Missoula 2022 SafetyFest

SafetyFestMT: Missoula 2022

The Missoula 2022 SafetyFest will be held at the Missoula Technical College, May 17th-19th and virtually, May 23rd-26th.  Training is FREE, and registration is now open; you can register here:

Missoula 2022 SafetyFest Registration

You can access the virtual training from this link:

Virtual Training

 

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  • In-person Class Descriptions: 

    ABC Clinics

    Various Instructors

    Tuesday 5/17: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Room 240

    The Montana Department of Labor & Industry and other state agencies in partnership with local Chambers of Commerce, Job Service Employer Committees (JSEC), and Montana economic development organizations will host the Assistance for Business Clinics (ABC) statewide.  The ABC Clinics are designed to provide new and established businesses, accountants, bookkeepers, human resource professionals and attorneys with updated information on topics such as Unemployment Insurance Tax requirements, workers’ compensation coverage, Independent Contractor regulations, using Labor Marking Information to make business decisions, the Registered Apprenticeship Program, tax incentives, minimum wage, overtime, new hire reporting, and USERRA laws and regulations.  *Topics subject to change

    OSHA 7410 Managing Excavation Hazards

    Rocky Mountain OSHA University of Utah

    Tuesday 5/17: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Room 122

    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.

     

    HAZWOPER 8-Hour Refresher

    Larry Alheim, Montana Department of Environmental Quality

    Tuesday 5/17: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Room 235

    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 10-Hour: Construction

    Montana Safety and Health Consultation Program

    Tuesday 5/17: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm and Wednesday 5/18: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Room 232

    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 Safety and Health Consultation Program

    Tuesday 5/17: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm and Wednesday 5/18: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Room 234

    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.

     

    OSHA 7405 Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry

    Rocky Mountain OSHA University of Utah

    Wednesday 5/18: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Room 122

    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 7215 Silica in Construction and General Industry

    Rocky Mountain OSHA University of Utah

    Thursday 5/19: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Room 237

    This course covers the development and implementation of controls and strategies to prevent or mitigate silica exposures in construction, maritime, and general industries. Course topics include describing the requirements of OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica standards and recognizing the hazards and risks, assessment options, and exposure control measures associated with silica exposure. Minimum student contact hours.

    Internal Safety Audits

    Montana Safety and Health Consultation Program

    Thursday 5/19: 8:30 am - 10:00 am, Room 234

    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.

     

    Electrical Safety: Inside and Out

    Garrett Smith, CSP – NorthWestern Energy

    Thursday 5/19: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, Room 232

    This session will cover safe work practices around electricity inside and outside your building. Topics include controlling electrical hazards, lockout/tagout procedures, clearance requirements from overhead power lines, protection from hazardous differences in electric potential, and more.

     

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

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

    Thursday 5/19: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, Room 234

    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.

     

    Radon in Montana

    Paul Tschida, Montana Department of Environmental Quality

    Thursday 5/19: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, Room 235

    Come join the Department of Environmental Quality and learn about radon and how it's regulated in Montana.

     

    Risk vs. Reward

    Rachel Walla, CSP, CIH- Ally Safety

    Thursday 5/19: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    This talk is all about making smart decisions when it comes to risk both at home and at work. The goal is to fundamentally change how we behave by shifting the paradigm about risk versus reward to reward without risk.

     

    Bloodborne Pathogens

    Montana Safety and Health Consultation Program

    Thursday 5/19: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Room 234

    This course teaches identifying situations involving potential bloodborne pathogen exposure. It informs those working around potential threats on how bloodborne pathogens are transmitted and how to avoid potentially dangerous exposures. Employees learn the importance of how to control exposure to bloodborne pathogens. 

     

    Employee Engagement

    Kirk Smith, Montana State Fund

    Thursday 5/19: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Room 235

    What is employee engagement and how does it apply to safety?  We will discuss the keys of employee engagement and how it positively affects safety in your workplace. 

     

    Accountability

    Kirk Smith, Montana State Fund

    Thursday 5/19: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Room 235

    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. 

     

    Fall Protection

    Montana Safety and Health Consultation Program

    Thursday 5/19: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Room 232

    This course on fall protection/fall prevention covers OSHA's fall protection standards, and policies in construction and non-construction, plus an overview of fall protection methods and best practices.

     

    Machine Guarding

    Montana Safety and Health Consultation Program

    Thursday 5/19: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Room 234

    This course covers the various types of common machinery, machine safeguards, and related OSHA regulations and procedures. Guidance is provided on the hazards associated with various types of machinery and the determination of proper machine safeguards.

     

    Virtual Class Descriptions:

     

    Internal Safety Audits

    Montana Safety and Health Consultation Program

    Monday 5/23: 8:30 am - 10:00 am

    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.

     

    Machine Guarding

    Montana Safety and Health Consultation Program

    Monday 5/23: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

    This course covers the various types of common machinery, machine safeguards, and related OSHA regulations and procedures. Guidance is provided on the hazards associated with various types of machinery and the determination of proper machine safeguards.

     

    Bloodborne Pathogens

    Montana Safety and Health Consultation Program

    Monday 5/23: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    This course teaches identifying situations involving potential bloodborne pathogen exposure. It informs those working around potential threats on how bloodborne pathogens are transmitted and how to avoid potentially dangerous exposures. Employees learn the importance of how to control exposure to bloodborne pathogens. 

     

    Fall Protection

    Montana Safety and Health Consultation Program

    Monday 5/23: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    This course on fall protection/fall prevention covers OSHA's fall protection standards, and policies in construction and non-construction, plus an overview of fall protection methods and best practices.

     

    Lockout/Tagout

    Montana Safety and Health Consultation Program

    Monday 5/23: 2:30pm - 3:30pm

    The Lockout/Tagout course covers the role and responsibility of the employer to develop and implement an energy control program, or lock-out/tag-out (LOTO) for the protection of workers while performing servicing and maintenance activities on machinery and equipment.

     

    Confined Space

    Montana Safety and Health Consultation Program

    Monday 5/23: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

    This training course reviews the basic requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, known as OSHA, for entering permit required confined spaces. Entering a confined space can be one of the most hazardous tasks undertaken if the proper safe procedures are not implemented correctly.

     

    Defensive Driving

    Montana Department of Administration, Risk Management & Tort Division

    Tuesday 5/24: 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.

    Participants who sign up for this course will also be sent a link to register through the instructor’s platform so that they can receive the Defensive Driving Certification.

     

    Electrical Safety

    Montana Safety and Health Consultation Program

    Tuesday 5/24: 8:30 am - 10:00 am

    Explain electrical hazards and how to avoid them in the workplace; discuss safety issues concerning lockout/tagout procedures; and demonstrate safe work habits.

     

    Emergency Action Plans

    Montana Safety and Health Consultation Program

    Tuesday 5/24: 8:30 am - 10:00 am

    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

    Montana Safety and Health Consultation Program

    Tuesday 5/24: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    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.

     

    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    Montana Safety and Health Consultation Program

    Tuesday 5/24: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required by OSHA to reduce employee exposure to hazards. Employers are required to determine if PPE should be used to protect their workers. Keep yourself and others safe by taking the Personal Protective Equipment 1-Hour Course.

     

    Scaffolding Safety

    TBD

    Tuesday 5/24: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

    This safety training is designed to provide general information and guidelines to employees involved in erecting, disassembling, moving, operating, repairing, maintaining, or inspecting scaffolds in compliance with OSHA's Scaffolding Regulations.

     

    Accommodations for Mental Health Conditions

    Job Accommodation Network (JAN): Melanie Whetzel

    Wednesday 5/25: 8:30 am - 10:00 am

    JAN receives numerous accommodation questions related to individuals with mental health conditions working successfully. Although there are various definitions and lists of conditions, this training covers those that are received the most by JAN. NAMI provides useful definitions of mental health conditions and statistics on their prevalence.

     

    Slips, Trips, and Falls/Stairways & ladders

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

    Wednesday 5/25: 8:30 am - 10:00 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 public and the workplace. This class will cover practical methods to reduce slips and falls.

     

    Work Comp 101

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

    Wednesday 5/25: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

    This class provides an overview of Montana’s workers’ compensation system, including the history and purpose of workers’ compensation, coverage requirements, rights and responsibilities of the employer and injured worker, benefits structure, and dispute resolution process.

     

    Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Programs

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

    Wednesday 5/25: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Learn the best practices the stay at work/return to work program recommendations for safe and effective return to work following a workplace injury. Learn how to use a workability form to improve communication between the health care provider, injured worker, and the injured worker’s employer.

     

    How to Lower Your Work Comp Costs

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

    Wednesday 5/25: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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

     

    Conducting Ergonomic Assessments

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

    Wednesday 5/25: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    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.

     

    Public Sector Compliance Update

    Montana Safety & Health Bureau

    Thursday 5/26: 8:30 am - 9:30 am

    This session is geared toward 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.

     

    Preventing Distracted Driving

    Montana Department of Administration Risk Management and Tort Defense Division

    Thursday 5/26: 9:00 am - 11:00 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.

     

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

    Montana Safety & Health Bureau

    Thursday 5/26: 9:30 am - 11:00 am

    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 training to fulfill the requirements of these elements. Additionally, the instructors will cover the employer documentation requirements.

     

    Workplace Accommodations: Where to Find Help

    Job Accommodation Network (JAN), Matt McCord

    Thursday 5/26: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    In this training, we will explore the Job Accommodation Network (JAN)’s services and how they can help people with disabilities get the workplace accommodations they need. Join Matthew McCord, Senior Consultant on JAN’s Motor Team, as he discusses some commonly asked questions that JAN receives, JAN’s sample Interactive Process, and as he tours JAN’s extensive website with us.

     

    Risk Assessment – the Underused Tool that’s Free!

    Kellie Trudgeon, Montana State Fund

    Thursday 5/26: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    In this class, you will learn how to risk assess 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. 

     

    Safely Navigate Montana’s Discrimination Laws

    Andria Hardin, Montana’s Human Rights Bureau

    Thursday 5/26: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Learn about the State agency that enforces discrimination laws and the administrative process that discrimination cases go through in Montana.  Also, garner a basic understanding of the federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination and retaliation and pick up some tips to avoiding and dealing with these issues in the workplace.

    Last Updated 4/6/22
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