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Government Affairs at Safety 2012

Posted in on Thu, May 31, 2012

The following is a list of sessions at Safety 2012 that involve those in government who contribute to the success of ASSE’s professional development conference, plus a few other issues of interest to ASSE’s own ongoing efforts to advance the profession.  Hope to see you in Denver. 

Plenary Session at 1:00 pm

Assistant Secretary of Labor David Michaels

A talk by Dr. Michaels followed by moderated questions, including texted questions taken from the audience. 

Monday Sessions | June 4

3:15pm – 4:15pm

536 OSHA Current Activities Update (B)

This session will update attendees on all of the new activities ongoing by 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.

  • Lee Anne Jillings, U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA, Washington, DC
  • Dorothy Dougherty, U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA, Washington, DC
  • Patrick J. Kapust, CSP, U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA, Washington, DC

4:30pm – 5:30pm

552 OSHA Construction: Rulemaking Update, Year-in-Review – Regs, Data, and More (I)

This session offers participants the latest from OSHA’s Directorate of Construction 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, and the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH). Participants will be able to question OSHA staff and discuss the state of construction safety.

  • James G. Maddux, U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA, Directorate of Construction, Washington, DC

 Tuesday Sessions | June 5

10:30am – 11:45am

604 Measuring Safety and Health Sustainability: The Development of Standardized Global OSH Metrics (I)

This session will introduce participants to the new OSH sustainability reporting metrics, provide a status of OSH indicators in Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 Framework and the international integrated reporting initiative. An analysis of the implications for safety and health professionals and an update on the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability in influencing the sustainability movement will be reviewed.

  • Thomas F. Cecich, CSP, CIH, TFC & Associates, Apex, NC
  • Dennis Hudson, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Des Plaines, IL


610 Aligning OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (1910.1200) with GHS (B-I-A-E)

OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard has been revised to incorporate aspects of the United Nations Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for the Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, known as GHS. This presentation will address the new standard’s requirements, major changes employers must institute, and provide helpful guidance on labeling chemicals in the workplace.

  • Maureen Ruskin, U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, Washington, DC
  • Jennifer Lawless, U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, Washington

1:00pm – 2:00pm

641 Making Prevention Through Design Work for You (I)

At the most basic level, business leaders manage budget and risk. One of the best ways to do that is to employ Prevention through Design concepts to your design and construction processes. Using interactive discussion, this presentation will demonstrate the process and related value of employing this safety concept.

  • Craig J. Galecka, P.E., CSP, LJB, Inc., Okemos, MI
  • Marjory E. Anderson, CSP, Architect of the Capitol, Washington, DC
  647 Special Concurrent Session: The NIOSH “National Assessment of the Occupational Safety and Health Workforce”

In this session a representative of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will address Safety 2012 attendees on the demand for occupational safety and health professionals in the future as impacted by demographic and economic factors.  The information is based upon the recent report issued by NIOSH.

  • Sarah A. Felknor, MS, DrPH, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

3:00pm – 4:15pm

652 The Changing Face of the Safety Profession: Moving towards International Standards of Competency for Safety Professionals (I)

This session incorporates a panel presentation and discussion to report on the global efforts to develop a common framework for defining competencies and standards of practice for the safety profession.

Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, ABB, Inc., Southfield, MI

Dennis L. Hudson, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Des Plaines, IL

James D. Smith, M.S., CSP, Arthur J. Gallagher & Company, Boca Raton, FL

659 Chemical Safety Board Investigations (B-I-A)

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. The agency’s board members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. In this session the CSB will present findings and analyses of investigations they have conducted. Lessons learned as well as insight into the analysis process and procedures will be presented.

  • Lauren Wilson, U.S. Chemical Safety Board, Lakewood, CO
  • Kelly Wilson, U.S. Chemical Safety Board, Lakewood, CO

4:30pm – 5:30pm

681 Combustible Dust – What Does OSHA Look For and How Do I Comply? (B-I)

Since the inception of OSHA’s Combustible Dust NEP, combustible dust citations have vastly increased. This presentation will discuss and provide illustrations of combustible dust hazards and citations found during several IOSHA inspections. It will offer a glimpse of what OSHA looks at when examining common combustible dust hazards.

  • Jason P. Reason, CSP, CIH, CHMM, Indiana Department of Labor, Indiana OSHA (IOSHA), Indianapolis, IN


685 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Answers Your EM 385-1-1 Questions (I-A)

This panel discussion featuring four U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Safety professionals, will explain the history, purpose and revision/update process of the EM 385-1-1, USACE Safety and Health Requirements Manual. They will answer your questions and dispel myths surrounding the EM-385-1-1. Come learn how to utilize this valuable resource.

  • Ellen B. Stewart, CSP, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC
  • Marjorie J. McDonald, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento, CA
  • Mitchell W. Robinson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Millington, TN
  • Matthew R. Scott, OHST, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, AL
686 Mast Climbing Work Platforms – Best Practices for Safety and Health (I)

Mast Climbing Work Platforms (MCWPs) have been used in US construction since the late eighties. This session discusses MCWPs, as well as the Scaffold and Access Industry Association’s (SAIA) efforts through OSHA’s Alliance Program, to provide compliance assistance resources. Learn the nuances, safe-use, and safety requirements within the MCWP industry.

  • Lee Anne Jillings, U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA, Washington, DC
  • Lloyd “Jim” Boom, U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA, Washington, DC
  • Kevin O’Shea, Mastclimbers, LLC, Grayson, GA

 Wednesday Sessions | June 6

 7:45am – 9:00am

716 Electric Arc Flash Protection: A Look to OSHA (B-I-A-E)

Attendees will understand what an electric arc flash or blast is, what causes it, how to mitigate it, and how OSHA expects employers to protect employees from its effects. The presentation will also provide guidance about how OSHA might use NFPA 70E, and NFPA’s Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace in enforcement activities.

  • Robert R. Isiminger, Jr., P.E., CSP, U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA National Office, Washington, DC


10:45am – 12:00pm

735 Meet the Inspectors (I)

In this session an interactive panel of OSHA Inspectors and safety professionals 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 two seasoned safety professionals just like yourself.

  • Todd Flick, OSHA Denver Area Office, Denver, CO
  • John Olaechea, OSHA Englewood Area Office, Englewood, CO
  • C. Gary Lopez, CSP, Arthur J Gallagher RMS, Miami, FL
  • Kenneth W. Wengert, CSP, ARM, Kraft Foods, Inc., Gurnee, IL

 1:45pm – 2:45pm

770 Key Issue Roundtable #13: Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Chemical Classification & Labeling

It’s your chance to SPEAK UP!
Do you have a lesson learned to share with fellow professionals? Are you looking to meet with others with mutual interests? This year’s Key Issue Roundtables will be hosted by the ASSE Practice Specialties in areas of their particular expertise.

  • Christopher L. Flegel, CSP, Vic’s Crane & Heavy Haul, Inc., Rosemount, MN 
  • Pamela B. Perrich, MPH, CIH, Naval Hospital Pensacola, Pensacola, FL


772 ASSE Government Affairs Committee Update (B-I-A)

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.

  • R. Ronald Sokol, CSP, Safety Council of Texas City, Texas City, TX
  • David Heidorn, J.D., American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Des Plaines, IL

 3:00pm – 4:00pm

782 OSHA Strategic Partnership Program; an Effective Education for Latino Workers (A-E)


This session will cover OSHA’s cooperative relationships in workplaces that have implemented a comprehensive safety and health management system. For example OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) is recognition of an organization’s exemplary occupational safety and health performance, and bipartisan federal legislation has been introduced to put VPP into law.

  • Anibal Franco, MsCE, LEED AP, Safety Professionals and the Latino Workforce (SPALW), Irving, TX
  • Shane Morrow, CHST, Safety Professionals and the Latino Workforce (SPALW), Burleson, TX

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