1 Day Condensed Program Schedule


7:00 am  | Registration and Breakfast

8:00-8:30 | Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:30 – 9:45 | Session 1 – A Day in the Life of a Workers’ Compensation Claim

An expert panel of Workers’ Compensation professionals will break down and discuss a workers’ comp claim in a dynamic and interactive Q&A session. Audience participation is encouraged to further understand how your safety program can be strengthened for 2016.

What you will learn:

  • Injury prevention tips/strategies
  • Investigation strategies
  • Ways to reduce or minimize exposure before and after an injury
  • Identify strategies to reduce exposure
  • Identify and correct your safety procedures

Panel Presenters

  • Justin Nestor, Partner, Bryce Downey & Lenkov, LLC
  • Mitchell Surovik, Consulting Director, 633 Safety Services, LLC.
  • Michael Pelz, Director of Operations, Comprehensive Care
  • Moderator, Ron Peters, NiSource Safety Support

9:45 – 10:30 | Break, Network with Vendors

10:30 – 11:30 | Session 2 – Technologies and Tools Used to Improve Confined Space Management and the New Confined Space Construction Standard

OSHA’s grace period in Indiana for compliance to the New Confined Space Standard is fast approaching. What are some of the changes that you need to be aware of to effectively comply with the new standard? PLUS, learn new confined space management trends and how technology is leading the way to improving safety within permit required confined spaces.

What you will learn:

  • Highlights of the new confined space standard
  • Technologies for a safe and effective confined space management program using Centralized Confined Space Monitoring (CCSM)
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) of permit required confined spaces

Presenter: Chuck Britten, National Business Development Manager, Total Safety U.S., Inc.

11:30 – 12:45  |  Lunch

12:45 – 1:00 | Afternoon Welcome Remark – Rick Ruble, Commissioner of Indiana Department of Labor

1:00 – 2:00 | Keynote Presentation – PPE – You’ve Got to Be Putting Me On!

This performance based presentation will forever change your thoughts on the use of personal protective equipment! Through a complete and very accident based approach, you will see by demonstrated examples, the value of and proof that equipment in all categories of PPE has a high probability of preventing serious accidents, injuries and yes even DEATH. This approach will educate you with the unusual and common items you see, eat and use every day in unheard of and powerful ways. If you don’t go to any other training for the rest of 2016 – don’t miss this. It may well be the very best investment of your time – ever!!!

Keynote Presenter: Jay Jacobs, Public Affairs Director, CMS Energy

2:00 – 2:30  |  Break

2:30 – 3:30 | Session 3 – #DisasterReady

What is a disaster to you? A fatality or serious injury? Jobsite lock-down? Losing money on a project? Whatever your definition is, a well-developed, tested disaster plan is essential to the success of your company.

What you will learn:

  • How to define disaster for your organization
  • Skills and tools needed for building a robust disaster plan.
  • Techniques for testing your plan
  • Critical steps for effective crisis communication

Presenter: Shawna Neilson, AIC, AIM, AIS, Director of Risk Management Services, Gibson Insurance Group

3:30 – 4:30 | Session 4 – Implementing a Successful VPP Program

Excellence in safety and health is imperative to the success of all companies. Certified VPP companies have a 70% below industry average of lost workday incidence rate. Approval into VPP is OSHA’s official recognition of the outstanding efforts of employers and employees.

What you will learn:

  • Learn the key elements in developing a VPP Program and a Mobile Workforce.
  • Techniques to implement a system that captures, drives and sustains the important VPP elements
  • Examples of processes companies use to promote VPP Star Certification

Presenter: Indiana Department of Labor

4:30 – 6:30  |  Cocktail Reception & Network with Vendors