2020 Schedule

The 2020 Region VI PDC has gone virtual!

Region VI has adapted the amazing in-person program to a virtual experience.  You will receive excellent training, from our EH&S experts, from the comfort of your home or office at a fantastic price.  The 4-day online conference runs from September 15-18.

CEU award will be .6 per day that you attend.

Register today to take advantage of our Early-Bird pricing.  Prices will go up on September 1st.   Upon registration, you will be provided all links and information needed to participate in the 2020 Region VI PDC.

Contact Erika May, erika@maydaymarketing.com, for questions or any registration issues.

Tuesday, 9/15/20

8:00 – 9:00
Denis Baker
Safety Leadership is R.E.A.L. Leadership

Safety leadership is a popular phrase. It’s so popular it is typically integrated into most leadership keynotes, training, and even in general conversations. R.E.A.L. Safety Leadership will build a lifelong professional strategy by focusing on people’s strengths and minimizing their weaknesses through influence.

Speaker Denis Baker

Denis is a Certified Executive/Business Coach, Trainer and Keynote Speaker for the John Maxwell Group and currently serves as the Corporate EHS Leader for ATW. He is a passionate person of influence committed to teaching and communicating practical and relevant influencing techniques. His uniquely passionate and emotionally driven style resonates with many, creating a desire for change and becoming a more effective leader.

9:15 – 10:15
Sharon Lipinski
But, I Don’t Want to Wear My Face Mask

The Coronavirus is asking employers and employees to make unprecedented and rapid changes to their behavior in order to prevent the spread of disease and the closing of their facilities. The good news is that 71% of employees have confidence that their employers can bring them back to work safely. But 58% say that hinges on the availability of protective protections like masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer.

What happens if some of your employees are not consistently using these protective devices? When 54% of U.S. employees say they are worried about exposure to COVID-19 at their job, it can mean constant complaints, employees refusing to work, and lawsuits about the company risking their employees’ health. You need a way to quickly and effectively influence your employees’ behavior. Join Sharon Lipinski, CEO of Habit Mastery Consulting, on what you can do when employees ignore or push back on the company’s Coronavirus safety procedures. She’ll share the 6 reasons employees fight these types of guidelines, 3 communication tactics that make the situation worse, and 5 steps you can take to get employees to want to follow your guidelines.

You’ll leave this presentation with insights and strategies that work for influencing your employees’ behavior— not just in following Coronavirus safety procedures, but in other areas, too.

Speaker Sharon Lipinski

Sharon is a certified Corporate Wellness Specialist, certified CBT for insomnia instructor, speaker, and TV personality. Author of “365 Ways to Live Generously: Simple Habits for a Life That’s Good for You and for Others”, a daily book that helps people create the habits that will get them healthy in body, mind, and spirit.

Founder of the non-profit Change Gangs: Virtual Giving Circles, which helps people make small donations that make a big impact by pooling their small donations with the donations of other people who care about the same cause. They’ve donated more than $100,000 to great charities around the world. Holder of a Guinness World Record for the Longest Line of Toothbrushes—3.5 miles! This charity event collected 55,000 toothbrushes and 17,000 tubes of toothpaste for Colorado children.

Sharon is dedicated to helping teams become happier, healthier, and safer at home and at work.

10:30 – 11:30
Bob Emery
Strategies for Keeping Your Health & Safety Program on Course in a Sea of Constant Change - Preparing for the next Pandemic

The University of Texas School of Public Health recently conducted a straw poll of approximately fifty very experienced health & safety professionals and the results were astonishing: 80% had reported to the person they current report to for a period of less than 5 years, and 25% for a period of less than 1 year! These striking results underscore the old adage that “change is constant”. But adapting to change is not something that is traditionally addressed in academic health & safety programs. Interestingly, although change is indeed constant, the underlying data that drives health & safety programs doesn’t change. What does change is the framing of the delivery of this important information to ensure continued program support. This presentation will discuss the dilemma of constant change and provide some tips on the personal management of change and will present options to consider for communicating essential information to the ever-changing environment.

Speaker Bob Emery

Dr. Robert Emery is Vice President for Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Professor of Occupational Health at the University of Texas School of Public Health. Bob has over 30 years of experience in health & safety and holds master’s degrees in health physics and environmental sciences, and a doctorate in occupational health. Bob is unique in that he possesses national board certification and registration in all of the main areas of health & safety; health physics [Certified Health Physicist, CHP], industrial hygiene [Certified Industrial Hygienist, CIH], biological safety [Certified Biological Safety Professional, CBSP], occupational safety [Certified Safety Professional, CSP], hazardous materials management [Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, CHMM], security [Certified Protection Professional, CPP], and risk management [Associate in Risk Management, ARM]. Bob is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed articles on practical health and safety topics and makes frequent presentations on such issues at the local, national, and international level.

12:00 – 1:00
Graduate and Undergraduate Poster Sessions Moderated by Ogaga Tebehaevu

Current undergraduate and graduate students will be presenting posters and presentations addressing their occupational health and safety research during these sessions. Each student has been sponsored by the Chapters of Region VI to help educate us, and to help them develop into future professionals in our field. Through this interactive session, SH&E Professionals can ask questions, offer suggestions, or even offer jobs to these students. Help these students be the best they can be – they are the future of safety, health and the environment.

1:15 –3:15
Denis Baker
HIGH-PERFORMANCE TEAMWORK – Reshaping Your Team’s Potential

Teamwork is essential today. The silo approach to growth does not work. Success requires that everyone on the team is on the same page, contributing their best with a high degree of accountability. High-performance teamwork involves a shared vision and goals, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each member, and capitalizing on the collective strengths of the team.

In this session, I will guide you through the keys and actions needed to move into high performance resulting in the commitment from leadership, supervision, and the employees.

With the ability to achieve high-performance teamwork, you will build a sustainable influential safety culture, reducing the number of injuries.

In this practical and action-oriented session, you will discover high-performance fundamentals such as:

  • Creating the Big Picture and how teams will approach it
  • How to identify each team members’ “niche” and where they can add the most value
  • Strength and Weakness of each team member and how the weakest link impacts the power of the team
  • and many more high-performance fundamentals

Throughout the workshop, each participant will build their Action Plans so they can make the changes necessary to increase their contribution as a team member. The High-Performance Teamwork will empower you and your team and elevate your ability to deliver exceptional results.

Speaker Denis Baker

Denis is a Certified Executive/Business Coach, Trainer and Keynote Speaker for the John Maxwell Group and currently serves as the Corporate EHS Leader for ATW. He is a passionate person of influence committed to teaching and communicating practical and relevant influencing techniques. His uniquely passionate and emotionally driven style resonates with many, creating a desire for change and becoming a more effective leader.

Wednesday, 9/16/20

8:00 – 9:00
Patrick Terrance Ragan
The Happiness Factor; Happy Employees are Safer Employees

Cultures are foundations on which good and poor safety experiences are built. This presentation is a discussion of the impact of culture in general on safety. With a focus on how to benefit from positive (happy) culture and improve on all cultures. Based on September 2019 PSJ paper of the same title.

Speaker Patrick Terrance Ragan

Patrick T. Ragan, CSP, M.B.A., has more than 40 years’ experience in quality, health, safety and environment positions. He is the current executive member at Ragan Safety Services, LLC. Previously, he served as Vice President of Quality, Health, Safety and Environment at Bayer. Ragan has coauthored and contributed to eight books and numerous published articles. He is a professional member of ASSP’s North Carolina Chapter.

9:15 – 10:15
Holly Mockus
Employee Turnover: What to do When You Lose Your Superstar Employees

Speaker Holly Mockus

Holly Mockus brings over 30 years of experience in the food industry at companies like ConAgra, Kellogg, and Sara Lee. She currently helps leading food processors to create world-class workforce development solutions at Alchemy Systems.

  • Recipient of the Safe Quality Food Institute’s Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Food Logistics’ 2016 “Champion of the Supply Chain”

Has served on a number of working groups with organizations like GFSI, and GMA

10:30 – 11:30
Angela Page
Accident Investigations: No Blame, No Shame

Are you guilty of blaming employees when things do not go right? Do accident continue to occur within your organization? This session will discuss best practices to establish real solutions to workplace problems that will address system failures and effective corrective actions through organizational safety.

Speaker Angela Page

Angela Page is a Senior Risk Management Consultant at Eastern Alliance Insurance Group servicing clients in Eastern North Carolina and Virginia. Angela has worked in the insurance industry as a consultant for over 12 years. Angela received her undergraduate degrees from NC State University and later received a Master’s in Occupational Safety from ECU. Angela is the proud mom of three children and enjoys traveling with her family.

12:00 – 1:00
Graduate and Undergraduate Poster Sessions Moderated by Ogaga Tebehaevu

Current undergraduate and graduate students will be presenting posters and presentations addressing their occupational health and safety research during these sessions. Each student has been sponsored by the Chapters of Region VI to help educate us, and to help them develop into future professionals in our field. Through this interactive session, SH&E Professionals can ask questions, offer suggestions, or even offer jobs to these students. Help these students be the best they can be – they are the future of safety, health and the environment.

1:15 – 3:15
Living and Working with COVID
How to Create a Safe, Healthy, and Functional Work Environment While Protecting Your Employees and Customers from COVID-19

Everyone wants to know how to create a safe, healthy, and functional work environment while protecting your employees and customers from COVID-19. This panel of experts will take a step back and explain COVID-19, including terminology and methods to reduce risk in the workplace, as well as how to move forward with resources.

This panel has completed a series of webinars over the summer specific to Texas, and will share their knowledge on COVID-19 on a much broader basis.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health Panelists

  • George Delclos, MD, PhD, MPH – Professor, Medical Director of Employee Health, Occupational Medicine Program Associate Director
  • David Douphrate, PhD, MPT, MBA, CPE, CSP – Associate Professor & Industrial Hygiene Program Director
  • Robert Emery, DrPH, CHP, CIH, CBSP, CSP, CHMM, CPP, ARM – Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management
  • Kristi Mena, PhD, MSPH- Associate Professor & El Paso Campus Dean
  • Janelle Rios, PhD, MPH – Faculty Associate & Director of Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (P2R) Academy

Moderator

  • Tommy Hysler, MD, MPH – Chief Medical Officer & Vice President of Health Operations, Houston Area Safety Council

Thursday 9/17/20

8:00 – 9:00
Paul Esposito
World Class Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems

ISO 45001-2018 is the recent Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS), with ANSI Z 10 – 2019 being the latest to update and improve on SMS concepts. While both better define the SMS terminology, there are gaps in both elements and implementation strategies. Learn how to close those gaps.

Speaker Paul Esposito

Paul Esposito, CIH CSP. STAR Consultants, Inc. ASSP Lead Speaker at seminars and conferences for the past 25 + years. numerous topics, to include Risk Assessment, Safety Management Systems and Strategic Planning. Graduate, Johns Hopkins. Master’s in Health and Safety. References include all PDC committee members, as I have presented at this conference for the past 20 years.

9:15 – 10:15
Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP
Regulatory Update

What’s on the OSHA and MSHA agendas for regulatory action in the coming year? What new policies and enforcement initiatives will affect your operations? How has Congress progressed on its initiatives to reduce the regulatory burden and cut EHS program spending? The forecast will amaze you!

Speaker Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP

Adele L. Abrams is an attorney, Certified Mine Safety Professional and trained mediator who is president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C. in Beltsville, MD, a ten-attorney firm focusing on safety, health and employment law nationwide. Adele also provides consultation, safety audits and training services to MSHA and OSHA regulated companies.

Adele is a frequent national speaker, and a columnist for numerous magazines, on legal, employment, mine and occupational safety/health issues, and is co-author of several books related to mining, construction and occupational safety and health. She is also on the adjunct faculty of the Catholic University of America, where she instructs on Employment and Labor Law.

She is a member of the Maryland, DC and PA Bars, the U.S. District Courts of Maryland and DC, the U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. She is a graduate of the George Washington University’s National Law Center, and earned her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her professional memberships include the American Society of Safety Engineers, National Safety Council, International Society of Mine Safety Professionals, the American Bar Association, the Maryland and DC State Bar Associations, and the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation.

10:30 – 11:30
Timothy D. Ludwig Ph.D.
Dysfunctional Practices that Kill Your Safety Culture (and What to do About Them)

Labeling and blame are an illusion of human perception resulting in dysfunctional practices that hurt safety cultures and blind us from the true cause of at-risk behavior. By analyzing the context of behavior we can discover ways to change your system to optimize safe behavior and reduce injury.

Blame is an illusion of human perception resulting in dysfunctional practices that hurt our safety culture and blind us from finding the true root causes of at-risk behavior related to incidents. This presentation will teach a better way to analyze behaviors and determine the systems that put workers in the position to take the risk. By analyzing the context of behavior we can discover ways to change company systems to optimize safe behavior and reduce injury.

Speaker Timothy D. Ludwig Ph.D.

Education: Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology from Virginia TechCurrent Position: Distinguished Graduate Faculty at Appalachian State UniversityAuthor and Consultant at Safety-Doc.com

Timothy Ludwig earned his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech researching the benefits of employee-driven behavioral safety programs under E. Scott Geller continuing his post-doctoral work in industrial engineering studying applications of W. Edwards Deming to quality and safety improvement. His popular website Safety-Doc.com is a content-rich resource of safety culture stories, blogs, research, videos, and services. Dr. Ludwig was cited in Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (ISHN) “50 Leaders for Today and Tomorrow”. Dr. Ludwig serves on the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies’ (CCBS; behavior.org) Behavioral Safety Accreditation Commission that reviews best-in-industry safety practices and offers objective feedback on safety programs.

Dr. Ludwig is a Distinguished Graduate Professor at Appalachian State University where he teaches in the nationally recognized Industrial/Organizational Psychology graduate program. Dr. Ludwig’s teaching has been recognized with the North Carolina University Board of Governors’ Excellence award. Dr. Ludwig served as editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and is the past President of the Organizational Behavior Management Network.Dr. Ludwig’s vita cites over 100 scholarly articles and presentations that empirically document the efficacy of behavioral science in providing solutions to improve safety and quality in industry. His books include Intervening to Improve the Safety of Occupational Driving (2001), Behavioral Systems: Understanding Complexity in Organizations (2012), Sources of Behavioral Variance in Process Safety: Analysis and Intervention (2018), Dysfunctional Practices that Kill your Safety Culture (2018) and Kidz on Rebar: Reinforcing Safe Behavior (in preparation).

12:00 – 1:00
Graduate and Undergraduate Poster Sessions Moderated by Ogaga Tebehaevu

Current undergraduate and graduate students will be presenting posters and presentations addressing their occupational health and safety research during these sessions. Each student has been sponsored by the Chapters of Region VI to help educate us, and to help them develop into future professionals in our field. Through this interactive session, SH&E Professionals can ask questions, offer suggestions, or even offer jobs to these students. Help these students be the best they can be – they are the future of safety, health and the environment.

1:15 – 3:15
Sharon Lipinski
Harnessing the Habit

It’s no secret that unsafe workplaces are expensive in terms of money and in productivity. Companies around the world have committed to creating safe workplaces and have invested heavily in expensive safety training for their employees. But the #1 problem that companies face today is transforming that knowledge into consistent safety practice. This presentation reveals why employees don’t follow their safety training and how you can employ cutting edge neural science research to harness the power of habit to improve the effectiveness of your existing safety training. But habit is a double edged sword, so you’ll want these key strategies that neutralize habit and complacency as it is happening.

Speaker Sharon Lipinski

Sharon is a certified Corporate Wellness Specialist, certified CBT for insomnia instructor, speaker, and TV personality. Author of “365 Ways to Live Generously: Simple Habits for a Life That’s Good for You and for Others”, a daily book that helps people create the habits that will get them healthy in body, mind, and spirit.

Founder of the non-profit Change Gangs: Virtual Giving Circles, which helps people make small donations that make a big impact by pooling their small donations with the donations of other people who care about the same cause. They’ve donated more than $100,000 to great charities around the world. Holder of a Guinness World Record for the Longest Line of Toothbrushes—3.5 miles! This charity event collected 55,000 toothbrushes and 17,000 tubes of toothpaste for Colorado children.

Sharon is dedicated to helping teams become happier, healthier, and safer at home and at work.

Friday, 9/18/20

8:00 – 9:00
Diana Stegall
Leading Through Crisis and Change

Although the amount of uncertainty and change that we have experienced since March has increased dramatically, there is always uncertainty and change in our environments – whether it is a new leader coming into our organization, new technology or processes, or simply the changes with the employee base. During this session, you will learn how your leadership style impacts your success in leading through change and suggestions to help you lead through future uncertainty and change as Diana shares lessons learned as the 2019-2020 ASSP president.

9:15 – 10:15
Rick Kilpatrick
Those Annoying Backup Alarms; Is there a Better Solution?

Are you tired of hearing the annoying beeping backup alarm! This session will overview a newer technology that is touted as being a better solution for protecting pedestrians from reversing vehicles and summarizes a large-scale empirical study conducted within the steel industry to verify some of the manufacturers claims.

Speaker Rick Kilpatrick

EDUCATION

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania Ph.D. in Safety Sciences
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC Master’s in Public Administration
  • Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina Bachelors in Emergency Management

CURRENT POSITION
Shurtape Technologies, LLC Corporate Health & Safety Manager

Practicing health & Safety Professional with responsibility for developing and leading the Safety & Health activities for Shurtape Technologies, LLC operations throughout North America.

CERTIFICATES, DESIGNATIONS

  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Board of Certified Safety Professionals.
  • Registered Environmental Manager (REM), National Registry of Environmental Professionals.

10:30 – 11:30
W. Jon Wallace
NFPA 70-E for Non-electrical professionals

Learn the essential components of NFPA 70E as a non-electrical employee. Shock hazards; arc flash; arc-rated clothing; as well as electrical safe work practices shall be covered. The curriculum is designed for a safety professional to help ensure your facility is complying with the critical components of NFPA 70E.

Speaker W. Jon Wallace

Jon has over 3 decades of occupational safety experience. His industrial work experience includes Mobil Oil and Hercules. Jon is a nationally recognized safety consultant with Workplace Group. He has taught over 100 NFPA 70E compliance courses. Jon is Past-President of the North Carolina ASSP Chapter and presently serves as Chapter Delegate. In addition, he is an Adjunct Faculty member at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

12:00 – 1:00
Graduate and Undergraduate Poster Sessions Moderated by Ogaga Tebehaevu

Current undergraduate and graduate students will be presenting posters and presentations addressing their occupational health and safety research during these sessions. Each student has been sponsored by the Chapters of Region VI to help educate us, and to help them develop into future professionals in our field. Through this interactive session, SH&E Professionals can ask questions, offer suggestions, or even offer jobs to these students. Help these students be the best they can be – they are the future of safety, health and the environment.

1:30 – 3:15
Scott Patlovich
Discovering the World of “Digital Safety”: Amazing Tools Available at Your Fingertips That You Might Not Have Known About

With the current proliferation of portable electronic devices (e.g. smartphones), safety professionals now have a myriad of helpful safety tools available at their fingertips. It is difficult to find a systematic unbiased summary and catalog of these tools that are actually helpful to health and safety practitioners, so the sharing of these tools is often done haphazardly or through word of mouth. Also, due to our very busy schedules, only a few of us have taken the time to download and understand how these tools can help in our everyday work and personal lives. This presentation will discuss the various tools that safety professionals will find useful to have loaded on their portable devices and will briefly demonstrate their utility. A useful list of websites that can be accessed for tool downloading will be provided. Ample time will be allotted to discussion, and technical assistance with possible downloads will be available.

Attend the follow up session, Downloading and Utilizing Digital Safety Applications Demonstration to download and practice with various safety apps.

Speaker Scott Patlovich

Scott is the Director of Environmental, Health & Safety at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). He holds a Doctorate of Public Health in Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences (concentration in epidemiology and disease control) from the University of Texas School of Public Health and a Master of Public Health in Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences (concentration in industrial hygiene) from the same school.

Scott is a Certified Biological Safety Professional, a Specialist Microbiologist in Biological Safety Microbiology, a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, and is Certified in Public Health. Previously, Scott served as a safety manager at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, which has the only privately operated BSL-4 laboratory in the country. He also worked as a Senior Safety and Health Manager in the Office of Safety, Health, and Environment at the National University of Singapore.