Billings SafetyFestMT 2019

Billings SafetyFestMT

Pre-registration is closed.  You can still attend SafetyFest as a walk-in. Just arrive 20 minutes before the class you would like to take is scheduled to start so you can fill out a walk-in registration form.  Please note some classes do have limited seating.

We are offering continuing education credits for SHRM/HRCI, OPI & Water/Wastewater Operators.

SafetyFest will take place November 18 - 21, at the Billings Hotel & Convention Center. SafetyFestMT: Billings 2019 is FREE and open to anyone that wants to attend.  Below are some of the topics on this year's agenda:

  • HAZWOPER 40-Hour Training 
  • HAZWOPER 8-Hour Refresher
  • MSHA Blue Card Train the Trainer
  • OSHA 30-Hour Construction
  • OSHA 30-Hour General Industry
  • OSHA 10-Hour Construction
  • OSHA 10-Hour General Industry
  • OSHA 7215 Silica in Construction & General Industry
  • OSHA 7405 Fall Protection in Construction
  • OSHA 7410 Managing Excavation Hazards
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Traffic Incident Management Program Response Training
  • Active Shooter Defense
  • Accountability
  • Navigating the Cannabis Controversy:Marijuana Legalization & Impacts on Employers
  • Confronting & Coaching Problem Employees
  • Defensive Driving
  • Demolition Planning
  • Diffusing Anger in the Workplace
  • Employee Engagement
  • Fire Extinguisher Training
  • Hazardous Waste 101
  • How to Give Great Feedback That Works & Causes Breakthroughs in Safety & Performance
  • How to Lower Your Work Comp Costs
  • How Your Behavior Affects Your Risk Perception
  • Human Trafficking
  • Internal Safety Audits
  • Job Safety Awareness
  • Machine Guarding
  • Montana Safety Culture Act (MSCA): Accident Investigation & Safety Committees
  • MSCA: New Employee Orientation & Annual Refresher Training
  • MSCA: Record Keeping & Reporting 
  • OSHA Update: What's New for 2020? - Geared toward private sector.
  • Public Sector Update: What's New for 2020? - Geared toward public sector.
  • Radon & Asbestos in Montana
  • Safety Culture & Behavior
  • Scaffolding Safety
  • My Story of Living & Dying with Silicosis
  • Supervisory Leadership & Engagement
  • What You Need to Know About Unemployment Insurance
  • Winter Driving
  • Workplace Exposures
  • Workplace Violence: Anticipating & Managing Altered Mental Status

If you are traveling to Billings we do have a block of rooms reserved at the Billings Hotel & Convention Center just mention SafetyFest when making your reservation so you get the special rate.

Have questions about the Billings SafetyFest or SafetyFest in general? Contact Casey Kyler-West at 406-444-5267 or






Select this link to download a printable version of the agenda.  

Monday 11/18

7am - 6pm
HAZWOPER 40-Hour Training (This will fill your schedule for the week)
8am - 5pm
First Aid/CPR/AED Training Session 1 (This is a one-day session)
OSHA 10-Hour Construction (This class continues from 8am to 12pm on Tuesday)
OSHA 30-Hour Construction (This will fill your schedule for the week)
OSHA 30-Hour General Industry (This will fill your schedule for the week)
8am - 12pm
Traffic Incident Management Program Response
8am - 10am
Ag/ATV Safety
How Your Behavior Affects Your Risk Perception
Workplace Exposures
10:30am - 12pm
Confronting & Coaching the Problem Employee
Human Trafficking: Sexual & Labor Exploitation
Workplace Violence: Anticipating & Managing Altered Mental Status
12:30pm - 5pm
OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (This class continues from 8am to 5pm on Tuesday)
12:30pm - 2:30pm
How to Give Great Feedback that Works & Causes Breakthroughs in Safety + Performance
1pm - 5pm
Hydrogen Sulfide Certification
3pm - 5pm
Difussing Anger in the Workplace
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Independent Contractor Exemptions in Montana
What You Need to Know About Unemployment Insurance
Tuesday 11/19
8am - 5pm
First Aid/CPR/AED Training Session 2 (This is a one-day session)
MSHA Blue Card Train the Trainer (This class will fill your schedule for the remainder of the week)
OSHA 7215 Silica in Construction & General Industry
8am - 12pm
Active Shooter Response
8am - 9:30am
Scaffolding Safety
10am - 3pm
Defensive Driving
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Fire Extinguisher Training
Montana Safety Culture Act: New Employee Orientation & Annual Refresher Training
3pm - 5pm
Demolition Planning
Montana Safety Culture Act: Accident Investigation & Safety Committees
3:30pm - 5pm
Work-Life Balance/Stress Management
5:30pm - 7:30pm
How to Lower Your Work Comp Costs
Wednesday 11/20
8am - 5pm
8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher
OSHA 7410 Managing Excavation Hazards
8am - 10am
Montana Safety Culture Act: Record Keeping & Reporting
My Story of Living and Dying with Silicosis
Radon & Asbestos in Montana
8am - 9:30am
Machine Guarding
10am - 12pm
Winter Driving
10:30am - 12pm
OSHA Update
Public Sector Update
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Active Shooter Defense
Job Safety Awareness
Supervisory Leadership & Engagement
What You Need to Know About Unemployment Insurance
3pm - 5pm
Confined Space
Internal Safety Audits
Stop the Bleed: BCON 101
Thursday 11/21
8am - 5pm
Mental Health First Aid
OSHA 7405 Fall Protection in Construction
8am - 10am 
Navigating the Cannabis Controversy: Marijuana Legalization & Impacts on Employers
Employee Engagement
Why Mindset Matters for Safety
Work Comp 101
10:30am - 12pm
Safety Culture & Behavior
Stay at Work/Return to Work
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Accident Investigation
Opioids in Montana
Expanding Wound Care in Rural Healthcare Communities


Class Descriptions

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Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Thursday 12:30pm – 2:30pm 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 develop their own accident investigation technique. 
Kirk Smith, Montana State Fund
Monday 3pm – 5pm Boulder
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?”
Alain Burrese, Reflex & Protect
Tuesday 8am – 12pm Gallatin
When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. In this interactive class, you will learn things to increase your survivability during that gap between when violence begins, and law enforcement arrives. Topics include gun-disarms, barricading techniques, dealing with knife attacks, ambush techniques, working as a team, stop the bleeding, understanding cover vs concealment, disaster response psychology, combat breathing, developing a survivor’s mindset, and other critical tactics, techniques and strategies to save lives. 
Jim Larson, Montana Ag Safety Program
Monday 8am – 10am Boulder
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.
Bryan Peterson, Associated Employers
Monday  10:30am – 12pm 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.
Branden Beck, Montana Safety Services Council
Wednesday 3pm – 5pm Yellowstone
This class enables participants to control safety and health hazards associated with permit required confined space entry.  Technical topics include recognition of confined space hazards, basic information about instrumentation used to evaluate atmospheric hazards, and general permit space ventilation techniques.  The class features workshops on confined space classification permits and program evaluation.
Montana Department of Administration, Risk Management & Tort Division
Tuesday   10pm – 3pm Yellowstone
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.
Tim Barth, MCCF
Tuesday  3pm – 5pm Gallatin
When demolishing a structure, or part of a structure, OSHA Subpart T requires an Engineering Survey be completed by a Competent Person prior to commencement of work.  This class will cover the necessary pre-work and planning to ensure compliance with OSHA and other entity requirements.  The following topics will be covered; Pre-Start and Engineering Surveys, Safety & Environmental considerations, Utility Locates/Disconnects, Permitting/Notifications and developing a Demolition Plan.  Attendees will also receive a sample Demolition Policy and Engineering Survey examples.
Sally Venard, Yellowstone Boys & Girls Ranch
Wednesday   3pm – 5pm Bighorn
Class will include information on 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.  
Kirk Smith, Montana State Fund
Thursday 8am – 5pm Stillwater
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. 
Expanding Wound Care in Rural Healthcare Communities.
Thursday    12:30pm - 2:30pm    Madison
Alyssa Franciss & Judy Raboy, Billings Clinic Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine Center

This course covers burn and wound management in rural areas. What the challenges & opportunities are as well as when it is appropriate to refer/be seen in the clinic.
David Fox, Fox Safety LLC
Tuesday  12:30pm – 2:30pm Gallatin
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.
Gordon Brannon, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday Session         8am – 5pm         Madison
Tuesday Session        8am – 5pm        Madison
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.  Note: if you are late to class you may lose your spot to someone on the waitlist.
Jason Venn, Victory Insurance
Thursday 10:30am – 12pm Bighorn
Participants in this class will learn about the identities and hazards of chemicals in the workplace. They will also learn how to classify chemicals and communicate hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. Participants will also receive any updates to the OSHA standard.
Judy Watkins, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Wednesday 10:30am – 12pm Gallatin
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. 
Tiffany Ott, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday-Thursday     7am – 6pm    Parlor 1009

HAZWOPER – 40-hour OSHA 1910.120 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response training applies to workers who are involved in cleanup operations, voluntary clean-up operations, emergency response operations, storage, disposal, or treatment of hazardous substances, or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. Some topics covered include hazard communication, toxicology, chemical and physical properties, toxicology, hazard classes, site characterization, air monitoring, general safety hazards, site hazards, and hands-on training with PPE. 
Gordon Brannon, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday 8am – 5pm Madison
This class meets OSHA requirements for 8 hours of annual refresher training and targets workers who remove hazardous waste or who are exposed to hazardous substances or health hazards. Topics include HAZWOPER regulations, safety hazards, air monitoring, medical surveillance, site control, decontamination, and respiratory equipment. This is for those who have completed the 40-hour or 24-hour HAZWOPER training.
Tim Barth, MCCF & Leslie Cunningham, Impact & Profits
Monday   12:30pm – 2:30pm Boulder
During this training you will discover how to:
•       Instill accountability in your workers through safety observations
•       Give effective feedback that improves job performance
•       Move past your concerns about how others will respond to your observations and feedback
•       Support your employees (or team) in making adjustments that prevent injuries and get the job done 
•       Integrate 3 easy-to-implement tools that will significantly decrease your risk of injury
Bryan Page, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday   5:30pm – 7pm Gallatin
Learn how to control your workers compensation cost. This class covers the cost drivers of workers’ compensation and how to control them.
Rob Sperle, Montana State Fund
Monday   8am – 10am Yellowstone
Everyone perceives risk differently. This class is geared towards the employee and will give them an understanding of how their risky behavior affects not only their wellbeing, but the wellbeing of their coworkers as well. 
Penny Ronning, Co-Founder Yellowstone County Area Human Trafficking Task Force
Monday   10:30am – 12pm Boulder
Participants will learn how to identify, report, and fight human trafficking in Montana.
Larry Alheim, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Monday   1pm – 5pm Gallatin
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.
Dallas Cox, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Independent Contractor Unit
Monday   5:30pm – 7pm    Boulder
Everything you wanted to know about Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate and Construction Contractor Registration but were afraid to ask.
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday 3pm – 5pm Stillwater
This session is intended to provide knowledge of workplace hazards, according to OSHA 1910 General Industry Standards, and recommendation to eliminate them. It will provide guidance on how to conduct a thorough audit of your work environment as well as OSHA mandated safety and health programs.
David Fox, Fox Safety, LLC
Wednesday 12:30pm – 2:30pm Stillwater
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
Wednesday 8am – 9:30am Bighorn
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.
Nicole Gregerson – Hollenbeck
Thursday 8am – 5pm Gallatin
Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illness, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common support. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illness, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia.
Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).
• Assess for risk of suicide or harm
• Listen nonjudgmentally
• Give reassurance and information
• Encourage appropriate professional help
• Encourages self-help and other support strategies
• Must attend full 8-hour course.
• Must pass the test at the end of the course.
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday   3pm – 5pm Stillwater
This session will highlight the reporting, investigating, and taking corrective action on all work-related incidents as well as safety committee requirements of the Montana Safety Culture Act for the public sector. This class will cover different topics and ideas for the required documentation to fulfill these elements. Additionally, attendees will participate in an accident investigation that will give them an idea on how to report, investigate, and take corrective actions of work related incidents.  
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday   12:30pm – 2:30pm Stillwater
This class details these three elements required under the Montana Safety Culture Act. Safety Compliance Specialists from the Montana Department of Labor and Industry will explain numerous options and ideas for completing the required trainings to fulfill the requirements of these elements. Additionally, the instructors will cover the employer documentation requirements. 
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday 8am – 10am Stillwater
This session will highlight the recordkeeping 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.
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. 
Kelly Trudgeon, Montana State Fund
Wednesday 8am – 10am Yellowstone
Participants will learn the general overall physical properties of silica and what it does to the lungs.  The instructor will share her personal story of her father passing from silicosis.  She will talk about her experience with his illness and his passing, as well as what she learned after he passed.
Jackie Swiesz, Associated Employers
Thursday 8am – 10am  Bighorn
The following objectives will be covered in the course:
• Marijuana & Impairment – impacts in the workplace
• State legalization of marijuana – recreational use – medical use and limited medical use
• Federal laws regarding marijuana use – DOT, ADA, FMAL and other alphabet soup acronyms
• Drug & Alcohol policies
• Marijuana and the duty to accommodate
• Lawful off-duty conduct statutes – duty to provide a safe workplace
• Practical considerations – making good decisions
Earl Sutherland
Thursday 12:30pm – 2:30pm Bighorn
Class description coming soon…
Monday (8am – 5pm) Tuesday (8am - 12pm) Stillwater
David Evans, 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.
Monday (12:30pm – 5pm) Tuesday (8am – 5pm) Bighorn
Chris Tacke, 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.
Berke Brown, 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.  
Fred Miller Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday – Thursday 8am – 5pm Jefferson
This class is designed for supervisors, foremen and business owners. It teaches safety awareness and hazard avoidance to those responsible for workplace safety. Topics include: Slips, Trips & Falls; Material Handling; Ergonomics; PPE; Managing Safety & Health; Exit Routes; Safety Accountability; OSHA Recordkeeping; Electrical. Participants who attend the entire class receive an OSHA 30-hour General Industry card. 
David de Fer, Rocky Mountain OSHA University of Utah
Tuesday 8am – 5pm Boulder
This course covers the development and implementation of controls and strategies to prevent or mitigate silica exposures in construction, maritime, and general industries. Course topics include describing the requirements of OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica standards and recognizing the hazards and risks, assessment options, and exposure control measures associated with silica exposure. Minimum student contact hours.
David de Fer, Rocky Mountain OSHA University of Utah
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 to provide small business owners, trainers, supervisors 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 de Fer, Rocky Mountain OSHA University of Utah
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 end 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 Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday 10:30am – 12pm Yellowstone
This course targets employers and employees in the private sector and will cover OSHA’s latest Emphasis Programs
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday 10:30am – 12pm Stillwater
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
Wednesday 8am – 10am Gallatin
Asbestos, radon, and meth labs are popular media topics and public concerns.  Come join the Department of Environmental Quality and learn about radon, asbestos, and meth labs and how they’re regulated in Montana. 
Lisa Brooks, Montana Department of Administration
Thursday 10:30am – 12pm Stillwater
This behavior-based safety course will give participants an understanding of what behavior-based safety is, the factors that influence behavior, the consequences of those behaviors, what you can do to change those behaviors and ways to improve your safety culture.
Keith Ouzts, Montana Contractor’s Association
Tuesday   8am – 9:30am         Yellowstone
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.
Cindy Zimmerman, Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau
Thursday 10:30am – 12pm Madison
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.
Andrew Goss & Lanny Orr, Billings Clinic
Wednesday 3pm – 5pm Bighorn
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.
Bob Winston, Victory Insurance
Wednesday 12:30pm – 2:30pm Yellowstone
The creation of a genuine safety partnership between management and employees is fundamental to achieve excellence in safety.   Creating a safety partnership requires management and employees to jointly work toward achieving common and clearly understood safety goals.  This can be achieved thru effective safety leadership.  Leadership that recognizes safety as a social activity where everyone is involved and works together is essential.   This session will address leadership at the supervisory level where if not taken seriously, positive change cannot occur.  
Gerald Prete, MSU Fire Service
Monday 8am – 12pmGallatin
The National TIM Responder Training Program was developed by responders for responders, and was designed to establish the foundation for and promote consistent training of all responders to achieve the three objectives of the TIM National Unified Goal (NUG): 
• Responder Safety 
• Safe, Quick Clearance 
• Prompt, Reliable, Interoperable Communications 
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Unemployment Insurance Division
Monday   5:30pm – 7:30pm Room Gallatin
Wednesday 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  
Paula Miller, PHR, SHRM-CP, WHP Billings Clinic
Thursday 8am – 12pm Yellowstone
When we understand why we do the things we do and how we do them, we can begin to make a difference in building a safety culture that is conducive to growth and prosperity one person at a time.  This session will teach the basic Arbinger principle of seeing others and how we can change our thinking to help our fellow co-workers and colleagues master their objectives for higher performance, quality and safety which in turn helps ourselves be the best version of who we need to be at work as well.  
Julie Ouzts, Montana Department of Administration Risk Management and Tort Defense Division
Wednesday 10am -  12pm Bighorn
This 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.
Cindy Zimmerman, Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau
Thursday 8am – 10am Madison
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.
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday     8am – 10am    Bighorn

This session is intended to provide knowledge on anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of workplace exposures, according to OSHA 1910 General Industry Standards. It will also provide guidance on various and diverse methods to protect employees from these exposures.
Shannon Shirley & Adam Chiappone
Tuesday3:30pm – 5pmYellowstone

Join us in the universal quest for seeking Work-Life Balance. Achieving a work-life balance is a daily challenge. It can be tough to make time for family, friends, community participation, spirituality, personal growth, self-care, and other personal activities, in addition to the demands of the workplace. In this presentation we will define Work-Life Balance, discuss the role Work-Life Balance plays in our own lives, and ultimately explore these simple concepts as key components to help create the conditions for achievement and enjoyment in our daily lives.    

Lorri Deplazes, RN CHSP CSSBB
Monday   10:30am – 12pm Bighorn
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:
o Weapons
o Code Grays/Mr. Muscle and Restraints
o Policies related to Workplace Violence
o What facilities should do for associate involved in WPV event
o 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 Contractor Compensation Fund
Tim Barth is the Safety Consultant for the Montana Contractor Compensation Fund who helps contractors train employees in hazard recognition, improve safety cultures and find workable solutions to workplace hazards.  Tim has worked in the heavy and highway construction industry for almost thirty years.  For the past ten years, he has focused on changing how safety is viewed and how doing work safely can not only keep employees from being injured but makes them more skilled in their work and allows them to complete work more efficiently with a high-quality outcome.  Tim has a degree in Construction Engineering Technology and is an OSHA Outreach Trainer for the Construction Industry.
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
Gordon is a Certified Mine Safety Professional and has his surface and underground training designations from MSHA. He has his Coal Mine Foreman Papers from Colorado and Montana. He is also a certified trainer by Medic First Aid in CPR/First Aid and AED. Gordon is currently an EMT-I (Nationally and State certified).
While living in Colstrip, he worked on the county and private ambulance service for 29 years. Prior to joining the State of Montana, he retired from Peabody Energy Company (largest coal company in the US) with 33 years of service in management and worked in numerous positions in the coal mining field and worked and trained at all their operations thru the years.  He operated his own safety, environmental, and security consulting business for two years and had training plans with MSHA in Underground and Surface and worked at Craig, Colorado. · Also, he worked with MESCO and constructed and repaired large draglines and shovels in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Gordon brings both a Bachelor of Science (Environmental and Safety Management) and masters’ degree (Environmental Safety Management) to the Safety and Health Bureau and has taken many other engineering classes from other universities.
Montana Department of Administration, Workers Comp Management Bureau
Lisa joined WCMB as the safety program officer in March 2016. Prior to this, she held safety positions in the UK for both national and global organizations within food manufacturing, oil and gas, logistics and the airline industry. Her experience includes accident investigation, developing safe systems of work, training, hazard identification, risk assessment, strategic development and continuous improvement. Her emphasis is on implementing and improving safety programs to create a safety culture established and maintained by all employees.
Berke Brown
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Berke is a native Montanan. He was born in Helena and was raised in the Laurel area. Berke has worked for Stillwater Mining Company, where he learned rules and regulations.   Berke has applied his knowledge & experience to work for Mine Safety & Health Administration and the State of Montana, Safety & Health Bureau as mine trainer/inspector. Berke is currently an authorized OSHA Outreach Construction trainer for the State of Montana, Safety & Health Bureau. Berke now has 14 years of safety experience. Berke and his wife resides in Billings with their children and stepchildren. 
Reflex Protect
Alain Burrese, J.D., is the Director of Active Defense Training for Reflex Protect and the author of Survive A Shooting: Strategies to Survive Active Shooters and Terrorist Attacks. He is a former U.S. Army Sniper, a fifth-degree black belt, and a certified active shooter response instructor (Safariland Group). He is the author of 8 books, 11 instructional DVDs, and numerous articles. He’s appeared on various radio and television shows discussing safety and active shooter response, including the PBS Documentary: Active Shooter: Are Montana Colleges Ready? 


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.  
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. 
Impact & Profits
Leslie is a nationally leading and award-winning Leadership and Teamwork Development Expert. She specializes in empowering leaders to inspire extraordinary teamwork and achieve breakthrough results.  She has over 25 years of experience in leading workshops, educational seminars, and working with business owners, leaders and corporations.
Leslie is an international published author whose work has appeared in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and is a national columnist.
Leslie is a radio personality and talk-show radio host. She hosted a weekly call-in talk radio show, “Extraordinary Leadership & Teamwork”, on 1450 AM KMMS and has appeared live on CBS (formally CNN) News Talk Radio. Her mission is to empower every leader to inspire their team to come together to make an extraordinary difference and impact in their workplace and community.
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
Mountain West OSHA Education Center, University of Utah.
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 drafter where he also learned basic land surveying. In 1979, David went into construction and worked for over 27 years as a carpenter, supervisor, 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 worked for the Montana Department of Labor and Industry Safety and Health Bureau as an Occupational Safety & Health Specialist and Trainer, before joining Mountain West OSHA. David is an authorized OSHA Construction and General Industry instructor.
Montana Nurses Association
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 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. 


Billings Clinic Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine Center
Alyssa is the Program Director for Billings Clinic’s Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center. Within this capacity she oversees the program development, marketing efforts, and ongoing operations of a successful clinical program.  She has spent over 15 years in the healthcare field working in direct patient care in both clinical and hospital settings, health insurance sectors, and information technology as well as in the roles of a business and technical project manager.  She studied at Montana State University Billings earning a Bachelor of Science degree and then a Master of Science in Administration from the University of South Dakota focusing on organizational leadership and development.  She also teaches as a part-time instructor for Montana State University Billings for both the College of Business and for the English, Philosophy and Modern Language department.  Her passion is providing unique and innovative ways to help support rural communities obtain access to health care services. 
Andrew Goss RN, BSN
Andrew Goss was raised in Eastern MT has been a registered nurse since 2006 graduating from Montana State in Bozeman.  He has been with Billings Clinic Trauma since 2010 as the Injury Prevention Coordinator. In this role provides community education in jury prevention as well as trauma care education for healthcare professionals in Montana and Wyoming.  He participates in the MT State Trauma Care Committee and the Eastern Regional Trauma Advisory Committee. Andrew lives outside of Billings with his wife and three children enjoying a rural MT lifestyle.
Nicole Hollenbeck is a Human Resources Professional with over 18 years of experience. 
She completed her bachelor’s in education and master’s Work in Behavior Analysis.  She has spent time working in Corrections, Education and Human Resources. 


During the past five years Nicole has devoted her time to providing education about mental health and suicide; spending the last 3 ½ years teaching Mental Health First Aid around Oregon and Montana.  Nicole is certified in youth, adult and Law enforcement modules and enjoys providing this interactive class and information to all those whom are willing to listen. She is passionate about education people to help make our communities better for everyone. 


Nicole currently resides in Lolo Montana.  


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 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.
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.
Billings Clinic Occupational Health Manager
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 20 years and has been an HR Generalist for most of her career.  Paula was the Wellness and Safety Coordinator for Glacier Bancorp, Inc. for 11 years providing her skills in corporate wellness, health and safety.  Paula moved to RiverStone Health to become the Organizational Trainer in 2015 where she excelled at teaching her fellow colleagues new skills.  Her current role as Occupational Health Manager involves assisting and working with her new team of 36 members to create a best in class Occupational Health Department with a multi-facetted approach to helping patients and clients with annual surveillance tracking, work comp injuries, as well as work conditioning so they can realize higher production numbers and be employers who care about their employees.  In her spare time, Paula enjoys her many volunteer positions, spending time with her children, Garrett, 13, and Dylan, 11, 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
The Unemployment Insurance Division collects unemployment taxes paid by Montana employers and distributes benefits to claimants.
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tiffany is a Montana Tech graduate with an MS in Industrial Hygiene and a BS in Occupational Safety and Health Science and Engineering. She has worked with public and private sector businesses providing indoor environmental quality evaluations, safety inspections, and safety and health training. Tiffany resides in Butte with her husband and two children and is actively involved in Ott’s Halloween Haunt, a family operated fundraiser that has been benefiting local charities for 20 years. 
Billings Clinic Trauma
Lanny Orr is a Montana native. Prior to attending Nursing school, he was a Navy Hospital Corpsman serving with the Marines. Lanny has been with Billings Clinic since 2012 and has been a nurse in the Emergency Department and a flight nurse with MedFlight. Lanny is currently the Trauma Coordinator at Billings Clinic. He is heavily involved with care of trauma patients. He serves on the Eastern Regional Trauma Advisory Committee, and the State Trauma Care Committee. Lanny enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his friends and family. 
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 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’s 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.  Before 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.  Today he’s going to present information on radon, the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.  
Eastern Regional Trainer, MSU Fire Services Training School
In addition to working for MSU Fire Services Training School, Jerry is a member of the Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Steering Committee. He is one of the leading Traffic Incident Management Instructors in Montana. 


Judy Raboy, NP
Billings Clinic Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine Center
Born and raised in Fairfax, VA, Judy attended John Hopkins for her Bachelor of Science in nursing.  After many years of nursing she went on to obtain her Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nurse certification from Emory University in 2001. Since that time, she has worked in both inpatient, outpatient and home health as a consulting WOCN. Judy moved to Billings MT in 2013 to become the nurse manager of the Wound, Infectious Disease and Podiatry Clinics at which time she decided to return back to school to obtain her Nurse Practitioner degree. She attended the University of North Dakota in 2014-2016 and graduated as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner.  Due to her love of wound care, she decided to continue practicing in this field and became a part of the Billings Clinic Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center. Judy also went on to receive her CWON-Advanced Practitioner certification as well. In addition to working in the outpatient clinic she have expanded her practice to now include seeing patients via Telemedicine, providing services at Livingston Health Care through an outreach wound clinic as well as provide wound care education throughout the Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota region that Billings Clinic serves.


Co-Founder Yellowstone County Area Human Trafficking Task Force
Penny’s passionate commitment to human rights, the arts, social justice, and protecting wildlife habitat throughout the world is reflected in her more than 30 years of professional and volunteer service. She has initiated and helped secure more than $20 million dollars in combined monetary, pledged, and other sponsorship acquisitions for multiple nonprofit organizations.
In 2013, she founded OPERATION: Billings Child, a holiday gift program for homeless youth. Through OPERATION: Billings Child, more than 3,000 wrapped gifts boxes and bags, hygiene packets, and clothing items have been distributed to homeless youth enrolled in Billings Public Schools. In 2016, Penny co-founded the Yellowstone County Area Human Trafficking Task Force, the largest human trafficking task force in the state of Montana.  In 2017, Penny was elected to a four-year term on Billings City Council. Serving a trade region of more than a half million people, Billings, MT is the largest city in the state. In her role as a Councilwoman, Penny actively leads on issues of public safety, economic development, energy conservation, and equality. 
Penny is a filmmaker and a photographer. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film, a Master’s degree in Business Administration and enjoyed law school.
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tyler Sanders was born and raised as a Montana kid. He attended Capital High throughout high school and went on to graduate from Montana Tech In 2018 with a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health while also being a 4-year starter on the football team. Tyler gained his hands-on safety knowledge by interning in industrial construction as well as underground coal mining throughout his previous internship in New Mexico. Tyler enjoys all the outdoor activities that Montana has to offer such as hiking, fly fishing, hunting, and skiing.
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Drew grew up in Lolo and then attended high school in Missoula, MT. He later attended the University of Montana and received a B.A. in Biology. After a few years away from school, Drew went back to school at Montana Tech and earned a M.S. in Industrial Hygiene in 2014. Drew worked as an Industrial Hygienist and Safety Engineer in the semiconductor industry for three years in Idaho, focusing on chemical safety and risk assessment. Drew returned to Montana to work in the Consultation Program with the Department of Labor and Industry as an industrial hygienist in 2018.  On the nights and weekends, Drew enjoys spending time on the rivers and in the woods; specifically rafting, camping and snowshoeing throughout Southern and Western Montana. 
Billings Clinic
Shannon Shirley is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC) licensed in Montana. Shannon has more than 17-years of counseling experience.  She currently has a small private practice in addition to working full time as a Billings Clinic Employee Assistance Program Counselor assisting clients with issues related to anxiety, depression, substance abuse, job-related difficulties and career related issues, life transitions, stress management, work-life balance, individual outplacement assistance, couples and family counseling and crisis response/de-briefing.  
Shannon has a MS degree in Mental Health Counseling and Rehabilitation from Montana State University Billings and undergraduate degrees in Professional Communications and Psychology from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT.  
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 State Fund
Rob joined Montana State fund as a Safety Management Consultant in 2016. Rob holds a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist certification (COSS). He has worked for over 25 years in the safety and health field. He spent several years working in the Bakken Oilfield. He was employed by Williston State Collage (Train ND) where his primary responsibilities were providing safety training for employees new to the oilfield. Rob has a genuine concern for the safety and wellbeing of every employee and believes that proper motivation and training are key elements in maintaining a safe and prosperous workplace.  Rob is an Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) outreach trainer for construction and general industry, and an Instructor Development trainer for Medic First Aid and American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI).
Dr. Sutherland, CP,PHD, is a Clinical Psychologist specialist in Hardin, Montana. He graduated in 1983, having over 36 years of diverse experience, especially in Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Earl Bh Sutherland also cooperates with other doctors and physicians in medical groups including Bighorn Valley Health Center, Inc.



Associated Employers
As an HR Business Partner, Jackie Swiesz assists AE members by responding to hotline calls; conducting HR Needs Assessments; reviewing, developing and implementing Employee Handbooks; performing on-site HR services through AE’s HR Partnering program; conducting training; assisting members with recruiting; and, assisting members with developing wage and compensation structures. 
Jackie has nearly two decades of human resource experience in both the private and non-profit sectors. In her HR role, she has served as a key management person and partnered with business owners, boards of directors, and supervisors to provide leadership and collaboration from strategic planning to daily operations. She is experienced in a full range of HR functions as well as payroll and benefits, safety accreditation, and employee training. She is well acquainted with the diversity of small businesses in our area. Her HR experience ranges from wholesale distributors to electrical energy cooperatives and other non-profits in the social services and educational sectors.
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Chris is a 2011 graduate of Montana Tech of the University of Montana, earning a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health and a minor in Biology. After graduating from Montana Tech, Chris started his safety career as the Health and Safety Manager for the Grand Teton Lodge Company in the Grand Teton National Park. While working for the Grand Teton Lodge Company, Chris also worked for Jackson Hole Fire/EMS as a Firefighter/EMT-Basic.
In February of 2014, Chris and his family moved back to Montana and he started working for the Montana Department of Transportation as a Safety Consultant in the Billings and Great Falls Districts.
Currently, Chris is a Safety and Health Specialist with the Montana Department of Labor and Industry- Safety Bureau in the Great Falls Field office.
Montana State Fund
Kellie joined State Fund in 2016. Kellie’s passion for safety started at an early age after her father’s coworker was killed on the job. She started her safety career at Montana Tech working in the Environmental Safety and Health department as the intern for two years and later going on to Copper Environmental Consulting in Anaconda where she managed safety on remediation management sites in Nevada and Colorado. Kellie holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety & Health and a Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene both from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. While at Montana Tech, Kellie was the president of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) student chapter. She is currently the Professional Development Coordinator for the Big Sky Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP).  Kellie focuses on risk assessment and hazard identification.  Kellie holds the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.  
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).  
Victory Insurance
Jason has long experience with combining safe work practices with high stress environments.   He spent twelve years as a wildland fire engine captain for the Bureau of Land Management and followed that with five years of supervisory experience with the oilfield service company Sanjel USA.  For the last two years he has been working with employers all over the state of Montana as a Safety and Loss Control Consultant for Montana’s only private workers compensation carrier Victory Insurance.  He hopes that his sole focus on safe work practices combined with his previous operational experience will bring a unique perspective to the world of safety.
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. 
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 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.



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