Sidney SafetyFestMT 2019

Sidney SafetyFestMT 2019

SafetyFestMT: Sidney 2019 will be held at St. Matthew's Parish located at 219 7th Street SE from April 30 - May 2, 2019.

This year SafetyFest is teaming up with the ABC Clinics to provide employers with the information they need. Registration for the Sidney SafetyFest is open!


Classes on this year's agenda include but aren't limited to:

  • OSHA 10-Hour Construction
  • OSHA 10-Hour General Industry
  • First Aid/CPR AED Training
  • 8-Hour HAZWOPER Training
  • Flagging Certification
  • Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Certification
  • ABC Clinic Track
  • Respiratory Safety & Silica
  • HAZCOMM & GHS
  • How to Lower Your Work Comp Costs
  • Managing Safety & Health Programs
  • Forklift Safety
  • Ag/ATV Safety
  • Ag/Shop Safety
  • Arc Flash
  • Navigating Discrimination Laws in Montana
  • Defensive Driving (This class will be held at the MSU Extension Office)
  • Preventing Distracted Driving (This class will be held at the MSU Extension Office)
  • Confined Space
  • Excavation Safety
You can view the complete agenda and class descriptions listed in the right column on this screen. 

Select this link if you are interested in sponsoring or have an exhibitors table at the Sidney SafetyFest.


Sidney Sponsors


Agenda

Tuesday April 30, 2019

8am - 5pm
First Aid/CPR/AED
Flagging Certification
OSHA 10-Hour Construction
OSHA 10-Hour General Industry

8am - 10am
Respiratory Safety & Silica

10:30am - 12pm
HAZCOMM & GHS

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Montana Safety Culture Act (MSCA): New Employee Orientation & Annual Refresher Training

3pm - 5pm
Montana Safety Culture Act: Accident Investigation & Safety Committees

5:30pm - 7:30pm
Independent Contractor Exemptions in Montana
What You Need to Know About Unemployment Insurance

Wednesday May 1, 2019

8am - 5pm
8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher
ABC Clinic Track - (Topics listed below)

8am - 10am
Ag/ATV Safety
Walking Working Surfaces
What You Need To Know About Unemployment Insurance - ABC Clinic

10:30am - 12pm
OSHA Udpate
Public Sector Update
Workers' Comp, Job Service Labor Market Info, Registered Apprenticeship and New Hire Reporting - ABC Clinic

12:30pm - 1:30pm
Navigating Discrimination Laws in Montana - ABC Clinic

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Arc Flash
Behavorial Based Safety Consulation
How to Lower Your Work Comp Costs - Session A

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Montana Department of Revenue Updates - ABC Clinic

2:40 - 4:30
Employer Suport of the Guard & Reserve and Wage & Hour - ABC Clinic

3pm - 5pm
Confined Space
Excavation Safety
Forklift Safety
Managing Safety & Health Programs
Preventing Distracted Driving (This Class will be held at the MSU Extension Office 1499 N Central Ave)

5:30pm - 7:30pm
How to Lower Your Work Comp Costs Session B

Thursday May 2, 2019

8am - 12pm
Defensive Driving (This Class will be held at the MSU Extension Office 1499 N Central Ave)
Hydrogen Sulfide Certification

8am - 10am
Ag/Shop Safety
Machine Guarding
Oil Well Registration
Rigging Safety

10:30am - 12pm
Radon & Asbestos in Montana
Slips, Trips & Falls

Class Descriptions

ABC CLINIC TRACK
Various Presenters
Wednesday     8am – 4:30pm    Gymnasium

Attendees can register for the entire track or choose the topics listed below that apply to their business needs.

8am – 10am 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  

10:15am – 12pm Workers’ Compensation, Job Service Labor Market Information, Registered Apprenticeship & New Hire Reporting
In this presentation the presenter will review the basics of the Montana Workers’ Compensation System and discuss changes to medical benefits through the new drug formulary.  In addition, the financial impact of uninsured employers on system costs will be discussed, focusing understanding insurance modification factors for employers. Participants will be guided through a series of questions and answers that respond to common employer concerns.

The Labor Market Information session 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

12:30pm – 1:30pm Navigating Discrimination Laws in Montana
Participants will receive a general overview of the Montana Human Rights Bureau including the laws it covers: The Montana Human Rights Act (MHRA) the Montana Governmental Code of Fair Practices (GCFP), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967.

1:30pm – 2:30pm Montana Department of Revenue Updates
The Department of Revenue will provide a broad overview of the taxes administered by the department. The focus of the presentation will center on E-File applications that will aid the business in their filing requirements.
New beginning in 2019!  Form MW-4 “Montana Employee’s Withholding and Exemption Certificate” is a new form available for Montana employees to calculate their Montana income tax withholding.
•    Due to changes in federal tax laws, the federal Form W-4 should not be used by new employees for the calculation of Montana income tax withholding.
•    If current employees are satisfied with the Montana withholding, they do not need to complete the new Form MW-4 unless they are claiming an exemption from withholding.

2:40pm – 4:30pm Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve and Wage & Hour
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.

The Wage and Hour unit will present an overview of wage and hour laws, child labor laws and prevailing wage laws.

AG/ATV SAFETY
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.

AG/SHOP SAFETY
Kris Miller, Montana State Fund
Thursday     8am – 10am     Classroom 2

Safety of our family and friends is our top priority on the farm and ranch.  
This course will also be beneficial to maintenance shops, auto shops, truck shops, city/county shops, etc., and will cover:
•    Basics of shop/yard safety
•    Discuss common safety problems with photos and rule discussions.
In addition to improving safety, this course may help reduce monetary loss/exposure in the case of an OSHA inspection.

ARC FLASH
Jason Venn, Victory Insurance
Wednesday    12:30pm – 2:30pm    Classroom 1

An arc flash is an electrical phenomenon where electric current leaves it intended path and travels through the air from its source to another conductor.  Unfortunately, humans are often the “other conductor” to which the electricity flows causing serious injury or even death.  Additionally, electrical issues regularly comprise one of OSHA’s Top Ten Most Cited Standards.  To assist both employees and employers this class will explore the causes of, how to protect against, and OSHA compliance issues pertaining to the occurrence of arc flash.

BEHAVIOR BASED SAFETY
Stephanie Cunningham, DLI Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday    12:30pm – 2:30pm    Classroom 3

Class Description Coming Soon

CONFINED SPACES – LOCK OUT/TAG OUT
Rob Sperle, Montana State Fund
Wednesday    3pm – 5pm    Conference Room 2

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
Thursday    8am – 12pm    MSU Extension Office

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.

EXCAVATION SAFETY
Keith Ouzts, Montana Contractor’s Association
Wednesday    3pm – 5pm    Classroom 3

Most people are familiar with seeing heavy equipment on the construction site (or ranch, or farm or city/county/state project).  Once the blade or bucket breaks open the ground, it becomes an excavation – and OSHA has developed a set of standards for safely digging into the ground with heavy equipment.  For instance, did you know that fall protection is a very important part of the excavation process?  This class will provide an overview of the excavation safety standards and why it is so important that they be followed.  

FIRST AID/CPR/AED
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday        8am – 5pm    Conference Room 1

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.

FLAGGING SAFETY
Shawna Page, Montana State University LTAP
Tuesday        8am – 5pm     Classroom 3

This class is a combination of lecture, manuals, video and hands-on problem solving concerning flagging in a work zone. The five parts of Traffic Control Work Zone will be discussed. Montana flagging certification will be issued to all participants who successfully pass the course. Flagging duties and responsibilities will be taught. Safety, uniformity and liability issues will also be covered.

FORKLIFT SAFETY
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday    3pm – 5pm         Classroom 1

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

HAZCOMM & GHS
Kristi Witt, DLI Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday        10:30am – 12pm    Conference Room 2

Class description coming soon…

HAZWOPER 8-HOUR REFRESHER
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday     8am – 5pm    Conference Room 1

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.

HOW TO LOWER YOUR WORK COMP COSTS
Bryan Page, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Session A: Wednesday    12:30pm – 2:30pm    Classroom 2
Session B: Wednesday    5:30pm – 7pm         Classroom 2

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

HYDROGEN SULFIDE CERTIFICATION
Larry Alheim, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Thursday    8am – 12pm    Conference Room 1

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.

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR EXEMPTIONS IN MONTANA
Dallas Cox, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Independent Contractor Unit
Tuesday        5:30pm – 7pm    Classroom 3

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

MACHINE GUARDING
Keith Ouzts, Montana Contractors Association
Thursday    8am – 10am    Conference Room 2

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.

MANAGING HEALTH & SAFETY PROGRAMS
Fred Miller, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday    3pm -5pm    Classroom 2

OSHA says developing a strong safety culture has the single greatest impact on injury reduction of any process. Studies have shown that a strong injury prevention program will identify and reduce hazards before workers get hurt. Effective Safety Management yields numerous benefits: lower work comp costs; increased efficiency and profitability; protecting employees; less OSHA violations. This class uses the Montana Safety Culture Act as a guideline for creating safer workplaces.

MONTANA SAFETY CULTURE ACT: ACCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS & SAFETY COMMITTEES
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday        3pm – 5pm     Conference Room 2

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
Tuesday        12:30pm – 2:30pm    Conference Room 2

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.

OIL WELL REGISTRATION
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Thursday    8am -10am    Classroom 3

Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) staff will present an overview of Montana’s Air Quality Program as it relates to Oil or Gas Well Facilities.  Topics will include: background/overview of the Oil or Gas Well Facility Registration Program; requirements of the registration program; DEQ inspection process; typical compliance issues and how DEQ addresses non-compliance.

OSHA 10-HOUR: CONSTRUCTION
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday (8am – 5pm) - Wednesday (8am -12pm)        Classroom 1

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
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday(8am – 5pm) – Wednesday (8am – 12pm)    Classroom 2

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 UPDATE: WHAT’S NEW FOR 2019
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday     10:30am – 12pm    Classroom 3

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
Wednesday    3pm – 5pm     MSU Extension Office

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
Wednesday    10:30am – 12pm    Conference Room 2

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.

RADON & ASBESTOS IN MONTANA.
John Podolinsky, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Thursday     10:30am – 12pm    Classroom 3

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.

RESPIRATORY SAFETY & SILICA
Kristi Witt, DLI Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday        8am – 10am    Conference Room 2

Class Description Coming Soon…

RIGGING SAFETY: HOISTING WITH SLINGS & CHAINS
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Thursday    8am – 10am    Classroom 1

This class will examine OSHA's rules on rigging components such as slings, chains and hardware inspection and documentation criteria for both construction and general industry (1926 Subpart H) as well as teach you simple "rule of thumb" methods of calculating working load limits for wire rope and "sling stress".

SLIPS, TRIPS, & FALLS
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Thursday    10:30am – 12pm    Classroom 2

Slips, trips and falls are a significant problem both to the public in general and in the workplace. It is one of the leading workplace accidents in Montana. This class will cover practical methods to reduce slips and falls in the workplace.

WALKING WORKING SURFACES
Shawn McLain, DLI Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday     8am -10am    Classroom 3

Class description coming soon…

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

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  


Instructor Bios

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

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.

GORDON BRANNON
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.

DALLAS COX
Montana Department of Labor & Industry, Independent Contractor Unit
Dallas grew up in Butte and lived to tell about it.  He went to school in Billings to be a certified welder and then worked in construction for about two years before he joined the Air Force in 1973 and worked in the Intelligence career field for 20 yrs.  Dallas retired from the Air Force in 1993 and went to work for the Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) in Anchorage Alaska as an Child Support Enforcement Division Investigator I, II, and III and finished his last year and a half as the Accounting Manager.  He moved back to Montana in 2001 to be closer to family and began working with the Department of Labor and Industry with the Independent Contractor Central Unit on Oct 24, 2001.  Dallas was promoted to Program Manager for the Construction Contractor Registration program and the Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate program in 2008 and has been working in that position since.  

STEPHANIE CUNNINGHAM
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Stephanie graduated from Montana Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health in 2014. She then worked as a safety, health, and environmental specialist at an oil and gas company in Texas for about a year. After missing the Montana lifestyle, she was accustomed to, she soon moved back to Butte and became a safety and health consultant for the Montana Department of Labor & Industry.

Stephanie chose this career to help educate, train and ensure workers return home to their families each day. In her spare time, she enjoys spending it outdoors embracing the Montana lifestyle.

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.

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.

SHAWN MCLAIN
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.

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

KRIS MILLER
Montana State Fund
Kris Miller’s focus is providing Leadership in developing Safe Workplaces through Positive, Proactive Strategies.  Kris is a Safety Management Consultant with Montana State Fund.  She travels throughout eastern Montana providing Safety Services to Clients.  Kris has over 20 years’ experience in Workplace Safety and Health Leadership, Education and Positive Culture Implementation.  She has been on both sides of compliance.  Kris was a Senior OSHA Investigator in Minnesota.  She has also been responsible for leading the Implementation of Safety programs in Construction, General Industry and Government.

Kris has conducted many Fatality and Serious Injury Investigations.  She has seen the impact these catastrophic events have (not only the injured worker).   However, she has also seen the severe impact that these events also have on the wife/widow (husband/widower), family, coworkers, and community.

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

Human Rights Bureau
The Montana Human Rights Bureau is charged with enforcing certain state and federal laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination. When a person files a complaint with the Department of Labor & Industry’s Human Rights Bureau, the Bureau will informally investigate.

Job Service
The local Job Service Offices provide support for both job seekers and employers in their community.

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

Wage & Hour Compliance & Investigations.
The Compliance and Investigations Bureau enforces provisions of the Montana Wage Payment Act, minimum wage and overtime law, Public Contracts/Prevailing Wage Law and the State Child Labor Standards Act.

MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration, compliance, collection and valuation of approximately 30 tax types. These tax types include corporation income, individual income, withholding, combined oil & gas, coal severance, other natural resource taxes, cigarette, retail telecommunications, lodging facilities, other miscellaneous taxes, and industrial and centrally assessed property valuation.

MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY OIL WELL REGISTRATION UNIT
The DEQ Oil Well Registration Unit assists in registering, updating and/or deregistration of an oil or gas well facility in accordance with regulatory requirements described in Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) Title 17, Chapter 8, Subchapter 17 – Registration of Air Contaminant Sources.

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.

JOHN PODOLINSKY
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.  

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.

ANDREW SHEEHY
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Bio Coming Soon…..

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.

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.