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Blue Skies

 20th Annual
Greater St. Louis Safety and Health
Wednesday, October 11, 2023  





OSHA Training

First Aid

Defensive Driving

Opening  Session

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


The Power of Communication

Keynote Speaker:

Shawn Spiwack, Lead Skills Trainer, Evergy

Session I

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Warehouse and Yard Safety                                                         Room B

Domini Montgomery, Director of Safety & Risk Management, Saint Louis Zoo

Eric Waterkotte,  Director of Safety & Environmental, Millstone Weber

Join us for a two-part panel discussion on general safety in a yard environment, warehouse environment, and the intersections between the two. Attendees will gain an understanding of yard safety basics, warehouse safety; and the unique challenges of the two.

When Safety is Actually Third: Injury Action Plans'                 Room C 

Steven Summer, Field Service Manager, Missouri Employers Mutual 

Mark Woodward, Senior Safety & Risk Service Trainer, Missouri Employers Mutual 

If Safety is third what is first and second?  Find out as Steve and Mark share the necessary steps to have a complete and effective injury action plan for all aspects of your job site(s). 

Personal Safety: Situational Awareness                           The Hub 

John Launius, President, C O R E Strategies

Discover the art of safeguarding yourself with our comprehensive session on 'Personal Safety and Situational Awareness.' In an unpredictable world, mastering the skills to ensure your safety and security isn't just valuable – it's essential. We have designed this session to empower individuals from all walks of life. You will discuss the knowledge and techniques needed to navigate any environment with confidence and caution. Learn to anticipate potential threats, assess surroundings, and make informed decisions that prioritize your safety. Whether you're at home, traveling, or simply going about your daily routine, this course will be your ultimate guide to staying vigilant and secure, no matter where you are or when you need it. Your safety is non-negotiable – plan to attend and proactively protect yourself anytime, anywhere.


A Joint Session: Pot is Hot                 Room A  

Brian BauerDirector of EAP Sales, H&H Health Associates, LLC

Brian will discuss recreational Marijuana and the importance of reasonable suspicion training with a brief overview of signs and symptoms.

Session II

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Transition From Hard Hats To Helmets                 Room C 

Steve Miller,  Vice President of Safety, Central Region, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. 

Learn about the new technology of Helmets what to look for when choosing a helmet and how to successfully implement change to ensure safety to all, and noteworthy gains from the change.   


Near Miss Program                                        The Hub 

Corey Hayes,  Safety DirectorAlberici Constructors

Join Corey as he walks through the creation and implementation of a Near Miss Program and discusses the all-around gains experienced from a successful Near Miss Program.   


Emerging Threats and Cybersecurity Best Practices for Your Business     Room A

Elizabeth Niedringhaus, President and CEO, System Service Enterprises, Inc.

Understand cybersecurity threats and how companies are being targeted, how regulatory changes are being implemented across different industries and learn how to protect your business with best practices covering both IT and security aspects. 

By attending this session, you will equip yourself with the knowledge and tools necessary to bolster your cybersecurity defenses, ensuring that your business remains resilient and secure against the ever-growing threat of cyberattacks. 


DOT Update (regulated)                  Room B 

Alexander Michajliczenko,  Master Sergeant, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Trooper, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Troop C. 

Learn what CVE looks for during an inspection and recent updates.  

Session III

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM


Fall Protection Compliance Initiatives for Mobile Elevated Work Platforms and Scaffolding Safety.                            Room C 

Steve Bell, President, Owner, Employers Health and Safety

Steve will provide specific OSHA related information regarding all aspects of compliance initiatives and best safety practices when operating, supervising and/or auditing work areas that have Elevated Work Platforms or Scaffolding that should be monitored for safety related practices.  Attendees will gain a general understanding of the OSHA 1910.23,1926.501,1926.453 and 1926.451. Other objectives include information for safety auditors to utilize in the field and best practices for auditing, training, and documenting all elements of a Fall Protection program.

When Chaos Strikes: Navigating Emergency Action Plans for Chemical Spills and Category 3 Water Losses                                The Hub 

Danielle Tabers, Account Executive, Woodard Cleaning and Restoration

Jim Feltz, Quality Assurance Manager, Woodard Cleaning and Restoration

In the face of unexpected chaos, having a well-prepared and efficient emergency action plan is crucial to mitigate the risks and ensure the safety of people and property. In this presentation, we dive into the world of chemical spills and Category 3 water disasters, equipping you with the knowledge and strategies needed to navigate these challenging situations.  

(Attendees will gain valuable insights into the best practices for emergency preparedness and response, empowering them to proactively assess risks, implement preventive measures, and take swift action when chaos strikes. By the end of this presentation, you will be equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate the challenges of chemical spills and Category 3 water disasters with confidence and efficiency. Together, let's ensure safety and minimize the impact of these emergencies). 


Mental Wellbeing & Suicide Prevention Applicable Lessons Learned from the Construction Industry                                Room A 

Brandon Anderson, Vice President of Safety, AGC of Missouri

Rick Reams, Vice President of Safety and Quality, Murphy Company

According to the Centers for Disease Prevention, construction occupations have the highest rate of suicide, as well as the highest number of suicides across all occupational groups. To combat these statistics, contractors, unions, associations, industry service providers and project owners must work together to STAND up for suicide prevention.

While being a part of industry is very rewarding, it has often been taboo to talk about what is responsible for taking the lives at a higher rate than anything else in the construction industry, SUICIDE…

Taking in to account the historical demographics of the industry, it’s no wonder there has been a stigma that we can’t talk about what’s troubling us, our feelings, … Since 2019 we have been working to break that STIGMA, by having the courage and compassion, through education and training to embrace the conversation. Our focus has been identifying warning signs, how to listen and respond, what resources are available to the work force; with the message of “HOPE”. Rick will share how the construction industry is making traction to break the stigma and share resources that have proven successful and can be applied to other industries.   


Workers’ Compensation Update                    Room B 

J. Bradley Young, Partner, Harris Dowel Fisher & Young L.C.

What is NEW in Missouri and Illinois?  This presentation will cover new statutes an case law related to workers’ compensation in Missouri and Illinois, and how these decisions impact employee safety rules and procedures.


Session IV

1:15 AM - 2:00 PM

Trench Safety               Room B 

Matthew Skaggs, Trench Safety Representative, United Rentals

Matthew will cover excavation safety, shoring and product knowledge, soil types, and the duties of a competent person.  Attendees will be given trench safety knowledge, what to look out for, and an understanding of the duties and responsibilities of a competent person.

Strategies for Preventing Life Changing Events      The Hub 

Jason Wernex, Senior Leader of Safety and Health

Serious injury and fatality rates have plateaued over the past 20 years in the construction industry.  As the science of safety is expanding, organizations, researchers, and safety practitioners are working together to understand and tackle the challenges that lead to serious injuries and fatalities.  In this session, we will explore serious injury causation and strategies for elimination.  Participants will walk away from this session with resources to introduce or expand serious injury prevention efforts in their organizations.

Your Route to a Safer, Smarter Fleet        Room A 

Mark Shultz,  Michelin Connected Fleet

Mark will discuss the different aspects of telematics and the benefits many they will bring to your team and fleet. He will share best practices as well as current transportation regulations.


OSHA Interesting Case: A Recycled Nightmare     Room C 

Adriana Thompson, Industrial  Hygienist, Occupational Safety and Health Administration,  St. Louis Area Office

Join Adriana as she walks you through the ordeal of a recycled nightmare with valuable LOTO takeaways.  


Closing Session

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM


OSHA UPDATE       The Hub  

Ryan Hodge, Deputy Regional Administrator for OSHA's Region VII. 

CEU Credits: A certificate of .60 CEU will be EMAILED TO YOU AFTER THE CONFERENCE

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