2020 Northwest PDC Afternoon Sessions

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Sessions

The Unhappy Accident: Learning from Our Worst Decisions How to Live Our Best Lives – Minnetonka IX

Speaker: Rodd Wagner MBA

Rodd Wagner is a New York Times Bestselling Author.

Everywhere you look today there’s a campaign to reduce the number of serious accidents to zero. Behind each is an assumption that because we have all the safeguards and technology to make these tragedies preventable, they can, indeed, be prevented. Rodd Wagner believes we’re failing to account for fundamental factors of human nature – factors that rob us not only of safety, but of the happiness we should be enjoying in these abundant times. The mindfulness that avoids our most serious mental mistakes is precisely the same awareness that unlocks true happiness. That epiphany wasn’t the plan when Wagner and his aerospace engineer son set out to write a book about the “fatal flubs” that happen immediately before a deadly accident. They were writing a book about the deep psychology of safety. In the endeavor, they happened upon the keys to happiness itself. Rodd’s keynote takes his audience through the science of ensuring a life not cut short, and one more accomplished and fulfilling in the years preserved.


Safety Without Labels – Minnetonka VI

Speaker: Scott Gesinger CSP, MEHS

System safety, Behavior-based safety, Safety II, Safety III, HOP, and the rest make for a confusing jumble of competing philosophies. Rather than creating another whole new discipline, practicing safety without labels allows the EHS professional to maintain a flexible approach for day-to-day issues on the shop floor. Scott Gesinger will illustrate how to separate the wheat from the chaff when evaluating safety philosophies to create your own model for your own situation.


Active Shooter/Threat – Preparedness and Response – Minnetonka Main Room

Speaker: Mike Christianson

Active shooter incidents are often unpredictable and evolve quickly. In the midst of the chaos, anyone can play an integral role in mitigating the impacts of an active shooter incident. The US Department of Homeland Security aims to enhance preparedness through a “whole community” approach by providing training, products, tools, and resources to help you prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident. This presentation will focus on how to be prepared and gain the skills needed to prevent, recognize and increase your ability to survive during an active shooter incident. You will also learn how to make educated life-saving decisions regarding which actions to take during an active shooter incident.

In this session you will learn how to describe actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and responding Law Enforcement Officials.

You will be able to help recognize potential workplace violence indicators.

You will be able to describe actions to take to prevent and prepare for potential active shooter incidents.


Evaluating Push/Pull Exposures in the Work Environment – Minnetonka III

Speaker:  Gregg Kloss, CIE, Nationwide Insurance

Pushing and pulling activities are common in manufacturing and warehouse distribution settings. Studies have shown that pushing and pulling tasks can present a significant risk for a low back disorder (LBD) or shoulder injury. An internal analysis of WC claims completed by the Ohio Bureau of WC confirms that approximately 10% of LBD costs are associated with pushing and pulling activities.


2:45 pm – 3:15 pm Dedicated Expo Hall Break
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Closing Session and Prize Drawings (Must be present to win prize drawings) 

Achieving ZERO: A Unique Goal that Requires a Unique Approach

Speaker: Al Johnson, Vice President Corporate EHS, Cargill, Inc.