Billings SafetyFestMT 2017

Red Lion Billings Hotel & Convention Center 1223 Mullowney Lane October 23 - 26, 2017

Registration for SafetyFestMT:Billings 2017 is closed.

You can still participate as a walk-in if you missed the registration deadline. Just arrive between 15 - 20 minutes early for the class you would like to attend so you can fill out a walk-in registration form.  The First Aid/CPR/AED Classes are full so you won't be able to register for any of those.

Photo of Keynote speaker Spencer Beach before his accident and after his accidentWe've got a fantastic lineup of classes for SafetyFestMT:Billings 2017, including Keynote Speaker Spencer Beach. Spencer will kickoff SafetyFest by sharing his story.  Spencer learned that sometimes tragedy chooses you for no reason at all. On a day like any other, just doing his job, he found himself suddenly engulfed in a flash fire. He received third and fourth degree burns to 90% of his body.

 “Get it Done Safely” has a profound effect on everyone who experiences it! I use the story of my injury to show how I could have embraced safety and prevented my incident’s harmful effects on my family and friends. I show the audience how they could suffer the same kind of pain, suffering, loss and disabling effects from simple mistakes, and how easily it is to avoid such hardship by embracing safety. “Get it Done Safely” is finely tailored to improve the use, understanding and importance of any organization’s safety system, the safety culture at work and the individual’s role in safety at home. 

There are more than 60 topics for you to choose from at the Billings SafetyFest including but not limited to: OSHA 30 & 10 hour Construction & General Industry, PEC SafeLand Basic Orientation, Flagging & Workzone Safety, Active Shooter, Ergonomics & Aging, Job Safety Awareness, Managing Excavation Hazards OSHA 7410, Fall Hazard Awareness OSHA 7405, Hydrogen Sulfide Certification, Fit Testing, MSHA Blue Card Training, Work Comp 101, Defensive Driving, Occupational Health Indicators for Montana, and much, much more! To see the full agenda click on the agenda or class description on your right.  You can also click on this link for a downloadable version.  

Earn Continuing Education Credits at SafetyFestMT: Billings 2017

We are offering Continuing Education Credits for SHRM/HRCI, Claims Adjusters, Water/Wastewater Operators and OPI credits.

Water/Wastewater Operator Credits:

The following classes qualify for credits - Accident Investigation, Confined Space, Confronting & Coaching the Problem Employee, De-escalating Hostile Situations, Defensive Driving, Fall Hazard Awareness for Construction, Fire Exinguisher Safety, First Aid/CPR/AED, Hazardous Waste 101, Hydrogen Sulfide Certification, Machine Guarding, Montana Safety Culture Act: Record Keeping & Reporting, Montana Safety Culture Act: Self Inspection & Audits, OSHA 10 General Industry, Stop the Bleed: Bleeding Control Basic, Preventing Distracted Driving, Scaffolding Safety, Managing Excavation Hazards OSHA 7410, and Winter Driving.

SafetyFestMT:Billings 2017 will take place at the Red Lion Billings Hotel & Convention Center October 23 - 26, 2017.  If you are traveling just mention SafetyFest when making your reservation in order to get the discounted rate.

If you are interested in sponsoring or being an exhibitor at the Billings SafetyFest click on this link.


Click on this link for a downloadable version of the agenda.

Monday 10/23 - Thursday 10/26

8am - 5pm
OSHA 30-Hour Construction
OSHA 30-Hour General Industry

Monday 10/23

8am - 10am
Keynote Speaker Spencer Beach: "Get it Done Safely"

10:30am - 12pm
Ag/ATV Safety
Job Safety Awareness
OSHA Update: What's New in 2018
Public Sector Compliance Update
Scaffolding Safety
The Ins & Outs of Drug Testing in the Workplace

12:30pm - 5pm
Fit Testing
OSHA 10-Hour Construction (This class will continue on Tuesday from 8am -5pm)

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Suicide in Montana
The Hazards of Flash Fire & Arc Flash
What You Need to Know About Unemployment Insurance

1pm - 5pm
Reasonable Suspicion Supervisor Training

3pm - 5pm
Confronting & Coaching the Problem Employee
What You Need to Know About Becoming an Independent Contractor in Montana
Ergonomics & Aging

Tuesday 10/24 - Thursday 10/26

8am - 5pm
MSHA Blue Card Training

Tuesday 10/24

8am - 5pm
Flagging & Work Zone Safety
PEC SafeLandUSA Basic Orientation
Trenching: Managing Excavation Hazards OSHA 7410

8am - 10am
Machine Guarding
Meth Awareness

10:30am - 12pm
Inspect the Unexpected: Applying Environmental Health in Everyday life

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Stop the Bleed: Bleeding Control Basic Course

3pm - 5pm
Preventing Distracted Driving

Wednesday 10/25

8am - 5pm
Fall Protection in Construction OSHA 7405
OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (This class continues from 8am - 12pm on Thursday)

8am - 12pm
Hydrogen Sulfide Certification

8:30am - 12:30pm
Defensive Driving

8am - 10am
Montana Safety Culture Act: Record Keeping & Reporting
Work Comp 101

10:30am - 12pm
Montana Safety Culture Act: Task & Refresher Training
Stay at Work/Return to Work

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Active Shooter
Montana Safety Culture Act: Self Inspections & Audits
Trauma Informed Care

1pm - 5pm
Accident Investigation

3pm - 5pm
De-escalating Hostile Situations
Occupational Health Indicators for Montana
Underground Storage Tank Program

5:30pm - 7:30pm
Record Keeping

Thursday 10/26

8am - 5pm
First Aid/CPR/AED

8am - 10am
Confined Space - Lock Out/Tag Out
Fire Extinguisher Safety
Plan to Live: Construction
Radon & Asbestos in Montana

10:30am - 12pm
Elements That Matter Regarding Your Safety Culture Climate
Forklift Safety
Hazardous Waste 101

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Record Keeping
Self Defense & Awareness
Water Quality 101
Workplace Violence: Anticipating & Managing Altered Mental Status & Violent Situations

1pm - 2:30pm
Employee Engagement

2pm - 4pm
Winter Driving

3pm - 5pm
Air Quality 101
Compliance with the New Silica Standard in General Industry & Construction
Slips, Trips & Falls

Class Descriptions

The agenda is still a work in progress, but here's what we have so far:

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday        1pm – 5pm    Stillwater

This class will give you a basic intro to investigating an accident in the workplace.  Attendees will participate in an accident investigation that will help give them an idea how to conduct an investigation in their own workplace.

Kirk Smith, Montana State Fund
Thursday     10:30am – 12pm     Yellowstone

The word “Accountability” can have several meanings.  In many instances, most workers might view it as more negative than positive.  In this session, we will explore the true meaning of accountability and how it is used in the world of safety as it applies to workers, supervisors, and managers.    

Patrick Hoy, PJJH Survival Perspectives
Wednesday    12:30pm – 2:30pm    Bighorn

Participants in this class will be able to develop individual plans for responding to and surviving an active shooter situation. Patrick will share his research and experience as Air Force A-10 attack pilot. He uses his insight of preparedness through better understanding of the “Active Shooter Phenomenon” and alleviating fear that goes along with uncertainty of “what can I do?”

Jim Larson, Montana Ag Safety Program
Monday        10:30am – 12pm    Gallatin

Making safety a priority on the farm and ranch can save both lives and resources by preventing accidents, injuries and lost time. According to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day, 243 agricultural workers suffer lost-work-time injury. Five percent of these injuries result in permanent impairment. This class will teach agricultural workers how to keep an eye out for potential hazards to avoid injury. Because ATV’s are now an essential tool on the farm/ranch, this class will also cover the basic rules of ATV riding, including wearing a helmet, gloves, and protective footwear.  It will also cover using a machine that is age appropriate and why having more than one rider on one machine is dangerous.

Dan Walsh, Montana Department of Environmental Quality Air Quality Bureau
Thursday    12:30pm – 2:30pm    Bitterroot River Room    

The presentation will focus on the trigger levels for needing an air quality permit in Montana, the types of sources typically needing an air quality permit, the applicable air quality rules for Montana, and the most common air quality issues that DEQ encounters with the regulated industry in Montana.   

Compliance with the New Silica Standard in General Industry & Construction
John Olaechea, OSHA
Thursday    3pm - 5pm    Boulder

OSHA began enforcement of the respirable crystalline silica standard on September 23rd for Construction and General Industry will go into effect on June 23, 2018.  This class will discuss the new standard and it's requirements and provisions for both General Industry and Construction.

Keith Ouzts, Montana Contractor’s Association
Thursday    8am – 10am    Boulder

This enables students to recognize, evaluate, prevent, and abate safety and health hazards associated with confined space entry. This course features an overview on permit entry classification and program evaluation. Topics include recognition of confined space hazards, basic information/instrumentation used to evaluate atmospheric hazards, ventilation techniques, permit systems, and more.

Bryan Peterson, Associated Employers
Monday        3pm – 5pm    Stillwater

When performance problems and inappropriate behavior are ignored, they do not go away. They turn into bigger problems—for you and your organization. You will learn to identify performance problems and various types of behavior problems, and you will learn to confront them in a positive and productive way. Conflict, strife, and opposing points of view are part of the workplace and part of life; you can’t change that. However, you can change the way you react and manage conflict when it does occur.

Participants will be exposed to ideas of how to resolve conflict for positive outcomes.  The coaching process will be discussed as a method to get employees back on track if behavior or performance issues are surfacing on a consistent basis.  Finally, this session will explore the path needed if the employee is not able to correct deficiencies during the coaching process.

Sally Venard, Yellowstone Boys & Girls Ranch
Wednesday    3pm – 5pm    Bighorn

Class will include information on Workplace violence and pro-active measures that can be taken to help prevent or de-escalate escalated situations, information concerning active listening techniques, possible role-plays and time for discussion.  

Montana Department of Administration, Risk Management & Tort Division
Wednesday     8:30am – 12:30pm    Stillwater

This 4-hour National Safety Council course educates drivers about common risks associated with driving. The course includes learning modules to help drivers understand their driving environment and avoid the most common causes of crashes. The course also emphasizes preparation for the driving experience and ways to be more aware and defensive in
daily driving. The class is entertaining and contains valuable information for all participants. It uses slides, videos, and instructor comments to convey information. The 36-page course workbook is yours to take home and share with others.

Bob Winston, Victory Insurance Company
Thursday    10:30am – 12pm    Boulder

How is your safety culture?  Unfortunately, assessing safety culture is not a simple task.  It may require some serious soul searching as well as honesty.  With the help of key employees and managers, might we consider asking several key questions about what goes on at your facility?  Do employees feel their workplace and its management are the enemy, somehow out to get them?  How is morale?  Is there a great deal of grumbling among employees?  Are accidents or near misses kept quiet?  Do you find yourself constantly replacing one safety “program” with another, hoping for a magic pill?  These could be signs that the real culprit is your culture, the environment, norms that influence what people believe, and how they behave.  When employers create a positive safety culture, workplace safety and health improve, as do employee morale and workplace productivity.  During this session, we will review various elements that will make a difference concerning your overall safety culture.

Kirk Smith, Montana State Fund
Thursday    1pm – 2:30pm         Yellowstone

What is employee engagement and how does it apply to safety?  We will discuss the keys of employee engagement and how it positively affects safety in your workplace. 

Dr. Michael Matury
Monday        3pm – 5pm    Yellowstone
This class covers the effects repetitive motion has on the body and how the aging process plays a role in workplace injuries.

Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational & Environmental Health
Wednesday    8am – 5pm    Boulder

This one-day course provides information on identifying, evaluating and preventing exposures to fall hazards at construction sites. The goal of the course is provide small business owners, trainers, foremen and employees with information on recognizing potential fall hazards at their work sites and suggest ways to avoid, minimize, control and prevent these hazards whenever possible. The course focuses on falls to a lower level rather than falls resulting from slips and trips. Topics include identifying fall hazards, analyzing fall hazards, and preventing fall hazards, as well as OSHA resources that address fall hazards.

David Fox, Fox Safety LLC
Thursday    8am – 10am    Yellowstone

OSHA states that if your employer has fire extinguishers in your workplace, and if you will be using an extinguisher to put out a fire, you must be trained on the use of that extinguisher and hazards of incipient stage firefighting…

  • What IS the incipient stage of a fire?
  • What type of fuel(s) may be feeding the fire?
  • Are there different classifications of extinguishers?
  • Can this extinguisher REALLY put out fire???
  • When is training and refresher training required?
  • These questions and more will be answered during a classroom presentation that is followed by live action extinguisher training using a state-of-the-art digital trainer.

Tuesday Session A   7:30am - 11:30pm    Parlor 1010
Tuesday Session B   1pm - 5pm        Parlor 1010

Thursday    8am – 5pm    Gallatin
Terri Wofford
This class focuses on recognizing a medical emergency, making the decision to help, identifying hazards, ensuring personal safety, and activating the EMS system. Additional topics include initial assessment, establishing and maintaining an open airway, rescue breathing, chest compressions, treating for shock, control of bleeding, use and operations of automatic external defibrillators, and related first aid.  Please Note: If you are late to class, you may lose your spot to someone on the waitlist.


North Dakota Safety Training
Monday     12:30pm – 5pm      Stillwater

Representatives from North Dakota Safety will perform fit testing for respirators, gas masks, SCBAs and N95 disposable (filtering-face piece) respirators.  Testing takes about 15 minutes per person.

Aaron Stulc, Montana Safety Services Council
Thursday     10:30am – 12pm    Stillwater

There are more than 100 fatalities and nearly 100,000 injuries annually due to unsafe forklift operations.  This training covers general safety rules, pre-operational and operational inspections, controlling the forklift, load handling, turning radius, center of gravity, the stability triangle, safety procedures for refueling, charging and batteries, and the importance of maintenance.

Shawna Page, Montana State University LTAP
Tuesday        8am – 5pm     Yellowstone

This class is a combination of lecture, manuals, video and hands-on problem solving concerning flagging in a work zone. The five parts of Traffic Control Work Zone will be discussed. Montana flagging certification will be issued to all participants who successfully pass the course. Flagging duties and responsibilities will be taught. Safety, uniformity and liability issues will also be covered.

Spencer Beach, Keynote Speaker
Monday     8am – 10am    Bighorn

“Get it Done Safely” is finely tailored to improve the use, understanding and importance of any organization’s safety system, the safety culture at work and the individual’s role in safety at home.  Spencer was engulfed in a flash fire and received third and fourth degree burns to 90% of his body. He will use his own experience to stress the importance of safety and accountability in the workplace.

Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Thursday     10:30am – 12pm    Bighorn

The presentation will provide a basic overview on hazardous waste regulations.  We will cover aspects such as hazardous waste identification, generator types, registration requirements, disposal options, and common noncompliance issues.

Hydrogen Sulfide Certification
Larry Alheim, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Wednesday    8am – 12pm    Bighorn

Hydrogen Sulfide Certification is designed as a safety awareness program to familiarize students with the dangers associated with working in an H2S environment. The class is appropriate for entry-level through supervisory level employees.  This class meets the ANSI/ASSE Z390.1-2006 (R2010) Accepted Practices for Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Training Programs standard.

The course should be taken by employees needing to meet the requirements of OSHA’s 29 CFR 1910.1200 which specifies mandatory requirements for the training of
personnel working with or around hazardous chemicals.  It is also highly recommended and/or required for all employees who have the potential to be exposed to H2S or need their annual refresher training.

Hannah Groves, RiverStone Health
Tuesday        10:30am – 12pm    Stillwater

Participants that register for this class will learn the scope of Environmental Health practice; how to incorporate environmental health into everyday life, i.e., what to look for in restaurants, hotels, pools, tattoo shops, etc…; they’ll also learn the basics of food safety and how to file complaints.

David Fox, Fox Safety, LLC
Monday     10:30am – 12pm    Yellowstone

What is a JSA?  A Job Safety Analysis is a way to identify and mitigate hazards in your workplace.  A JSA, when done properly, can help you to recognize hazards that may be overlooked if a job or work task is rushed into.  

The JSA involves all workers involved in the task, as well as their supervisor, so that everyone is on the same page, knows what to expect of the job at hand and how to eliminate, avoid or protect themselves from task hazards. Every worker has input into the JSA making it meaningful and helpful.   JSA's are quickly becoming a mandatory part of many work places.

Keith Ouzts, Montana Contractors Association
Tuesday        8am – 10am    Stillwater

This class covers the safeguards that protect workers from crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns, or blindness from moving machine parts. When the operation of a machine or accidental contact injure the operator or others in the vicinity, the hazards must be eliminated or controlled.

Tiffany Ott, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday        8am – 10am    Stillwater

Methamphetamine is a major concern in our communities across the state. Topics covered in this course include; introduction of methamphetamine, health effects of use, affects in the community, and structural contamination. This course targets anyone who works with clients and must enter their home setting or anyone interested in learning more about the impact of methamphetamine in our communities.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Thursday    8am – 10am    Yellowstone

This session will highlight the record keeping and reporting requirements of the Montana Safety Culture Act with emphasis towards public sector employers. This will include when to record and report work related injuries and illnesses and how to complete the required forms.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Thursday    12:30pm – 2:30pm    Yellowstone

This session will highlight the MSCA requirements and importance of thorough periodic self-inspections. We will touch on available tools to assist Public & Private Sector employers with the process and provide a chance for participants to review scenarios and identify hazards.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Thursday    10:30am – 12pm     Yellowstone

This session will highlight task-specific and refresher training in the workplace. Provisions of the Montana Safety Culture Act and various OSHA requirements will be examined. The second half of this session will provide employers with a sample training program that can be adapted to their specific workplace.


Phillip Dahl, Mining Safety & Health Agency
Tuesday – Thursday      8am – 5pm    Parlor 1001

The purpose of this course is to fulfill the requirement to become an MSHA approved (blue card) instructor. You must satisfactorily demonstrate that you have the knowledge and ability to teach. Candidates for MSHA approved instructor must have relevant mining experience and/or education related to the mining industry. At the end of the course students will be able to distinguish the difference between regulations pertaining to Part 46 & Part 48, navigate and use the 30 CFR, and discuss training plan requirements according to the 30 CFR. Students will also be able to identify and discuss the 5 elements of Part 48 training programs as well as complete 5000-23 forms to properly record training when given various scenarios.

As part of this course, each student will be required to develop and present no more than two 5-minute safety presentations and one final 15-minute presentation.

It is recommended that each student bring a detailed resume along with copies of his or hers 5000-23 training certificates for the last few years. These documents are required to be submitted to the district office along with a formal application that MSHA will provide.

There is no prerequisite to take this class. Class size will be limited to 12 people. The district manager will have final approval for MSHA instructors. Your application will be reviewed by the Educational Field Services Specialist and forwarded to the district manager.

Monday (12:30pm – 5pm) Tuesday (8am -5pm)    Madison
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

This training is designed to educate every construction worker on the recognition and avoidance of the top four hazards in your work environment. Topics include fall protection, personal protective equipment, health hazards, and more. It also includes an introduction to OSHA’s construction industry standards and requirements of the more frequently referenced and cited standards. Students receive an OSHA 10-hour card upon completion.

Wednesday (8am – 5pm) Thursday (8am – 12:30pm)   Madison
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

This training is designed to educate every worker on hazard recognition and avoidance. Topics include personal protective equipment, flammable and combustible liquids, machine guarding, preventing slips, trips and falls, and more. Also includes an introduction to OSHA’s industry standards and requirements of the more frequently referenced and cited standards. Students receive an OSHA 10-hour card upon completion.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday – Thursday    8am – 5pm    Little Missouri

This class teaches safety awareness and hazard avoidance to those responsible for workplace safety: workers, Foremen and supervisors. It includes 30 hours of training that apply toward the 30-hour Construction Industry class completion card. The class is comprised of 25 sections each one or two hours in length. Preventative measures for workplace accidents, use of personal protective equipment, fire protection, and hazards with working in or around excavation sites are included. In addition to certificates of attendance, OSHA 30-hour cards are issued upon completion.  

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday – Thursday    8am – 5pm    Jefferson

This class teaches safety awareness and hazard avoidance to those responsible for workplace safety: workers, foremen and supervisors. It includes 30 hours of training that apply toward the 30 hour General Industry class completion card. OSHA recommends Outreach Training Program classes as an orientation to occupational safety and health. In addition to certificates of attendance, OSHA 30-hour cards are issued upon completion. 

Bryan Page, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday        10:30am – 12:00pm    Bighorn

This course targets employers and employees in the private sector and will cover OSHA’s latest Emphasis Programs.  

North Dakota Safety Training
Tuesday        8am – 5pm    Bighorn

PEC Basic Orientation is the most widely used safety orientation in the U.S. onshore and offshore E&P Industry. Accredited by both SafeLandUSA and SafeGulf, this one-day safety orientation gives participants both credentials.

In a comprehensive one-day instructor-led format, PEC Basic Orientation meets API RP 75 & API RP T-1 requirements and provides a basic understanding of general safety information at an awareness orientation level.  Basic orientation covers:

  • 49 CFR 192.805
  • 49 CFR 192.807
  • ASME B31.4
  • ASME B31.8

Upon completion of the course, all students are issued a physical and digital PEC ID card with their name, company name, picture, barcode and completed course. All students are automatically entered into PEC’s ADVANCED Training Tracker where employers can view proof of employee orientation.

Kris Miller, Montana State Fund
Thursday     8am – 10am    Stillwater

‘Plan to Live’ explores the causal factors of actual fatality and serious injury investigations.  
The real-world investigations are representative of work that Contractors, Ranchers, Farmers and others do every day.  Study what happened in these situations.  How can you set up your work to have a successful outcome?  

The focus is on prevention…how can you ‘Plan (the work) to live.’

Montana Department of Administration Risk Management and Tort Defense Division
Tuesday        3pm – 5pm     Stillwater

This is a 2-hour course designed to educate drivers on the risks associated with distracted driving.  It is primarily intended for drivers who have completed a general Defensive Driving class, but anyone can attend. New research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that 80-percent of all crashes involved distracted driving.  That is almost 5 million crashes per year and roughly $184 in damage caused by distracted drivers! The course discusses distractions such as electronic equipment, passengers, vehicle controls, things outside your car, and eating, reading and grooming and offers tips on how to reduce those risks.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday        10:30am – 12:00pm    Madison

This geared towards participants who work in the public sector.  Attendees will be able to learn more about the Department of Labor & Industry’s Compliance Unit and ask question of the compliance officers.

John Podolinsky, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Thursday     8am – 10am    Bighorn

Asbestos, radon, and meth labs are popular media topics and public concerns.  Come join the Department of Environmental Quality and learn about radon and asbestos and how they are regulated in Montana.

Samantha Morris, the Chemnet Consortium
Monday        1pm – 5pm    Boulde
This training event meets the DOT requirements for Supervisors on Drugs, Alcohol, and Reasonable Suspicion. In this course, you will learn what reasonable suspicion is and how to handle situations where you have reasonable cause to have an employee tested. Topics include DOT Prohibited Conduct & Rule Violations, Signs, Symptoms and Effects, Physical, Performance, and Behavior Indicators, and How to make a Reasonable Suspicion Determination will all be covered.

John Olaechea, OSHA
Wednesday    5:30pm – 7:30pm    Stillwater
Thursday     12:30pm – 2:30pm    Boulder (repeat)

This class will cover the new updates to OSHA’s Electronic Record Keeping requirements.

Keith Ouzts, Montana Contractor’s Association
Monday      10:30am – 12pm    Stillwate
This class focuses on the safety aspects of scaffolding and current OSHA requirements. The participant is introduced to the basics of scaffolding operations from installing to dismantling. The class will also cover the qualification and responsibilities of the competent person.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Thursday    3pm - 5pm     Yellowstone

Slips, trips and falls are a significant problem both to the public in general and in the workplace. It is one of the leading workplace accidents in Montana. This class will cover practical methods to reduce slips and falls in the workplace.

Master Dennis, FAST Services
Thursday    12:30pm – 3:30pm    Stillwater

This class teaches boundary setting skills and assertive verbal skills for dealing with the majority of verbal confrontations. From bullying to workplace disputes, jerks on the road to domestic violence situations – confrontation happens in our lives practically every day. This training will teach you how to deal with the emotions that often accompany confrontation. The #1 factor in effective self -defense is dealing with the fear and adrenaline rush that naturally arises in a stressful situation. This class will provide you with the tools you need to be successful in many conflict scenarios.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau
Wednesday    10:20am – 12pm    Gallatin

Learn the best practices the stay at work/return to work program recommendations for safe and effective return to work following a workplace injury. Learn how to use a workability form to improve communication between the health care provider, injured worker, and the injured worker’s employer.

Billings Clinic
Tuesday        12:30pm – 2:30pm     Stillwater

The BCON course is designed for individuals who have little or no medical training but may be called upon to provide initial trauma care and bleeding control to a victim of a traumatic injury prior to the arrival of emergency medical services or in an austere environment.

The BCON course is comprised of a powerpoint presentation and lecture by a BCON trained provider.  It also includes instruction on the use and practice of direct pressure, tourniquets and wound packing.

Karl Rosston, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
Monday     12:30pm – 2:30pm    Stillwater

This presentation focuses on suicide within our culture with specific attention towards Montana.  The presentation covers national and Montana data, demographics of a suicidal person, warning signs, and risk assessment, training on how to intervene with a suicidal person, evidenced-based practices, and resources available.

Learning objectives for this presentation include: 1) Participants will be able to identify at least three warning signs of suicide, 2) Participants will know what QPR stands for, and 3) Participants will be able to identify at least two suicide prevention resources in the state

Zeke Mader, VF Workwear
Monday        12:30pm – 2:30pm    Yellowstone

FR Clothing. What exactly is it, how is it used properly, and when is it necessary? These basic questions often seem to have multiple answers, especially as standards are updated and technology changes. In this session we will explore Approaches to Flame Resistant Clothing, Proper Care and Maintenance, Layering of Garments and Layering of Arc Ratings, Visibility Requirements, and a review of the Applicable Standards. We will close with the all-important “Why it Matters”, to you and those around you.

Samantha Morris, Chemnet Consortium
Monday        10:30am – 12pm    Boulder

This informational class addresses Drug and Alcohol Testing in the workplace. We will provide answers to the following questions and more: why should your company have a Drug and Alcohol testing program; What is the difference between DOT required testing and non-DOT testing; What items need to be in place to start a Drug & Alcohol Testing program; What are the employer responsibilities in managing a testing program; and What is the testing process?

Paula Miller, RiverStone Health
Wednesday    12:30pm – 2:30pm     Gallatin
Realize, Recognize, Respond because exposure to early childhood trauma (abuse, neglect, household dysfunction) is so pervasive, it is important for our community to have a basic knowledge of its nature, effects, and appropriate initial responses to those affected.  Join us and learn how to begin to embody the values of Trauma-Informed Care to encourage true healing and compassion.

  • What is trauma?
  • What is trauma-informed care?
  • What does it mean to be a trauma informed organization?
  • Why is it important?

Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational & Environmental Health
Tuesday        8am – 5pm    Boulder

In this one-day course, students will learn about the role and responsibility of the employer to assign a competent person to the excavation site and arm that person with the knowledge to perform the work properly. Topics include the understanding and application of definitions relating to OSHA's Excavation Standard (Subpart P), excavation hazards and control measures, soil analysis techniques, protective system requirements and emergency response. At the conclusion of this course, the participant will understand the importance and duties of a competent person towards excavation work and will have the knowledge and skills that are required to perform those duties.

Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Thursday    12:30pm – 2pm       Bighorn

This presentation will give an overview of the different types and triggers for water quality permits in Montana.

Dallas Cox, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Independent Contractor Unit
Monday        3pm – 5pm    Gallatin

Everything you wanted to know about Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate and Construction Contractor Registration but were afraid to ask.

The Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Unemployment Insurance Division
Monday        12:30pm – 2:30pm     Gallatin

The presentation from Unemployment Insurance (UI) is designed to give both new and established employers, accountants, bookkeepers, human resources professionals & lawyers a better understanding of the UI program.  The following topics and how they apply to unemployment are covered: Employment and wages subject to UI tax, Employer account types, Employer UI tax rates, Filing and payment requirements and methods. Claimant monetary eligibility and base period of a claim, from employment with an overview of documentation the agency may request, is also covered. Other topics covered include:

  • Electronic communication with employers (SIDES),
  • Ways to minimize benefit charges and protect your tax rate,
  • Claimant Eligibility Requirements,
  • Types of Separations,
  • Appeal rights,
  • How to prevent fraud  

Montana Department of Administration Risk Management and Tort Defense Division
Wednesday    2pm – 4pm    Ballroom

This new 2-hour, locally created course offers solutions for the four major categories of winter driving problems. First, it offers tips on vehicle maintenance; both before and after problems occur. Second, it discusses how to overcome winter driving problems due to visibility and traction. Third, it explains how to avoid becoming stranded and how to survive if you do. Finally, it offers suggestions on how to avoid slips and falls while entering or exiting your vehicle. The full-color, 40-page student workbook is yours to keep. Leave it in your car for reminders when the weather gets bad.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau
Wednesday    8am – 10am    Gallatin

This class provides an overview of Montana’s workers’ compensation system, including the history and purpose of workers’ compensation, coverage requirements, rights and responsibilities of the employer and injured worker, benefits structure, and dispute resolution process.

Lorri Deplazes, RN CHSP CSSBB
Thursday     12:30pm – 2:30pm    Madison
This class is geared towards those that work in healthcare and will cover the following topics:

  • 4 Types of Workplace Violence
  • What is Altered Mental Status
  • What is Normal and Abnormal Behavior
  • What is Escalation and De-Escalation
  • What is Verbal and Non-Verbal De-Escalation
  • The Continuum of Calm to Aggressive/Violent
  • Anticipatory Risks and Behaviors for Escalation
  • Triggers of Escalation
  • Case Studies using above tools
  • Brief Discussion on:
    • Weapons
    • Code Grays/Mr. Muscle and Restraints
    • Policies related to Workplace Violence
    • What facilities should do for associate involved in WPV event
    • Associate responsibilities for prevention of WPV

Instructor Bios

Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Larry Alheim is the Safety Director at the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). He has been working at DEQ for over 17 years in both safety and enforcing environmental statutes.  Larry was in the U.S. Coast Guard for 22 years, retiring as a Marine Science Technician Senior Chief (E-8). He was the Environmental Response Section supervisor in New York, NY, Boston, MA, and Mobile AL supervising Incident Commanders / Federal On-Scene Coordinators and responding to major oil and hazmat releases.  As a Coast Guard Marine Inspector, he inspected Ultra Large Crude Carrier tankships, offshore oil drill rigs and various oil/chemical ships and barges.

Larry is a graduate of University of the State of New York.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Chris was born and raised in Butte, MT.  He moved to the Bozeman area in 1996, after serving in the U.S. Army. He has a wide array of work experience in multiple industries such as guitar manufacturing, fire sprinkler installation, truck driving, and granite fabrication. Chris returned to school and earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety & Health from Montana Tech of the University of Montana in 2016. Chris is passionate and dedicated to the field of occupational safety and he feels he can make a positive impact on people’s lives.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Ethan was born and raised in Great Falls, MT. He graduated from Montana Tech of the University of Montana with a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health in 2017. Throughout his college career, he has gained safety and health knowledge through education, surface coal mining and underground metal mining in Wyoming, North Dakota, and Michigan. He currently is a Compliance Specialists for the Department of Labor and Industry.  Ethan enjoys spending his free time with family and friends; fishing, boating, and hiking/backpacking.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry, Montana Occupational Health & Safety Surveillance Program
Julia Brennan works as an epidemiologist for the Montana Department of Labor & Industry, where she leads the Montana Occupational Health and Safety Surveillance program (MOHSS). The MOHSS program is a research program funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health aimed at providing useful, data-driven information on occupational health issues facing the Montana workforce ( Julia holds a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. As a native of the Wild West, she feels privileged to have the opportunity to do her best work for the people of Montana, and to help make sure each worker returns home safely every day.

MusselShell County DES
Adam has worked in emergency management for more than 6 years and has trained in many areas of Emergency Management, Hazardous Materials, Explosives, Law Enforcement and Floodplain Management. Adam is a trained instructor for Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Center for Domestic Preparedness (CPD) where he provides trainings to local governments and private sectors.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry, Independent Contractor Unit
Dallas grew up in Butte and lived to tell about it.  He went to school in Billings to be a certified welder and then worked in construction for about two years before he joined the Air Force in 1973 and worked in the Intelligence career field for 20 yrs.  Dallas retired from the Air Force in 1993 and went to work for the Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) in Anchorage Alaska as an Child Support Enforcement Division Investigator I, II, and III and finished his last year and a half as the Accounting Manager.  He moved back to Montana in 2001 to be closer to family and began working with the Department of Labor and Industry with the Independent Contractor Central Unit on Oct 24, 2001.  Dallas was promoted to Program Manager for the Construction Contractor Registration program and the Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate program in 2008 and has been working in that position since.  

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Kayla was born and raised in Montana and earned her B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health from Montana Tech the University of Montana. Throughout the past years, she has gained knowledge and experience in safety and industrial hygiene through education and while working in the nuclear industry in Washington at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Phillip Dahl worked 26 years for Homestake Mining Company in Creede, Co, Lead/Deadwood, South Dakota and the McLaughlin gold project in Northern California.  Worked 4 years for Stillwater Mining Company as the loss control manager at the East Boulder operation. Phillip has worked as an underground miner, senior mill operator, refinery operator, refinery foreman, safety specialist, and loss control manager.
Graduate of the U.S. Mine Academy - Beckley, West Virginia
B.S. Degree in Management – Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA
Degree in Networking Technology – Empire College, Santa Rosa, Ca

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Dave started his career in 1974 at 16 years old working for a large engineering firm and the city of Sparks, Nevada as a civil draftsman where he also learned basic land surveying. In 1979, David went into construction and worked for over 27 years as a carpenter, foreman, and superintendent on numerous projects in California, Montana, Alaska, and Hawaii. In 2007, David accepted a position as Training Director for the Montana Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Training Council where he taught 95% of all classes. Since 2012, he has worked for the Montana Department of Labor and Industry Safety and Health Bureau as an Occupational Safety & Health Specialist and Trainer. David is an authorized OSHA Construction and General Industry instructor.

St. James Healthcare
Lorri is currently the Associate Safety Coordinator for SCL Health/Saint James Healthcare.  She has worked in healthcare safety and prevention for the past ten years.  During the past 7 years, she developed and implemented a highly successful workplace violence prevention program, safe patient handling program and is active on all major safety initiatives for SCL Health’s System Initiatives that also include Sharp Injury Prevention and Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention.  Lorri is a Lean expert and lends this skill to all areas of hospital safety. Prior to this, Lorri worked as Risk Manager/Patient Safety, Lean Sensei and both LPN and RN in Telemetry and Critical Care.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
David was born and raised in Montana and has recently earned a M.S. in Industrial Hygiene and a B.S. in Occupation Safety and Health from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. Through his education and work experience David has gained safety knowledge in a variety of different industries including construction, mining and general industry. David also has experience in the industrial hygiene field conducting many different types of exposure assessments including aerosol sampling and noise monitoring.

Fox Safety, LLC
Dave Fox has worked for many years in the oil and gas industry. Starting in the late 70's as a laborer and welder's helper in the Little Buffalo Basin oil field near Meeteetse, WY and later as a floor hand on rigs for Viersen & Cochran Drilling and Brinkerhoff-Signal Drilling.
After a 10 year break from oil and gas, Dave started a 21 year career with Conoco, working at their refinery in Billings.  During this time Dave worked as a Boiler Operator for 15 years and a Rotating Equipment mechanic for 6 years.  Concurrently, Dave spent 13 years on the refinery's Emergency Response Team (ERT), 6 of those years as an elected Captain.  "With all the generous training I received through Conoco and ConocoPhillips, I knew I had an opportunity to pass on this knowledge and information to the next generation of workers."  

After retiring in 2012, Dave invested in additional training for himself to gain the credentials needed to be an instructor. Dave has taken instruction through the FEMA Center For Domestic Preparedness, in Anniston, Alabama for Hazmat and courses through the Mountain West OSHA Education Center at The University of Utah, School of Medicine, giving him OSHA authorization to teach outreach OSHA 10 hour and 30 hour courses for General Industry and Construction. Next Dave took courses through the PEC program, Mandeville, Louisiana.  With the credentials he received from PEC he is certified to teach the 8 hour Basic SafeLand/SafeGulf classes, the 24 hour Core Compliance classes, H2S Clear, GHS and JSA, and Intro to Pipeline.

Dave founded Fox Safety, LLC in 2013 and spent a year building a safety program for an industrial painting company.  The program includes writing a comprehensive safety manual and training program geared specifically to this company.

Dave keeps current with the "reality of work" by spending time working safety as a resource for construction jobs and refinery Turn-Arounds.

Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Dan has worked for the Department of Environmental Quality with the Water Protection Bureau in Billings for over 7 years as a compliance inspector. In his current position, he is responsible for verifying wastewater permit holders comply with the conditions of their permit requirements. Prior to working for DEQ Dan was an environmental consultant working primarily with oil and gas companies and has worked as a chemist in an environmental laboratory. Dan grew up in northern Montana and currently lives in Billings. When not at work he is usually doing something outdoors with his family.

RiverStone Health
Hannah grew up in Northern Wyoming and graduated from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, with a B.S. in Biology and Mathematics. She has worked as a Registered Sanitarian for RiverStone Health’s Environmental Health Department for the past two years. She works in several programs across Yellowstone County including food, body art, pools and public accommodations.

PJJH Survival Perspectives
Patrick earned his Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Nebraska.  Hoy also served in the U.S. Air Force where he graduated from USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training, and the USAF Flight Safety Officer training at the University of Southern California.  After retiring from the Air Force, Hoy was a Commercial airline pilot for Vanguard Airlines, Big Sky Airlines before joining Billings Clinic.  

During his tenure as the Emergency Management Specialist for the Billings Clinic organization, a co-worker’s simple request for Patrick to develop a survival response to an active shooter assault on a hospital led to a multi-year research project culminating in the development of his Active Shooter Defense briefing and consultancy work. Over the last five years, Patrick has provided more than 160 training sessions for thousands of employees in healthcare, television, federal government (BLM), local government (Carbon and Yellowstone Counties), and the textile industry.

Montana Department of Environmental Quality
The program’s Wally Jemmings will be educating listeners and is a Montana native.  He has been with the program for almost five years and is excited to be a part of SafetyFest for the first time.  

Montana Ag Safety Program
Jim is a Montana Ag Safety Program leader. He travels the State giving presentations on Farm Safety and ATV Safety. He developed a Family Safety Intervention for Farms and Ranches plan with Lester Graham.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Jerry received his Bachelor's degree in Occupational Safety and Health - Science and Engineering from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. During his career as a Safety Professional, he has worked in a variety of industries ranging from construction, pulp & paper, power generation, cement manufacturing, mining and public sector. Jerry has obtained his Certified Safety Professional certificate from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Jerry and his wife (Britani) reside in the Helena area.

Vf Workwear
Zeke Mader is a Montana native, and currently resides on the family ranch in Eastern Montana. As a native Montanan, his background is varied between Agriculture and Energy Production. Zeke has been a service provider and businessman for the past 13 years, most recently as a Territory Sales Manager for Vf Workwear (Bulwark FR clothing). He is among the team of Vf Professionals who make up the Bulwark Certified Trainer group, and has presented to many different Industry specific groups nationwide regarding the importance and proper understanding of FR clothing. Zeke’s passion is helping people and improving workplace safety through common sense education.

Great Falls Chiropractic Clinic, PLLC
Dr. Matury graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1989 and earned his B.S. in Biology in 1991.  He worked in both Indiana and Tennessee before moving to Montana in 2005. He is a member of the American Chiropractic Association, Montana Chiropractic Association, International Academy of Chiropractic Neurologists and the Expert Provider Network, ART. He was a chiropractor to bodybuilder champions and other athletes and provided treatment at Ironman Triathlons.  For the past 12 years he has been the Director of the Chiropractic Clinic at the Great Falls Rescue Mission.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Breeinna is a native Montanan and earned her B.S. in Occupational Safety & Health with an option in Applied Health from Montana Tech of the University of Montana.  Throughout the past years, she gained knowledge and experience while working in the construction and mining industries.  With the desire to strengthen the safety culture within the workplace and ensure that workers can return home to their families each day, Breeinna became a Compliance Specialist for the Montana Department of Labor & Industry. In her spare time, Breeinna enjoys any adventure that the breathtaking state she is proud to call home has to offer.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Molly attended Montana Tech where she received her bachelor degree in Occupational Safety and Health and her M.S. in Industrial Hygiene.  During her education, Molly received experience in mining, nuclear energy, and construction on a on a superfund site.

Following graduation, Molly accepted a job with The Boeing Company.  There, she helped improve the safety culture by involving machinists more in the problem-solving process.  The many complex projects concerning safety and health increased her knowledge in the safety and health field.

Missing Montana, Molly returned to her home state.  She is now working for the Department of Labor and Industry as a consultant for safety and health. Molly chose the Safety and Health field to ensure people stay safe while on the job.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Fred worked more than 12 years as a commercial insurance agent in Helena and Great Falls, specializing in workers’ compensation. He also worked seven years as a journalist in Lewistown, Havre, and Great Falls. He currently is a Safety Specialist with the Montana Department of Labor and Industry Safety and Health Bureau, helping workers and businesses understand the importance of workplace safety. He earned the Associate of Risk Management and Associate of Underwriting designations from the Insurance Institute of America, and is an OSHA-authorized General Industry outreach trainer. He received his bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College.

Montana State Fund
Kris Miller’s focus is providing Leadership in developing Safe Workplaces through Positive, Proactive Strategies.  Kris is a Safety Management Consultant with Montana State Fund.  She travels throughout eastern Montana providing Safety Services to Clients.  Kris has over 20 years’ experience in Workplace Safety and Health Leadership, Education and Positive Culture Implementation.  She has been on both sides of compliance.  Kris was a Senior OSHA Investigator in Minnesota.  She has also been responsible for leading the Implementation of Safety programs in Construction, General Industry and Government.

Kris has conducted many Fatality and Serious Injury Investigations.  She has seen the impact these catastrophic events have (not only the injured worker).   However, she has also seen the severe impact that these events also have on the wife/widow (husband/widower), family, coworkers, and community.

RiverStone Health Organizational Trainer
Paula holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a Human Resource focus from the University of New York, Buffalo.  She has been in the Human Resource field for over 18 years and has been an HR Generalist for most of her career.  Paula left her position as the Wellness and Safety Coordinator for Glacier Bancorp, Inc. after 11 years and moved to RiverStone Health to become the Organizational Trainer.  Her current role involves providing training to the 390+ employees on various topics and areas to help build skills and provide the employees with training to assist them in loving their job and being able to do their job well.   In her spare time, Paula enjoys her many volunteer positions, spending time with her children, Garrett, 11, and Dylan, 9, and husband, Ryan.

The Risk Management & Tort Defense Division provides training programs designed to assist state agencies to reduce their risks and prevent exposure to claims/losses.

John Olaechea is the Compliance Assistance Specialist for OSHA in Region VIII.  He provides outreach and information about safety and health hazards and OSHA policies and regulations to employers, trade associations, unions, the public and other organizations.  Prior to this position, John worked for eight years as an industrial hygienist and compliance officer for the Englewood Area Office of OSHA.  John also served in the United States Peace Corps and graduated from Wright State University (Ohio) with a degree in environmental health science.  

Montana Contractor’s Association
Keith is the Training and Education Director for the Montana Contractors’ Association. He travels around Montana teaching classes on everything from communications to safety, erosion control/storm water management to concrete field testing and finishing. He spent 22 years in the Marine Corps retiring in 2005. He is a Marine Corps Master Instructor, received a Trainer Certification from UNC-Wilmington, and is a Master Trainer for the National Center for Construction, Education, and Research.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Bryan is the Bureau Chief of the Montana Department of Labor and Industry Safety and Health Bureau. He came to Montana as a safety consultant for Liberty Northwest’s Helena office after working as safety director of Dome Technology in Idaho. Prior to joining the Safety and Health Bureau, Bryan was a safety consultant for Montana State Fund. He received his MS in Safety and Health from the University of Idaho in 2000, and earned the Associate of Risk Management from the Insurance Institute of America.

Vice President, Human Resource Services, Associated Employers
Bryan Peterson has been with Associated Employers since 2007 and provides member services in the areas of organizational and staff development and training.  Bryan specializes in professional and staff development to include:  leadership and management development, personality assessments, communication, conflict management, team building, performance management, discipline and termination.  

Bryan also provides member services in the area of regulatory and preventative training to include drug and alcohol testing reasonable suspicion for supervisors, harassment and discrimination prevention, and workplace violence prevention.  

Bryan has a B.S. degree in Business Administration from North Dakota State University, and his Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.  He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) on the local and national level.

Montana Department of Environmental Quality
John’s has been with the Department of Environmental Quality for just over 24 years.  He has worked in the Underground Storage Tank Program, Petroleum Tank Release Compensation Board, Asbestos Control Program, Federal Superfund Program, and now the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program where he also runs the Radon Control Program.  Prior to coming to Montana, he worked in the Midwest as a consultant conducting environmental and industrial hygiene testing.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science from St. John’s University in Minnesota.  

Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services
Karl Rosston is the Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.  He provides evidenced-based programs to all Montana secondary schools, implements the State Suicide Prevention Plan, supports the Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline, implements firearm safety programs and statewide media campaigns, provides suicide prevention trainings, and coordinates suicide prevention efforts around the state. Karl is adjunct faculty at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy and a nationally certified trainer in QPR and Mental Health First Aid.  Previously, Karl was the Director of Social Services at Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena.  Before returning to Montana, he was on the faculty of the University of Colorado, School of Medicine, and a clinical consultant with the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections.  Karl is a licensed clinical social worker who maintains a small private practice in Helena.  He received his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Denver and his Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Montana.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Jake graduated from Montana Tech with a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health in 2011. He then worked as a safety professional at a copper mine in Arizona for just under three years. After missing the Montana scenery, he moved back to Helena and became the safety coordinator for the state trucking association.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Sara grew up in the small community of Wolf Creek, Montana. She graduated from MT Tech in 2016 with a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health. Her last 2 years in school she spent interning with a metal working foundry outside of Butte, where she gained vast knowledge and experience in the safety and health field. After graduating, Sara became a Compliance Specialist with the Montana Department of Labor & Industry, a position in which she is able to help Montana workers come home safe every day.

Montana State Fund
Kirk joined Montana State Fund in 2009 as a safety services specialist. He previously was a safety and health specialist with the MT Safety and Health Bureau for 13 years. His training included trenching and excavation requirements, scaffold safety, and 10-hour construction courses. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1996 after a 20-year career. He has an Associate degree in Safety from the Air Force’s Community College.

Montana Safety Services Council
Aaron has been the Director of the Montana Safety Services Council since June of 2011. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree, with a major in Chemistry, from the University of Montana in 2001. Aaron has worked in the Health and Safety field for fourteen years. During that time he has worked for an industrial hygiene consulting company, as an Industrial Hygiene Compliance Officer for OR-OSHA, and as a Safety Specialist for the Montana Department of Transportation.

His background is in designing, developing, and implementing programs to maintain occupational safety and health compliance, as well as to analyze, review, evaluate and report on program effectiveness.
His experience in consulting, enforcement, and compliance as well as an extensive background in occupational health and safety in Montana and the Pacific Northwest he has a realistic perspective about the problems employers deal with and how to solve them. He has trained and collaborated with thousands of employees, managers, other safety professionals and business owners.  

Yellowstone Boys & Girls Ranch
Sally has a MS in Psychology and is the Safety Director at Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, where she has worked for 29 years. For 12 years, she worked directly with emotionally disturbed youth, was the Director of Group homes for 6 years, and trained as an internal investigator. Sally is also a trainer for de-escalation and physical restraint.   She also works with the Billings Association of Safety and health (BASH).  

Billings Clinic
Registered Nurse for 25 years.  Experience/work history:  Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department, Injury Prevention, and Trauma Program Coordinator
Board Certification in Trauma Care.
Course Director for Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses
Instructor for Bleeding Control (BCON)
Governor appointed to State Trauma Care Committee
Member of the Eastern Regional Trauma Advisory Committee

Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Judy Watkins is an Environmental Science Specialist with the Department of
Environmental Quality (DEQ).  She has worked with hazardous waste rules since 1989 and been with DEQ since 2011.  She is the region 8 representative on the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Task Force within the Hazardous Waste Subcommittee of the Association of State and Territorial Sold Waste Management Officials. Currently, she covers the eastern part of Montana for DEQ visiting hazardous waste generators to ensure compliance of the management of hazardous waste and used oil rules.   

Victory Insurance
Bob Winston is representing Victory Insurance Company, Montana’s only domestic Workers’ Compensation carrier.  Bob has been actively involved in the areas of safety and loss control management for the past thirty years.  

Bob previously served as Loss Control Manager for Valor Insurance, a private workers’ compensation insurer in Billings, and the Montana Safety Services Council, a non-profit educational association established to provide safety and health-related services.  He was the original Director for the Council and was instrumental with its initial planning and organization.  

Prior to the MSSC, Bob resided in Southern California where he held the position of Director of Safety and Administration for Kitchell Contractors, Inc.  During his thirteen year tenure with Kitchell, he was responsible for managing their safety, insurance claims, and equipment purchasing, leasing and rental program.

Bob’s role at Victory is to serve as a safety and loss control resource for each of their clients.  In this capacity he provides a variety of safety services including training and education, program development and review, technical assistance, site hazard analysis, and accident investigation.

Bob has a Degree in Business Administration, as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University, and a Certificate in Occupational Safety from the University of California – Irvine.

All Business CPR
Terri Wofford, Regional Faculty BLS for the American Heart Association (AHA), has been teaching CPR for the past 16 years.  With her experience at St. Vincent Healthcare as the Training Center Coordinator and her work within the Hospital Emergency Response Team, she has developed a firm understanding of the urgency of the need for first responders and ancillary staff and preparing them for quick action.  She has been married to her husband for 28 years, has three grown children and achieved her Bachelors of Science degree in 2014 in Homeland Security, Emergency Management.  She currently owns her own business, All Business CPR and First Aid, and works across the AHA Mountain States Region teaching CPR and First Aid.  She is also a sub-distributor of AED's.   

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau
Cindy Zimmerman is the Program Manager for the Stay at Work/Return to Work program, and graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Marketing. She is an interactive and engaging speaker who brings enthusiasm and knowledge to her presentation, while providing employees with skills to help them become more successful in their job and life.


Billings Sponsors include our Corporate Partner State Fund, Sapphire Sponsors: Montana Contractor