Helena SafetyFestMT 2017

Helena SafetyFestMT

Registration is open for SafetyFestMT: Helena 2017! There are more than 50 topics to choose from and there's something for everyone.  Topics include but aren't limited to: Ag/ATV Safety, Implementing a Safety Program, Active Shooter, OSHA 10-Hour Construction & General Industry Courses, Fire Safe, Cargo Securement, Meth Awareness, First Aid/CPR/AED, Fall Protection in Construction, Managing Excavation Hazards, Defensive Driving, Work Comp 101, Suicide in Montana, Accountability, and so much more! Click or tab to the Agenda or Class Description Tabs on the right to see the full list of topics.

Continuing Education Credits:

We are offering Continuing Ed credits through OPI, SHRM/HRCI, The Employment Relations WC Claims Examiner Certification Program, and the Montana Certified Water and Wastewater Operator Program.  

The following classes qualify for the ERD WC Claims Examiner CE's:

  • Work Comp 101 Session A or B - 2 credits
  • Ask the Experts: Work Comp Trends in Montana - 2 credits
  • Work Comp, FMLA & ADA Oh My! - 1 credit
  • Stay at Work/Return to Work - 1 credit
  • Tort Liability - 1 credit

The classes listed below are eligible for the Montana Certified Water & Wastewater Operator Continuing Ed Credits:

  • ACTIVE SHOOTER – 0.200 Dual CECs
  • CARGO SECUREMENT – 0.200 Dual CECs
  • CONFINED SPACE – LOCK OUT/TAG OUT – 0.200 Dual CECs
  • EMERGENCY EXITS AND FIRE PREVENTION PLANS – 0.200 Dual CECs
  • FALL HAZARD AWARENESS FOR CONSTRUCTION (OSHA 7405) – 0.800 Dual CECs
  • FIRST AID/CPR/AED – 0.800 Dual CECs
  • FORKLIFT SAFETY – 0.200 Dual CECs
  • HAZWOPER 40-HOUR ½ CECs – 2.00 Dual CECs
  • HAZWOPER 8-HOUR REFRESHER ½ CECs – 0.400 Dual CECs
  • HOW TO READ SAFETY DATA SHEETS – 0.200 Dual CECs
  • LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT ½ CECs – 0.100 Dual CECs
  • OSHA 10-HOUR: CONSTRUCTION – 1.00 Dual CECs
  • OSHA 10-HOUR: GENERAL INDUSTRY – 1.00 Dual CECs
  • PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT – 0.200 Dual CECs
  • PREVENTING DISTRACTED DRIVING ½ CECs – 0.100 Dual CECs
  • SAFETY AND HEALTH PROGRAMS – 0.150 Dual CECs
  • TRENCHING (OSHA 7410: MANAGING EXCAVATION HAZARDS) – 0.800 Dual CECs
  • WATER QUALITY 101 – 0.200 Dual CECs
  • WORKPLACE VIOLENCE: ANTICIPATING & MANAGING ALTERED MENTAL STATUS & VIOLENT SITUATIONS – 0.200 Dual CECs

If you are interested in sponsoring the Helena SafetyFest, or would like to be an exhibitor please click on this link to register.

Hlna Sponsors

Agenda

You can download a pdf version of the Helena agenda by clicking on this link.

Monday 8/14

7am - 6pm
HAZWOPER 40-Hour Training (This class will fill your schedule for the week)

8am - 5pm
OSHA 10-Hour Construction (This class concludes at 12pm on Tuesday)
OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (This class concludes at 12pm on Tuesday)

8am - 12pm
Fire Safe - Designing for & Building in the Wildland Urban Interface and the Effects of Fuel Mitigation on Wildland Fire Behavior

8am - 10am
Ag/ATV Safety
Occupational Health Indicators for Montana

10:30am - 12pm
Implementing a Safety Program
OSHA Update: What's New for 2017?
Public Sector Compliance Update

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Ask the Experts: Work Comp Trends in Montana

3pm - 5pm
Active Shooter
Cargo Securement
Slips, Trips & Falls

Tuesday 8/15

8am - 5pm
First Aid/CPR/AED
HAZWOPER 8-Hour Refresher Session A (This course is for those that have completed the 40-hour training)
Managing Excavation Hazards, OSHA 7410

8am - 9:30am
The Fundamentals of Drug & Alcohol Testing in the Workplace

8am - 10am
Auto Safety

10am - 12pm
Reasonable Suspcion Supervisor Training

10:30am - 12pm
Work Comp, FMLA & ADA...Oh My! Session A

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Suicide in Montana
What You Need to Know About Unemployment Insurance

1pm - 2:30pm
Safety & Health Programs

3pm - 5pm
Leadership & Management
Preventing Distracted Driving

Wednesday 8/16

8am - 5pm
Fall Hazard Protection in Construction OSHA 7405
First Aid/CPR/AED
HAZWOPER 8-Hour Refresher Session B (This course is for those that have completed the 40-hour training)

8am - 12pm
Defensive Driving

8am - 10am
Emergency Exits & Fire Plans
Work Comp 101 Session A

10:30am - 12pm
Stay at Work/Return to Work
Work Comp, FMLA & ADA OH My! Session B

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Meth Awareness
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Work Comp 101 Session B (This is a repeat of the earlier session)

3pm - 5pm
Egonomics & Aging
Requirements for a Respiratory Program

Thursday 8/17

8am - 12pm
Accident Investigation

8am - 10am
Fleet Safety
MSCA: Record Keeping & Reporting
Radon & Asbestos in Montana
What a Safety Coordinator Does

10:30am - 12pm
Accountability
Hazardous Waste 101
Independent Contrator Registration
MSCA: Task & Refresher Training
Tort Liability

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Confined Space - Lock Out/Tag Out
Employee Engagement
MSCA: Self Inspection & Audits
What You Need to Know About Discrimination in the Workplace
Workplace Violence Anticipating & Managing Altered Mental Status & Violent Situations
Water Quality 101

3pm - 5pm
Air Quality 101
Forklift Safety
How to Read Safety Data Sheets
Stress & Nutrition/Stress Management
What You Don't Know About Disability & Retaliation Can Hurt You!
What You Need to Know About Montana's Labor Laws

Class Descriptions

AG/ATV SAFETY
Jim Larson, Montana Ag Safety Program

Monday        8am – 10am    Room 106
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.

ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

Thursday    8am -12pm      Lecture Hall
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.

ACTIVE SHOOTER
Office Noal Petty, Helena Police Dept
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Monday     3pm – 5pm    Lecture Hall
The basic premise of the presentation is advocacy of the “Run, Hide, Fight” technique as developed by the City of Houston, TX, with an added emphasis on gaining a better understanding of specific circumstances from previous active shooter incidents and how they should influence our individual plans of action.
Presentation Goals:
• Explore the mindset of the typical Active Shooter
• Share lessons learned/similarities from previous Active Shooter incidents
• Discuss tactics to employ against an Active Shooter
• Help participants develop an individual plan of action

ACCOUNTABILITY
Kirk Smith, Montana State Fund

Thursday     10:30am – 12pm     Room 106
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. Participants will learn how to implement accountability in the world of safety as it applies to workers, supervisors, and managers.    

AIR QUALITY REGULATION IN MONTANA
Hoby Rush, Montana Department of Environmental Quality Air Quality Bureau

Thursday    3pm – 5pm    Room 205    
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.    

ASK THE EXPERTS- WORK COMP TRENDS IN MONTANA
Herb Byers – State Fund, Jerry Spears – Montana Association of Counties and Leah Tietz – Montana University System/Self Insured.

Monday        12:30pm – 2:30pm    Lecture Hall
Work Comp insurers from various backgrounds will talk about the latest trends in Montana from their perspective.  Participants will also have the opportunity to ask panelists questions regarding the latest trends and other hot topics involving workers’ compensation.

AUTO SAFETY
Jerry Spears, Montana Association of Counties
Tuesday        8am – 10am    Room 108
This is a presentation on autonomous vehicles. The catalysts for change, elements for transportation, insurance implications, recent developments and opportunities.

CARGO SECUREMENT
JR Killham, Montana Motor Carrier Services, Montana Department of Transportation

Monday        3pm – 5pm     Room 106
This class will cover the following topics:
I.Intro to Cargo Securement
II.Fundamentals of Carto Securement
    a.North American Cargo Securement Standard
    b.Components of a Securement System
    c.Containing, Immobilizing, and Securing Cargo
    d.Inspection Requirements
Participants will also learn how to secure: logs, dressed lumber and similar building materials, metal coils, paper rolls, concrete pipe loaded crosswise, intermodal containers securement, automobiles, light trucks and vans, heavy equipment, and machinery, flattened or crushed vehicles, roll-on/roll-off and hook-lift containers, and large boulders.

CONFINED SPACE – LOCK OUT/TAG OUT
Rob Sperle, Montana State Fund

Thursday    12:30pm – 2:30pm    Room 209
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.

DEFENSIVE DRIVING
Montana Department of Administration, Risk Management & Tort Division

Wednesday     8am – 12pm    Lecture Hall
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.

DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE
Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Human Rights Bureau

Thursday     12:30 – 2:30     Room 108
A general review of the Montana Human Rights Act and corresponding federal law dealing with discrimination, harassment, and the 12 protected classes under Montana Human Rights Act, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, etc..  This class will include discussion about recent cases, fact patterns, 10 things to remember about harassment, and practical considerations for everyday use. 

EMERGENCY EXITS AND FIRE PREVENTION PLANS
Fred Miller, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

Tuesday        8am – 10pm    Room 209
How would you escape from your workplace in an emergency? Do you know where are all the exits are in case your first choice is too crowded? Are you sure the doors will be unlocked and that the exit access, such as a hallway, will not be blocked during a fire, explosion or other crisis? Knowing the answers to these questions could keep you safe during an emergency.

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT
Kirk Smith, Montana State Fund

Thursday    12:30pm – 2:30pm    Room 106
What is employee engagement and how does it apply to safety?  We will discuss the keys of employee engagement and its positive impact on safety in your workplace.

ERGONOMICS & AGING
Christel Harrison, Occupational Therapist Manger-Harrington Physical Therapy
Wednesday    3pm – 5pm    Lecture Hall
Participants will learn how to set up their workstation in an optimal position to decrease stress and strain in the low back, shoulders and arms. They will also learn how to prevent repetitive motion disorders and general stretching exercises.

FALL HAZARD AWARENESS FOR CONSTRUCTION (OSHA 7405)
Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational & Environmental Health

Wednesday    8am – 5pm    Room 106
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 SAFE - DESIGNING FOR AND BUILDING IN THE WILDLAND URBAN INTERFACE AND THE EFFECTS OF FUEL MITIGATION ON WILDLAND FIRE BEHAVIOR.
Pat McKelvey, Fire Safe Montana

Monday     8am - 12pm    Room 108
This half-day class starts out with a discussion of how fuel mitigation projects performed in the Roaring Lion area in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana affected the major wildland fire that occurred there in 2016. The discussion includes thoughts on why some structures survived and some did not. It also gives participants an opportunity to learn about fire behavior and the current state of affairs with respect to fighting wildland fires. Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), risks will be defined with respect to location and terrain, and the importance of making "wild land fire survivability" one of the major objectives during the design and construction process will be covered.

FIRST AID/CPR/AED
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Session A Tuesday        8am – 5pm    Room 113
Session B Wednesday     8am - 5pm    Room 113

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 one session of First Aid; those registered for multiple sessions will be removed from all but the first session. Note: You must be on time for class. Due to the high demand for First Aid, you could lose your spot to a wait-listed participant if you are late.



FLEET SAFETY
Jeff Gleason, Montana Department of Transportation

Thursday    8am – 10am    Room 106
Fleet vehicle accidents are among the most costly claims for business and have a wide range of potential severity per incident. This course on fleet safety will include the best practice elements of a fleet safety program, regulatory compliance, and resources to minimize the hidden loss costs.

FORKLIFT SAFETY
David de Fer, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

Thursday     3pm - 5pm   Room 106
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.

HAZARDOUS WASTE 101
Montana Department of Environmental Quality

Thursday     10:30am – 12pm    Room 205
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.

HAZWOPER 40-HOUR
Montana Department of LABOR SAFETY AND HEALTH BUREAU

Monday-Thursday      7am – 6pm    Room 202B
HAZWOPER 40 is required for workers who perform activities that expose or potentially expose them to hazardous substances. This course specifically targets 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. Topics include protection against hazardous chemicals, elimination of hazardous chemicals, safety of workers and the environment, and OSHA regulations.


HAZWOPER 8-HOUR REFRESHER
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Session A Tuesday     8am - 5pm     Room 204
Session B Wednesday     8am – 5pm       Room 204

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.

HOW TO READ SAFETY DATA SHEETS
Bryan Page, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

Thursday    3pm – 5pm    Room 209
Participants will learn how to read safety data sheets and about the OSHA standard that requires them.

IMPLEMENTING A SAFETY PROGRAM
Lisa Brooks, Dept. of Administration Work Comp Management Bureau

Monday        10:30am – 12pm    Lecture Hall
For manager, supervisors and business owners covering the core elements of managing health and safety, understanding if you are doing what you need to do and delivering effective actions to implement health and safety.

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR REGISTRATION
Dallas Cox, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Independent Contractor Unit

Thursday    10:30am – 12pm    Room 209
Everything you wanted to know about Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate and Construction Contractor Registration but were afraid to ask.

LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT
Lisa Brooks, Dept. of Administration Work Comp Management Bureau

Tuesday        3pm – 5pm    Lecture Hall
For leaders and business owners covering the principles of active leadership, worker involvement, assessment, and review, giving practical guidance on core actions to embed the principles that are the foundation of a good health and safety program.

METH AWARENESS
Tiffany Ott, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

Wednesday        12:30pm – 2:30pm    Lecture Hall
Methamphetamine is a major concern in our communities across the state. Topics covered in this course include; introduction of methamphetamine, health effects of use, affects in the community, and structural contamination. This course targets anyone who works with clients and must enter their home setting or anyone interested in learning more about the impact of methamphetamine in our communities.

MONTANA SAFETY CULTURE ACT: RECORD KEEPING & REPORTING
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

Thursday    8am – 10am    Room 204
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 as well as 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    Room 204
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     Room 204
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.

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH INDICATORS FOR MONTANA
Julia Brennan, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Occupational Health & Safety Surveillance Program

Monday        8am – 10am    Lecture Hall
Every day, Montana’s workforce faces daily choices about their workplace safety. Workers, employers, and other stakeholders must actively work to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. This presentation will provide:

  • Overview of Montana Occupational Health & Safety Surveillance Program 
    • Purpose, Resources, & Publications
  • Major trends in occupational health indicators in Montana, 2004-2014 (report online)

  • Key findings and recommendations to improve workplace health and safety moving forward


OSHA 10-HOUR: CONSTRUCTION
Monday (8am – 5pm) Tuesday (8am -12pm)    Room 205
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
Monday (8am – 5pm) Tuesday (8am -12pm)    Room 209
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 UPDATE: WHAT’S NEW FOR 2017?
Bryan Page, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

Monday        10:30am – 12:00pm    Room 202B
This course targets the private sector and covers OSHA’s latest Emphasis Programs.  

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Fred Miller, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

Tuesday        12:30pm – 2:30pm    Room 209
This course helps participants determine if hazards are present, or are likely to be present in the workplace, what types of personal protective equipment is needed.

PREVENTING DISTRACTED DRIVING
Montana Department of Administration Risk Management and Tort Defense Division

Tuesday        2pm – 4pm    Room 209
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    Room 106
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 AND ASBESTOS IN MONTANA.
John Podolinsky, Montana Department of Environmental Quality

Thursday     8am – 10am    Room 205
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.

REASONABLE SUSPICION DRUG AND ALCOHOL SUPERVISOR TRAINING
Dennis Greany, SafeTrac Solutions

Tuesday        10am – 12pm    Lecture Hall
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 are covered.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A RESPIRATORY PROGRAM
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

Wednesday     3pm – 5pm    Room 108
This class covers the requirements needed in order to have a respiratory program.  This class does not include fit testing.

SAFETY AND HEALTH PROGRAMS
Fred Miller, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

Tuesday        1pm - 2:30pm    Room 209
An Effective Safety and Health program can help you reduce injuries and illnesses; improve morale and productivity; and reduce workers’ compensation costs. This course covers the basics of having an effective safety & health program in your workplace.

SLIPS, TRIPS, & FALLS/STAIRWAYS & LADDERS
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

Monday        3pm – 5pm    Room 204
Slips, trips and falls are a significant problem both to the public in general and in the workplace. It is one of the leading workplace accidents in Montana. This class will cover practical methods to reduce slips and falls in the workplace.

STAY-AT-WORK/RETURN-TO-WORK PROGRAMS
Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau

Wednesday    10:30am – 12pm    Room 108
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.

STRESS & NUTRITION/STRESS MANAGEMENT
Jaime Larese, MS RDN LDN and Rebecca Chance-Schauf, MA, St. Peter’s Hospita
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Thursday    3pm – 5pm    Lecture Hall
Stress & Nutrition: When you are feeling tense, there are many ways to manage and, in fact, reduce stress levels. Your diet and nutrition choices can make your stress levels go up or down. Certain foods provide comfort and actually increase levels of hormones in the body that naturally fight stress. Other types of foods and beverages can reduce stress by lowering the levels of hormones that trigger it.  Come learn about the ways in which eating can help you relieve the inflammation stress can cause.  We will switch gears and discuss workplace burnout and how that differs from regular every day stress. Identify how to create a more harmonious work environment including conflict resolution tips.

SUICIDE IN MONTANA
Karl Rosston, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

Tuesday        12:30pm – 2:30pm    Lecture Hall
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, 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 FUNDAMENTALS OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING
Dennis Greany, SafeTrac Solutions

Tuesday        8am – 9:30am           Lecture Hall
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? What is the testing process?

TORT LIABILITY
Richard Martin, Fair Claim Work Comp Attorneys

Thursday    10:30am – 12pm    Room 108
This class will examine the legal theory and applicable laws of tort liability, including negligence and product liability, in the context of work related injuries.  The rights of injured workers to remedies both within Workers Compensation law and beyond the limits of Workers compensation law will be discussed.

Law of Torts

  • Montana Constitution
  • Montana Statutes
  • Montana Cases


Law of Workers' Compensation

  • Montana Constitution
  • Montana Statutes
  • Montana Cases


The Montana Safety Act 50-71-201

  • Employer Immunity
  • Intentional Tort
  • Third Party Liability


TRENCHING (OSHA 7410: MANAGING EXCAVATION HAZARDS)
Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational & Environmental Health

Tuesday        8am – 5pm    Room 106
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 – 2:30pm    Room 205
This presentation will give an overview of the different types and triggers for water quality permits in Montana.

WHAT A SAFETY COORDINATOR DOES
Stormy Tuffield, Montana Department of Labor & Industry

Thursday    8am – 10am     Room 209
This course will give an overview of the many responsibilities/tasks a Safety Coordinator needs to accomplish to ensure that staff has the knowledge to work safe and have a safe environment to work in. It also includes a discussion on those tasks, such as providing safety training, conducting worksite inspections and leading accident/near misses investigations.

WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT DISABILITY & RETALIATION CAN HURT YOU!
Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Human Rights Bureau

Thursday    3pm-5pm    Room 108
Statistically, there are more disability and retaliation claims filed with the Montana Human Rights Bureau than any other type of discrimination case.  This class will include a more detailed analysis of these two areas of discrimination: how the law protects individuals from discrimination, and practical suggestions on how to prevent discrimination and retaliation claims.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MONTANA’S LABOR LAWS
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Labor Standards Bureau

Thursday    3PM – 5PM    Room 204
This class will inform employers and employees of their rights and responsibilities under Montana law. Some topics covered will include prevailing wage law and state child labor law. This class will also help workers and employers understand their rights and obligations when performing work on state prevailing wage public works projects. Topics will include wage rates and fringe benefits, work classifications, the payment of wages, travel pay, zone pay, per Diem, young worker rights, and work young workers cannot legally do, proof of age verification, legal working hours, safety responsibilities and what young workers should do if injured on the job.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Unemployment Insurance Division

Tuesday        12:30pm – 2:30pm     Room 108
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  

WORK COMP 101
Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau
Session A: Wednesday    8am – 10am    Room 108
Session B: Wednesday    12:30pm – 2:30pm    Room 108

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.

WORK COMP FMLA & ADA… OH MY!
Matt Chambers and John Pavao, Montana Department of Administration
Session A  Tuesday        10:30am – 12pm    Room 108
Session B  Wednesday      10:30am - 12pm    Room 209

Matt Chambers, State Early Return-to-Work Officer, and John Pavao, State Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, will guide you through a complex and challenging worker’s compensation scenario that ties in an employee’s rights and an employer’s responsibilities under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA).   Melissa, our employee in this scenario, trips and bumps her head in the employer’s stairwell.  What are Melissa’s rights and the employer’s responsibilities under workers’ compensation?  How about FMLA and ADA?  Is Melissa’s injury a “serious health condition” under the FMLA?  When should Melissa’s employer begin the interactive process?  At what point does her injury become a disability under the ADA?  Is Melissa’s employer required to provide reasonable accommodations?  If Melissa’s employer offers her transitional or light duty assignment, does she have to accept it?  What could Melissa, her manager, and the HR staff have done differently in this scenario?  Join this interactive session to find out the answers to these and other common questions related to workers’ comp, FMLA, and ADA!

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

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

LISA BARTON
Montana Department of Labor & Industry, Unemployment Insurance Contributions Bureau.   
Lisa graduated from Montana State University.   Over the course of her career, she has worked for the State of Montana Department of Labor & Industry and the Department of Revenue for 25 years as both a field representative and a supervisor.   She worked for the Billings Job Service for 3 years.  In addition to public service, she has worked as an accountant for a Billings tractor dealership and spent five years with New Horizons Youth Ministries working in the Dominican Republic and Indiana.   She enjoys serving the employers of Montana is based in Billings, Montana.

GORDON BRANNON
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). Gordon has both a bachelor’s of science (Environmental and Safety Management) and masters’ degree (Environmental Safety Management).

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, worked in numerous positions in the coal-mining field, worked, and trained at all their operations thru the years. While living in Colstrip, he worked on the county and private ambulance service for 29 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.

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

LISA BROOKS
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.

JAMES (JIM) BURROWS
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Jim is a native Montanan. He was born in Missoula, and moved around a lot in his young years settling back home in the late 70’s where he went to work for a local construction company (LS Jensen). Jim worked for 22 years until Jensen sold the business to Oldcastle materials, at that time Jim went into the safety field where he spent the next 10 years as a safety manager. There he earned his Construction Health Safety Technician and Certified Mine Safety Professional designations. He is an authorized OSHA Outreach Construction and General Industry trainer and a certified Medic         First Aid /CPR /AED instructor.

MATT CHAMBERS
Montana Department of Administration, Workers Comp Management Bureau
Matt Chambers is the Return to Work Coordinator at the Worker’s Compensation Management Bureau of the Department of Administration. Matt started in August of 2014 bringing 15+ years of experience in Safety, Worker’s Compensation/Loss Control and other related fields. Matt is a Kansas City, Missouri native and previously has worked for the Montana Department of Transportation (11 years) and the US ARMY (8 years). Matt has an Associate Degree in Applied Science – Majoring in Hazardous Material Management and authorized by the OSHA Institute as a Construction and General Industry outreach trainer.  You will find that Matt has strong communication skills, professional enthusiasm and great respect for the WCMB mission and responsibility.

REBECCA CHANCE-SCHAUF, MA
St. Peter’s Hospital
Rebecca Chance-Schauf is a Wisconsin Native. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Public Relations and a Master’s Degree in Education focusing on College Student Development and Leadership from University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse. She moved to Helena five years ago to be closer to her family and loves living in Helena. She is currently working as the Community Education Manager for the Behavioral Health Unit at St. Peter’s Hospital. She is a member of the Women’s Leadership Network. Her and her husband Joe enjoy owning a home in Helena as well as gardening, cooking, boating, learning about wine, and hold season tickets to Grandstreet Theatre.

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

KAYLA CRISCUOLO
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.

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

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

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

DENNIS GREANY, CSP
SafeTrac Solutions, Inc.
Dennis has been committed to safety for more than 30 years.  Currently he is the Senior Safety Consultant for SafeTrac Solutions, Inc., where he has been working since 2000.  Before that, Dennis was a Division Safety Manager for the Transportation Industry and then moved up to the Director of Safety.  He was also the Vice President for Safety and Human Resources in the Transportation and Construction Industries.  He is also a member of the Board Certified Safety Professionals, as well as a member of the National Safety Council.

CHRISTEL HARRISON, OTR/L CHT
Manger-Harrington Physical Therapy
Christel is a Certified Hand Therapist and completed her Bachelor’s at the University of Montana.  Her areas of expertise and advanced training include orthopedic occupational therapy, elbow/wrist/hand rehabilitation, job site evaluation, upper extremity splinting and Musical Performance Injury.

JAMES (J.R.) KILLHAM
Montana Department of Transportation
J.R. Killham was born and raised on his family’s cattle ranch in Lewistown, MT.  He graduated from Fergus High School in Lewistown in 1988.  He then attended Eastern Montana College in Billings, MT earning his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  After graduation, he worked as a safety officer for a multi-state heavy highway construction company for 20 years.  He was promoted to Vice President of Safety Operation for Century Companies Inc. in 2004.  In 2014, J.R. left private industry and began his career with the Montana Department of Transportation.  He is currently a commercial motor vehicle Safety Investigator.  He has a combined 23 years of experience in commercial vehicle safety and compliance.

JAIME LARESE, MS RDN LDN
St. Peter’s Hospital
Jaime is a versatile professional trained in journalism, human nutrition, food science and health promotion who coordinates and implements large-scale health programming and supports individualized care with corporate and non-profit wellness clientele.  Oversees expansion efforts to include spectrum of wellness services from blood screens, to provider-follow-up, to wellness education.  She actively collaborates with and manages wellness teams to deliver wellness initiatives to internal and external clients designed to reduce at-risk populations and deliver positive outcomes.  She is a passionate “foody”, outdoor enthusiast and lover of all furry animals.

JIM LARSON
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.

JERRY LAUGHERY, CSP – HELENA
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.

RICHARD MARTIN
Fair Claim Workers Comp Attorneys
Richard “Dick” Martin is a workers’ compensation and personal injury attorney in Great Falls, Montana.  He is a shareholder in the firm of Linnell, Newhall, Martin & Schulke, PC doing business as FairClaim Law Firm.  

Mr. Martin graduated from the University of Montana Law School in 1979.  He is married, 42 years, with five children, five great-grandchildren, and five sons/daughters-in-law.  He is a member of the Montana Trial Lawyers Association, is President of the Work Comp section of the MTLA and is a member of the Workplace Injury Law Group (WILG), and is past President of the Cascade County Bar Association.  

MINDY MCCARTHY
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Mindy McCarthy works for the Montana DEQ Water Protection Bureau as the section supervisor for the Compliance, Training, and Technical Assistance Program.  She has worked for the DEQ for the past 7 years, with 5 years as a Quality Assurance Officer providing guidance on data quality and developing standardized processes.  Prior to Montana DEQ, she worked for an environmental laboratory and as a Quality Assurance Officer and Project Manager for MSE-Technology Applications in Butte. She has a BS in Environmental Engineering from Montana Tech.

BREEINNA MCDOUGALL
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.

CORY MIKITA
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Cory is the Montana Department of Environmental (DEQ) Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) compliance inspector for Region 1 Montana; Cory has been with the DEQ since 2012.  Cory is originally from Eureka Montana, after high school he became a Navy Corpsman with the Fleet Marine Force.  He received a degree in Biology and Chemistry from Montana State University – Northern.  After graduating, he worked as a Sanitarian for a few years in the Flathead, and then spent 4 years contracted to the Department of Defense overseeing environmental operations in Iraq and Afghanistan until his return to the States in 2012.   

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

MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION RISK MANAGEMENT & TORT DIVISION
The Risk Management & Tort Defense Division provides training programs designed to assist state agencies to reduce their risks and prevent exposure to claims/losses.

BRETT NIELSEN
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Unemployment Insurance Division
Brett is a Level V Claims Examiner with the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Unemployment Insurance Division. An expert level adjudicator, Brett investigates and adjudicates multi-party UI claims issues and represents the agency at appeals Hearings and/or Board of Labor Appeals and ABC Clinics. Brett has been with the Department for over 7 years. Prior to his current position, Brett has worked for the Division as a Customer Service Representative and a Charging Examiner. Brett enjoys working in the challenging environment of Unemployment Insurance. It is constantly changing and affords him the opportunity to utilize his advanced customer service skills to help claimants and employers navigate UI law and rule.

BRYAN PAGE
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.

JOHN PAVAO
Montana Department of Administration, State Diversity Program
John provides leadership and direction to Montana state government in the areas of equal opportunity policy and program development, the American’s with Disabilities Act, affirmative action, diversity, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.  His educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University, a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Webster University, and a Master’s Certificate in Human Resource Management from Villanova University.  John received a professional certification as an ADA Coordinator from the University of Missouri- College of Human and Environmental Sciences, School of Architectural Studies in 2013.


NOEL PETTY
Helena Police Department
Noal Petty is a Corporal with the Helena Police Department.  He has been with the Helena Police Department since April 2007.  Noal is currently assigned to the Montana Analysis and Technical Information Center (MATIC).  In this position, Noal works as the Regional Information Officer.

Noal graduated from Montana State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology.  In 2013, Noal graduated from Capella University with a Master of Science degree in Public Safety Leadership.  Noal oversees the Junior Police Leadership Academy (JPLA) as well as the Helena College Reserve Officer Program.  Noal is an adjunct professor at Helena College teaching Criminal Justice and Criminology classes.  He has been a School Resource Officer and worked on HPD’s motorcycle unit.  

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

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

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

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

KIRK SMITH,
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.

JERRY SPEARS
Montana Association of Counties (MAC0)
Jerry Spears is the Trust Operations Director at the Montana Association of Counties (MACo).  MACo has three insurance trusts including a health insurance trust, a property & liability trust and a worker’s compensation trust.  Jerry oversees all three trusts.

Prior to MACo, Jerry Spears was the Deputy Director of the Washington State Transit Insurance Pool (WSTIP).  WSTIP is a 25-member self-insurance program for most public transit systems within Washington State.  Jerry was responsible for the claims, the underwriting, the finances and the information technology infrastructure at WSTIP.  

A native New Yorker, Jerry obtained his undergraduate and Master degrees from the University of Washington.  Jerry is championing the effort to introduce collision avoidance and active vehicle safety technology throughout the Country, Jerry strongly believes introducing this innovative technology will reduce and potentially eliminate some of the most vexing types of auto liability claims that the public and private sectors face.

ROB SPERLE
Montana State Fund
Bio Coming Soon....


STORMY TUFFIELD
Safety Director, Montana Department of Labor & Industry
Stormy has been working in safety field, both in federal and private industry, for more than 10 years and managing safety programs for more than six. He currently serves as the Safety and Continuity Coordinator for the Department of Labor and Industry.

STACEY WELDELE-WADE
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Human Rights Bureau
Stacey Weldele-Wade is the new Voluntary Resolution and Outreach Coordinator for the Human Rights Bureau, a position created in 2014.  Prior to taking this position, Stacey was in private practice as an employment law attorney litigating cases on behalf of both employees and employers as well as being engaged in private mediations. Stacey has 30+ years of litigation experience in various Montana state and federal courts.  Stacey works out of the Bureau’s Missoula office.

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