Billings SafetyFestMT 2017

Billings SafetyFestMT

This year we're bringing in Keynote Speaker Spencer Beach to kick off SafetyFestMT: Billings 2017.

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Spencer Beach has 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. Incorporating the conference’s theme, Spencer uses his own experiences to set a high standard for the rest of the event. His customized presentations are fun, attention grabbing, memorable and impactful.

 

We are in the process of working on the rest agenda but you can click or tab to the links on the right and see what we have lined up so far.

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Agenda

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

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 2017
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 Independing Contractor in Montana

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
Standardized Awareness Training FEMA AWR-160
Trenching: Managing Excavation Hazards OSHA 7410

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

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Stop the Bleed

3pm - 5pm
Preventing Distracted Driving

Wednesday 10/25

8am - 5pm
Fall Protection in Construction OSHA 7405

8am - 12pm
H2S Training

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

Thursday 10/26

8am - 5pm
First Aid/CPR/AED

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

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

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

1pm - 2:30pm
Employee Engagement

2pm - 4pm
Winter Driving










Class Descriptions

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

ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION
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.

ACCOUNTABILITY
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.    

ACTIVE SHOOTER
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?”

AG/ATV SAFETY
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.

AIR QUALITY 101
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.    

CONFINED SPACE – LOCK OUT/TAG OUT
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.

CONFRONTING & COACHING THE PROBLEM EMPLOYEE
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.

DE-ESCALATING HOSTILE SITUATIONS
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.  

DEFENSIVE DRIVING
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.

ELEMENTS THAT MATTER REGARDING YOUR SAFETY CULTURE CLIMATE
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.

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT
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.

FALL HAZARD AWARENESS FOR CONSTRUCTION (OSHA 7405)
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.

FIRE EXTINGUISHER SAFETY
David Fox, Fox Safety LLC
Thursday    8am – 10am    Yellowstone

Class description coming soon…

FIRST AID/CPR/AED
Terri Wofford
Thursday    8am – 5pm    Bitterroot River Room

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 do not register for more than 1 session of First Aid, those that are registered for multiple sessions will be removed from all but the first session they are registered for.

FIT TESTING
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.

FORKLIFT SAFETY
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.

FLAGGING AND WORK ZONE SAFETY
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.

GET IT DONE SAFELY
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.

HAZARDOUS WASTE 101
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.

H2S TRAINING
Larry Alheim, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Wednesday    8am – 12pm    Bighorn

Class description coming soon…

INSPECT THE UNEXPECTED: APPLYING ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH IN EVERYDAY LIFE
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.

JOB SAFETY ANALYSIS
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.

MACHINE GUARDING
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.

MONTANA SAFETY CULTURE ACT: RECORD KEEPING & REPORTING
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 SAFETY CULTURE ACT: SELF INSPECTION & AUDITS
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 SAFETY CULTURE ACT: TASK & REFRESHER TRAINING
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.

MSHA BLUE CARD TRAINING

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

Class description coming soon…

OSHA 10-HOUR: CONSTRUCTION
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.

OSHA 10-HOUR: GENERAL INDUSTRY
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.

OSHA 30-HOUR: CONSTRUCTION
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.  

OSHA 30-HOUR: GENERAL INDUSTRY
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. 

OSHA UPDATE: WHAT’S NEW FOR 2017?
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.  

PEC SAFELAND BASIC ORIENTATION
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.

PLAN TO LIVE-CONSTRUCTION AND AGRICULTURE
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.’

PREVENTING DISTRACTED DRIVING
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.

PUBLIC SECTOR COMPLIANCE UPDATE
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.

RADON &  ASBESTOS IN MONTANA.
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.

REASONABLE SUSPICION DRUG AND ALCOHOL SUPERVISOR TRAINING
Samantha Morris, the Chemnet Consortium
Monday        1pm – 5pm    Boulde
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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.

RECORD KEEPING
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.

SCAFFOLDING
Keith Ouzts, Montana Contractor’s Association
Monday      10:30am – 12pm    Stillwate
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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.


SELF DEFENSE & AWARENESS
Master Dennis, Vitality Wellness Center
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.

STANDARDIZED AWARENESS TRAINING
Adam Carlson, Musselshell County DES, RAS
Tuesday        8am – 5pm    Gallatin

The Standardized Awareness Training Program (SAT) is a one-day course. The course covers the knowledge of essential course material on chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) hazards and materials, prevention and deterrence methods, and the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) in order to make decisions at the awareness level.

Below are some, but not all, of the critical skill sets learned during this training program:

  • Identify terms and concepts that are applicable to the prevention and deterrence of terrorist and CBRNE incidents.
  • Identify hazardous materials, hazard classes, and response information using the Emergency Response Guidebook.
  • Discuss selected chemical and biological agents, including the physiological signs and symptoms of exposure, potential sources, indicators of an attack, and physical characteristics.
  • Discuss radiation and radiological materials.
  • Discuss explosives, including the characteristics and the effects of a detonated explosive device


STAY-AT-WORK/RETURN-TO-WORK PROGRAMS

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.

STOP THE BLEED
Billings Clinic
Tuesday        12:30pm – 2:30pm     Stillwater

Class description coming soon….

SUICIDE IN MONTANA
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

THE INS & OUTS OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING
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?

TRAUMA INFORMED CARE
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?


TRENCHING (OSHA 7410: MANAGING EXCAVATION HAZARDS)
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.

WATER QUALITY 101
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.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BECOMING AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR
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.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
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  


WINTER DRIVING
Montana Department of Administration Risk Management and Tort Defense Division
Wednesday    2pm – 4pm    Boulde
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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.

WORK COMP 101
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.

WORKPLACE VIOLENCE: ANTICIPATING & MANAGING ALTERED MENTAL STATUS & VIOLENT SITUATIONS
Lorri Deplazes, RN CHSP CSSBB
Thursday     12:30pm – 2:30pm    Madison
This class 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

Instructor bios coming soon