Missoula SafetyFestMT 2019

Missoula SafetyFestMT

Registration is open!

SafetyFestMT: Missoula 2019 will be held at the New Missoula College Campus March 25 - 28, 2019.

There are lots of new topics to choose from at SafetyFestMT: Missoula 2019. This year we've added a brand new OSHA class: Silica in Construction & General Industry OSHA 7215.

Spencer Beach is returning as our Keynote Speaker. Spencer was on the job when he suddenly found himself engulfed in a flash fire. He received third and fourth degree burns to 90 percent of his body.  He will share his story of survival and the importance of not skipping steps.  You can learn more about Spencer by visiting his website.

In addition to they Keynote Presentation, we've got a panel discussing the impact opioids are having in the workplace here in the Treasure State. Panelists include: Bard Gremaux and Chad Parker from the Department of Justice and Dr. Greg Holzman from the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services. Participants in this class will learn about the opioid trends in Montana; Red flags regarding opioid abuse; the Montana laws relevant to the sale/distribution of Rx drugs for illicit purposes; the science of opioids and how they work in the body; and how people can get help.  Attendees will have the opportunity to ask the panelists questions.

Many of our classes have filled up but there is still plenty of room in the following topics:

  • Get it Done Safely - Keynote Presentation
  • Ask the Experts: The Impact of Opioid Use in the Workplace
  • MSHA Blue Card Train the Trainer
  • OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Course
  • Workplace Violence: Anticipating & Managing Altered Mental Status
  • Digging the Data: Workplace Fatalities and an Overview of Opioid Use in the Treasure State
  • Preventing Distracted Driving Session B
  • How to Lower Your Work Comp Costs
  • OSHA Update
  • Public Sector Update
  • Intro to Industrial Hygiene
  • Demolition Planning
  • Ag/ATV Safety
  • Scaffolding Safety
  • How to Lower Your Work Comp Costs
  • Independent Contractor Exemptions in Montana
  • New Employee Orientation: A Win Win For All Those Involved Session B
  • Employee Engagement Session B

If you're traveling from out of town there is a block of rooms available at the Double Tree Inn at a special rate, just mention SafetyFest when making your reservation. (406) 728-3100

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Agenda

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Monday 3/25

7am - 6pm
HAZWOPER 40-Hour Training (This will fill your schedule for the week)

8am - 5pm
HAZWOPER 8-Hour Refresher
OSHA 10-Hour Construction (This class continues through noon on Tuesday)
OSHA 30-Hour Construction (This will fill your schedule for the week)
OSHA 30-Hour General Industry (This will fill your schedule for the week)
Silica in Construction & General Industry OSHA 7215

8am - 10am
AG/ATV Safety
Digging the Data: Workplace Fatalities & an Overview of Opioid Use in the Treasure State
Intro to Industrial Hygiene


10:30am - 12pm
Harassment & Hostile Work Environment Prevention Training Session A
Scaffolding Safety

12:30pm - 2:30pm
3 Powerful Principles for Boosting Employee Accountability
Confined Space - Lock Out/Tag Out

3pm - 5pm
5 Best Practices for Leaders Committed to Being Their Best in Safety
Employee Engagement - Session A

5:30pm - 7:30pm
How to Lower Your Work Comp Costs
Independent Contractor Exemptions in Montana

Tuesday 3/26

8am - 5pm
First Aid/CPR/AED Training (This is a repeat)
Managing Excavation Hazards OSHA 7410
MSHA Blue Card Train the Trainer (This class will fill your schedule for the rest of the week)

8am - 12pm
Demolition Planning

8am - 10am
Work Comp 101

10:30am - 12pm
Stay at Work/Return to Work

12:30pm - 2:30pm
OSHA Update
Public Sector Update

1pm- 5pm
Defensive Driving Session A

3pm - 5pm
MSCA: Accident Investigation & Safety Committees
New Employee Orientation...A Win Win For All Those Involved Session A
Workplace Violence: Anticipating & Managing Altered Mental Status

5:30pm - 7:30pm
What You Need to Know About Unemployment Insurance

Wednesday 3/27

8am - 5pm
Fall Protection in Construction OSHA 7405
First Aid/CPR/AED Training (This is a repeat)
OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (This class continues through noon on Thursday)

8am - 10am
Get it Done Safely - Keynote

10am - 12pm
Preventing Distracted Driving Session A

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

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Air Quality 101
New Employee Orientation...A Win Win For All Those Involved Session B

3pm - 5pm
Ask the Experts: The Impact of Opioid Use in the Workplace
Preventing Distracted Driving Session B

Thursday 3/28

8am - 12pm
Management of Aggressive Behavior

8am - 10am
Asbestos & Radon in Montana
Employee Engagement Session B
Harassment & Hostile Work Environment Prevention Training Session C

10:30am - 12pm
Harassment & Hostile Work Environment Prevention Training Session B
Hazard Communication
Hazardous Waste 101

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Bloodborne Pathogen & First Aid Training
What You Need to Know About Unemployment Insurance
Work Comp, FMLA & ADA Oh My!

1pm - 5pm
Defensive Driving Session B

Class Descriptions

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

3 POWERFUL PRINCIPLES FOR BOOSTING EMPLOYEE ACCOUNTABILITY
Leslie Cunningham, Impact & Profits
Monday     12:30pm – 2:30pm    Room 449

Discover how to:
•    Get your employees to follow through on their commitments and job responsibilities
•    Motivate and engage your employees so your team discovers their own internal drive to act, follow through and produce results
•    Inspire your employees to think like an owner or manager so they strive to go above and beyond what’s expected of them

5 BEST PRACTICES FOR LEADERS COMMITTED TO BEING THEIR BEST IN SAFETY
Leslie Cunningham, Impact & Profits
Monday        3pm – 5pm    Room 449

Discover critical lessons about the best practices of highly effective leaders that motivate employees to bring their passion and performance to work.  Learn critical leadership insights and success patterns that were revealed from a 2-year statewide study, interviewing purpose-driven Montana leaders who are making a difference in their organizations – and how you can apply them as a safety leader at your organization.  So, you can get the people on your team to take the actions they know are supposed to take when it comes to safety and inspire others on their team to do the same!

ACCOUNTABILITY
Kirk Smith, Montana State Fund
Thursday     12:30pm – 2:30pm     Room 240

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.    

AG/ATV SAFETY
Jim Larson, Montana Ag Safety Program
Monday     8am – 10am    Room 449

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 footwear.  It will also cover using a machine that is age appropriate and why having more than one rider on one machine is dangerous.

AIR QUALITY 101
Montana Department of Environmental Quality Air Quality Bureau
Wednesday    12:30pm – 2:30pm    Room 449 
   
The presentation will focus on the trigger levels for needing an air quality permit in Montana, the types of sources typically needing an air quality permit, the applicable air quality rules for Montana, and the most common air quality issues that DEQ encounters with the regulated industry in Montana.    

ASBESTOS & RADON IN MONTANA
John Podolinsky, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Thursday     10:30am – 12pm    Room 449

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.

ASK THE EXPERT: THE IMPACT OF OPIOIDS IN THE WORKPLACE
Brad Gremaux, Montana Department of Justice
Greg Holzman, Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services
Chad Parker, Montana Department of Justice
Wednesday    3pm - 5pm    Room 340

Panelists will give brief presentations on the following topics:
•    Opioid Trends in Montana;
•    Adjudicated cases involving opioid use/diversion in the work place;
•    Red flags regarding opioid abuse;
•    Montana laws relevant to the sale/distribution of Rx drugs for illicit purposes;
•    The science of opioids: How they work in the body, why they’re so addictive and signs an employee may have a substance use disorder; and
•    How people can get help.

Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions once the panelists have finished their presentations.

 

Bloodborne Pathogen and First Aid Training
Thursday 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Cintas

Class Description Coming Soon...


CONFINED SPACE
Keith Ouzts, Montana Contractor’s Association
Monday        12:30pm – 2:30pm    Room 445

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.

DEFENSIVE DRIVING
Montana Department of Administration, Risk Management & Tort Division
Session A: Tuesday      1pm – 5pm        Room 449
Session B: Thursday    1pm - 3pm     Room 235

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.

DEMOLITION PLANNING
Tim Barth, MCCF
Tuesday     8am – 12pm    Room 449

When demolishing a structure, or part of a structure, OSHA Subpart T requires an Engineering Survey be completed by a Competent Person prior to commencement of work.  This class will cover the necessary pre-work and planning to ensure compliance with OSHA and other entity requirements.  The following topics will be covered; Pre-Start and Engineering Surveys, Safety & Environmental considerations, Utility Locates/Disconnects, Permitting/Notifications and developing a Demolition Plan.  Attendees will also receive a sample Demolition Policy and Engineering Survey examples.

DIGGING THE DATA: WORKPLACE FATALITIES IN MONTANA AND AN OVERVIEW OF OPIOID USE IN THE TREASURE STATE
Peggy Coggeshall & Bri Lake, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Data Management
Monday        8am – 10am    Room 340

Join us for a data driven presentation on two hot topics impacting Montana’s workforce:  worker fatalities and opioid utilization.  Peggy Coggeshall, ERD Statistician and Program Manager, will discuss in-depth the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in Montana.  Bri Lake, ERD Research Analyst, will provide a breakdown of data involving injured worker opioid utilization in Montana compared to injured workers in other states

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT
Kirk Smith, Montana State Fund
Session A Monday        3pm – 5pm    Room 445
Session B Thursday    8am - 10am   Room 235

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.

FALL HAZARD AWARENESS FOR CONSTRUCTION (OSHA 7405)
Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational & Environmental Health
Wednesday    8am – 5pm    Room 235

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.

FIRST AID/CPR/AED
Jim Burrows, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday Session              8am – 5pm         Room 237
Wednesday Session        8am – 5pm        Room 237

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.  Note: if you are late to class you may lose your spot to someone on the wait list.

GET IT DONE SAFELY
Spencer Beach, Keynote Speaker
Wednesday     8am – 10am    Room 340

“Get it Done Safely” is finely tailored to improve the use, understanding and importance of any organization’s safety system, the safety culture at work and the individual’s role in safety at home.  Spencer was engulfed in a flash fire and received third and fourth degree burns to 90% of his body. He will use his own experience to stress the importance of safety and accountability in the workplace.

HARASSMENT & HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT PREVENTION TRAINING
Deanna Keller, Missoula Federal Credit Union
Session A: Monday    10:30am – 12pm    Room 449
Session B: Thursday    10:30am – 12pm    Room 237
Session C: Thursday    8am - 10am     Room 237
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.

HAZARD COMMUNICATION
Thursday    10:30am – 12pm    Room 235
Class description coming soon…..

HAZARDOUS WASTE 101
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Thursday    12:30pm – 2:30pm    Room 449

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.

HAZWOPER 40-HOUR TRAINING
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday-Thursday     7am – 6pm    Room 122

HAZWOPER 40 is required for workers who perform activities that expose or potentially expose them to hazardous substances. This course specifically targets workers who are involved in cleanup operations, voluntary clean-up operations, emergency response operations, storage, disposal, or treatment of hazardous substances, or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. Topics include protection against hazardous chemicals, elimination of hazardous chemicals, safety of workers and the environment, and OSHA regulations.

HAZWOPER 8-HOUR REFRESHER
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday     8am – 5pm    Room 338

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.

HOW TO LOWER YOUR WORK COMP COSTS
Bryan Page, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday        5:30pm – 7pm     Room 445

Learn how to control your workers compensation cost. This class covers the cost drivers of workers’ compensation and how to control them.

 

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR EXEMPTIONS IN MONTANA
Dallas Cox, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Independent Contractor Unit
Monday    5:30pm – 7pm       Room 449

Everything you wanted to know about Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate and Construction Contractor Registration but were afraid to ask.

INTRO TO INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday        8am – 10am    Room 445

Industrial Hygiene is the science of anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of workplace hazards that can cause injury or illness.  Workplace exposures include chemical, biological, and physical hazards that can adversely affect workers.  This course will discuss common workplace hazards found in found in Montana Industries.

MANAGEMENT OF AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIORS
Ryan Mulcahy, Highland College
Thursday    8am – 12pm    Room 240

The 4-hour Management of Aggressive Behaviors (MOAB) course is designed to meet the needs of diverse groups by teaching strategies for identifying and diffusing aggressive behaviors. The course will prepare you with the skills in behavior intervention, mental conditioning, and strategies to plan, identify and act. You will learn how to recognize a dangerous situation and the skills needed to work through the incident within your personal capabilities.

MOAB Training International is a respected leader among training and consulting organizations across the United States and Canada, specializing in programs on managing aggressive behavior. Since 1983, more than 5,000 agencies have benefitted from MOAB’s highly researched, state-of-the-art programs. Its goal is to teach participants how to protect themselves from injury, and at the same time, control individuals without causing them harm. The programs empower people with the necessary skills to avert conflict and injuries through various de-escalation techniques using verbal and non-verbal skills to diffuse a situation.

MANAGING EXCAVATION HAZARDS OSHA 7410
Gary Peterson, University of Utah
Tuesday        8am – 5pm    Room 234

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 conclusion 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 SAFETY CULTURE ACT: ACCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS & SAFETY COMMITTEES
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday        3pm – 5pm     Room 240

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 SAFETY CULTURE ACT: NEW EMPLOYEE ORIENTATION & ANNUAL REFRESHER TRAINING
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday    10:30am – 12pm    Room 240

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.

MSHA BLUE CARD TRAIING
Phillip Dahl, Mining Safety & Health Agency
Tuesday – Thursday     8am – 5pm    Room 338

The purpose of this course is to fulfill the requirement to become an MSHA approved (blue card) instructor. You must satisfactorily demonstrate that you have the knowledge and ability to teach. Candidates for MSHA approved instructor must have relevant mining experience and/or education related to the mining industry. At the end of the course students will be able to distinguish the difference between regulations pertaining to Part 46 & Part 48, navigate and use the 30 CFR, and discuss training plan requirements according to the 30 CFR. Students will also be able to identify and discuss the 5 elements of Part 48 training programs as well as complete 5000-23 forms to properly record training when given various scenarios. As part of this course, each student will be required to develop and present no more than two 5-minute safety presentations and one final 15-minute presentation.

It is recommended that each student bring a detailed resume along with copies of his or hers 5000-23 training certificates for the last few years. These documents are required to be submitted to the district office along with a formal application that MSHA will provide.

There is no prerequisite to take this class. Class size will be limited to 12 people. The district manager will have final approval for MSHA instructors. Your application will be reviewed by the Educational Field Services Specialist and forwarded to the district manager.

OSHA 10-HOUR: CONSTRUCTION
Monday (8am – 5pm) Tuesday (8am - 12pm)    Room 445
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

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.

OSHA 10-HOUR: GENERAL INDUSTRY
Wednesday (8am – 5pm) Thursday (8am – 12:30pm) Room 445
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

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.

OSHA 30-HOUR: CONSTRUCTION
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday – Thursday    8am – 5pm    Room 234

This class teaches safety awareness and hazard avoidance to those responsible for workplace safety: workers, Foremen and supervisors. It includes 30 hours of training that apply toward the 30-hour Construction Industry class completion card. The class is comprised of 25 sections each one or two-hours in length. Preventative measures for workplace accidents, use of personal protective equipment, fire protection, and hazards with working in or around excavation sites are included. In addition to certificates of attendance, OSHA 30-hour cards are issued upon completion.  

OSHA 30-HOUR: GENERAL INDUSTRY
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday – Thursday    8am – 5pm    Room 232

This class teaches safety awareness and hazard avoidance to those responsible for workplace safety: workers, foremen and supervisors. It includes 30 hours of training that apply toward the 30-hour General Industry class completion card. OSHA recommends Outreach Training Program classes as an orientation to occupational safety and health. In addition to certificates of attendance, OSHA 30-hour cards are issued upon completion.  

OSHA UPDATE: WHAT’S NEW FOR 2019?
Bryan Page, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday        12:30pm – 2:30pm    Room 445

This course targets employers and employees in the private sector and will cover OSHA’s latest Emphasis Programs.  

PREVENTING DISTRACTED DRIVING
Montana Department of Administration Risk Management and Tort Defense Division
Session A: Wednesday    10am – 12pm     Room 449
Session B: Wednesday    3pm - 5pm    Room 449

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.

PUBLIC SECTOR UPDATE WHAT’S NEW FOR 2019?
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday        12:30pm – 2:30pm    Room 240

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

SAFETY ORIENTATION FOR EMPLOYEES…A WIN WIN PRACTICE FOR ALL THOSE INVOLVED
Bob Winston, Victory Insurance
Session A    Tuesday       3pm - 5pm        Room 440
Session B     Wednesday     12:30pm – 2:30pm    Room 240

Employers oftentimes overlook employee safety orientation.   However, an effective orientation should begin at the time of hire.  It is an excellent opportunity on behalf of the employer to emphasize the importance of safety and loss control.  Employers should take this opportunity to clearly define the company’s safety policy, rules and regulations.  As well, it allows the employer to share their values as it relates to promoting and enhancing on-going safe work practices.  As employers, it is imperative that we clearly define expectations on behalf of our employees.  Through initial safety orientation employees will have a better understanding of what is expected on their behalf as it relates to safe work practices.  This presentation will address safety orientation practices that will benefit the company as well as the employee.  Truly, a win win practice for all those involved with the process.

SCAFFOLDING
Keith Ouzts, Montana Contractor’s Association
Monday     10:30am – 12pm         Room 445

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.

SILICA IN CONSTRUCTION AND GENERAL INDUSTRY OSHA 7215
Robert Wesston, University of Utah
Monday     8am – 5pm    Room 235

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.

STAY-AT-WORK/RETURN-TO-WORK PROGRAMS
Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau
Tuesday        10:30am – 12pm    Room 445

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.

TRENCHING (OSHA 7410: MANAGING EXCAVATION HAZARDS)
Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational & Environmental Health
Tuesday        8am – 5pm    Room 234

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 conclusion 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.

SAFETY ORIENTATION FOR EMPLOYEES…A WIN WIN PRACTICE FOR ALL THOSE INVOLVED
Bob Winston, Victory Insurance
Wednesday     12:30pm – 2:30pm    Room 240

Employers oftentimes overlook employee safety orientation.   However, an effective orientation should begin at the time of hire.  It is an excellent opportunity on behalf of the employer to emphasize the importance of safety and loss control.  Employers should take this opportunity to clearly define the company’s safety policy, rules and regulations.  As well, it allows the employer to share their values as it relates to promoting and enhancing on-going safe work practices.  As employers, it is imperative that we clearly define expectations on behalf of our employees.  Through initial safety orientation employees will have a better understanding of what is expected on their behalf as it relates to safe work practices.  This presentation will address safety orientation practices that will benefit the company as well as the employee.  Truly, a win win practice for all those involved with the process

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Unemployment Insurance Division
Tuesday        5:30pm – 7:30pm Room     Room 240
Thursday    12:30pm – 2:30pm         Room 237

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  

WORK COMP 101
Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau
Tuesday        8am – 10am     Room 445

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.

WORK COMP FMLA & ADA… OH MY!
Matt Chambers and John Pavao, Montana Department of Administration
Thursday     12:30pm – 2:30pm    Room 449

Matt Chambers, State Early Return-to-Work Officer, and John Pavao, State Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, will guide you through a complex and challenging worker’s compensation scenario that ties in an employee’s rights and an employer’s responsibilities under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA).   Melissa, our employee in this scenario, trips and bumps her head in the employer’s stairwell.  What are Melissa’s rights and the employer’s responsibilities under workers’ compensation?  How about FMLA and ADA?  Is Melissa’s injury a “serious health condition” under the FMLA?  When should Melissa’s employer begin the interactive process?  At what point does her injury become a disability under the ADA?  Is Melissa’s employer required to provide reasonable accommodations?  If Melissa’s employer offers her transitional or light duty assignment, does she have to accept it?  What could Melissa, her manager, and the HR staff have done differently in this scenario?  Join this interactive session to find out the answers to these and other common questions related to workers’ comp, FMLA, and ADA!

WORKPLACE VIOLENCE: ANTICIPATING & MANAGING ALTERED MENTAL STATUS & VIOLENT SITUATIONS
Lorri Deplazes, RN CHSP CSSBB
Tuesday        3pm – 5pm    Room 445

This class is geared towards those that work in healthcare and will cover the following topics:
•    4 Types of Workplace Violence
•    What is Altered Mental Status
•    What is Normal and Abnormal Behavior
•    What is Escalation and De-Escalation
•    What is Verbal and Non-Verbal De-Escalation
•    The Continuum of Calm to Aggressive/Violent
•    Anticipatory Risks and Behaviors for Escalation
•    Triggers of Escalation
•    Case Studies using above tools
•    Brief Discussion on:
o    Weapons
o    Code Grays/Mr. Muscle and Restraints
o    Policies related to Workplace Violence
o    What facilities should do for associate involved in WPV event
o    Associate responsibilities for prevention of WPV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instructor Bios

CHRIS ANDERSON
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Chris was born and raised in Butte, MT.  He moved to the Bozeman area in 1996, after serving in the U.S. Army. He has a wide array of work experience in multiple industries such as guitar manufacturing, fire sprinkler installation, truck driving, and granite fabrication. Chris returned to school and earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety & Health from Montana Tech of the University of Montana in 2016. Chris is passionate and dedicated to the field of occupational safety and he feels he can make a positive impact on people’s lives.

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.

TIM BARTH
Montana Contractor Compensation Fund
Tim Barth is the Safety Consultant for the Montana Contractor Compensation Fund who helps contractors train employees in hazard recognition, improve safety cultures and find workable solutions to workplace hazards.  Tim has worked in the heavy and highway construction industry for almost thirty years.  For the past ten years, he has focused on changing how safety is viewed and how doing work safely can not only keep employees from being injured but makes them more skilled in their work and allows them to complete work more efficiently with a high-quality outcome.  Tim has a degree in Construction Engineering Technology and is an OSHA Outreach Trainer for the Construction Industry.

SPENCER BEACH
Keynote Speaker
Spencer a third-generation floor technician, was involved in all types of commercial and residential construction as a laborer, supervisor and manager before he was suddenly engulfed in a flash fire. Within 20 seconds he received third and fourth degree burns to 90 percent of his body. He shares his experience to inspire others to work safely.

JIM BURROWS
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Jim is a native Montanan. He was born in Missoula and moved around a lot in his young years settling back home in the late 70’s where he went to work for a local construction company (LS Jensen). Jim worked for 22 years until Jensen sold the business to Oldcastle materials, at that time Jim went into the safety field where he spent the next 10 years as a safety manager. There he earned his Construction Health Safety Technician and Certified Mine Safety Professional designations. He is an authorized OSHA Outreach Construction and General Industry trainer and a certified Medic         First Aid /CPR /AED instructor.

MATT CHAMBERS
Montana Department of Administration, Workers Comp Management Bureau
Matt Chambers is the Return to Work Coordinator at the Worker’s Compensation Management Bureau of the Department of Administration. Matt started in August of 2014 bringing 15+ years of experience in Safety, Worker’s Compensation/Loss Control and other related fields. Matt is a Kansas City, Missouri native and previously has worked for the Montana Department of Transportation (11 years) and the US ARMY (8 years). Matt has an Associate Degree in Applied Science – Majoring in Hazardous Material Management and authorized by the OSHA Institute as a Construction and General Industry outreach trainer.  You will find that Matt has strong communication skills, professional enthusiasm and great respect for the WCMB mission and responsibility.

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.

PEGGY COGGESHALL
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Data Management Unit
Peggy is the Research Specialist for the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries(CFOI). She specializes in these programs and has been with the Department of Labor for twenty-eight years. SOII and CFOI produces comprehensive, accurate and timely counts of work related incidence rates of injury and fatal work injury counts. With a commitment to workplace safety the data is used for informing workers of life threatening hazards associated with various jobs, promoting safer work practices through improved job safety training and identifying new areas for safety research. Both programs are state-fed cooperative programs through the Montana Department of Labor and US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. In her spare time, Peggy likes the Montana outdoors, art, gourmet cooking and her grandchildren.

LESLIE CUNNINGHAM
Impact & Profits
Leslie is a nationally leading and award-winning Leadership and Teamwork Development Expert. She specializes in empowering leaders to inspire extraordinary teamwork and achieve breakthrough results.  She has over 25 years of experience in leading workshops, educational seminars, and working with business owners, leaders and corporations.

Leslie is an international published author whose work has appeared in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and is a national columnist.

Leslie is a radio personality and talk-show radio host. She hosted a weekly call-in talk radio show, “Extraordinary Leadership & Teamwork”,” on 1450 AM KMMS and has appeared live on CBS (formally CNN) News Talk Radio. Her mission is to empower every leader to inspire their team to come together to make an extraordinary difference and impact in their workplace and community.

PHILLIP DAHL
MSHA - EFSMS
Phillip Dahl worked 26 years for Homestake Mining Company in Creede, Co, Lead/Deadwood, South Dakota and the McLaughlin gold project in Northern California.  Worked 4 years for Stillwater Mining Company as the loss control manager at the East Boulder operation. Phillip has worked as an underground miner, senior mill operator, refinery operator, refinery foreman, safety specialist, and loss control manager.
Graduate of the U.S. Mine Academy - Beckley, West Virginia
B.S. Degree in Management – Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA
Degree in Networking Technology – Empire College, Santa Rosa, Ca

DAVID DE FER
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
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 has worked for the Montana Department of Labor and Industry Safety and Health Bureau as an Occupational Safety & Health Specialist and Trainer. David is an authorized OSHA Construction and General Industry instructor.

LORRI DEPLAZES RN CHSP CSSBB
Montana Nurses Association
Lorri is currently the Associate Safety Coordinator for SCL Health/Saint James Healthcare.  She has worked in healthcare safety and prevention for the past ten years.  During the past 7 years, she developed and implemented a highly successful workplace violence prevention program, safe patient handling program and is active on all major safety initiatives for SCL Health’s System Initiatives that also include Sharp Injury Prevention and Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention.  Lorri is a Lean expert and lends this skill to all areas of hospital safety. Prior to this, Lorri worked as Risk Manager/Patient Safety, Lean Sensei and both LPN and RN in Telemetry and Critical Care.

WENDY FORGEY
Montana State Fund
Wendy joined MSF as a safety management consultant in 2006. Before this position she was a safety professional with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. Wendy graduated from Montana Tech of the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety & Health. Wendy focuses on injury reduction in the workplace by emphasizing: effective hiring practices, new hire orientation, employee education, management accountability, establishing written safety guidelines, and the effective use of a safety committee. Wendy prides herself on providing employers practical, cost effective solutions to their safety problems.

BRAD GREMAUX
Montana Department of Justice
Brad Gremaux is the Narcotics Bureau Chief for the Montana Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).  Brad has been a sworn law enforcement officer in Montana for 24 years.  He began his career at a small Sheriff’s department, and then moved on to the Great Falls Police Department, where he worked for over seven years.  Brad has been with DCI for 13 years.  

Brad has an extensive background of undercover experience and conducting complex drug conspiracy investigations.  He was assigned as a drug task force supervisor as well as to the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force for five years.  Brad earned his certification in methamphetamine lab response and dismantling, and was previously assigned to the DCI Narcotics TAC Team.  He also was a trainer for Drug Endangered Children presentations.  For the last 11 years, Brad has taught at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy in Helena, and continues to give educational presentations across the state on Montana drug trends and related topics.

DR. GREG HOLZMAN
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
Dr. Holzman is the State Medical Officer within the Department of Public Health and Human Services in Helena.  Some of Dr. Holzman’s previous positions have included Director of the Healthy Campus Initiative at Michigan State (MSU) University; Associate Chair of Preventive Medicine within the Department of Family Medicine at MSU; Chief Medical Executive for the Michigan Department of Community Health for the State of Michigan; and Deputy Director for the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Dr. Holzman throughout his career has worked on several public health policy issues, ranging from smoke-free legislation to funding for a state-wide trauma system. He has special interests in social determinants of health, health promotion and disease prevention, elimination of health disparities and building better integration between clinical medicine, public health, and community-based organizations.

DEANNA KELLER
Missoula Federal Credit Union
Dr. Deanna Keller, Corporate Training Director at Missoula Federal Credit Union (MFCU), 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 overseeing the Corporate Training Center and the continued professional development of MFCU employees.

BRI LAKE
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Data Management Section
Bri has worked as a workers’ compensation research analyst for the Montana Department of Labor & Industry Employment Relations Division since 2017.  Bri holds a BS in Economics from Montana State University and fell into the industry shortly after graduation.  Although early in her career, Bri quickly immersed herself in the world of workers’ compensation.  As the lead researcher for the Montana Drug Formulary Committee, Bri has been heavily involved in the implementation of a workers’ compensation drug formulary in Montana.  In addition, she has presented key workers’ compensation information to legislative committees and frequently presents to the Montana Labor-Management Advisory Council on current research and various workers’ compensation topics.

JIM LARSON
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.

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.

BREEINNA MCDOUGALL
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.

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.

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.

TIFFANY OTT
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tiffany is a Montana Tech graduate with an MS in Industrial Hygiene and a BS in Occupational Safety and Health Science and Engineering. She has worked with public and private sector businesses providing indoor environmental quality evaluations, safety inspections, and safety and health training. Tiffany resides in Butte with her husband and two children and is actively involved in Ott’s Halloween Haunt, a family operated fundraiser that has been benefiting local charities for 20 years.

KEITH OUZTS
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.

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.

CHAD PARKER
Montana Department of Justice
A 2004 graduate of the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law, Chad Parker has been employed by the Montana Attorney General’s Office since 2010.  Chad is also the Montana Department of Justice’s Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP), providing training, consultation, and direct trial support on impaired driving related cases.  In addition to his work as the TSRP, Chad assists with the Department’s legislative efforts and works with the United States Attorney’s Office on Project Safe Neighborhoods and the Montana Prosecuting Attorneys Drug Enforcement Coordinating Committee.  Chad also carries a general prosecution caseload ranging from theft and drug cases to rapes and homicides.  

Chad was raised in Edwardsville, Illinois, worked in the former Soviet Union from 1993 to 1995, and graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999. Prior to law school, Chad worked for two years as a litigation paralegal on intellectual property, product liability, admiralty, and Federal Employment Liability Act cases.  From 2005 to 2010, Chad handled a wide variety of civil and criminal matters for the City of Great Falls as the Assistant City Attorney, Chief Prosecutor, and Acting City Attorney.  He lives in Helena with his wife and two boys, serves as a Cub Scout Leader, and teaches a Russian language course at the University of Montana’s Helena College.


JOHN PAVAO
Montana Department of Administration
John provides leadership and direction to Montana state government in the areas of equal opportunity policy and program development, the American’s with Disabilities Act, affirmative action, diversity, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.  His educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University, a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Webster University, and a Master’s Certificate in Human Resource Management from Villanova University.  John received a professional certification as an ADA Coordinator from the University of Missouri- College of Human and Environmental Sciences, School of Architectural Studies in 2013.

GARY PETERSON
University of Utah
Gary has over 20 years of experience in ground/explosive safety, industrial and construction safety, and OSHA related matters working the U.S. Air Force (Civil Service). Mr. Petersen brings 20 years of training and experience as an instructor and trainer in occupational safety. He brings his expertise in safety management, accident investigation, permit required confined space, trenching and shoring, scaffolding, and Safety Programs and Supervisors Safety Course. Mr. Petersen holds a bachelor’s degree in management and Computer Information Systems from Park College University and an Associate degree in Safety from the Community College of the Air Force.

JOHN PODOLINSKI
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.  Please welcome John!

SARA SATTLER
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Sara grew up in the small community of Wolf Creek, Montana. She graduated from MT Tech in 2016 with a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health. Her last 2 years in school she spent interning with a metal working foundry outside of Butte, where she gained vast knowledge and experience in the safety and health field. After graduating, Sara became a Compliance Specialist with the Montana Department of Labor & Industry, a position in which she can help Montana workers come home safe every day.

KIRK SMITH,
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.

ROB SPERLE
Montana State Fund
Bio coming soon….

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.

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.

JUDY WATKINS
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.   

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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