Virtual Havre SafetyFestMT June 2021

Registration is now open and you can Register Here for the SafetyFestMT: Havre 21 Virtual Event. The dates for the FREE training event are June 14 - 18. We are partnering again with the ABC Clinics and offering sessions each day of SafetyFest. Here is a look at the topics we have on the SafetyFestMT: Havre 21 Virtual agenda:

  • 8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher (Class Size is Limited)
  • OSHA 10-Hour Construction (Class Size is Limited)
  • OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Class Size is Limited)
  • OSHA 7300 Understanding OSHA's Permit Required Confined Space Standard (Class Size is Limited)
  • OSHA 7405 Fall Protection in Construction (Class Size is Limited)
  • OSHA 7410 Managing Excavation Hazards (Class Size is Limited)
  • Management of Aggressive Behavior (Class Size is Limited)
  • ABC Clinic Sessions
  • Accountability
  • Conducting Ergonomic Assessments
  • Crane & Rigging General Awareness Training
  • Cyber Security
  • Economics of Workers' Compensation
  • Electrical Safety
  • Defensive Driving
  • Fall Protection Overview
  • Grain Safety
  • HAZCOM & GHS
  • How the ADA Impacts You
  • Independent Contractor Exemptions in Montana
  • Internal Safety Audits
  • Montana Safety Culture Act (MSCA): Accident Investigation, Self Inspections & Safety Committees
  • MSCA: New Employee Orientation, Annual Refresher Training & Task Specific Training
  • Occupational Noise
  • OSHA's COVID-19 Guidance
  • Preventing Distracted Driving
  • Public Sector Compliance Update
  • Radon & Asbestos in Montana
  • Risk Assessment: The Underused Tool That's Free!
  • Risk Perception
  • Slips, Trips & Falls
  • Suicide in Montana
  • Trenchbox Safety
  • What a Safety Coordinator Does
  • Work Comp Update
  • Workplace Violence

 

Agenda

  • Select this link to download a printable version of the agenda.

    Monday 6/14

    8 AM – 5 PM

    OSHA 7410 Managing Excavation Hazards Session A

     

    8 AM – 10 AM

    Cyber Security

     

    8 AM – 9 AM

    OSHA COVID-19 Guidance

     

    9 AM – 1 PM

    Management of Aggressive Behavior

     

    9 AM – 12 PM

    OSHA 10-Hour Construction (Continues through Thursday)

     

    10 AM – 12 PM

    The Economics of Workers’ Compensation

     

    11 AM – 12 PM

    Internal Safety Audits

     

    1 PM – 3 PM

    Suicide in Montana

     

    2 PM – 4:30 PM

    ABC Clinic – Monday Session

     

    3 PM – 5 PM

    Accountability

     

    Tuesday 6/15

     

    8 AM – 5 PM

    OSHA 7410 Managing Excavation Hazards Session B

     

    8 AM – 12 PM

    OSHA 10 – Hour General Industry (Continues through Thursday)

     

    8 AM – 10 AM

    Radon & Asbestos in Montana

     

    8 AM – 9:30 AM

    MSCA: Record Keeping & Reporting

    8:30 AM – 12 :30 PM

    Defensive Driving

     

    10 AM – 11 AM

    Conducting Ergonomic Assessments

    Public Sector Compliance Update

     

    11 AM - 12 PM

    What You Need to Know About Discrimination

     

    1 PM – 2:30 PM

    MSCA: New Employee Orientation, Annual Refresher, & Task Specific Training

    Work Comp Update

     

    2 PM – 4:30 PM

    ABC Clinic - Tuesday Session

     

    3 PM – 5 PM

    Employee Engagement

     

    3 PM – 4:30 PM

    MSCA: Accident Investigation, Self-Inspections, & Safety Committees

     

    Wednesday 6/16

     

    8 AM – 5 PM

    8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher

    OSHA 7405 Fall Protection in Construction

     

    8 AM – 10 AM

    Grain Safety

     

    8 AM – 9:30 AM

    Crane & Rigging General Overview

     

    10 AM – 12 PM

    Electrical Safety

     

    10 AM – 11 Am

    Risk Assessment: The Underused Tool That’s Free!

     

    1 PM – 3 PM

    Risk Perception

     

    1 PM – 2:30 PM

    Trenchbox Safety

     

    2 PM – 4:30 PM

    ABC Clinic Wednesday Session

     

    3 PM – 4 PM

    Occupational Noise

     

    Thursday 6/17

     

    8 Am – 5 PM

    Understanding OSHA’s Permit Required Confined Space Standard

     

    8 AM – 10 AM

    Slips, Trips & Falls

     

    9 AM – 11 AM

    Preventing Distracted Driving

     

    10 AM – 12 PM

    Fall Protection General Overview

     

    11 AM – 12 PM

    How the ADA Impacts You

     

    1 PM – 2:30 PM

    HAZCOM & GHS

     

    1 PM – 2 PM

    What a Safety Coordinator Does

     

    3 PM – 4 PM

    Workplace Violence

     

    Friday 6/18

     

    8 AM – 9 AM

    Independent Contractor Exemptions in Montana

  • You can download a printable version of the Class Descriptions by selecting this link.

     

    ABC CLINIC TRACK

    Various Presenters

    Monday – Thursday        2 PM – 4:30 PM

    Attendees that register for this track will hear a variety of presentations. The topics and times are listed below (times are subject to change):

     

    Monday

    Wage & Hour and Independent Contractor Exemptions – Presented by Logan Jackson

    Montana Employer Support of Guard & Reserve (ESGR) – Employers will learn how ESGR works.

     

    Tuesday

    Montana Department of Revenue Withholding & E-services – Presented by Jennifer Williams

    Montana Job Service – Presented by Tammy Wynn

    Labor Market Information – Presented by Matt Betcher

    Child Support Enforcement & New Hire Reporting – Presented by Shawn Rafferty

     

    Wednesday

    Unemployment Insurance Benefits – Presented by BreAnn Miller

    Unemployment Insurance Contributions – Presented by Lisa Barton

     

    Thursday

    Workers’ Compensation – Presented by Cindy Zimmerman

    Vocational Rehabilitation – Presented by Mark Mahnke

    Montana Registered Apprenticeship

     

    Accountability

    Kirk Smith, Montana State Fund

    Monday            3pm – 5pm      

    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. 

     

    Conducting Ergonomic Assessments

    Jake Sandau, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

    Tuesday             10 AM – 11 AM

    Cumulative trauma injuries are becoming one of the top workers' compensation claims that employers face. These are especially prevalent due to many employees now working remotely or in unfamiliar locations. This presentation will discuss tips on how to conduct an initial ergonomic assessment for employees. Note:  This is for preventative ergonomic assessments and does not take the place of medical advice.

     

    Crane & Rigging General Awareness Training

    Matt Berg, DLI Safety & Health Bureau

    Wednesday       8 AM – 9:30 AM

    This training is a general overview of the OSHA Crane and Rigging standards.  We will focus on employees who work with or around cranes and rigging. We will provide knowledge, insight and influence with regards to safety when working with cranes and rigging equipment.

     

    Cyber Security

    Marcus Meyer, Montana Department of Justice, Office of Consumer Protection

    Monday            8 AM – 10 AM

    Participants who attend this session will learn how to protect themselves from identity theft and what to do if they do have their identity stolen.

     

    DEFENSIVE DRIVING

    Montana Department of Administration, Risk Management & Tort Division

    Tuesday            8:30 AM – 12:30 PM    

    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.

     

    Economic Impact of Workers’ Compensation

    Chris Bradley & Emily Healy, Montana Department of Labor & Industry

    Monday            10 AM – 12 PM

    This session covers the economic impact workers’ compensation has on Montana’s economy.

     

    Electrical Safety

    Jerry Laughery, DLI Safety & Health Bureau

    Wednesday       10 AM – 12 PM

    Many industrial hazards may not be reduced through elimination, substitution, engineering or administrative controls. An employer’s last line of defense is to suit employees in personal protective equipment (PPE). However, most workers suffering eye, head and foot injuries are due to a lack of utilizing PPE.

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

     

    Employee Engagement

    Kirk Smith, Montana State Fund

    Tuesday            3pm – 5pm      

    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 Protection

    DLI Safety & Health Bureau

    Thursday           10 AM – 12 PM

    This class is a general overview of OSHA’s Fall Protection Standard.

     

    Grain Safety

    Chris Tacke, DLI Safety & Health Bureau

    Wednesday       8am – 10am

    This class will look at safety and health hazards that are commonly found in Grain Handling. We will be discussing the six (6) most common hazards found in Grain Handling/Storage, abatement options for mitigating safety and health hazards, OSHA’s Grain Handling standard 1910.272 and looking at tools and resources for employers to use when identify and mitigating safety and health hazards.

     

    HAZCOM & GHS

    Jason Venn, Victory Insurance

    Thursday 1 PM - 2:30 PM

    Participants in this class will learn about the identities and hazards of chemicals in the workplace. They will also learn how to classify chemicals and communicate hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. Participants will also receive any updates to the OSHA standard.

     

    HAZWOPER 8-HOUR REFRESHER

    Iain Wells, NIEHS Worker Training

    Wednesday       8 AM – 5 PM

    This class meets OSHA requirements for 8 hours of annual refresher training and targets workers who remove hazardous waste or who are exposed to hazardous substances or health hazards. Topics include HAZWOPER regulations, safety hazards, air monitoring, medical surveillance, site control, decontamination, and respiratory equipment. This is for those who have completed the 40-hour or 24-hour HAZWOPER training.

     

    How the Americans with Disabilities Act impacts you

    Andria Hardin, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Human Rights Bureau

    Thursday          11 AM – 12 PM

    Participants who take this class will learn about the Americans with Disabilities Act and how it impacts their workplace.

     

    Independent Contractor Exemptions in Montana

    Logan Jackson, Department of Labor & Industry

    Friday               8 AM – 9 AM

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

     

    Internal Safety Audits

    Kayla Criscuolo, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

    Monday            11 AM – 12 PM

    This session is intended to provide knowledge of workplace hazards, according to OSHA 1910 General Industry Standards, and recommendation to eliminate them. It will provide guidance on how to conduct a thorough audit of your work environment as well as OSHA mandated safety and health programs.

     

    Management of aggressive Behavior

    Ryan Mulcahy, BA, RMA, AEMT, MPH, Candidate Highland College

    Monday           9 AM – 1 PM

    MOAB® presents principles techniques, and skills for recognizing, reducing, and managing violent and aggressive behavior. The program also provides humane and compassionate methods of dealing with aggressive people. MOAB® techniques provide research based nonverbal, verbal and physical skills as well as personal defense and safety skills. MOAB® goes beyond the strategies for preventing and diffusing a crisis. It addresses the multitude of crises and stages of conflict to help clam people, diffuse anxious or aggressive behavior, avoid violence and injuries, and create confidence and the ability to improve any situation and minimize or eliminate lawsuits.

     Participants who sign up for this course will receive the link to the session directly from the Instructor.

     

    Montana Safety Culture Act (MSCA): Accident Investigations, Self Inspections & Safety Committees

    Matt Berg, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

    Tuesday            3 PM – 4:30 PM            

    This session will highlight the reporting, investigating, and taking corrective action on all work-related incidents as well as safety committee and employer self-inspection requirements of the Montana Safety Culture Act for the Public Sector. This class will cover 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.  We will touch on available tools to assist Public Sector employers with the process.

     

    MSCA: New employee orientation, annual refresher training & Task Specific Training

    CJ Holland, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

    Tuesday            1 PM – 2:30 PM

    This class details these three elements required under the Montana Safety Culture Act. Safety Compliance Specialists from the Montana Department of Labor and Industry will explain numerous options and ideas for completing the required trainings to fulfill the requirements of these elements. Additionally, the instructors will cover the employer documentation requirements.

     

    MSCA: RECORD Keeping & Reporting

    Ethan Anderson, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

    Tuesday 8 AM – 9:30 AM

    This session will highlight the recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the Montana Safety Culture Act with emphasis towards public sector employers. This will include when to record and report work related injuries and illnesses and how to complete the required forms.

     

    Occupational Noise

    Molly McNabb, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety Health Bureau

    Wednesday                   3 PM – 4 PM

    Overview of noise hazards in the workplace, assessing noise exposure levels and controls to reduce harmful noise exposure to employees.  This class will also review additional requirements per the OSHA noise standard.

     

    OSHA Covid-19 guidance

    John Olaechea, OSHA

    Monday            8 AM – 9 AM

    This course covers OSHA’s revised guidance regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic and workplace safety.

     

    OSHA 10-HOUR: CONSTRUCTION

    Berke Brown, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

    Monday - Thursday         9 AM - 12 PM

    This training is designed to educate every construction worker on the recognition and avoidance of the top four hazards in your work environment. Topics include fall protection, personal protective equipment, health hazards, and more. It also includes an introduction to OSHA’s construction industry standards and requirements of the more frequently referenced and cited standards. Students receive an OSHA 10-hour card upon completion.

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

     

    OSHA 10-HOUR: GENERAL INDUSTRY

    Fred Miller, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

    Tuesday - Thursday 8:30 AM - 12 PM

    The OSHA 10 class helps develop the critical skill of Hazard Awareness - an analysis of cause & effects of the most common injuries happening on any job site. Benefits include increased productivity, fewer worker injuries, 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.

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

     

    OSHA 7300 Understanding OSHA’s Permit Required Confined Space Standard

    Bob Dunton, Rocky Mountain OSHA University of Utah

    Thursday           8 AM – 5 PM

    This course covers the requirements of the OSHA Permit-Required Confined Space Standard.  Course topics include safety and health hazards associated with confined space entry, and the evaluation, prevention, and abatement of these hazards.  The course covers OSHA requirements and is designed for small employers or a designated representative (line supervisor or manager) with the responsibility to develop a permit-required confined space program.  Upon course completion students will have a basic understanding of confined space hazards, evaluating and abatement of the hazards, and determining when a confined space shall be classified as a permit-required confined space. 

     

    OSHA 7405 FALL HAZARD AWARENESS FOR CONSTRUCTION

    Bob Dunton, Rocky Mountain OSHA University of Utah

    Wednesday       8 AM – 5 PM    

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

     

    OSHA 7410 MANAGING EXCAVATION HAZARDS

    Bob Dunton, Rocky Mountain OSHA University of Utah

    Session A: Monday         8 AM – 5 PM

    Session B: Tuesday        8 AM – 5 PM    

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

     

    PREVENTING DISTRACTED DRIVING

    Montana Department of Administration Risk Management and Tort Defense Division

    Thursday            9 AM - 11 AM   

    This is a 2-hour course designed to educate drivers on the risks associated with distracted driving.  It is primarily intended for drivers who have completed a general Defensive Driving class, but anyone can attend. New research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that 80-percent of all crashes involved distracted driving.  That is almost 5 million crashes per year and roughly $184 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 Compliance Update

    DLI Safety & Health Bureau

    Tuesday            10 AM – 11 AM

    This session is geared towards those that work in the public sector. Participants who attend this session will learn what the compliance specialists will be looking for on inspections. The session will also cover OSHA’s Guidance on COVID-19 safety in the workplace.

     

    Radon & Asbestos in Montana

    John Podolinsky, Montana Department of Environmental Quality

    Tuesday            8 AM – 10 AM  

    Asbestos, radon, and meth labs are popular media topics and public concerns.  Come join the Department of Environmental Quality and learn about radon, asbestos, and meth labs and how they’re regulated in Montana. 

     

    RISK ASSESSMENT – the Underused Tool that’s Free!

    Kellie Trudgeon, Montana State Fund

    Wednesday       10 AM – 11 AM

    In this class you will learn how to risk asses any work task prior to conducting work.  How to recognize hazards and put controls into place to prevent injuries.  Risk assessing goes a long way to not only improve safety but production, quality, and efficiency. 

     

    Risk Perception

    Bob Winston, Victory Insurance

    Wednesday       1 PM – 3 PM

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

     

    SLIPS, TRIPS, & FALLS/Stairways & ladders

    Bryan Page, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

    Thursday           8 AM – 10 AM

    Slips, trips and falls are one of the leading causes of accidents, both in and out of the workplace. As a result, they are a significant problem both to the general public and the workplace. This class will cover practical methods to reduce slips and falls.

     

    SUICIDE IN MONTANA

    Karl Rosston, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

    Monday            1 PM – 3 PM    

    This presentation focuses on suicide within our culture with specific attention towards Montana.  The presentation covers national and Montana data, demographics of a suicidal person, warning signs, risk assessment, training on how to intervene with a suicidal person, evidenced-based practices, and resources available.

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

     

    Trenchbox Safety

    Eli Rickert, Key Rentals Group

    Wednesday       1 PM – 2:30 PM

    This class will give a brief overview of trenchbox safety while performing excavations.

     

    What a Safety Coordinator Does

    Mark Rosenleaf, Montana State Fund

    Thursday           1 PM – 2 PM

    This course covers the basic roles and function of a Safety Coordinator.

     

    What You Need to Know About Discrimination

    Andria Hardin, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Human Rights Bureau

    Tuesday            11 AM – 12 PM

    Participants who sign up for this course will learn how to avoid discrimination in the workplace.

     

    Work Comp Update

    Cindy Zimmerman, Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau

    Tuesday            1pm – 2:30pm

    This session will provide an overview to the changes made to Montana’s Workers’ Compensation made by the 2021 Legislative Session.

     

    Workplace Violence

    Drew Sheehy, DLI Safety & Health Bureau

    Thursday          3 PM – 4 PM    

    This course will cover Workplace Violence from a generic OSHA workplace environment setting including general industry, construction, and office settings as well as a portion outlining workplace violence specific to the healthcare industry and its workers.

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

    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.

     

    Matt Berg

    Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

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

     

    Breeinna Bosch

    Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

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

     

    Christopher Bradley

    Montana Department of Labor & Industry Senior Economist

    Chris Bradley is Senior Economist for the Montana Department of Labor & Industry. He has been working for the Department for 7 years focusing on labor market economics, including studying the impacts of workplace safety on job turnover.

     

    Berke Brown

    Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

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

     

    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.

     

    David Evans

    Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

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

     

    Andria Hardin

    Montana Department of Labor & Industry Human Rights Bureau

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

     

    Emily Healy

    Epidemiologist, Montana Occupational Health & Safety Surveillance Program

    Emily Healy is an epidemiologist for the Montana Occupational Health and Safety Surveillance program within the Employment Relations Division of the Montana Department of Labor and Industry. Her work focuses on utilizing data to identify, track, and monitor work-related fatalities, injuries, and illnesses to improve worker health and safety across Montana. The program is funded through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and relies on data from many sources including workers’ compensation, public health, and the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Emily holds an MS in Biomedical Anthropology from Binghamton University and has been with the Department since 2018.

     

    CJ Holland

    Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

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

     

    LOGAN JACKSON

    Montana Department of Labor & Industry

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

     

    Jerry Laughery, CSP – Helena

    Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

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

     

    Shawn Mclain

    Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

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

     

    Marcus Meyer

    Montana Department of Justice, Office of Consumer Protection

    Marcus Meyer is an investigator with the Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) at the Montana Department of Justice.  OCP maintains the State’s electronic registry for end-of-life advanced directives plus a variety of other programs to protect Montana consumers, like foreclosure assistance, ID Theft Passport, the Do Not Call List, and registrations for telemarketers. 

    As an investigator, Marcus educates consumers about deceptive business practices and investigates/mediates complaints from consumers against businesses.

    In 2017, Marcus was elected to the board of directors for North American Consumer Protection Investigators.  He is a graduate of Carroll College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing. 

     

    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

    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 Defense Division

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

     

    Montana Department of Labor & Industry Unemployment Insurance Division

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

     

    John Olaechea

    OSHA

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

     

    BRYAN PAGE

    Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

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

     

    Lance Palmer

    Key Rentals Group

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

     

    John Podolinsky

    Montana Department of Environmental Quality

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

     

    Mark Rosenleaf

    Montana State Fund

    Mark has been a Safety Management Consultant with Montana State Fund since 2002.  Prior to that, he was a Safety Engineer at the Idaho National Lab near Idaho Falls.  Mark also spent a year in the mining industry where he worked at Barrick Goldstrike Mine in Nevada and for Luzenac Talc in Three Forks, MT. 

     Mark earned a BS in Occupational Safety and Health from MT Tech in 1998 and went on to earn his MS in Industrial Technology from the University of Idaho in 2002.  Since coming to Montana State Fund, Mark has earned an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS) certifications. 

     Mark is an advocate of managing Leading Indicators, investigating close calls and creating Job Safety Analysis.  If he can rid Montana of employee injuries, he’ll quit work, move to Rock Creek, and go rafting and fishing.  If he can’t rid Montana of injury by 2034, he’ll retire and go rafting and fishing anyway.  Mark lives in Butte with his wife Heidi and daughter Laura while his daughter Mackenzie is a junior at the University of Montana.   

     

    KARL ROSSTON

    Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services

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

     

    Jake Sandau

    Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

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

     

    Tyler Sanders

    Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

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

     

    Drew Sheehy

    Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

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

     

    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.

     

    Chris Tacke

    Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

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

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

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

     

    Kellie Trudgeon, CSP, Safety Management Consultant, Kalispell

    Montana State Fund

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

      

    Jason Venn

    Victory Insurance

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

     

    Iain Wells

    Maritime Consultant and Trainer, Owner of Blue Diamond HAZWOPER Training Company

    Iain is a retired U.S Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer with over 24 years of honorable military service.  Iain holds a MA in Occupational Safety & Health with a Minor in Environmental Management from Columbia Southern University. Iain served in various positions in the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Program, conducting Oil and Chemical Training and Response Activities since 1993. Iain achieved numerous Marine Safety qualifications in the field of Incident Management & Preparedness and Inspections and Compliance.

    Iain obtained his HAZWOPER Train the Trainer Certification in 1993 & 2006 with the U.S Coast Guard. Iain has taught over 500 HAZWOPER courses for the U.S. Coast Guard. Iain has completed many 40/24/8-hour HAZWOPER training courses, Iain obtains his HAZWOPER Hazardous Materials Technician certification in 1996. 

    Iain in 2006 obtained his Coast Guard Instructor certification. In 2010 Iain was part of the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill of National Significance.  Iain was responsible for instructing 2, 644 Coast Guard personnel in OSHA HAZWOPER 8-hour First Responder Operations Level course. In 2002 Iain was awarded The Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for his contributions to the City of Unalaska, Alaska, Parks, Culture and Recreation Department.  In 2006 Iain was selected as The Coast Guard Person of Year.

    Iain is currently teaching HAZWOPER for the University of Utah, Fusion Safety Systems, and Cintas Corporation.

     

    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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