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Good Year for GA at Safety 2013 in Las Vegas

Posted in on Tue, Jun 18, 2013

2013 is a very good year for government affairs at the PDC, and you are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities to hear from those who help make the decisions in DC that impact your practice.

Four either current or past federal safety agency leaders are participating.  Assistant Secretary David Michaels is once again the plenary speaker on the first day, giving plenty of time for questions.  CSB Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso is participating in the Executive Forum on Thursday, the first time a CSB chairman has been involved in an ASSE PDC.  Again a first for the PDC, former OSHA Assistant Secretaries John Henshaw and Ed Foulke are presenting a session on influence, providing insight on that important topic both in DC and in your job from their unique perspective of having achieved the most influential job in US occupational safety and health.

From NIOSH, it is an important contribution to the PDC that Dawn Castillo, who leads safety research at the agency, is bringing the latest, most important research to safety and health professionals and ASSE, making every effort to bridge the gap between research and practice.  NIOSH’s Stephanie Pratt will be presenting on one of the fastest growing area of research at NIOSH, transportation.

From OSHA come important updates on construction, its activities in general, working with Spanish-speaking workers, and, once again, Meet the Inspectors, a session that is the direct result of ASSE’s Alliance conversations with OSHA, will help build understanding that safety and health professionals are on both sides of an OSHA inspection.

Other equally important sessions are listed below.  And various other sessions not listed address particular issues related to OSHA and other agencies, of course.

See you in Las Vegas.

Plenary Session – Tuesday, 1:00- 2:00 PM

David Michaels, PhD, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (invited)

Dr. David Michaels, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, will share his insights with conference attendees and then respond to questions from a session moderator, addressing the key issues and concerns of SH&E professionals on the activities and impact of the federal government. Attendees will be able to propose questions for the session moderator to address to Dr. Michaels.

Executive Summit Thursday, 7:45-9:00 AM

One of the four panel members this year will be Raphael Eraso-Moure, Chairman of the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB).  This is the first time the Chairman of CSB has participated in an ASSE PDC.

534 | OSHA Construction Update, Tuesday, 3:15pm – 4:15pm

This session offers participants the latest from OSHA and will address construction issues including current and recent rulemaking efforts, a retrospective of past year�s regulatory advancements, industry safety performance and enforcement statistics, as well as directive revisions, notable interpretations. Participants will be able to question OSHA staff and discuss the state of construction safety.  Joy Flack, U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA, Las Vegas, NV.

535 | OSHA Current Activities Update, Tuesday, 3:15pm – 4:15pm

This session will update attendees on all of the new activities ongoing with OSHA in the areas of enforcement, standards development, cooperative programs, and various other informative OSHA activities. Attendees will gain insight into the key issues and challenges facing the profession from key OSHA officials.  Douglas Kalinowski, U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA, Washington, DC, and Maureen Ruskin, U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA, Washington, DC.

625 | Influence: How to Get It and What to Gain From It, Wednesday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Safety professionals have important insights of the workplace and the relation among their organizations and government and non-government institutions. Their ideas and solutions warrant consideration. But how can they gain the influence that is necessary for their ideas to be heard and taken seriously. This panel discussion will address how to get this influence and how to benefit from it.  John L. Henshaw, MPH, CIH, ChemRisk, LLC, Sanibel, FL, and Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., J.D., Fisher & Phillips LLP, Atlanta, GA.  Sponsored by the ASSE Government Affairs Committee

647 | Latest Road Safety Research from the NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety (I)

Wednesday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

The NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety will share its cutting-edge research and prevention programs aimed at potential risk factors for work-related motor vehicle crashes, including occupant restraints, fatigue, distractions, vehicle design, and work organization. The Center�s programs explore a wide range of possible solutions based on in-vehicle technology, organizational change, safety engineering, and administrative controls.  Stephanie Pratt, Ph.D., National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Morgantown, WV.

671 | Spanish Session
Promoting Occupational Health with a Diverse Workforce: NIOSH and OSHA Experience with Latino Immigrant Workers – Promoviendo la Salud Ocupacional con una Fuerza Laboral Diversa: La Experiencia de NIOSH y OSHA con Trabajadores Inmigrantes Latinos, Wednesday, 3:00pm – 4:15pm

Esta presentación incluye una discusión general sobre la experiencia de trabajo de los inmigrantes, los retos que los profesionales de seguridad se enfrentan mientras trabajan para promover la seguridad y salud de los trabajadores inmigrantes, las mejores prácticas y las líneas generales para buscar soluciones, los esfuerzos de NIOSH para mejorar la seguridad y salud ocupacional para trabajadores inmigrantes y algunos de los desafíos que enfrentan las instituciones en la adaptación de sus esfuerzos por integrar a los trabajadores inmigrantes. Aunque la presentación se enfocará en gran medida de la mano de obra inmigrante latina los temas generales serán lo suficientemente amplios como para informar iniciativas con otros sectores de la fuerza laboral.  Michael A. Flynn, MA, NIOSH, Cinncinnati, OH, and Diana Cortez, US Department of Labor – OSHA, Tarrytown, NY

673 | CSB Update (I-A) Wednesday, 3:00-4:15 pm

Investigations of the US Chemical Safety and Hazards Investigation Board (CSB) into explosions such as Deep Water Horizon, the 2012 Chevron Richmond Fire and many others provide both policy makers and safety and health professionals with invaluable insight into the root causes of such incidents and highly respected resources to help make sure they are not repeated. CSB staff will provide an update of the agency�s more recent investigations.  Lauren W. Grim, CFEI, U.S. Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board, Lakewood, CO, and Amanda Johnson, Esq., U.S. Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board, Lakewood, CO.

710 | Meet the Inspectors, Thursday, 9:15am – 10:15am

In this session an interactive panel of OSHA Inspectors and a safety professional discuss the enforcement process from their own perspectives. Join the session and participate in the lively give and take from two experienced OSHA inspectors and a seasoned safety professional just like yourself.  Joy Flack, U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA, Las Vegas, NV; Francisco Zapanta, U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA, Las Vegas, NV; and James R. Thornton, CSP, CIH, Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA.

735 | ASSE Government Affairs Committee Update, Thursday, 10:45am – 12:00pm

Learn how government is affecting safety and health. The Society‘s Government Affairs Committee will share the latest from Capitol Hill, safety and health regulatory agencies and the states that could affect the way you practice safety. This session is also an opportunity and great way to share your views on ASSE‘s government affairs efforts.  James R. Thornton, CSP, CIH, Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA, and Dave Heidorn, J.D., American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Des Plaines, IL.

740 | New Research and Findings from the NIOSH Division of Safety Research, Thursday, 10:45am – 12:00pm

This session will provide updates on research from the NIOSH Division of Safety Research that will be of use to safety professionals in a variety of industries. Attendees will learn about new NIOSH products and findings they can use to improve safety in their workplaces.  Dawn Castillo, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Morgantown, WV, and Stephanie Pratt, Ph.D., National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Morgantown, WV

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