Miles City SafetyFestMT 2020

Miles City SafetyFestMT

The Miles City SafetyFest will be held at Miles Community College May 12 - 14, 2020.  SafetyFestMT is FREE and open to anyone that wants to attend.  We are once again partnering with the Assistance for Business Clinics to make it easier for Employers to get the information they need in one place. Here are the classes that are available this year in Miles City.

  • 8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher
  • ABC Clinic
  • First Aid/CPR/AED Training
  • OSHA 10-Hour Construction
  • OSHA 10-Hour General Industry
  • OSHA 7215 Silica in Construction & General Industry
  • OSHA 7405 Fall Protection in Construction 
  • OSHA 7410 Managing Excavation Hazards
  • 21 Steps to Reducing Your Work Comp Premium
  • ABC's of Experience Rating
  • Accident Investigation
  • Accountability
  • Active Shooter Defense
  • AG/ATV Safety
  • Confined Space
  • Defensive Driving
  • Employee Engagement
  • Fire Extinguisher Training
  • Forklift Safety
  • H2S Certification
  • Hazardous Waste 101
  • How Your Behavior Affects Your Risk Perception
  • Independent Contractor Exemptions in Montana
  • Internal Safety Audits
  • Load Securement
  • Machine Guarding
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • MSCA: Accident Investigation & Safety Committees
  • MSCA: New Employee Orientation & Annual Refresher Training
  • MSCA: Record Keeping & Reporting
  • OSHA Update
  • Preventing Distracted Driving
  • Public Sector Update
  • Radon & Asbestos in Montana
  • Respiratory Safety
  • Scaffolding
  • Slips, Trips & Falls
  • Supervisory Leadership & Engagement
  • Traffic Incident Management Response Training Program
  • Trenchbox Safety
  • Workplace Exposures

There will be Continuing Education credits available for Claims Examiners and Water/Waste Water Operators.



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

Tuesday 5/12

8am - 5pm
First Aid/CPR/AED Training
OSHA 10-Hour Construction (Continues 8am - 12pm on Tuesday)
OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Continues 8am - 12pm on Tuesday)
OSHA 7215 Silica in Construction & General Industry

8am - 10am
Confined Space
Employee Engagement
MSCA: Record Keeping & Reporting

10:30am - 12pm
MSCA: New Employee Orientation & Annual Refresher Training
Respirator Safety

12:30pm - 2:30pm
MSCA: Accident Investigation & Safety Committees

1pm - 5pm
Defensive Driving
H2S Certification

3pm - 5pm
Internal Safety Audits

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Independent Contractor Exemptions in Montana 

Radon & Asbestos in Montana

Wednesday 5/13

8am - 5pm 
ABC Clinic (Various tracks)
8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher
OSHA 7410 Managing Excavation Hazards

8am - 10am
Ag/ATV Safety

10:30am - 12pm
OSHA Update
Public Sector Update

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Active Shooter Defense
Preventing Distracted Driving
Supervisory Leadership & Engagement
Trenchbox Safety

3pm - 5pm
ABC's of Experience Rating
Forklift Safety
Slips, Trips & Falls
Workplace Exposures

Thursday 5/14

8am - 5pm
Mental Health First Aid
OSHA 7405 Fall Protection in Construction

8am - 10am
21 Steps to Reducing Your Work Comp Premium
How Your Behavior Affects Your Risk Perception
Machine Guarding

10:30am - 12pm
Fire Extinguisher Safety
Hazardous Waste 101
Load Securement

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Accident Investigation
Tool Safety Overview

1pm - 5pm
Traffic Incident Management Response Training 

Class Descriptions

Fred Miller, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Thursday 8am – 10am Room 322
Safety is one of the strongest business management tools available. Focusing on safety means fewer injuries, leading to lower work comp cost. Former work comp agent Fred Miller explains 21 specific steps businesses can take to result in lower work comp premium

Various Presenters
Wednesday 8am – 5pm Room 316
Attendees that register for this track will hear a variety of presentations. The topics and times are listed below (times are subject to change):

8am – 8:45am Montana Department of Revenue Withholding & E-Services
The Department of Revenue will give a broad overview of tax withholding and its E-Services.

8:45am – 9:15am Child Support Enforcement and New Hire Reporting
The Department of Public Health & Human Services will give an overview of the child support garnishment process and the Department’s New Hire Reporting requirements.

9:15am – 10:25am Workers’ Compensation
Attendees will learn how the workers’ compensation system works in Montana, and what their responsibilities are as business owners. They’ll also learn how the Stay at Work/Return to Work program may benefit their business and injured employee.

10:35am – 11:35am Wage & Hour and Independent Contractor Exemptions
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry will give a broad overview of Montana’s Labor Laws and Independent Contractor Exemptions.

11:35am – 12pm Employer Support for the Guard & Reserve
Montana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and agency of the Department of Defense, presents an overview of the Uniformed Services Employment Reemployment Rights Act as it pertains to the employment of Guard and Reserve members. ESGR works to develop and promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees.

1pm – 1:55pm Job Service, Labor Market Information and Registered Apprenticeship
Participants will learn about the various services available to them through the Job Service Office.

The Labor Market Information portion will include local, regional and statewide statistical data.   Attendees will learn how occupational data can be utilized for setting and maintaining rates of pay for staff and for maintaining job market competitiveness, by utilizing current wage data for recruiting and retention purposes.  Subject matter will include how projections and industry data can be utilized for strategic planning and economic development including: staff training and development, addressing potential work-based learning and apprenticeship opportunities, and analyzing current industry trends.

The Montana Registered Apprenticeship Program assists businesses to develop and install apprenticeship programs. Currently there around 80 apprenticeable occupations in Montana

1:55pm – 3:05pm What You Need to Know About Unemployment Insurance
The presentation from Unemployment Insurance (UI) is designed to give both new and established employers, accountants, bookkeepers, human resources professionals & lawyers a better understanding of the UI program.  The following topics and how they apply to unemployment are covered: Employment and wages subject to UI tax, Employer account types, Employer UI tax rates, Filing and payment requirements and methods. Claimant monetary eligibility and base period of a claim, from employment with an overview of documentation the agency may request, is also covered. Other topics covered include:
• Electronic communication with employers (SIDES), 
• Ways to minimize benefit charges and protect your tax rate, 
• Claimant Eligibility Requirements, 
• Types of Separations, 
• Appeal rights, 
• How to prevent fraud  

4pm – 5pm Salary Requirements & Exempt from Overtime vs. Non-Exempt and the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act
The U.S. Department of Labor will give an overview of wage law regarding salary requirements and the difference between exempt from overtime and non-exempt from overtime. Attendees will also learn about the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Fred Miller, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday 3pm – 5pm Room 322
What is an Experience Rating Modification factor? How does it impact workers’ compensation premium? Why do some people have a high mod, and some have a low mod? How long does it last? Can it be controlled? These questions and more will be answered by former work comp agent Fred Miller as he explains the ABC’s of Experience Rating. 

Fred Miller, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Thursday 12:30pm – 2:30pm Room 322
Accidents do not “just happen”. They are caused by an underlying uncontrolled hazard. The key to accident investigation is discovering that hazard by analyzing the sequence of events leading up to the incident without casting blame. Different techniques will be discussed to determine the real causes of accidents and to develop corrective actions that will prevent them in the future. 

Kirk Smith, Montana State Fund
Monday 3pm – 5pm Room 108
The word “Accountability” can have several meanings.  In many instances, most workers might view it as more negative than positive.  In this session, we will explore the true meaning of accountability and how it is used in the world of safety as it applies to workers, supervisors, and managers. 

Patrick Hoy, PJJH Survival Perspectives
Thursday 12:30pm – 2:30pm Room 317
Participants in this class will be able to develop individual plans for responding to and surviving an active shooter situation. Patrick will share his research and experience as Air Force A-10 attack pilot. He uses his insight of preparedness through better understanding of the “Active Shooter Phenomenon” and alleviating fear that goes along with uncertainty of “what can I do?”

Jim Larson, Montana Farm Bureau
Tuesday   8am -10am    Room 106
Making safety a priority on the farm and ranch can save both lives and resources by preventing accidents, injuries and lost time. According to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day, 243 agricultural workers suffer lost-work-time injury. Five percent of these injuries result in permanent impairment. This class will teach agricultural workers how to keep an eye out for potential hazards to avoid injury. Because ATV’s are now an essential tool on the farm/ranch; this class will also cover the basic rules of ATV riding, including wearing a helmet, gloves, and protective foot wear.  It will also cover using a machine that is age appropriate and why having more than one rider on one machine is dangerous.

Keith Ouzts, Montana Contractor’s Association
Tuesday   10:30am – 12pm    Room 106
This class enables participants to control safety and health hazards associated with permit required confined space entry.  Technical topics include recognition of confined space hazards, basic information about instrumentation used to evaluate atmospheric hazards, and general permit space ventilation techniques.  The class features workshops on confined space classification permits and program evaluation.

Montana Department of Administration, Risk Management & Tort Division
Tuesday   1pm – 5pm    Room 106
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.

Kirk Smith, Montana State Fund
Thursday  8am – 5pm  Room 108
What is employee engagement and how does it apply to safety?  We will discuss the keys of employee engagement and how it positively affects safety in your workplace. 

David Fox, Fox Safety LLC
Thursday   8am – 10am   Room 107
OSHA states that if your employer has fire extinguishers in your workplace, and if you will be using an extinguisher to put out a fire, you must be trained on the use of that extinguisher and hazards of incipient stage firefighting…
• What IS the incipient stage of a fire?
• What type of fuel(s) may be feeding the fire?
• Are there different classifications of extinguishers?
• Can this extinguisher REALLY put out fire???
• When is training and refresher training required?
• These questions and more will be answered during a classroom presentation that is followed by live action extinguisher training using a state-of-the-art digital trainer.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday   8am – 5pm  Room 110
This class focuses on recognizing a medical emergency, making the decision to help, identifying hazards, ensuring personal safety, and activating the EMS system. Additional topics include initial assessment, establishing and maintaining an open airway, rescue breathing, chest compressions, treating for shock, control of bleeding, use and operations of automatic external defibrillators, and related first aid.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday  1pm – 2:30pm      Room 317
There are more than 100 fatalities and nearly 100,000 injuries annually due to unsafe forklift operations.  This training covers general safety rules, pre-operational and operational inspections, controlling the forklift, load handling, turning radius, center of gravity, the stability triangle, safety procedures for refueling, charging and batteries, and the importance of maintenance

Jason Venn, Victory Insurance
Thursday 10:30am – 12pm  Room 106
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.

Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Tuesday   3pm – 5pm   Room 107
The presentation will provide a basic overview on hazardous waste regulations.  We will cover aspects such as hazardous waste identification, generator types, registration requirements, disposal options, and common noncompliance issues. 

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday  8am – 5pm  Room 107
This class meets OSHA requirements for 8 hours of annual refresher training and is designed for 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.

Bryan Page, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday   5:30pm – 7pm   Room 107
Learn how to control your workers compensation cost. This class covers the cost drivers of workers’ compensation and how to control them.

Rob Sperle, Montana State Fund
Monday   8am – 10am   Room 106
Everyone perceives risk differently. This class is geared towards the employee and will give them an understanding of how their risky behavior affects not only their well-being, but the well-being of their coworkers as well. 

Larry Alheim, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Thursday  8am – 12pm  Room 106
Hydrogen Sulfide Certification is designed as a safety awareness program to familiarize students with the dangers associated with working in an H2S environment. The class is appropriate for entry-level through supervisory level employees.  This class meets the ANSI/ASSE Z390.1-2006 (R2010) Accepted Practices for Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Training Programs standard.
The course should be taken by employees needing to meet the requirements of OSHA’s 29 CFR 1910.1200 which specifies mandatory requirements for the training of personnel working with or around hazardous chemicals.  It is also highly recommended and/or required for all employees who have the potential to be exposed to H2S or need their annual refresher training.

Dallas Cox, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Independent Contractor Unit
Tuesday   5:30pm – 7pm    Room 106
Everything you wanted to know about Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate and Construction Contractor Registration but were afraid to ask.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday 3pm – 5pm Stillwater
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.

Greg Leidholt, Montana Carrier Services
Class Description Coming soon….

Keith Ouzts, Montana Contractors Association
Wednesday  8am – 9:30am  Bighorn
This class covers the safeguards that protect workers from crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns, or blindness from moving machine parts. When the operation of a machine or accidental contact injure the operator or others in the vicinity, the hazards must be eliminated or controlled.

Nicole Gregerson – Hollenbeck
Thursday   8am – 5pm   Gallatin
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).
• Assess for risk of suicide or harm
• Listen nonjudgmentally
• Give reassurance and information
• Encourage appropriate professional help
• Encourages self-help and other support strategies
• Must attend full 8-hour course.
• Must pass the test at the end of the course.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday   12:30pm – 2:30pm   Room 107
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.  

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday   10:30am – 12pm   Room 107
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. 

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday   8am – 10am   Room 107
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.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday (8am – 5pm) - Wednesday (8am -12pm)Room 317
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.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday (8am – 5pm) – Thursday (8am – 12pm) Room 322
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.

David de Fer, Rocky Mountain OSHA University of Utah
Tuesday   8am – 5pm   Room 338
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.

David de Fer, Rocky Mountain OSHA University of Utah
Thursday  8am – 5pm  Room 338
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.

David de Fer, Rocky Mountain OSHA University of Utah
Wednesday   8am – 5pm   Room 338
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. 

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday  3pm – 5pm   Room 106
This course targets employers and employees in the private sector and will cover OSHA’s latest Emphasis Programs.  

Montana Department of Administration Risk Management and Tort Defense Division
Wednesday 10am – 12pm Room 106
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 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.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday 3pm – 5pm Room 317
This geared towards participants who work in the public sector.  Attendees will be able to learn more about the Department of Labor & Industry’s Compliance Unit and ask question of the compliance officers.

John Podolinsky, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Tuesday 5:30pm – 7:30pm Room 107
Asbestos, radon, and meth labs are popular media topics and public concerns.  Come join the Department of Environmental Quality and learn about radon and asbestos and how they are regulated in Montana. 

Kristi Witt, DLI Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday10:30am – 12pm Room 316
Respirators protect the user in two basic ways. The first by removal of contaminants from the air and some supply clean respirable air from another source.  Participants will also learn about the new silica standard that impacts both construction and general industry.

Keith Ouzts, Montana Contractor’s Association
Monday     10:30am – 12pm         Room 234
This class focuses on the safety aspects of scaffolding and current OSHA requirements. The participant is introduced to the basics of scaffolding operations from installing to dismantling. The class will also cover the qualification and responsibilities of the competent person.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday3:30pm – 5pm Room 122
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.

Bob Winston, Victory Insurance
Wednesday 12:30pm – 2:30pm Room 106
The creation of a genuine safety partnership between management and employees is fundamental to achieve excellence in safety.   Creating a safety partnership requires management and employees to jointly work toward achieving common and clearly understood safety goals.  This can be achieved thru effective safety leadership.  Leadership that recognizes safety as a social activity where everyone is involved and works together is essential.  This session will address leadership at the supervisory level where if not taken seriously, positive change cannot occur.  

Berke Brown, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Thursday 12:30pm – 2:30pm Room 317
Class Description Coming Soon….

Gerald Prete, MSU Fire Service
Monday 8am – 12pmGallatin
The National TIM Responder Training Program was developed by responders for responders, and was designed to establish the foundation for and promote consistent training of all responders to achieve the three objectives of the TIM National Unified Goal (NUG): 
• Responder Safety 
• Safe, Quick Clearance 
• Prompt, Reliable, Interoperable Communications 

Lance Palmer, Key Rentals Group
Wednesday 12:30pm – 2:30pm Room 322
This class will give a brief overview of trenchbox safety while performing excavations.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday 8am – 10am Room 234
This session is intended to provide knowledge on anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of workplace exposures, according to OSHA 1910 General Industry Standards. It will also provide guidance on various and diverse methods to protect employees from these exposures.

Instructor Bio's


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.

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. 

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Gordon is a Certified Mine Safety Professional and has his surface and underground training designations from MSHA. He has his Coal Mine Foreman Papers from Colorado and Montana. He is also a certified trainer by Medic First Aid in CPR/First Aid and AED. Gordon is currently an EMT-I (Nationally and State certified).
Prior to joining the State of Montana, he retired from Peabody Energy Company (largest coal company in the US) with 33 years of service in management and worked in numerous positions in the coal mining field and worked and trained at all their operations thru the years. While living in Colstrip, he worked on the county and private ambulance service for 29 years.
He operated his own safety, environmental, and security consulting business for two years and had training plans with MSHA in Underground and Surface and worked at Craig, Colorado. · Also, he worked with MESCO and constructed and repaired large draglines and shovels in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Gordon brings both a bachelor of science (Environmental and Safety Management) and masters’ degree (Environmental Safety Management) to the Safety and Health Bureau and has taken many other engineering classes from other universities.

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.

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.

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.

Mountain West OSHA Education Center, University of Utah.
Dave started his career in 1974 at 16 years old working for a large engineering firm and the city of Sparks, Nevada as a civil drafter where he also learned basic land surveying. In 1979, David went into construction and worked for over 27 years as a carpenter, supervisor, and superintendent on numerous projects in California, Montana, Alaska, and Hawaii. In 2007, David accepted a position as Training Director for the Montana Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Training Council where he taught 95% of all classes. Since 2012, he worked for the Montana Department of Labor and Industry Safety and Health Bureau as an Occupational Safety & Health Specialist and Trainer, before joining Mountain West OSHA. David is an authorized OSHA Construction and General Industry instructor.

Fox Safety, LLC
Dave Fox has worked for many years in the oil and gas industry. Starting in the late 70's as a laborer and welder's helper in the Little Buffalo Basin oil field near Meeteetse, WY and later as a floor hand on rigs for Viersen & Cochran Drilling and Brinkerhoff-Signal Drilling.  After a 10-year break from oil and gas, Dave started a 21-year career with Conoco, working at their refinery in Billings.  During this time Dave worked as a Boiler Operator for 15 years and a Rotating Equipment mechanic for 6 years.  Concurrently, Dave spent 13 years on the refinery's Emergency Response Team (ERT), 6 of those years as an elected Captain.  "With all the generous training I received through Conoco and ConocoPhillips, I knew I had an opportunity to pass on this knowledge and information to the next generation of workers."  

After retiring in 2012, Dave invested in additional training for himself to gain the credentials needed to be an instructor. Dave has taken instruction through the FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness, in Anniston, Alabama for Hazmat and courses through the Mountain West OSHA Education Center at The University of Utah, School of Medicine, giving him OSHA authorization to teach outreach OSHA 10 hour and 30-hour courses for General Industry and Construction. Next Dave took courses through the PEC program, Mandeville, Louisiana.  With the credentials he received from PEC he is certified to teach the 8-hour Basic SafeLand/SafeGulf classes, the 24-hour Core Compliance classes, H2S Clear, GHS and JSA, and Intro to Pipeline. 

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.

PJJH Survival Perspectives
Patrick earned his Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Nebraska.  Hoy also served in the U.S. Air Force where he graduated from USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training, and the USAF Flight Safety Officer training at the University of Southern California.  After retiring from the Air Force, Hoy was a Commercial airline pilot for Vanguard Airlines, Big Sky Airlines before joining Billings Clinic.  

During his tenure as the Emergency Management Specialist for the Billings Clinic organization, a co-worker’s simple request for Patrick to develop a survival response to an active shooter assault on a hospital led to a multi-year research project culminating in the development of his Active Shooter Defense briefing and consultancy work. Over the last five years, Patrick has provided more than 160 training sessions for thousands of employees in healthcare, television, federal government (BLM), local government (Carbon and Yellowstone Counties), and the textile industry.

Montana Ag Safety Program
Jim is a Montana Ag Safety Program leader. He travels the State giving presentations on Farm Safety and ATV Safety. He developed a Family Safety Intervention for Farms and Ranches plan with Lester Graham.

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.

U.S. Department of Transportation
Coming soon….

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Shawn McLain 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.

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.

The Risk Management & Tort Defense Division provides training programs designed to assist state agencies to reduce their risks and prevent exposure to claims/losses.

The Unemployment Insurance Division collects unemployment taxes paid by Montana employers and distributes benefits to claimants.

Montana Contractor’s Association
Keith is the Training and Education Director for the Montana Contractors’ Association. He travels around Montana teaching classes on everything from communications to safety, erosion control/storm water management to concrete field testing and finishing. He spent 22 years in the Marine Corps retiring in 2005. He is a Marine Corps Master Instructor, received a Trainer Certification from UNC-Wilmington, and is a Master Trainer for the National Center for Construction, Education, and Research.

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.

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.

Montana Department of Environmental Quality
John’s has been with the Department of Environmental Quality for just over 24 years.  He has 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.  Prior to 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.  

Eastern Regional Trainer, MSU Fire Services Training School
In addition to working for MSU Fire Services Training School, Jerry is a member of the Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Steering Committee. He is one of the leading Traffic Incident Management Instructors in Montana. 

Montana Rural Health Network
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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.

Montana State Fund
Kirk joined Montana State Fund in 2009 as a safety services specialist. He previously was a safety and health specialist with the MT Safety and Health Bureau for 13 years. His training included trenching and excavation requirements, scaffold safety, and 10-hour construction courses. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1996 after a 20-year career. He has an Associate degree in Safety from the Air Force’s Community College.

Montana State Fund
Rob joined Montana State fund as a Safety Management Consultant in 2016. Rob holds a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist certification (COSS). He has worked for over 25 years in the safety and health field. He spent several years working in the Bakken Oilfield. He was employed by Williston State Collage (Train ND) where his primary responsibilities were providing safety training for employees new to the oilfield. Rob has a genuine concern for the safety and wellbeing of every employee and believes that proper motivation and training are key elements in maintaining a safe and prosperous workplace.  Rob is an Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) outreach trainer for construction and general industry, and an Instructor Development trainer for Medic First Aid and American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI).

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.

Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Judy Watkins is an Environmental Science Specialist with the Department of 
Environmental Quality (DEQ).  She has worked with hazardous waste rules since 1989 and been with DEQ since 2011.  She is the region 8 representative on the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Task Force within the Hazardous Waste Subcommittee of the Association of State and Territorial Sold Waste Management Officials. Currently, she covers the eastern part of Montana for DEQ visiting hazardous waste generators to ensure compliance of the management of hazardous waste and used oil rules.   

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. 

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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