Billings 2022

SafetyFestMT will take place September 20th-22nd at the Billings Hotel & Convention Center.  Registration for the event is now open!  All sessions are free, and registration is required.  Visit the following link to complete your registration:

SafetyFestMT Registration

The Billings Hotel & Convention Center is offering a special rate for SafetyFestMT attendees.  The rate is $96.00/night and expires on August 29, 2022.  Call (406) 248-7151 and mention SafetyFestMT.

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  • Class Descriptions: Billings 2022

    First Aid/CPR/AED

    Jim Burrows, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

    Tuesday 9/20: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Wednesday 9/21:  8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    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.


    OSHA 7410 Managing Excavation/Trenching Operations

    Rocky Mountain OSHA University of Utah

    Tuesday 9/20: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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


    Why Mindset Matters for Safety

    Tuesday 9/20: 8:00 am - 9:30 am

    Paula Miller, PHR, SHRM-CP, WHP

    When we understand why we do the things we do and how we do them, we can begin to make a difference in building a safety culture that is conducive to growth and prosperity one person at a time.  This session will teach the basic Arbinger principle of seeing others and how we can change our thinking to help our fellow co-workers and colleagues master their objectives for higher performance, quality and safety which in turn helps ourselves be the best version of who we need to be at work as well.


    Confronting and Coaching the Problem Employee

    Tuesday 9/20: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

    Bryan Peterson, Associated Employers

    When performance problems and inappropriate behavior are ignored, they do not go away. They turn into bigger problems—for you and your organization. You will learn to identify performance problems and various types of behavior problems, and you will learn to confront them in a positive and productive way. Conflict, strife, and opposing points of view are part of the workplace and part of life; you can’t change that. However, you can change the way you react and manage conflict when it does occur.


    Stop the Bleed: Bleeding Control (BCON) Basic

    Tuesday 9/20: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Billings Clinic

    The BCON course is designed for individuals who have little or no medical training but may be called upon to provide initial trauma care and bleeding control to a victim of a traumatic injury prior to the arrival of emergency medical services or in an austere environment.


    Thriving Work Culture

    Tuesday 9/20: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Aimee Carlson, Mindset Coach & Consultant

    Learn the 5 key elements to implement in your business, organization, or community to go from survival mode to thriving in all ways!  Walk away with a clear plan on how to create an atmosphere of trust while increasing productivity, engaging personalities, and strengthening a sense of purpose for all.


    Ag Safety Training

    Tuesday 9/20: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Rob Sperle, Montana State Fund

    Making safety a priority on the farm and ranch can save lives and resources by preventing accidents, injuries, and lost time. This class will teach agricultural workers to keep an eye out for potential hazards and avoid injury.


    Air Quality

    Tuesday 9/20: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

    Sarah Coefield, Missoula City-County Health Department

    Tom Javins, Engineer & ASHRAE Member

    This course will cover air pollution and the built environment, with a focus on wildfire smoke. Instructors will discuss air pollution health effects, how smoke enters buildings, how to create cleaner indoor air spaces for employees and customers, and how to reduce exposure outdoors. Sarah Coefield will focus on health impacts from wildfire smoke and provide data from a recent study in Missoula that evaluated the amount of smoke that enters commercial buildings during wildfire smoke events. Tom Javins will provide detail about how building operators can follow ASHRAE’s guidance for protecting commercial building occupants from smoke during wildfire events.


    HAZWOPER 8-hr Refresher

    Wednesday 9/21:  8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Larry Alheim, Montana Department of Environmental Quality

    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.


    OSHA 7405: Fall Hazards for the Construction Industry

    Wednesday 9/21: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Rocky Mountain OSHA University of Utah

    This one-day course provides information on identifying, evaluating and preventing exposures to fall hazards at construction sites. The goal of the course is to provide small business owners, trainers, supervisors and employees with information on recognizing potential fall hazards at their work sites and suggest ways to avoid, minimize, control and prevent these hazards whenever possible. The course focuses on falls to a lower level rather than falls resulting from slips and trips. Topics include identifying fall hazards, analyzing fall hazards, and preventing fall hazards, as well as OSHA resources that address fall hazards.


    OSHA Region 8 Update

    Wednesday 9/21: 8:00 am - 10:00 am

    Art Hazen, Montana Area Director, OSHA

    This session will discuss the safety and health issues affecting private sector employers and workers in Montana and the available resources to aid in OSHA compliance.


    Montana Motor Vehicle Fatalities Then and Now

    Wednesday 9/21: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

    Aaron Bender, Montana Employment Relations Division

    Montana has one of the nation’s highest rates of driving-related fatalities per capita.  This presentation is aimed at ways that Montanans can stay safe behind the wheel, especially when commuting to and from work.


    Human Trafficking

    Wednesday 9/21:  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Penny Ronning, Co-Founder Yellowstone County Area Human Trafficking Task Force

    Participants will learn how to identify, report, and fight human trafficking in Montana.


    Suicide in Montana

    Wednesday 9/21: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Karl Rosston, Montana Department of Health and Human Services

    This presentation focuses on suicide within our culture with specific attention towards Montana.  The presentation covers national and Montana data, demographics of a suicidal person, warning signs, and risk assessment, training on how to intervene with a suicidal person, evidenced-based practices, and resources available.  Learning objectives for this presentation include: 1) Participants will be able to identify at least three warning signs of suicide, 2) Participants will know what QPR stands for, and 3) Participants will be able to identify at least two suicide prevention resources in the state.


    OSHA 10-Hour Construction

    Part One: Wednesday 9/21:  12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    Part Two: Thursday 9/22:  8:00 am - 3:30 pm

    Montana Safety and Health Consultation Program

    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.

    *Students must sign up for and attend both Wednesday and Thursday sessions to complete the class.


    OSHA 10-Hour General Industry

    Part One: Wednesday 9/21:  12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    Part Two: Thursday 9/22:  8:00 am - 3:30 pm

    Montana Safety and Health Consultation Program

    The OSHA 10 class helps develop the critical skill of Hazard Awareness - an analysis of the cause & effects of the most common injuries on any job site. Benefits include increased productivity, fewer worker injuries, and greater employee engagement. Topics include OSHA overview; employer responsibilities; employee rights; slips & falls; machine guarding; material handling; hazardous chemicals; ladders; electrical; effective safety management; ergonomics.  Students receive an OSHA 10-hour card upon completion.

    *Students must sign up for and attend both Wednesday and Thursday sessions to complete the class.


    The Facts on Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing

    Wednesday 9/21: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Samantha Morris, The Chemnet Consortium

    This informational class will address Drug and Alcohol Testing in the workplace.  We will provide answers to the following questions and more.

    • Why should your company have a Drug and Alcohol testing program?
    • What is the difference between DOT required testing and Non-DOT testing?
    • What items need to be in place to start a Drug and Alcohol Testing program?
    • What is the employer responsibilities in managing a testing program?
    • What is the testing process?
    • Marijuana – what now and what next?


    Fire Extinguisher Safety

    Thursday 9/22: 8:30 am - 9:30 am

    Summit Fire and Security

    OSHA states that if your employer has fire extinguishers in your workplace, and if you will be using an extinguisher to put out a fire, you must be trained on the use of that extinguisher and hazards of incipient stage firefighting…

    • What IS the incipient stage of a fire?
    • What type of fuel(s) may be feeding the fire?
    • Are there different classifications of extinguishers?
    • Can this extinguisher REALLY put out fire???
    • When is training and refresher training required?


    Preventing Distracted Driving (VIRTUAL)

    Thursday 9/22: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

    Julie Ouzts, Montana Risk Management and Tort Defense Division

    This is a 2-hour virtual 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.

    *The Zoom meeting link will be provided by the Montana Risk Management and Tort Defense Division prior to the beginning of the class.


    Emergency Action Plans (EAPs)

    Thursday 9/22: 10:15 am - 11:15 am

    Chris Tacke, Montana Safety and Health Consultation Program

    This course will review Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) which are written documents required by OSHA standard 1910.38 that should address emergencies that could occur in the workplace.


    Silica & Respiratory Protection Overview

    Thursday 9/22: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

    Molly McNabb, Montana Safety and Health Consultation Program

    This training addresses silica hazards in the concrete industry. Specifically, the training provides workers with an overview of silica hazards (recognition), methods to control silica exposure (abatement and prevention), and information on the OSHA silica requirements.


    Fentanyl in Montana

    Thursday 9/22: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Steve Crawford, Montana Department of Criminal Investigations

    Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine. It was developed for pain management treatment of cancer patients. Unfortunately, due to its potency and availability, it is frequently abused. This presentation will cover fentanyl trends and answer common questions about fentanyl in Montana.


    Preventing and Responding to Sex Discrimination

    Thursday 9/22: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Andria Hardin, Montana Human Rights Bureau

    Join Training Coordinator of the Montana Human Rights Bureau, Andria Hardin, to learn about steps you can take to keep your employees and patrons safe from sex discrimination.  We will also review how to best respond if you do receive a report of sex discrimination or harassment to best protect your organization.



    Thursday 9/22: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    Jerry Girard, MSU Billings

    Question. Persuade. Refer. Three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide.

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