverStone Health

Nikole Bakko was born and raised in Billings, Montana.After graduating from Skyview High School in 2009, Nikole moved to Missoula, Montana for college at the University of Montana (Go Griz!).In 2014, Nikole graduated with a Community Health, Bachelor in Science degree.Since 2015, Nikole has worked at RiverStone Health in Billings as the Outreach Coordinator for Eastern Montana Area Health Education Center (AHEC).Nikole works with high school and college students who are interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare field.Coordinating healthcare exploration events, providing career and college resources such as scholarships and job shadowing experiences to students.In 2019, Nikole became an Adult Mental Health First Aid trainer, a training that introduces people to mental health illnesses and gives tips on how to help someone in a mental health crisis.Nikole was trained to teach Youth Mental Health First Aid in 2020.Youth Mental Health First Aid is for Adults working with youth.During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, all Mental Health First Aid trainers, including Nikole, received additional training to teach the classes virtually.Nikole enjoys teaching the training to fellow Montanans and hopes to destigmatize mental health illness one class at a time.

MATT BERG
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Matthew was born and raised in Butte, MT. He graduated from Montana Tech with a B.S. in Occupational Safety & Health in 2016. Matthew joins the Compliance team after three years of working in the commercial construction industry throughout Wyoming & Colorado. In his free time, Matthew enjoys watching/playing sports and spending time with friends and family.

BREEINNA BOSCH 
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Breeinna is a native Montanan and earned her B.S. in Occupational Safety & Health with an option in Applied Health from Montana Tech of the University of Montana.  Throughout the past years, she gained knowledge and experience while working in the construction and mining industries.  With the desire to strengthen the safety culture within the workplace and ensure that workers can return home to their families each day, Breeinna became a Compliance Specialist for the Montana Department of Labor & Industry. In her spare time, Breeinna enjoys any adventure that the breathtaking state she is proud to call home has to offer.

BERKE BROWN
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Berke is a native Montanan. He was born in Helena and was raised in the Laurel area. Berke has worked for Stillwater Mining Company, where he learned rules and regulations. Berke has applied his knowledge & experience to work for Mine Safety & Health Administration and the State of Montana, Safety & Health Bureau as mine trainer/inspector. Berke is currently an authorized OSHA Outreach Construction trainer for the State of Montana, Safety & Health Bureau. Berke now has 14 years of safety experience. Berke and his wife resides in Billings with their children and stepchildren.

PAUL CAMPBELL, MS, NASM-CEPT
CareHere
Paul Campbell graduated with his Master's Degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point in Stevens Point, WI.  He is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and holds multiple certifications such as a Lifestyle Coach through the Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center (DTTAC). Most recently, Paul has earned additional certifications as a Weight Loss Specialist, Senior Fitness Specialist, and as a Functional Movement Specialist. Since 2010, he has trained and coached professional athletes, children, and those with chronic conditions including spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, cardiovascular disease, autism, and diabetes.

BILLY CHILTON
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Billy grew up in Missoula where he graduated from Loyola Sacred Heart High School. He then attended Montana Tech, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Occupational Safety & Health. He loves to ski, hunt, and fish.

DARBY DECKER
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Darby was born and raised in Butte, MT. She graduated from Montana Tech with a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health in 2019. During college she gained safety and health experience through multiple internships at Colstrip Power Plant. Darby enjoys skiing, camping, hiking, and hunting in her free time.

DAVID EVANS 
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
David was born and raised in Montana and earned a M.S. in Industrial Hygiene and a B.S. in Occupation Safety and Health from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. Through his education and work experience David has gained safety knowledge in a variety of different industries including construction, mining and general industry. David also has experience in the industrial hygiene field conducting many different types of exposure assessments including aerosol sampling and noise monitoring.

GERALD FREESE
Housing & Urban Development
Jerry Freese holds a BA in Urban Planning and an MS in Public Administration.  20 years working in residential construction industry generated an interest in creating healthy sustainable housing.  He worked for 7 years in Toledo, Ohio redeveloping inner city neighborhoods.  5 years in Austin, Texas added to his experience in urban housing development.  Starting in 2005 he managed a lead and healthy homes program in Birmingham, Alabama which lead to his current position with the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes at HUD.  Working with the office’s deputy director, he developed the newest grant program, Healthy Homes Production grant for Tribal Housing. Freese is now the Healthy Homes Field Representative for Regions 7 and 8.

ANDRIA HARDIN
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Human Rights Bureau
Andria Hardin is the trainer and targeted equitable relief coordinator for the Montana Human Rights Bureau.  Prior to taking on this newly created role, she investigated and mediated cases of discrimination in employment, governmental services, public accommodations, housing, and other protected areas of Montana law.  Before joining the Human Rights Bureau, Andria worked as a staff attorney for Georgia Legal Services Program, practicing law primarily in the area of family law.  Andria received her Juris Doctor from University of Denver and her undergraduate degree in International Business from San Diego State University. 

GARY HESLINGTON
Tra Sun & Snow
Gary Heslington is the Business Development Manager for TRA Snow and Sun located in American Fork, Utah.  He has worked for TRA for more than five years helping the company improve its presence in the ever-increasing roof top snow retention market.  A large part of his time is spent training General Contractors, Roofing Contractors, and other organizations such as, Resort Managers, Community Managers, and Roofing Manufacturers about the importance of roof top snow retention systems.  He also trains and works with Architects that design structures in climates that receive large amounts of snowfall to help them integrate snow retention systems into their designs.  Gary has been taught and trained for his position by the owner and founder of the company, Terry Anderson.  Terry is recognized worldwide as a pioneer and leader in the snow retention industry. 

CJ HOLLAND

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
CJ was born and raised in Montana. He earned his B.S. in Occupational Safety & Health from Montana Tech of the University of Montana in 2017 and his M.S. in Industrial Hygiene from Montana Technological University in 2019. CJ gained his safety & industrial hygiene knowledge by interning in the mining industry for the Eagle Mine in Michigan and Rio Tinto Minerals in California. He also interned for Northwestern Energy. CJ enjoys outdoor activities like fly fishing, hunting and snowboarding.

DR. DEANNA KELLER, SHRM-SCP
LMG Security
Dr. Keller is the Training Coordinator/Content Developer for LMG Security, is a University of Louisiana at Monroe graduate with a Doctorate in Education, Curriculum and Instruction.  She has a combined 20+ years of experience in military, education, and professional development.  Deanna is veteran of the U.S. Navy and was responsible for the training of personal on the F/A-18C Hornet.  She has worked in the public-school system teaching 8th grade through 12th grade in Montana and Virginia.  Prior to moving to Missoula, Deanna was a faculty member and administrator at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.  She is currently responsible for training and education for LMG Security. 

LOGAN JACKSON
Montana Department of Labor & Industry
Logan has worked for the Montana Department of Labor and Industry since 2016, serving in a variety of capacities including Licensing Permit Technician and Investigator. In his current role as Compliance Education Specialist, he is working to promote education and provide the best possible service to all Montanans. In addition to his career with DLI, he has 16 years of experience in the private sector. Logan has a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing Management. He is an avid outdoorsman, who enjoys spending as much time as possible hunting, fishing, and hiking with his wife, two sons, and three springer spaniels. He is also a musician and studies Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

JERRY LAUGHERY, CSP – HELENA
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Jerry received his Bachelor's degree in Occupational Safety and Health - Science and Engineering from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. During his career as a Safety Professional, he has worked in a variety of industries ranging from construction, pulp & paper, power generation, cement manufacturing, mining and public sector. Jerry has obtained his Certified Safety Professional certificate from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Jerry and his wife (Britani) reside in the Helena area.

SHAWN MCLAIN
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Shawn is an Industrial Hygienist who works with the state of Montana’s safety and health bureau. Shawn started with the health and safety bureau in October of 2018 and is excited to be part of the Montana consultation program. Shawn served in the US Army from 2002 to 2008 at Fort Lewis, in Washington state. Prior to joining the State of Montana consultation program, Shawn worked with the USDA in Helena, Montana while attending school at Montana Tech. A graduate from Montana Tech in Butte, Montana, Shawn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health and a Master’s degree in Industrial Hygiene. When not hard at work, he enjoys hunting, ice fishing, and camping around Montana.

FRED MILLER OSHT, ARM, AU
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Fred worked more than 12 years as a commercial insurance agent in Helena and Great Falls, specializing in workers’ compensation. He also worked seven years as a journalist in Lewistown, Havre, and Great Falls. He currently is a Safety Specialist with the Montana Department of Labor and Industry Safety and Health Bureau, helping workers and businesses understand the importance of workplace safety. He earned the Associate of Risk Management and Associate of Underwriting designations from the Insurance Institute of America and is an OSHA-authorized General Industry outreach trainer. He received his bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College.

SAMANTHA MORRIS
The Chemnet Corporation
Samantha Morris is the owner of The Chemnet Consortium.  The Chemnet Consortium is a full service drug and alcohol testing facility that provides service for the state of Montana and the northwestern U.S.  Before purchasing Chemnet, Samantha managed a drug and alcohol program at the supervisor level for 18 years.  She is a graduate from Rocky Mountain College with a BS degree in Aeronautical Science.  

RYAN MULCAHY, BA, RMA, AEMT, MPH CANDIDATE
Highland College
Ryan Mulcahy has 15 years direct mental healthcare experience in a variety of treatment settings. He has served children and families suffering with mental health disorders. He has extensive experience in pre-hospital emergency situations with specific skills in emergency room care of patients experiencing mental health crisis. He also teaches courses related to safe patient care at Highlands college Health programs.
    
MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION RISK MANAGEMENT & TORT DIVISION
The Risk Management & Tort Defense Division provides training programs designed to assist state agencies to reduce their risks and prevent exposure to claims/losses

MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR & INDUSTRY UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DIVISION
The Unemployment Insurance Division collects unemployment taxes paid by Montana employers and distributes benefits to claimants.

JOHN OLAECHEA
OSHA
John Olaechea is the Compliance Assistance Specialist for OSHA in Region VIII.  He provides outreach and information about safety and health hazards and OSHA policies and regulations to employers, trade associations, unions, the public and other organizations.  Prior to this position, John worked for eight years as an industrial hygienist and compliance officer for the Englewood Area Office of OSHA.  John also served in the United States Peace Corps and graduated from Wright State University (Ohio) with a degree in environmental health science.  

BRYAN PAGE 
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Bryan is the Bureau Chief of the Montana Department of Labor and Industry Safety and Health Bureau. He came to Montana as a safety consultant for Liberty Northwest’s Helena office after working as safety director of Dome Technology in Idaho. Prior to joining the Safety and Health Bureau, Bryan was a safety consultant for Montana State Fund. He received his MS in Safety and Health from the University of Idaho in 2000 and earned the Associate of Risk Management from the Insurance Institute of America.

LANCE PALMER
Key Rentals Group
Lance has more than 32 years in the Construction Equipment Rental Industry. Twenty-seven of those years have been focused on Trench Safety, Confined Space, Pipe Testing, Training and other related products. In 2018 Lance open Key Rentals with Brenton Euler in Belgrade, MT. As an independent dealer their team is focused on providing the best service in the state of Montana and surrounding states.

JOHN PODOLINSKY
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
John’s has been with the Department of Environmental Quality for just over 24 years.  He’s worked in the Underground Storage Tank Program, Petroleum Tank Release Compensation Board, Asbestos Control Program, Federal Superfund Program, and now the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program where he also runs the Radon Control Program.  Before coming to Montana, he worked in the Midwest as a consultant conducting environmental and industrial hygiene testing.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science from St. John’s University in Minnesota.  Today he’s going to present information on radon, the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.  

KARL ROSSTON
Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services
Karl Rosston is the Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.  He provides evidenced-based programs to all Montana secondary schools, implements the State Suicide Prevention Plan, supports the Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline, implements firearm safety programs and statewide media campaigns, provides suicide prevention trainings, and coordinates suicide prevention efforts around the state. Karl is adjunct faculty at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy and a nationally certified trainer in QPR and Mental Health First Aid.  Previously, Karl was the Director of Social Services at Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena.  Before returning to Montana, he was on the faculty of the University of Colorado, School of Medicine, and a clinical consultant with the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections.  Karl is a licensed clinical social worker who maintains a small private practice in Helena.  He received his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Denver and his Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Montana.

JAKE SANDAU 
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Jake has received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health. During his career as a safety professional, he has worked in a variety of industries including construction, mining, and transportation. Jake has obtained his Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certificate from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Jake and his wife Sarah reside in the Helena area.

TYLER SANDERS 
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tyler Sanders was born and raised as a Montana kid. He attended Capital High throughout high school and went on to graduate from Montana Tech In 2018 with a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health while also being a 4-year starter on the football team. Tyler gained his hands-on safety knowledge by interning in industrial construction as well as underground coal mining throughout his previous internship in New Mexico. Tyler enjoys all the outdoor activities that Montana has to offer such as hiking, fly fishing, hunting, and skiing.

DREW SHEEHY
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Drew grew up in Lolo and then attended high school in Missoula, MT. He later attended the University of Montana and received a B.A. in Biology. After a few years away from school, Drew went back to school at Montana Tech and earned a M.S. in Industrial Hygiene in 2014. Drew worked as an Industrial Hygienist and Safety Engineer in the semiconductor industry for three years in Idaho, focusing on chemical safety and risk assessment. Drew returned to Montana to work in the Consultation Program with the Department of Labor and Industry as an industrial hygienist in 2018.  On the nights and weekends, Drew enjoys spending time on the rivers and in the woods; specifically rafting, camping and snowshoeing throughout Southern and Western Montana. 

CHRIS TACKE
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Chris is a 2011 graduate of Montana Tech of the University of Montana, earning a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health and a minor in Biology. After graduating from Montana Tech, Chris started his safety career as the Health and Safety Manager for the Grand Teton Lodge Company in the Grand Teton National Park. While working for the Grand Teton Lodge Company, Chris also worked for Jackson Hole Fire/EMS as a Firefighter/EMT-Basic.

In February of 2014, Chris and his family moved back to Montana and he started working for the Montana Department of Transportation as a Safety Consultant in the Billings and Great Falls Districts.

Currently, Chris is a Safety and Health Specialist with the Montana Department of Labor and Industry- Safety Bureau in the Great Falls Field office.

KELLIE TRUDGEON, CSP, SAFETY MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT, KALISPELL

Montana State Fund
Kellie joined State Fund in 2016. Kellie’s passion for safety started at an early age after her father’s coworker was killed on the job. She started her safety career at Montana Tech working in the Environmental Safety and Health department as the intern for two years and later going on to Copper Environmental Consulting in Anaconda where she managed safety on remediation management sites in Nevada and Colorado. Kellie holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety & Health and a Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene both from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. While at Montana Tech, Kellie was the president of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) student chapter. She is currently the Professional Development Coordinator for the Big Sky Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP).  Kellie focuses on risk assessment and hazard identification.  Kellie holds the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. 

JASON VENN
Victory Insurance
Jason has long experience with combining safe work practices with high stress environments.   He spent twelve years as a wildland fire engine captain for the Bureau of Land Management and followed that with five years of supervisory experience with the oilfield service company Sanjel USA.  For the last two years he has been working with employers all over the state of Montana as a Safety and Loss Control Consultant for Montana’s only private workers compensation carrier Victory Insurance.  He hopes that his sole focus on safe work practices combined with his previous operational experience will bring a unique perspective to the world of safety.

BOB WINSTON
Victory Insurance
Bob Winston is representing Victory Insurance Company, Montana’s only domestic Workers’ Compensation carrier.  Bob has been actively involved in the areas of safety and loss control management for the past thirty years.  

Bob previously served as Loss Control Manager for Valor Insurance, a private workers’ compensation insurer in Billings, and the Montana Safety Services Council, a non-profit educational association established to provide safety and health-related services.  He was the original Director for the Council and was instrumental with its initial planning and organization.  

Prior to the MSSC, Bob resided in Southern California where he held the position of Director of Safety and Administration for Kitchell Contractors, Inc.  During his thirteen-year tenure with Kitchell, he was responsible for managing their safety, insurance claims, and equipment purchasing, leasing and rental program.

Bob’s role at Victory is to serve as a safety and loss control resource for each of their clients.  In this capacity he provides a variety of safety services including training and education, program development and review, technical assistance, site hazard analysis, and accident investigation.

Bob has a Degree in Business Administration, as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University, and a Certificate in Occupational Safety from the University of California – Irvine. 

CINDY ZIMMERMAN
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau
Cindy Zimmerman is the Program Manager for the Stay at Work/Return to Work program and graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing. She is an interactive and engaging speaker who brings enthusiasm and knowledge to her presentation, while providing employees with skills to help them become more successful in their job and life.



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