Breakout Sessions

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Mike Bewley

Mike Bewley

Mike Bewley spent 23 years in Austin Fire Department before retiring with the rank of Captain. While at the Austin Fire Department, Mike developed training, policies and procedures dealing with Firefighter safety, Firefighter rescue, and High Consequence Incident Survival. Mike then spent four years at the Texas Division of Emergency Management serving as Plans Unit Supervisor in charge of the Plans Unit, Critical Infrastructure/Key Resources Unit and the Hurricane Officer program. He is currently the Safety Manager for the City of Austin Public Works Department.

He has an MBA from Colorado State University, a Master's in Emergency Management from American Public University System and as designations as an EMT and a Certified Safety Professional.

Active Shooter Survival: A Safety Professional’s Primer
Presentation will focus on the different active shooter scenarios, the role of the internet, Public safety response doctrine and keys for individual survival during and after the event. 

Karen Puckett

Lisa Robinson

Karen Puckett

Karen Puckett is the Director of the Center for Environmental Excellence at the University of Texas at Arlington. She oversees the university’s programs that provide consulting services, field work, project management, and staffing in a broad range of environmental disciplines for clients such as the Environmental Protection Agency and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

She previously served as the Director of Workplace Safety with the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’Compensation. She was responsible for the agency’s occupational injury,illness, and fatality prevention programs, including the Occupational Safety and Health Consultation (OSHCON) program, safety trainingand education, data collection for the Bureau ofLabor Statistics, insurance company accident prevention services compliance inspections, and safety violation investigations.

She served as an Advisory Committee member of the National Safety Council’s Our Driving Concern Texas Employer Traffic Safety Program and a member of the Texas Department of State Health Services Texas Occupational Health Surveillance Program’s Strategic Planning Group.

Prior to her work at DWC, Karen held operational and public relations roles in the medical supply distribution and non-profit industries. Karen has a bachelor’s degreein Marketing from Lamar University in Beaumont, TX.

Lisa Robinson

Lisa Robinson, CFLE, is a Senior Program Manager with the National Safety Council, responsible for Employer Traffic Safety Programs. At the National Safety Council, she works with employers to help them integrate traffic safety within their safety culture by increasing their resources and knowledge on driver behavior, distracted driving, drowsy driving, impaired driving and other traffic safety concerns. Ms. Robinson also helps employers implement policies to decrease their risk and exposure to liability.

Ms. Robinson has 25 years of experience working with community programs and in adult education. She is a member of TxPRIMA, ASSE, and the National Association of Women in Highway Safety (NAWHSL) as well as the Texas representative. She speaks at many conferences, is passionate about transportation safety, and works diligently to educate employers about the roadway as an extension of the workplace.

Prior to joining the National Safety Council, Ms. Robinson worked at the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center with Municipal Courts and on K-12 programs focused on traffic safety. Ms. Robinson holds a B.S. degree from Oklahoma State University and the designation of Certified Family Life Educator from the National Council on Family Relations.

Combating Distractions in Vehicles and on Job Sites
Safety programs shouldn't end when employees walk out the door and get into a vehicle to drive or get to a job site. This session will discuss why distractions on the road and at job sites are so dangerous. Attendees will learn how the brain processes distractions, policies employers and risk managers should consider for a comprehensive safety program, and ways you to improve workplace safety culture.

Josh Flesher

Shane Marrow

Jacob Pead

Combining Technology and Safety in the 21st Century
We have so many ways to bring transparency and safety to job sites available to us in the 21st century. Unfortunately, too many of us rely on antiquated processes which will never allow us to use technology to our advantage. Things as simple as taking photos that are permanently stored in an electronic job folder are not possible at most job sites. As someone who has been in the field with our customers reviewing safety issues, and how to use technology to reduce risk and be OSHA compliant, I consider it my duty to inform the rest of the industry on what they have available to them, that is cost-effective, and also simple. Now that we are 3 years old, I have customer data to pull from best practices that I can use for this presentation.

Bob Braun

Emerging Issues in Safety & Health
Look forward at the technology and innovations that will shape the challenge for safety and health in the future. Suggestions on ways to meet these challenges.

Bradley Hartmann

Bradley Hartmann

Bradley Hartmann is the founder and president of Red Angle, Inc., which helps the nation's largest contractors and construction retailers build trust with the two demographics changing the industry today—Hispanics and Millennials—to drive productivity, safety, retention, and sales.

Bradley's passion for bridging cultural and language gaps on the job has delivered a unique, entertaining, and memorable suite of tools to improve leadership performance and organizational culture—online and off.

Bradley has a degree in Spanish from the University of Illinois and lived in Guadalajara, México. He later earned his MBA with Distinction and teaches at Purdue and Oklahoma State University. He lives in Flower Mound, Texas with his wife and two sons.

Millennials in construction—how to lead, manage, connect, and retain
This presentation will look at how to lead, manage, connect, and retain young workers.

Dean Wingo

Marianne McGee

R. Dean Wingo, CIH, CSP

Dean Wingo began his career with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 1975 as a Compliance Officer in the Oklahoma City area office. During his 38 years with OSHA he has worked as an Industrial Hygienist in the Dallas Regional Office; an Assistant Area Director in the Dallas Area Office, Area Director in the Fort Worth Area Office and ending his career as Assistant Regional Administrator for Cooperative and State Programs and Emergency Response. He retired from OSHA in January 2013. He currently works as a part time consultant and Advisor to the OSHA Education Center, University of Texas Arlington.

Mr. Wingo holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, and a Master of Science in Environmental Science from University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.

He is both a Certified Safety Professional and Certified Industrial Hygienist.

OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction-Implementation Update

Cindy Lewis

Safety: The "People" Profession
Safety professionals have to deal with people every day at every level of the organization and from every walk of life. While they may be more than competent in their abilities to perform safety related functions many struggle to have positive influence in making long lasting changes within their organizations. In this session we will cover an overview of the principles of personality identification, communication skills using neurolinguistics and positive conflict resolution. Using a modified DISC assessment attendees will first identify their personality type. Using this assessment the attributes of each of the four personality types will be covered including how each personality style can best communicate with and identify others. The attendees will be shown how words have an impact in the actions of others. Lastly, the attendees will learn about conflict resolution and how to come to an agreement to disagree when necessary to move action plans forward.

Doug Huddleston

Grant Hagen

Doug Huddleston

Doug Huddleston has worked as a safety professional for over 18 years. Prior to joining OSHA, Doug served in the military for 26 years, retiring from the U.S. Army in 2010, and has served in various safety roles, including Unit ARMS Team Leader, Unit Safety Officer, Safety Programs Manager and Safety Programs Auditor. Doug has been with OSHA for almost eight years, and has worked as a Compliance Safety & Health Officer in the Dallas Area OSHA Office, and presently serves as Emergency Response Coordinator and Programs Manager in the Dallas Regional OSHA Office. Doug is a graduate of The University of Central Texas and holds certification with The Board of Certified Safety Professionals as a Certified Safety Professional.

Doug Huddleston is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) accredited by The Board of Certified Safety Professionals, located at 8645 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268.

Grant Hagen

Grant Hagen is a Virtual Design and Construction Manager at The Beck Group, an Integrated Architecture and Construction Company based in Dallas, TX. Grant leads technology implementation at Beck through research and development for Beck's Unmanned Aerial System (UAS or Drones) initiative. Coming from construction field operations, Grant acts as the filter for software/hardware research from the industry to their project teams, including implementing UAS platforms to become more efficient, effective, and safer in their operations. Leading this effort at an Integrated company, Grant has the opportunity to impact both industries of Design and Construction, where UAS have helped both disciplines revolutionize their workflows with this emerging technology.

Use of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) / (Drone) in Construction - from an OSHA and Industry Perspective
Topic: Overview of how drones are being employed, Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 107 operating requirements, limitations and restrictions, use of video and how the information obtained supports daily operations. This session will focus on the growing use of UAS (drones) in both industry and government. The session will be presented jointly by FAA certified drone pilot-in-command(s) from both OSHA and The Beck Group, and will be facilitated through a guided discussion supported by a PowerPoint and video visual presentation. OSHA will discuss basic FAA requirements, pilot certification and testing process, as well as the use of the drone in support of its operations, video techniques, various challenges and previous support flights. The Beck Group will discuss how they utilize the drone to support daily operations, the value added to a projects construction activities, video techniques, various challenges and video from previous support flights.


Timothy Minor

Richard Hensley

Where to Go for Free Help with OSHA Compliance
This session will be comprised of explaining what On-site Consultation is and how employers can benefit from the services that are offered. In addition, contact information for the On-site Consultation Program that exist in Region VI will shared with the audience members.

Timothy Minor

Timothy Minor was born in Dallas, Texas. Timothy was a graduate of South Oak Cliff High School, Dallas, Texas. He earned his Associates of Applied Science degree from Columbia Southern University.

Timothy served for two (2) years in United States Navy. Upon receiving an honorable discharged from the Navy, he came to the Dallas V.A. hospital in 1992 for a total of fourteen (14) years had many various positions. In 2005, Timothy was promoted to the position of Safety and Health Specialist, and then in 2009, hired by OSHA’s Dallas Area Office as a Compliance Safety Health Officer. His work efforts earned him a progressive level of awards ranging from Good Job Awards, and many Outstanding Service Awards.

In 2013, Timothy was promoted to the position of Assistant Area Director in Region VI, Dallas Area Office, Dallas, Texas. Timothy successfully presented several significant and/or complex case reviews. In addition, Timothy provided OSHA updates to various industry professional groups and conferences as an Assistant Area Director.

Currently Timothy works in the Dallas Regional Office as the Regional Consultation Program Manager, where he is responsible for five (5) states within the region: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. He is responsible for ensuring that each state consultation program within Region VI submit their Cooperative Agreements in a timely manner, these Cooperative Agreements total $6,418,900.00. In addition, he communicates with OSHA’s National Office on regular basis via email and telephonically to report any and all issues as they relate to the Consultation Projects.

Richard Hensley

Richard Hensley is a regional team manager for the Texas OSHCON program and is a board certified Occupational Hygiene and Safety Technician (OHST). Richard began working for the Texas OSHCON program as a safety consultant in 2000.

Richard is from Beaumont and at age 16 he began working at Davidson Construction Materials, a family-owned construction material supply company. In his 18 years there, he worked in a variety of roles, from laborer to general manager.

He then went to work as a heavy equipment operator for Great Lakes Carbon in Port Arthur, Texas. There he joined the company’s safety committee, became a CPR and first-aid trainer, and was certified as an emergency medical technician–intermediate (EMT–I). Richard also served as a first responder during this time.

Richard earned an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) program at Lamar Institute of Technology and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He is active in Lamar’s OHS program as a presenter for safety classes, serving as a guest speaker, and as an advisory committee member since 2006.

Jim Shelton

Cranes & Lifting Policies/OSHA
Are Your Crane & Lifting Policies/Personnel Ready for an OSHA Visit? OSHA has a directive for their officers on conducting and enforcing 1926 Subpart CC inspections. Little known are the differences between the directive and the standard. As an example, the guide references Lift Director 42 times, but the standard references it once. Avoid a citation/fine for not meeting OSHA expectations.

Larry Kime

John O'Connor

John O’Connor, the manager of CICB’s Houston Operations, has 28 years of experience in the industry training, inspecting and lift planning.A senior instructor/inspector, John has co-authored multiple training manuals, developed hands-on and classroom training for crane and rigging safety programs, is a maritime surveyor under 29 CFR Part 1919, and provides expert witness testimony and litigation support for accidents involving cranes/material handling equipment.

O’Connor is NCCCO Certified as an operator, rigger, signal person, inspector, lift director and is a NCCCO accredited practical examiner; Train-the-Trainer Certified by the Bob Pike Group; and nominated as Top Trainer of the Year.

Effects of Capacities and Marking on Cranes and Rigging
What’s the difference in capacities between "T" and "t"? If the side of the mobile crane is marked 100-ton, will it pick up a load this size? Hoists are marked with kgs, lbs or tons. Does any of this really matter? YES! and CICB will guide your through this mine field.

Brendon McDermott

Raymond Towne

Jeff Olmsted

Brendon McDermott

Dr. McDermott is an associate professor at the University of Arkansas. He is trained originally as an athletic trainer, and has now been researching heat illness prevention and treatment for over 13 years. Dr. McDermott has been on sitefor more than 50 exertional heat strokes and every single patient has survived.

Raymond Towne

Raymond Towne served as a Cal/OSHA Staff Attorney from 2002 through 2010.In 2010 he took a Training & Development opportunity to become a Compliance Safety & Health Officer to learn how to spot safety and health hazards in the field.He spent almost 3 years as an inspector inGeneral Industry, dealing with outdoor heat illness in construction and agriculture settings, and then almost two years as an inspector in theMining and Tunnelling Unit in the Mojave deserts and the Imperial Valley, where outdoorheat stress was always an issue.He is a Certified Safety Professional, a State of Arkansas Approved Professional Safety Service, and a Member of the State Bars of California (since1988)and Arkansas (since2017).He understands from personal experience how denial of the condition is one of the most dangerous heat illness symptoms.

Jeff Olmsted

Jeff Olmsted has improved safety for KincoConstructors for 25 years, and he is now their Director of Safety and Risk Management. He is the Northwest Arkansas OSHAC Co-Chairman, a 17-year veteran Fire Service Captain in Operations and Training, a 16-year veteran EMT, and an AR-1 DMAT, NDMS Deputy Commander of Operations for 10 years.

Myths of Heat Illness Etiology, Presentation and Intervention
Our team approach presentation aims to blend scientific evidence and a wealth of occupational safety and health field experience to highlight common misconceptions regarding exertional heat illness etiology, symptom presentation and effective intervention. New scientific evidence demonstrates that preventive measures to mitigate heat illness risk include effective hydration strategies and facilitated heat acclimatization. Further, some traditional heat illness prevention advice is supported, while other recommendations are not. There are some misconceptions related to typical heat illness presentation. For example, oral and skin surface temperature readings are invalid to assess core body temperature. Effective treatment for exertional heat illness has demonstrated 100% success in large samples of heat illness victims. However, many treatment strategies are not typically included in occupational management protocols. We will provide evidence for effective implementation of on-site intervention techniques to help prevent, recognize and/or treat exertional heat illness in occupational settings.

Jim Maddux

Using and applying tools developed by NIOSH and CPWR

Jim Maddux

Jim Maddux recently moved to the San Antonio, Texas area. He provides consulting, training, curriculum development, public speaking and executive coaching services to public and private sector clients. Topics include occupational safety, safety and health management systems, safety culture, management, and leadership.

Jim retired from OSHA in 2016, where he was the Director of the OSHA Directorate of Construction. Before being appointed to the construction position, Jim held several leadership positions at OSHA, including Director of the Office of Physical Hazards, the Office of Maritime, and the Office of Biological Hazards.

Jim has been a project director, author and contributor to numerous OSHA standards, guidance, enforcement, and outreach projects. Topics include fall protection, personal protective equipment, injury and illness recordkeeping, ergonomics, and maritime safety issues. He was a major contributor to the OSHA/NIOSH/CPWR fall prevention campaign and stand-down.

Jim has a Bachelors degree in economics, an Associate degree in computer information systems, and an Associate degree in chemistry.

Marianne McGee

Marianne McGee
OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist

After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Corpus Christi State University Marianne began working for OSHAin the Corpus Christi Area Office in 1986 as an Industrial Hygienist. In this position she wasresponsible for conducting workplace inspections and continued in this capacity for 14years.

Since 2000, Marianne has been the Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) in the Corpus Christi Area Office and is responsible for outreach efforts, partnerships,alliances,and assisting employers with understanding OSHA rules and regulations.

OSHA Reporting and Recording Requirements
Confused about the OSHA requirements to report fatalities, hospitalizations, amputations, and loss of an eye. What about the latest requirement to electronically submit your injury and illness summary data? This session will clarify your reporting and recording requirements under the OSH Act and help you better understand what injuries and illnesses are required to be on your OSHA logs.

Bradford Hammock

Bradley Hammock
OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist

Bradford Hammock is the Managing Principal of Jackson Lewis P.C.’s Washington, D.C. Region office. He focuses his practice in the safety and health area, co-leading the firm’s Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group.

Mr. Hammock assists employers in a preventive practice: helping them understand and implement safety and health management systems; conducting safety and health compliance audits; reviewing/revising corporate safety and health policies; and conducting manager and supervisor training.

What to do when OSHA Calls
Strategy for an effective plan of action to deal with OSHA inspections on the jobsite.


Pat Thomas

Patricia L. Thomas CSP, CHMM, CET

Ms Thomas is a Certified Safety Professional, Certified Hazmat Manager, and Certified Environmental Safety and Health Trainer and the founder and CEO of a small specialty consulting firm which provides Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Fire Protection, & EmergencyResponse services, training and consulting to a variety of Industrial, Municipal and Construction clients for over 38 yrs. She has also developed and presented a number of contract specialty courses in the Loss Control arena, including Regulatory Required Training classes for Industrial Personnel and developed numerous Safety and Health Manuals for clients.

She has dual Bachelor of Science degrees from Oklahoma State University in both Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology and Business Administration. She has been a Part Time Instructor for The Southwest OSHA Ed Center and the UTA OSHA Ed Centers.

Arc Flash - Current Technology for Protection from Arc Flash Events
This presentation will cover some of the current technologies to prevent Arc Flash events and some of the current ways to protect personnel from the effects of an arc flash should one occur. (This presentation could also be used with the other two submitted proposals on Arc Flash to present the entire subject of Arc Flash.)

Arc Flash - What is it and What are the Hazards
The presentation will include what is an Arc Flash, what causes them, and what are the hazards involved. (Arc Flash is a topic that appeals to a large range of occupations. Because the time slots are so short, I am presenting several topics on Arc Flash that could cover several time slots to fully cover the topic)

Bob Braun

Bob Braun

Robert Braun provides safety and health management and engineering expertise as Director for Safety and Health for The University of Texas at Arlington’s Division for Enterprise Development. He has served as the Director of the Military Service Center and an instructor for the Region VI OSHA Education Center, as well as working as a senior safety and health consultant.

He has more than forty five years of experience as a safety engineer and safety and health manager developing, implementing, and managing complex safety and occupational health programs and projects. He served as the Director for Safety and Occupational Health for the United States Army in Europe, Seventh Army for more than 20 years and a Safety and Health Manager for over 25 years. Mr. Braun’s broad and varied expertise in safety, occupational health, and safety engineering issues has been used by the Department of Defense (DoD) in developing DoD Joint Policy as well as international policy with NATO. His experience as a consultant includes representing the U.S. Army in their Partnership with OSHA and providing safety and health solutions to clients in the OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs as part of the Department of Defense VPP Center for Excellence.

Bob received his Masters in Industrial and Safety Engineering from Texas A&M University, a baccalaureate in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. In 1984, Bob was awarded a Masters in Business Administration from Boston University. In December 2008, Bob received his certificates as a Trainer in OSHA Standards for General Industry and Construction and is a Certified Safety and Health Official. He has presented at numerous state, regional, national, and international conferences on a variety of technical and leadership topics.

Management of Change
Presentation will describe what management of change is and focus on the benefits of introducing a management of change program and it's effects on safety.

Dr. Chance Tran

Madeline Vaughn

Dr. Chance Tran

Dr. Chance QD Tran Ph.D, is the Clinical Director of the Community Behavioural Health Department at the Council on Recovery. He is a licensed clinician, educator, and researcher with numerous publications and presentations on the local, state, and national levels. Dr. Tran’s clinical focus is on addiction, trauma, crisis interventions, and diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders. His educational focus is with training and supervision of clinical and nonclinical in professional and educational settings with an emphasis on prevention, safety and multiculturalism. Dr. Tran is currently licensed and practicing in the state of Texas as a Board Approved Licensed Professional Counsellor Supervisor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counsellor. He is also a Board Approved National Certified Counsellor.

Madeline Vaughn

Madeline Vaughn, LCSW is a therapist and TreatmentCoordinator at the Council on Recovery. Sheprovides clinical services to adult clients and coordinates Intensive Outpatient Services (IOP)within the Center for Recovering Families division of the agency.She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. After completing her undergraduate degree, she began to pursue a career in Social Work,earningher MSW at the University of Houston in May of 2015. Madeline has received clinical training from the Center for Success and Independence and the Council on Recovery, with a focus on co-occurring disorders. She completed a one-yearpost-graduate clinical fellowship at the Councilin June of 2016.

Opioid Crisis

Katherine Culbert

PSM 101
Are you new to Process Safety? Do you find yourself wondering what all the acronyms stand for? Have you wondered why we have Process Safety? This presentation will review where Process Safety came from, what the Process Safety Managment regulation means, and how Process Safety applies in today’s climate. We will also illustrate how OSHA’s PSM and EPA’s Risk Management Program work together to provide a full-plant solution. You will leave with the ability to better communicate with others in the industry by understanding the history and terminology and you will be able to impress your friends by talking in full acronym sentences.

The Business Case for PSM
Since PSM was enacted in 1992 companies have worked to meet the guidelines, without fully understanding the benefits other than compliance. This presentation will show how PSM complements operations to meet regulation goals and increase the bottom line. The focus of the presentation will be a discussion of why PSM is good for business, especially with increased media coverage of industrial incidents. The court of public opinion can be worse than the legal courts, necessitating good Process Safety implementation to keep activities out of the news. A selection of the 14 PSM elements will be investigated throughout the talk to illustrate how they work together to make operations function more effectively and efficiently thereby increasing through-put, decreasing injuries, and reducing environmental impacts.

Katherine Culbert

Originally from Upstate New York, Katherine Culbert is a graduate of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry with an undergraduate degree in Paper Science & Engineering. Since graduation, she has focused her career on Process Safety Management, starting out at GE Silicones designing and managing the installation of pressure relief systems. Ms. Culbert earned her MBA from the University at Albany in their executive education program. She has experience in Sales and Marketing including supplying valves and electrical equipment to the US Navy for nuclear powered vessels and she has taught high school physics. Katherine is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York State, a Six Sigma Green Belt and a certified Project Management Professional. Since moving to Houston, she has worked for various consulting firms facilitating Process Hazard Analyses and managing other large engineering projects. She co-founded K and K Process in 2016 to assist companies in their PSM compliance journey.


Jeffrey Morrow

Jeffrey Morrow

Jeff Morrow is the corporate safety manager for Ref-Chem, L.P. He has over 36 years of experience in Engineering and Industrial Construction. Jeff’s career has included engineering, design, quality assurance, and safety. He has been a safety professional for over 18 years and is a Certified Safety and Health Manager. His experience has sharpened his communication skills, the ability to work under pressure, and his decision making. He is an OSHA Outreach Trainer, a MSHA Instructor, and a First Aid /CPR /AED Instructor trainer. He is a competent person in Fall Protection and Trenching/Excavation. He is a Master Trainer and Administrator for NCCER. Jeff believes that safety is a core value for him personally and for Ref-Chem. He has been successful in promoting a safety culture that encourages open communication not only with his direct subordinates but throughout the departments he regularly engages with. His personal commitment to making safety an ongoing forward progress is reflected in his management style. Jeff brings a high level of commitment to his department which is maintained through consistency along his path towards safety excellence. Jeff has taken Ref-Chem from having a safety program to a developing Safety Culture. He believes that if “Safety is your core value than Safety is your way of life”.

Jeff loves his job and is a devoted family man. In his spare time, he loves to grill, entertain, read and do leather work.

ABC's 2018 Safety Performance Report and the Six Leading Indicators You Can't Do Without
Every company that works in construction wants to send its workers home in the same condition in which they arrived—if not even better—after an active day of work that stimulates the mind and the body.

Until now, relatively few studies have been conducted on the correlation between the use of measures companies can take to keep workers safe on jobsites—leading indicators—and the number of incidents, accidents and injuries that occur—lagging indicators. The empirical evidence didn’t exist.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) created the Safety Performance Report to address this issue. The charts and summaries in this presentation reveal the clearest picture yet of the remarkable impact that leading indicator use has on a company’s safety performance: fewer disrupted or lost lives and a safer, more productive jobsite regardless of the size of the company. In fact, companies that engage in leading indicator use are, statistically, considerably safer than their peers.

Dr. Linda Goldenhar

Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL)
Introduces construction industry stakeholders to the 5 leadership skills and how to effectively use these skills to engage employees to improve safety on the jobsite. 5 Leadership skills covered are:
- Lead by example
- Engage and empower team members
- Actively listen and practice 3-way communication
- Develop team members through teaching, coaching, & feedback
- Recognize team members for going above and beyond for safety

Safety Climate Survey (SCATT)
Introduces the Safety Climate Survey for Construction. It uses eight leading indicators to improve jobsite safety climate and safety outcomes in construction.

Dr. Linda Goldenhar

Dr. Linda M. Goldenhar received her PhD in Public Health at the University of Michigan and began her career as a Research Psychologist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). While there, she focused her research on construction-related topics such as tradeswomen’s safety and health concerns, worker perceptions on working overtime, job stress and injury outcomes, among others. She served as NIOSH’s construction coordinator and was a member of the National Academies’ review of the NIOSH construction program. For the past 6 years, Dr. Goldenhar has served as the Director of Research and Evaluation at CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Evaluation. She leads the project that created the Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL), a leadership training module for frontline foremen and supervisors. She’s also the lead on CPWR’s safety climate efforts that includes creating the Workbook and Rating Tool to Help you Strengthen Jobsite Safety Climate and the Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CAT). She has published 70 peer-reviewed publications, articles in trade magazines, book chapters and manuals and has presented extensively at national and international academic and construction conferences.

Manny Rodriguez

Manny Rodriguez C.S.H.O., C.S.S.T
NHCA Construction Safety Council Chair

Manny is a respected thought leader in Construction Safety recognized by both the National Hispanic Construction Association (NHCA) and the largest HCA in country, the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association based in Texas.

His experience in the field gives him first-hand knowledge of construction practices to effectively communicate safety practices and policies to construction workers from diverse backgrounds.

He is a Certified Safety and Health Official in Construction and a Contractor Site Safety Technician who has facilitated numerous presentations across the country including the U.S. Department of Labor OSHA Alliance Roundtable.

Empowering Hispanic Construction Workers on Safety, Health and Environmental Issues on Job Site’s

Mark Hernandez

Game Day: 4 Principles & Practices for Accelerating Performance
Game Day is a High Energy, Highly Engaging Motivational Keynote that will challenge and inspire each participant to Serve at their highest level and Create Crazy Results. Game Day is based on the four foundational principles of the acronym REAL: Relationships, Equipping, Attitude, & Leadership. “REAL are the foundational leadership principles needed for every leader” – John C. Maxwell

Each participant will:
1. Learn the 4 foundational leadership principles that will increase your leadership influence.
2. Participate in highly engaging that will reinforce the principles, help practice a new skill, & create a memorable experience.
3. Discover how to apply the 4 Principles with Practices that can be immediately applied.

Mark Hernandez

Multiply Leadership started their career on the back-side of a scaffold wrench and worked up the ranks eventually found a home working in the safety field. Multiply Leadership has over 20 years of safety experience and the only safety professional who has worked for the US Department of Labor, OSHA for 12 years and an Independent Certified John Maxwell Speaker, Trainer, and Coach.

  • In 2011 joined John Maxwell Certification program as a Founding Member and part of a Global Team representing over 12,000 members in over 100 countries
  • In 2012, launched Multiply Leadership development company
  • In 2012, part of transforming two counties with the Global John Maxwell Team. In 2012 Multiply Leadership was part of transforming Guatemala by training over 10,000 leaders in one week. To date, there are 60,000 leaders as a result of the initial training
  • In 2016 in Paraguay trained over 15, 000 leaders in one week with the Global John Maxwell Team
  • In 2017 co-authored two book projects which both made the Amazon Best Sellers List

Wylie Davidson

Wylie Davidson

Wylie Davidson has been the featured speaker at numerous national andregional accounts that include John Deere, Orbital ATK, Xcel Energy,Arkema, Mortenson Construction and UGI Utilities, as well as several localand regional Safety Associations. His ability to interact with a variety ofwork force clientele, coupled with his dynamic personality and humor hasallowed him to become a favorite among presenters. As amotivational speaker and safety trainer, Wylie has impacted thousandsand has a unique ability to effectively deliver his message so it is relevantand personal for each attendee. Wylie is a member of the NationalSafety Council and is a certified trainer with the NSC.

Safe 4 the Right Reasons
Getting employees to value safety and safe behavior are the constant challenges faced by today’s companies. “Safe 4 the Right Reasons” explains why we behave this way and can be used as the foundation of how to work with employees in avoiding accidents and to value safety.

Kathleen Dobson

Kathleen Dobson

Kathi Dobson is a 19+ year veteran of the construction industry and of Alberici Constructors, Inc. Prior to her work in construction, she was a hospital-based critical care nurse with a degree from University of Detroit – Mercy. She works throughout the country supporting safe work efforts in the company’s automotive, mining, heavy civil and industrial processes markets. She was recognized by WISE in 2011 as one of the 100 Women – Making a Difference in Safety.

Kathi has been actively involved with NAWIC – the National Association of Women in Construction since 2001, and has held leadership positions at the chapter, region and national levels. She was the Chairperson of their National Safety & Health Committee and has chaired the OSHA-NAWIC National Alliance since 2013. Kathi was also appointed by the Governor of the State of Michigan to the Construction Safety Standards Commission, was the chair of that commission and she was instrumental in bringing several standards to revision and acceptance to MIOSHA during her tenure there. She is also an alternate for TAUC – the Association of Union Constructors on the A10 committee. A10 promulgates voluntary consensus standards for best practices in the construction and demolition industry.

Her mission: to enhance the success of women in construction through her efforts to advance safety for women in her industry. Her focus and attention is on PPE issues, recruiting and retaining women in construction and identifying issues that affect women, such as ergonomic concerns, harassment issues, bullying, sexism, inclusion, sanitation and more.

About mentoring: Kathi is an engaged educator and mentor and believes in helping women root for each other and watching each other grow.

The nature of leadership - intuitive or learned?
We can be managers or we can be leaders or we can be both. What's the difference and how are leaders made? Some theorize that leadership is instinctive, intuitive and part of a person's DNA. Others say leadership can be learned and we invest thousands of dollars to turn people into leaders in our organizations. What's the real nature of leadership and is it a unique set of qualifications, or something else.


Scott Sears

Scott Sears

Scott Sears has been the Director of Safety and Loss Control for Walker Engineering Incorporated since 2012. He works with a team of 30 safety professionals within the state of Texas. Prior to Walker, Scott designed and managed safety strategies for complex construction projects, served as a risk and safety consultant to the construction industry for large insurance brokers, managed loss control units for commercial insurers, and operated his own business. He is a Professional Engineer in Safety, a Certified Safety Professional, and maintains a variety of other designations and credentials. Scott’s 30 year career provides the basis for a unique approach to Risk and Safety.

Risk Management Chair

Pat Furr

Pat Furr

Pat Furr is Roco Rescue’s Safety Officer/Technical Consultant.Pat joined Roco in 2000 after retiring from the U.S. Air Force after a 20 year career as a Pararescueman(PJ).He is special advisor for standards and regulations including OSHA, NFPA and ANSI. He writes for Roco’s Blog and has several published articles in periodicals such as OH&S, The Leader, and ISHN. Pat is a technical committee member for NFPA 1006 and in this role was the author for the Tower Rescue specialty area and was a co-author for Confined Space Rescue specialty area.

Beware the Grim Reaper of Complacency
Without quoting statistics, it can be said that the overwhelming majority of workplace accidents are not caused by unsafe equipment or processes, but are indeed caused by unsafe worker behavior. And complacency in its many forms is at the root of that behavior. This presentation will identify institutional and individual complacency as not only a problem that negatively effects production numbers and quality, but even more importantly, can have a devastating effect on the safety of our employees. The truth is, no matter how focused and diligent we try to be, we are all susceptible to complacency to varying degrees. This presentation is not intended to preach from the high horse about our individual faults and shortcomings, but to help us identify the signs of complacency in ourselves or in our co-workers, and to provide some tools that can be useful in combating complacency.

Travis Costello

Travis Costello, OHST

Travis Costello is the President and Principal Consultant of Costello Safety Consulting, LLC. To his clients, Travis brings a sense of strategic focus, mature business judgment, and expert assistance in identifying, evaluating, and resolving their safety challenges. To his peers, he is widely respected as a versatile and trusted leader, with a consistent track record of success and proven ability to turn- around struggling programs or build them from scratch.

Travis is a seasoned environmental, health and safety professional with over 14 years combined experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of safety and health programs and employee safety training in industries ranging from construction and manufacturing to oil and gas.

He is experienced and is well versed in a variety of topic areas including:

  • Occupational safety, ergonomics, hazard communication, behavioral safety
  • OSHA (VPP programs, injury recordkeeping, compliance programs, inspections, training)
  • Auditing (compliance, management systems)
  • Highly engaging employee safety training
  • Organizational design and effectiveness

Some key accomplishments include:

  • Establishing a behavior-based safety program that reduced injury claim costs by 65%.
  • Developing and managing a successful CHESM (Contractor, Health, Environmental, Safety, and Management) process which oversaw, and managed 319 contractors nationwide.
  • Developing a VPP STAR facility, and creating a business case to expand the program.
  • Supporting the acquisition, divestiture, construction, or demolition of 35 facilities
  • Reducing financial / regulatory liability by serving as the lead company spokesperson on numerous high-profile, sensitive compliance issues
  • Initiating and overseeing an asbestos management program (including several $1+ million abatement projects).
  • Creating and delivering highly engaging workshops and training courses for numerous topics.


  • BCSP - Occupational Health Safety Technologist (OHST) #3702
  • ISHM - Associate Safety & Health Manager (3203 A)
  • Health & Safety Institute Master CPR/First Aid and AED Instructor
  • Associated General Contractors Construction Safety Specialist
  • Capital Safety Fall Protection Competent Person Instructor
  • TapRoot Lead Investigator

Travis is a proud member of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, American Society of Safety Engineers, Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and National Fire Protection Association. For more information about how Costello Safety Consulting, LLC. can partner with you. Call (832) 786-8814 or email Travis at, or visit

Conducting Effective Employee Safety Training
This presentation will show you how to conduct highly engaging & effective safety training by using simple "Hands-on" tools & technology.

Phillip Ragain

Phillip Ragain

Phillip is a former instructor of applied ethics and logic at Texas Tech University, with a background in organizational behavior, human performance and behavioral safety. He is the Director of Training and Human Performance at TheRAD Group, where he also conducts field-research with recent concentration in Human Performance, culture and safety intervention.In addition to leading The RAD Group’s research efforts, Phillip is an organizational assessor and trainer. He has both developed and co-developed a wide range of training programs that are presently used around the world, including Safety Intervention, Leadership and Safety Culture training. Phillip is the author of numerous articles on Risk Tolerance, Business Ethics, Communication and Human Performance.

Hardwired Inhibitions: Hidden forces that keep us silent in the face of disaster
There are a surprising number of forces that inhibit people in the moment when they should speak up to stop something that is unsafe. This presentation teaches the more significant but often overlooked psychological and social factors that suppress safety interventions, and provides first steps for making “Stop Work” a part of your culture.

The session includes practical examples and demonstrations, as well as explanations of relevant research.

After the session, attendees will be able to (1) explain how social and psychological factors inhibit “safety intervention,” (2) describe the impact of factors such as Deference to Authority, Bystander Effect and Unit Bias, and (3) implement some significant first steps to increase the likelihood that they and others will speak up with they see something unsafe.

Cindy Lewis

Cindy Lewis

Cindy Lewis, CSP, is Director, Gulf Coast Safety Institute; OSHA Challenge Administrator and Industrial Careers DeptChair; College of the Mainland, Texas City, TX. Lewis has more than 20 years’ experience in safety and health. She holds a BS in Chemistry from MacMurray College, Jacksonville, IL, where she was named the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Career Award winner,and a MS in Environ. & Occupational Health Sciences from the Univ of Illinois –Chicago. Lewis is a “Take Flight with DISC” Certified Trainer. An ASSP member since 1996, she has held many offices at the Chapter, Regional and Society levels. Lewis was named the ASSE Gulf Coast Chapter’s Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) and Region III SPY in 2002 and Training & Communication Branch SPY in 2008. She has published articles for ASSP and VPPPA and has presented at numerous conferences. In 2017 Lewis was appointed by the Secretary of Labor to the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH).

Let me EnterTRAIN You
A good training program doesn't happen by accident. It needs to be a combination of the fundamentals of adult training, use of technology and creativity of a safety trainer to create EnterTRAINment! This session will layout the habits of a good presenter by covering a review of the fundamentals of adult training and some of the "do's and don'ts" that the speaker has learned that aren’t covered in most training sessions. Building on a structure of training that combines both presentation materials and interactive techniques the attendee will be able to learn about using both high- and low-tech options to create an entertaining environment for the different generations of employees in the workforce today. We'll cover an overview of today’s workforce and talk about the training needs for each generation. Attendees will walk away with a list of the activities demonstrated and resources on where to find free or low cost materials to change their delivery from training to enterTRAINing.

Peter Guske

Putting Your Own Back, “Back In” AND Comprehensive Employee Wellness in 60 Minutes per Month
Given that the largest portion of all health/safety costs for any employer are directly attributable to only 3 maladies:1)Fatigue/Diabetes, 2)Low Back Pain, and 3)Heart Disease, this unique, lively presentation ultimately focuses on the costliest, most common injury in all of safety/health; Low Back Pain, but highlights much farther-reaching implications for worker safety and the integration with health, included is a demonstration on how to put your own back, "back in". In sharp contrast to traditional approaches, this new, ground-breaking approach dramatically reduces expenses and has been demonstrated for companies nationwide by challenging the long-held beliefs that aerobics, core/strengthening or “correct lifting” have been effective, since none of these have shown cost savings or back injury reductions. Usable in all work settings, any age group and in a fraction of the time of the usual wellness programs. No abstractions or “fluff”, just real, immediately usable information.

Peter Guske

Peter Guske is a licensed physical therapist with 24 years clinical experience treating back injuries in the hospital, out-patient and home care setting. He is a former competitive bodybuilder and founded his own fitness gym before obtaining his BS in Physical Therapy from Wayne State University, Detroit. He worked in Los Angeles developing the first rehabilitation protocols for Nautilus Sports/MedX Industries and then opened his own rehabilitation clinic in Florida. He has gone on to build The Back Saver System, the only comprehensive, low-cost, single-source, employee wellness training program, which actually demonstrates how you can put your own back, “back in”. Mr Guske has instructed over 21,000 individuals across the nation using his unique, highly non-traditional system. Clients include Western Kentucky Energy, Kinder Morgan-NY, Minnesota Power, Williams Pipeline-Utah, Aleris Aluminum, Texas National Guard, City of Cheyenne, multiple Offshore Platforms and many others.

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Scott Johnson

Best Practices for Controlling Fugitive Dust
This course provides an overview for agencies and their legal responsibilities in complying with the OSHA Silica regulations. The presentation reviews the importance of dust abatement on construction sites, roads or anywhere silica dust can be hazardous. We will discuss general risk reduction strategies including the use of magnesium chloride that works effectively to suppress the silica laden dust that is created from natural materials used on these sites. We will describe best practices and standards that are necessary to ensure the safest protection for your community.

Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson is semi-retired from the construction industry with over 29 years as a superintendent. He traveled extensively over the course of 3 decades leading the charge on countless projects as large as $560m. Scott is STSC certified and is currently teaching transportation construction related topics across the country as a subject matter expert with the Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) for the University of VA and FHWA. Scott is passionate about safety and is inspired to share his passion everywhere he goes. With the implementation of the OSHA Silica regulations last year, Scott has zoomed that focus on preventing silica laden dust from leaving our construction projects.

Tony Stergio

Employer Strategy for OSHA Fatality Investigations
Thorough examination of employer strategy for dealing with OSHA fatality investigations, including strategy for before OSHA arrives, OSHA's initial investigation, employee/management interviews, document production and handling the citation, and citation contest.

Tony Stergio

Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Anthony G. “Tony” Stergio has extensive experience in the defense of State and Federal employment discrimination claims, wage and hour compliance and claims, OSHA compliance and contests, Davis-Bacon Act compliance, noncompetition agreements, Department of Labor and TWC investigations and employment policy design and review.

He speaks frequently at employment-related seminars and also counsels clients regarding developments in various areas of State and Federal employment law.

In 2017, Tony received an AV© Preeminent™ Judicial Rating from Martindale Hubbell, the nation’s leading legal services resource. He scored a 5 out of 5 rating, the highest rating achievable in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards. He previously received an AV© Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating from Martindale Hubbell in 2011.

Kathleen Dobson

MORE Silica? I thought I already knew everything there was to know!
Don't fall into a trap when it comes to management of silica - more than just a mineral, silica is also a hazard to those who work around it. Companies who work in the construction industry and their employees have been overwhelmed with information about the 2017 revisions to the Federal OSHA standard on Silica. What have we learned and what do we still need to be aware of? Kathi Dobson will take a deep dive into some of the still-to-be determined issues surrounding this sensitive, and potentially costly subject.

Adele Abrams

OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule: Challenges and Solutions
OSHA’s final rule reducing construction worker exposures to silica by 80% took effect in Fall 2017, affecting 2 million employees. This session will provide an overview of the requirements including use of “Table One,” medical surveillance, exposure monitoring, development of engineering-based control plans, competent person training, PPE issues, and more. In addition, the impact of the federal court decision affirming the rule on pending and future tort and worker’s compensation claims will be addressed, as well as OSHA enforcement protocols and proactive solutions.

Adele Abrams

Adele L. Abrams is an attorney and Certified Mine Safety Professional who is president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C., a multi-attorney firm with offices in Beltsville, MD, Denver, CO, and Charleston, WV. The firm represents employers in OSHA and MSHA litigation nationwide, and Adele also handles employment law matters in a number of states. Adele and her firm colleagues provide employment and safety law consultation, safety audits, industrial hygiene assistance, and training services to companies in a variety of industries.

Adele is a member of the Maryland, DC and PA Bars; the U.S. District Courts of Maryland, DC, and TN; the U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit 3rd Circuit, and 4th Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court. She is a graduate of the George Washington University’s National Law Center (JD degree), received a Graduate Certificate in Public Relations from American University, and earned her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. She serves on the adjunct faculties of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she teaches on employment, labor and occupational safety law.

She is an active member of the National Safety Council, where she was awarded the Distinguished Service to Safety Award (DSSA) in 2017. She also chairs the Business & Industry Division’s committee on Regulatory, Standards and Legal Affairs, and was an initial co-chair of the NSC’s Women’s Caucus. She serves on the NSC Board of Delegates nationally, and is also a member of the Chesapeake Region Safety Council’s Executive Committee. She is a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and is a multiple recipient of the ASSE Safety Professional of the Year Award at the chapter, regional and practice specialty level. She is also an active member of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, the American Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Labor and Employment Relations Association. Adele has co-authored several textbooks on employment law, occupational and mine safety and health.

John Dibiasi

John Dibiasi

John P. DiBiasi was born in South Plainfield, New Jersey, and attended New Jersey Institute of Techonolgy (B.S.C.E, 1999) and Widener University School of Law (J.D. 2003). He is admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas. Prior to becoming an attorney, John’s involvement in construction started as working as a Laborer, and subsequently moving on to Labor Foreman, Field Engineer, and Project Manager/Superintendent for a number of construction companies in the New York/New Jersey area. His experience includes construction and legal disputes involving airports, tunnels, bridges, state and interstate highways, underground utility installation and utility delays and disruptions. John is a member of Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering Honor Society) and ASCE and ASME. His practice focuses primarily on construction and commercial litigation. He is a recognized Superlawyer. He has given multiple seminars at the Construction Superconference in San Francisco, CA on Government Terminations for Convenience and Underground Tunneling. John is also a published author in Aspartore’s Inside the Minds: Trends in Government Contracting, titled, Terminating Government Contracts: Overcoming Challenges, published by Thompson Reuters/Aspartore (2012). John is the Managing Partner of Lewis, DiBiasi, Zaita & Higgins and head’s up the firm’s Central Texas office.

Safety is Your Middle Name? OSHA Doesn’t Necessarily Think So
This seminar will focus on how employers can effectively handle OSHA job site investigations when OSHA comes a-knocking. The panelists will discuss evolving trends and sample case studies dealing with investigatory issues, such as: evidence preservation; employee interviews; are there “Constitutional” issues?; document requests and production; employees’ rights; employers’ rights; attorneys’ dual representation; how OSHA’s general duty clause might impact a response; and knowing OSHA’s internal Severe Violator Program, a “Program” you can’t afford to be on.

1. Recognizing the importance of having a plan in place if a job site accident does occur for when OSHA comes knocking;
2. Or what to do even when there hasn’t been an accident, but a self-started OSHA investigation.
3. Understanding your rights as an employer and the rights of your employees; and
4. Understanding the permissible breath and scope of an OSHA investigation in order to comply, but also to protect your rights as an employer.

Dr. Melanie Gorman

Dr. Melanie Gorman

Dr. Melanie Gorman Ng is an industrial hygiene researcher at the University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health. Her research focuses on developing predictive models for estimating exposure to hazardous materials in the workplace. She developed a model for estimating skin exposure for the GULF STUDY that investigates the health effects of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and she estimated exposure levels for a study of the health and economic burden of occupational carcinogens in the European Union. For the past four years she has studied respirable crystalline silica exposure in the construction industry.

Silica Control Tool – An online application for Respirable Crystalline Silica Risk Assessment
Silica Control Tool is an online application designed to help construction companies navigate silica risk assessment and management. It is also an educational resource on best practices. It predicts silica exposure level for common tasks, guides selection of appropriate exposure controls, and generates exposure control plans meeting regulatory requirements.

Tommy Lee

Kevin Cannon

Kevin Cannon is the Senior Director of Safety and Health at the Associated General Contractors of America. Kevin serves as the primary liaison for federal safety regulations. Kevin is responsible with monitoring regulatory activity relating to safety and health, communicating with members and chapter staff. He is also responsible for providing technical and other support for those directly involved in congressional relations, analyzing and otherwise assisting with any proposals for new or revised legislation that could have a significant impact on safety or health practices in the construction industry.

Kevin previously served three two-year termson the Federal Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) which advises the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA on regulations, standards and policies that impact the construction industry.Kevin received his B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health from Millersville University and holds the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).

The Surprises in AGC's New Study of Construction Fatalities
The results of a new study commissioned by the Associated General Contractors of America will be discussed. It provides a comprehensive look at fatalities arising from construction-related incidents. The study identifies key contributing factors, as well as suggestions for mitigating them.