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 18th Annual
Greater St. Louis Safety and Health
Thursday, October 14, 2021  


Thursday, October 14th 


Session I

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

COVID: Past, Present, and Future.  A Panel Presentation

AJ Gajdosik, Senior Loss Control Representative, Acuity Insurance

Scott Honer, Senior Loss Control Representative, The Daniel and Henry Company

Steve Richardson, Safety Director, The UP Companies

TJ Callahan, Safety Director, Wilson Manufacturing

Covid reared its ugly head and greatly affected how we work.  How have companies addressed Covid, how have they prepared for future pathogens, and what programs/policies/procedures have they put in place to address these issues.  Representatives of small, medium, and large companies in manufacturing, office, and construction will be present.  There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.  This is a great opportunity to get real-life examples of what worked and what didn’t from top safety professionals.


Fall Protection: Construction and General Industry

Dave Barklage, President, Midwestern Safety Equipment Company 

Walking and working surfaces, dropped objects, and safeguarding difficult situations with potential fall risk. Dave will give practical tips for compliance and current best practices.


Managing an OSHA Inspection

Mike Minicky, Safety Consultant, MSM Safety Management

OSHA's at the door - would your company know how to respond? 

Learn some of the best ways to prepare, your rights and responsibilities, and strategies to ensure your best outcome. 

Presentation Learning Objectives: 

· When would OSHA visit your business? 

· When can you legally turn them away?

· What documents will OSHA review?

· What documents should you provide?

· How can you best handle the course of the inspection?

· How can you effectively mitigate any citations or penalties?


Missouri Workers’ Compensation Legal Update

Chris Archer, Managing Partner, Archer & Lassa LLC

What are the current trends from the Missouri Labor and Relations Commission and the Missouri courts of appeal?   Is COVID a compensable occupational disease?   Is an accident that occurs at a home office compensable?   What is the Second Injury Fund and how broad is their liability now for permanent total disability?

Presentation Learning Objectives: Policies to implement to reduce your workers' compensation exposure: safety penalties; intoxication penalty and defense; TTD exposure policies; accident investigation. 


Substance Use Updates:  View from Lived Experience: A Panel Presentation

Archway Professionals, The Archway Institute

 How can I help?  What can I say? What am I brave enough to say?  This panel will provide insights into their lived experience leading to success in addressing their substance use.  Providing insight into catalysts and what actions and words can make a difference when encountering someone struggling with substance use.


Session II

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

A Panel Discussion on the Safety Benefits of OSHA Partnerships with General Contractors and Supported by Labor Unions on Large Jobsites

Bo Cooper, Safety Director, Alberici Constructors, Inc.

Austin Johnson, Safety Director, Sachs Electric Company 

Ryan Key, Instructor, Carpenters Training Center, St. Louis 

Bill McDonald, OSHA Area Director, Greater St. Louis

Rob Miller, Vice President of Safety, L Keeley Construction

Steve Miller, Regional Vice-President of Safety, McCarthy Building Companies

​Join our panelists as they discuss the safety benefits of OSHA partnerships. General Contractors representatives will detail the safety elements positively affected on large job sites as a result of these partnerships. Compliance with Federal OSHA Standards is not only met but exceeded resulting in fewer near misses, First Aid incidents, recordable injuries, and material/property damage. Our panelists will share key elements of coordination and insight from each of their job site perspectives stressing the value of maintaining these partnerships throughout the length of the project.  


Crisis Management Plan

Scott Honer, Senior Loss Control Representative, The Daniel and Henry Company

Join Scott as he parlays from the COVID panel presentation into the essential ingredients needed for an efficient and all-around effective crisis management plan.

Foundations for Safety Leadership in Residential Construction

Bradley Evanoff, MD, MPH, Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine,  Washington University 

Anna Kinghorn, MA, Research Coordinator, Washington University

This presentation will describe the Foundations for Safety Leadership in Residential Construction (FSL4Res) program, which teaches foremen six critical leadership skills for creating a stronger job site safety climate. Through their leadership roles, construction foremen play a critical role in improving safety performance, particularly in residential construction. Many foremen have received no formal training in safety leadership. In collaboration with the St. Louis Carpenter’s Joint Apprenticeship Program and several regional contractors, the FSL4Res has adapted the existing, successful Foundations for Safety Leadership program to address the unique hazards and training needs of residential construction, with the goal of reducing falls and other injuries by improving leadership skills. The FSL4Res will soon be freely available to safety trainers for use in teaching and developing safety leadership skills among residential foremen and other site supervisors.  


Medical and Legal Considerations for Injured Workers

Dr. Luke Choi, Orthopedic Surgeon, The Orthopedic Center of St. Louis

Michael Banahan, Attorney, Evans & Dixon Law Office

A medical outline regarding addressing causation and treating injured workers and the legal perspectives throughout the case. 

Presentation Learning Objective:  Providing insight and understanding of the medical and legal views during a workers’ compensation case.

Session III

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Controlling ‘Work from Home’ Hazards  VIRTUAL

Mark Woodard, Sr. Safety and Risk Trainer, Missouri Employers Mutual

 After almost two years of responding to the pandemic, many companies have permanently adopted the work-from-home environment. This session discusses how to successfully adapt your employer safety policies and workers compensation plans to keep all work-from-home employees safe, healthy, and injury-free. We’ll discuss strategies and tactics that help your teamwork in control of these hazards in an environment that isn’t observed or audited.

Mindfulness: Not Just for Gurus Anymore! 

Coke Hennessy, Mindfulness Training 

Join Coke to gain a deeper understanding of mindfulness, awareness, and equanimity, exploring ways to deal with thoughts and emotions, recognizing and freeing ourselves from our “storytelling mind,” nurturing self-compassion, and enhancing our resilience.  Coke makes this an experiential presentation putting mindfulness into practice.


David Ritter, President, Ritter Safety & Facility Support

The risks of shock, electrocution, arc flash and arc blast are significant health and safety concerns in the workplace. Many electrical incidents could have been prevented through compliance with the latest safety codes and standards. NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®, is a critical document to help provide a working area for employees that is safe from the unacceptable risk associated with the use of electricity in the workplace.  Join an “electrifying” presentation on what’s changed in this standard, what you and your company are required to do, and the relationship between this standard and OSHA standards.


Recordkeeping Made Simple

Leland Darrow, Consultant, HAZARDSGONE, LLC

Leland will cover the major portions of the recordkeeping standards and highlight the major mistakes that recordkeepers make. He will also cover the importance of properly completing the OSHA Form 301, Injury and Illness Incident Report. 


Selling Safety to the C Suite, A Panel Presentation

Shana LawsonEHS Manager, SKF Lubrication Management-Americas

Ray BoehmSenior Vice President, Risk Management,  Keeley Companies

Sheila Schmidt, Safety Risk Consultant, Missouri Employers Mutual

Our Panel will present proven and effective strategies for the successful sale of safety programs to the c- suite.  They will also share why this is so important and useful to the safety culture within any size organization.  Be sure to bring your questions or email them ahead of time as there will be time for questions and interactions.  


Session IV

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM


Machine Guarding Preventing Incidents of Recordable Amputations

Dave Bierman, President, Dave Bierman, LLC

Dave will discuss the behavior-based factors leading to increased rates of amputations.  He will also share useful proven safety elements to add or create an addition to your existing program that includes adequate assessment and remediation to eliminate amputations.


OSHA Overview

Bill McDonald, CSP, OSHA Area Director, Greater St. Louis

Stay up to date with the latest trends and happenings at OSHA in our region and beyond.

DOT Update & Highlights

Rick Hinkel, Triad Transportation Safety Consultants, LLC

Enjoy an update on motor carrier regulations and focal points, and  

gain insight into current research and technology developments from the CVSA, ATRI, and the ATA. 


Today’s Marijuana and How it Affects the Workplace:  VIRTUAL

Bill Judge, Member, Drug Screening Compliance Institute

Over half the states have legalized marijuana in some form. Some states restrict employer action. This presentation will review the state laws and what restrictions may impact you. 

Presentation Learning Objectives: 

· Understand an overview of current state laws authorizing marijuana use.

· Recognize that state rules differ.

· See how your state limits your actions.

· Recognize how your policy should change.

· See the value of job descriptions.

Why Communication is Critical for a Safety Professional

Matt Cowell, Director of Safety, Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc.

We live in an over-communicated society, so as a safety professional is your message is being heard.  When someone says communication, the first thing you may think about is speaking words to another person or sending an email.

Proper communication and safety go hand in hand. If there is no communication for a given work task then safety is also missing.

In this session you will learn some common tools for communicating a safety message:

• Training and delivering a message using individual styles.

• Developing visual JSA’s to communicate a job task and the associated hazards of each step.

• Safety meetings or toolbox talks and why we should make them more visual

.• Teachable moments using labels, message boards, or visual cues.


CEU Credits: A certificate of .60 CEU will be available at the conference upon completion conference.