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2017 Keynote Speaker - Gary Guller

Gary was leader of the most diverse team ever including those with physical challenges, to reach Everest Base Camp, After setting this world record, he went on to scale the peak, and became the first person with one arm to climb to the 29,035 ft. summit of Mt. Everest.

Later the next year, Gary led an expedition to the summit of the world’s sixth highest mountain, Mt. Cho Oyu, located
in Tibet at over 26,000 ft. Gary uses his extraordinary experiences to share with his audiences the importance of equality, determination, team-work and integrity, and how these traits lead to personal and professional success.

Breakout Sessions

  • Distracted Driving:  What They Can Find?
  • Taking Control of Our Highways, One Driver at a Time
  • Opioids – Not as Good as It Feels (panel discussion)
  • Slips, Trips & Falls (Walking Working Surfaces new standard):  Stop the BOOM!
  • Silica Follow Up: It Can Take Your Breath Away
  • OSHA/MOSH Update
  • Teamwork:  Success with Today’s Diverse Workforce
  • What’s Up?  New ANSI Standards for Mechanized Elevating Work Platforms
  • Don’t Let This Happen to You:  Real Life Job Site Rescue Situations
  • Risk Management – Why it is Important
  • Think Your Chute Will Open?  Recognizing the Potential for Danger
  • AED's in the Workplace
  • Outdoor demo #1:  = New ANSI Standard mechanized elevating work platforms
  • Outdoor demo #2 = Planning for a Fall

Distracted Driving:  What They Can Find

Learn what law enforcement accident reconstructionists can find when investigating vehicular accidents and fatalities, such as texting, phone calls, and other sources of distracted driving. 

SGT Vlad Bortchevsky, Coordinator and Supervisor, Crash Reconstruction Team


Taking Control of Our Highways, One Driver at a Time

Taking Control is a short driver safety program that focuses on driver behavior and crashes. The program explains the primary factors that contribute to most vehicle crashes both fatal and non-fatal.  The most current available crash data is used to support the content of this presentation. Speed, occupant restraint, alcohol and distractions are covered in this presentation. The conclusion emphasizes controlling driver choices behind the wheel are our best defense in combating vehicle crashes.

Dave Madaras, CSP, CHST, President, Chesapeake Region Safety Council


Opioids – Not as Good as It Feels (panel discussion)

Opioid abuse has become an epidemic around the United States.  Our panel of experts will let you know what the state of Maryland is doing to combat and reduce opioid abuse, as well as discuss safety issues for emergency responders dealing with overdoses, drug free workplace policies, the current state of drug testing, prescription drug monitoring programs, pain management, and Return to Work. They will use a series of case studies to illustrate these points, and will solicit cases from the audience to help with additional discussion.

Drs. Marianne Cloeren and Cliff Mitchell - Click here to download this presentation


Slips, Trips & Falls (Walking Working Surfaces new standard):  Stop the BOOM!

Falls from heights and on the same level (a working surface) are among the leading causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. OSHA estimates that, on average, approximately 202,066 serious lost-workday injuries and 345 fatalities occur annually among workers directly affected by the final standard. This presentation will give you an overview OSHA’s final rule on Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems to include new training and inspection requirements. The rule affects a wide range of workers, from window washers to warehousing and manufacturing. It does not change construction or agricultural standards. The rule updates general industry standards addressing slip, trip, and fall hazards (subpart D), and adds requirements for personal fall protection systems (subpart I)

Rod Markley, CSP, CHST, CET - Click here to download this presentation


Silica Follow Up: It Can Take Your Breath Away

To better protect workers from dangerous crystalline silica, OSHA has finalized two new silica standards: one for general industry and maritime, and the other for construction. This presentation will provide an update and overview of commonsense, affordable and flexible strategies for employers to protect workers in their workplaces from the serious risks posed by silica exposure. Key enforcement issues and solutions will be highlighted.

Adele L. Abrams, Esq. CMSP - Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC - Click here to download this presentation


OSHA/MOSH Update

Get the latest updates on new regulations that affect you and your industry.  Receive important updates, latest news, and regulatory information in Occupational Safety & Health.

William Dallas, CSP, Assistant Commissioner, MOSH - Click here to download this presentation


Teamwork:  Success with Today’s Diverse Workforce -

The communication process is complicated as many biases, stereotypes, and misperceptions occur for both the message source and the message receiver.  An added challenge occurs when we add associated issues such as low literacy, low education, cultural and social class issues, and first language needs to an already fragile exchange.   Dr. Curbow will discuss some of the primary barriers associated with communicating with a diverse workforce and the implications that might have for health and safety messages

Dr.  Barbara Curbow, Professor and Chair in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health at the University of Maryland, College Park - Click here to download this presentation


What’s Up?  New ANSI Standards for Mechanized Elevating Work Platforms

Get to know the new ANSI Standard for Scissor Lifts and Boom Lifts, including new equipment names, load sensing technology, entry gate changes, higher rail heights, and more.  Also discussed will be the new training requirements for this equipment.  You will also learn the need for proper and documented inspections, which will reduce the number of “near misses” and downtime.

Jason Robinson, United Rentals Region Trainer


Don’t Let This Happen to You:  Real Life Job Site Rescue Situations

Chief McCoy will talk about job site rescues, what happened to cause them, and what could have been done differently to prevent them.  Learn about what you can do to help make First Responders’ jobs easier and more efficient at rescuing an employee at a job site.  He will also include information on what to consider when creating a rescue plan that would help make it easier for rescue teams.

Fire Chief Danny McCoy, Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department


Risk Management – Why it is Important

Risk management is defined as the action of identify and prioritizing risks in the workplace, followed by making changes and providing methods to minimize and reduce these risks. Whether you run a large-scale industrial factory or a small office complex, risk management shouldn't be overlooked. If not appropriately addressed, it can result in accidents, injuries, loss of productivity, damaged equipment, and it can leave your company vulnerable to lawsuits. The overall goal is to help you protect your business in an efficient and cost effective manner to increase growth opportunities and profitability.

Thomas J. Meighen, CPCU - Click here to download this presentation


AEDs in the Workplace

If someone you work with has a cardiac emergency, would you know what to do?  This session will familiarize participants with Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), the need for Public Access Defibrillation (PAD), MIEMSS and its role in PAD, and how organizations and individuals can participate in Maryland’s PAD Program.  Participants will also learn Maryland’s requirements for having an AED in the workplace.

Sarah Sette, Assistant Attorney General, MIEMSS Click here to download this presentation


Think Your Chute will Open? – Recognizing the Potential for Danger

As the retired U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge of the National Threat Assessment Center, Matthew Doherty is widely recognized across the U.S. as among the most experienced experts in assessing an individual’s potential for danger and preventing targeted violence. He also has more than 25 years of experience in developing intervention strategies with social systems such as family, criminal justice, mental health and social services to prevent future threats and violence in the workplace. Matt will present on Recognizing, Preventing and Responding to Violence in the Workplace.

Matthew W. Doherty
Senior Vice President, Practice Lead, Threat and Violence Risk Management - Hillard Heintze


Outdoor demo #1:  = New ANSI Standard mechanized elevating work platforms

Get an up close and hands-on demonstration of the safety systems in place now and how to properly inspect the equipment.  Attention will also be placed on areas the most problems occur and any questions that may be asked.

Jason Robinson, United Rentals


Outdoor demo #2 = Planning for a Fall

Learn about self-rescue planning and techniques, and equipment options for working at heights when Fall Protection is necessary.  See what preparation and/or types of devices are available depending on the situation and learn how the devices work.  Also included are details on suspension trauma.

George Stallings, Sales Solutions, Inc.