2020 Northwest PDC Morning Sessions

Keynote: Safety Making it Stick


Why can everyone remember that urban legend, a rumor, or a story told over and over?

Awareness and understanding of what makes concepts become “epidemics” or tip behavior to where we want and need it to be, looking at the power of context, law of the few and the stickiness factor. • Awareness and understanding of the stickiness factors • Explore how concrete and credible concepts help retention • Be able to apply emotions and stores to strengthen messages and communications

9:15 am-9:45 am  Dedicated Expo Hall Break
9:45 am – 10:45 am Sessions

Age, Wage & Gender – Clues to Decipher Workplace Injury Risk – Minnetonka Main Room

Speaker: Katie Schofield PhD, CSP, ARM

Advance your safety practice and mindset by understanding employee characteristics that create underlying differences in risk of workplace injury. Explore epidemiological principles and methodology, and a public health perspective, to learn how to better identify, evaluate, and control injury risks.


Focus 4 For Health – Minnetonka III

Speaker: Janet Keyes CIH, FAIHA

Safety deserves and gets considerable attention on construction sites. Health does not. But construction workers are at two to six times greater risk of developing occupationally related disease than non-construction workers. OSHA’s Focus Four raised awareness of the top four construction safety hazards. AIHA’s Construction Committee has developed a guidance document to raise the awareness of the top four construction health hazards: manual material handling, noise, air contaminants, and high temperatures. This presentation will introduce attendees to the resource guide, Focus Four for Health: An Initiative for the Construction Industry, and how it can be used to address those health hazards. The Focus Four Health risks on construction sites will be covered in this session.


Common (uncommon) Leadership Characteristics of Safety Leaders – Minnetonka VI

Speaker:  Lonnie Schock CSP

Lonnie Schock’s Session will share leadership characteristics that may directly benefit participants, and be used in developing future leaders in our work lives


Key Elements of a Successful Ergonomics Program – Minnetonka IX

Speaker: Mirtha Perazza CPE

In order to be successful implementing ergonomics in any organization, you need to make sure that you have all of the key elements that will give structure to your program. In this session, we will present NIOSH’s seven recommended elements for an effective ergonomics program. We will also talk about how to create a documented program and how to establish, train, develop and support an internal ergonomics team.

Mirtha will help you………

-Understand the key elements of a written program.

-Be comfortable with writing a program, documenting responsibilities, and establishing a process.

-Understand how to develop an ergonomics team.

10:45 am – 11:00 am  Dedicated Expo Hall Break
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Sessions

Being Prepared for the Unexpected: Post Fatality OSHA Inspections – Minnetonka Main Room

Speakers: Carol Keyes and James Krueger

Discussion with Occupational Safety and Health Professionals and MN OSHA about the impacts on a company, what should be done in an investigation such as preserving the scene. How can you or your organization support the individuals involved in a tragic event at a workplace.


Building A Culture of Safety Accountability – Minnetonka III

Speaker:  Tom Esch MACF, MDiv

Do some of your workers see others taking risks–and say nothing?

Do you want to create a work culture where your people take greater personal responsibility for safety and productivity?

Do you want employees who can communicate effectively?

-Five ways you can guarantee a culture of accountability

-How to get “tough guys” to grow their emotional intelligence

-Three top tools for re-building trust

-The missing piece in crucial conversations

-The importance of “rank awareness” during any culture change project


Going from B.S. to Best Practice – Making Sure Shift Happens – Minnetonka VI

Speaker: Eldeen Pozniak

This session will touch on how you can lead safety effectively to best practice. We will discuss some of the things that you need to think about when reviewing your safety system and looking at next step directions. We will explore the following shifts topic areas – definitions, compliance, risk tolerance, leading and lagging indicators, management of new initiatives, technical and leadership vs management focuses. We will spend some time looking at how to best introduce changes and new initiatives so that they accepted and your approaches to communication to make the safety messages stick. Eldeen will introduce some thoughts, some tools and a different way to look at how we can get the best Shift direction done for safety.


Impact of the New ANSI A92 MEWP Standards – Minnetonka XI

Speaker: Jeff Stachowiak

Learn about the new designs for aerial lifts, MEWPs and your responsibilities for their safe use!

12:00 pm Luncheon

Awards Luncheon

Abby Ferri, Northwest ASSP President

ASSP Society Update

Speaker: Diana Stegall, ASSP Society President

Since the change in ASSP governance 5 years ago, the new strategic board has been very busy setting priorities and looking at trends that will impact the profession and the professional. Diana will share insight on what you can inspect to see as well as what the focus has been this past year.