Kalispell SafetyFestMT 2018

Kalispell SafetyFestMT

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SafetyFest will be held at the Arts & Technology Building at Flathead Valley Community College.

We've got a fantastic line up of FREE classes at the Kalispell SafetyFest. To see everything we've got to offer you can click on the agenda or class description link on the right. We've even got a downloadable version for you to look through.

We're kicking off the Kalispell SafetyFest with a panel of local Safety Directors who will share their challenges and successes of putting a safety program in place. This is your chance to interact with local resources to help you put your safety program together.

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Click on this link if you would like a downloadable version of the agenda.

Monday 1/8

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

8am - 5pm
First Aid/CPR/AED Session A
Flagging & Work Zone Safety
OSHA 30-Hour Construction (This class will fill your agenda for the week)
OSHA 30-Hour General Industry (This class will fill your agenda for the week)
OSHA 10-Hour Construction (This class continues from 8am - 12pm on Tuesday)

8am - 10am
ASk the Experts: How to Create A Successful Safety Program

10:30am - 12pm
Ergonomics for Every Age: Session A
Feed Forward Coaching for Supervisors
Forklift Safety
How to Build a Safety Program When You Don't Know Where to Start
Open Cut Mine Permitting

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Active Shooter Session A
Stop the Bleed: BCON Basics Session A
Workplace Violence: Anticipating & Managing Altered Mental Status

1pm - 2:30pm
Confined Space - Lock Out/Tag Out
How to Read Safety Data Sheets

3pm - 5pm
Air Quality 101
Machine Guarding
Meth Awareness
Risk Managmement: Expanding Horizons Beyond Safety
Slips, Trips & Falls

Tuesday 1/9

8am - 5pm
HAZWOPER 8-Hour Refresher
MSHA Blue Card Traing (This will fill your agenda for the reminder of the week)
OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (This class continues from 8am - 12pm on Wednesday)
Trenching: Managing Excavation Hazards OSHA 7410

8am - 12pm
First Aid/CPR/AED Session A

8am - 9:30am
AG/ATV Safety

Defensive Driving Session A

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Montana Safety Culture Act:Record Keeping & Reporting

1pm - 5pm
First Aid/CPR/AED Session B

3pm - 5pm
Montana Safety Culture Act: Accident Investigation & Safety Committees

3:30pm - 5pm
Scaffolding Safety

5:30pm - 7pm
What You Need to Know About Becoming and Independent Contractor in Montana

Wednesday 1/10

8am - 5pm
Fall Protection in Construction OSHA 7405
First Aid/CPR/AED Session B

8am - 9:30am
Hazardous Waste 101

8am - 10am
Montana Safety Culture Act: New Employee Orientation & Annual Refresher Training
Work Comp 101

10am - 12pm
Winter Driving Session A

10:30am - 12pm
Public Sector Update: What's New for 2018
OSHA Update What's New for 2018

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Elements That Matter Regarding Your Safety Culture Climate
Strap on Your Safety Belt - Let's Lead From the Front!
Stay at Work/Return to Work

1pm - 5pm
Evolution of the Risk Assessment Process for Safety Program Management

3pm - 5pm
Stop the Bleed Session B
Winter Driving Session B
Work Comp, FMLA & ADA Oh My!

5:30pm - 7pm
Managing Work Comp for Small Businesses

5:30pm - 7:30pm
What You Need to Know About Unemployment Insurance

Thursday 1/11

8am - 12pm
Accident Investigation
Part 46 Train the Trainer

8am - 10am
Employee Engagement
Radon & Asbestos in Montana
What You Need to Know About Unemployment Insurance

8:30am - 12:30pm
Defensive Driving Session B

10:30am - 12pm
Record Keeping

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Compliance with the New Silica Standard in General Industry & Construction
Ergonomics at Every Age
Water Quality 101

1pm - 3pm
Active Shooter Session B

Class Descriptions

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Thursday    8am – 12pm    Room 144

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

Kirk Smith, Montana State Fund
Thursday     10:30am – 12pm     Room 206

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.    

Deputy Travis Bruyer, Flathead Co. Sheriff’s Office
Session A: Monday        12:30pm – 2:30pm    Room 144
Session B: Thursday     1pm - 3pm    Room 209

According to US Bureau of Statistics more than 2 million workers per year are victims of violence in the workplace. This course will provide tips that might seem inconvenient, impractical and time-consuming when it comes to your personal surroundings, however incorporating these tips into your daily routine and making them part of the way you do business can make you safer. The intent is to make you more aware of your work environment and when recognizing verbal and nonverbal cues of potentially violent behavior.  Let’s make it “common practice” to go home every night.

Jim Larson, Montana Ag Safety Program
Tuesday        8am – 10am    Room 209

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.

Hoby Rash, Montana Department of Environmental Quality Air Quality Bureau
Monday        3pm – 5pm    Room 209

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.    

Damon Repine CDM Smith
Cyndee Carter, Montana Rockworks
Chris Nestell, Western Building Center
Travis Sallee, Loren’s Auto Body
Monday        8am – 10am    Room 139

Safety Specialists from various backgrounds will share their experiences putting successful safety programs together.  They will discuss the challenges they have overcome and how having a successful safety program has affected their bottom line.  Participants will also have the opportunity to ask panelists questions.

Roy Boespflug, OSHA
Thursday    12:30pm – 2:30pm    BC 118

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

Rob Sperle, State Fund
Monday        1pm – 2:30pm    Room 207

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.

Montana Department of Administration, Risk Management & Tort Division
Session A:  Tuesday    10am – 3pm    Room 209
Session B:   Thursday     8:30am – 12:30pm    Room 209

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

Bob Winston, Victory Insurance Company
Wednesday    12:30pm – 2:30pm    Room 209

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

Kirk Smith, Montana State Fund
Thursday    8am – 10am         Room 206

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

Dr. Dan Arnold, Kalispell Regional Medical Center
Session A:  Monday    10:30am – 12pm    Room 144
Session B:  Thursday    12:30pm – 2:30pm    Room 144

This class covers the effects repetitive motion has on the body and how the aging process plays a role in workplace injuries.

Skyler Willard, Dick Anderson Construction
Tom Waterhouse, Old Castle
Wednesday    1pm – 5pm    BC 118

Course will breakdown the key parts of this important Safety Process. Then move forward showing how it is evolving into an essential part of Safety “on the Jobsite” – where the rubber meets the road. It will demonstrate how you can use this in your Safety Program to drive most of the key factors in Safety today.
How to use your Risk Assessment meetings to drive these key parts of your program:
•    Employee Engagement
•    Situational Awareness
•    Changing conditions/hazards
•    OSHA/ MSHA/ DOT  Regulation Training
•    Greater depth of Hazard Knowledge
•    Learn new controls
•    Capture and Document meetings
•    Employee Observations – documented
•    Safety Culture
•    And More

Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational & Environmental Health
Wednesday    8am – 5pm    Room 207

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, 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.

Blu Santee, HUB International
Monday       10:30am – 12pm        Room 207

Effective communication between people at all levels of an organization is the foundation for creating long term success.  More specifically, a leaders ability to provide feedback to subordinates and co-workers is a vital communication skill. Unfortunately, feedback often is received the wrong way because people have a tendency to take a defensive stance when someone is telling them what they did wrong.  A simple fix is using FeedForward communication.  FeedForward communication provides the receiver with positive suggestions for the future, rather than concentrating on negatives of the past. By using FeedForward communication and by advocating others to use it – leaders can dramatically improve the quality of communication within their organization and team.

Jim Burrows, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday Session A    8am – 5pm    BC 117
Wednesday Session B    8am – 5pm    BC 117

Westen Super
Tuesday Session A   8am - 12pm    Room 204
Tuesday Session B   1pm - 5pm      Room 204

This class focuses on recognizing a medical emergency, making the decision to help, identifying hazards, ensuring personal safety, and activating the EMS system. Additional topics include initial assessment, establishing and maintaining an open airway, rescue breathing, chest compressions, treating for shock, control of bleeding, use and operations of automatic external defibrillators, and related first aid.  Please do not register for more than 1 session of First Aid, those that are registered for multiple sessions will be removed from all but the first session they are registered for.

Shawna Page, Montana State University LTAP
Monday        8am – 5pm     Room 204

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

Rob Sperle, Montana State Fund
Monday     10:30am – 12pm    Room 208

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

Shawna Page, Montana State University LTAP
Monday    8am – 5pm     Room 204

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

Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Wednesday    8am – 9:30    Room 209

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.

Monday-Thursday      7am – 6pm    Room 202

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.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday     8am – 5pm    Room 206

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.

Kellie Hicks, Montana State Fund
Monday          10:30am – 12pm    Room 206

This class will start at the very beginning of what it takes to build your safety program.  If you have never built a safety program and you have no idea where to start this class is for you.  Kellie will help you determine where you need to start and help you build a road map of how to get your program in place.   

Jerry Laughery, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday        1pm – 2:30pm        Room 207

Participants will learn how to read safety data sheets and about the OSHA standard that requires them.

Keith Ouzts, Montana Contractors Association
Monday        3pm – 5pm    Room 208

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.

Bryan Page, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday    5:30pm – 7pm      Room 144

Learn how to control your workers compensation cost. This class covers the cost drivers of workers’ compensation and how to control them.

Tiffany Ott, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday        3pm – 5pm    Room 144

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

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday        12:30pm – 2:30pm    BC 118

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.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday    8am – 5pm    BC 118

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 training to fulfill the requirements of these elements. Additionally, the instructors will cover the employer documentation requirements.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday        3pm – 5pm     BC 118

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. 

Phillip Dahl, Mining Safety & Health Agency
Tuesday – Thursday      8am – 5pm    Room 208

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 15 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.

Colleen Owen, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Monday    10:30am – 12pm    Room 207

An overview of the Opencut mine permitting process, including:  application form specifics; how to complete required soil test holes and take acceptable photos; landowner consultation form; addressing sage grouse at your proposed location;  mapping requirements; depth to groundwater, post mining land uses, and archeological considerations.  Questions encouraged.

Monday (8am – 5pm) Tuesday (8am - 12pm)    BC 118
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.

Tuesday (8am – 5pm) Wednesday (8am – 12:30pm)   Room 144
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

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

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday – Thursday    8am – 5pm    Room 203

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

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday – Thursday    8am – 5pm    Room 205

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

Bryan Page, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday    10:30am – 12:00pm    BC 118

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

Jim Burrows, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Thursday    8am - 12pm    BC 117

The Part 46 training rule requires shell dredging, sand, gravel, surface stone, surface clay, colloidal phosphate and surface limestone mines to have a training plan.  This class will help you put a Part 46 Training Plan together.  Mine operators and Independent Contractors must have an approved training plan developed and implemented.  The training plans must address all the elements of training that miners must receive for:
•    New Miners
•    Newly-Hired Experience Miners
•    New Task
•    Annual Refresher
•    Site Specific
This training session will give information on what the Mine Operator/Independent Contractors should do to implement an effect Part 46 Training Plan in place, and to ensure that it contains the necessary information to be considered approved

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday    10:30am – 12:00pm    BC 117

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

John Podolinsky, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Thursday     8am – 10am    Room 207

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

Roy Boespflug, OSHA
Thursday     10:30am – 12pm        BC 118

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

Herb Byers
Monday     3pm – 5pm    Room 206

Occupational Health and Safety is not a stand-alone discipline.  Rather, OHS is part of the larger discipline of Risk Management.  This class provides an overview of the field of traditional Risk Management as it pertains to the identification and control of hazard risk.  Some specific insights for public entities are discussed. Additionally, the newer field of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is overviewed.  It is hoped the participant will gain perspective on where safety sits within the field of Risk Management, and that this leads to insights into a holistic approach to managing risks.   

Keith Ouzts, Montana Contractor’s Association
Tuesdsay      3:30pm – 5pm             Room 209

This class focuses on the safety aspects of scaffolding and current OSHA requirements. The participant is introduced to the basics of scaffolding operations from installing to dismantling. The class will also cover the qualification and responsibilities of the competent person.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday        1pm – 2:30pm     Room 209

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.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau
Wednesday    12:30pm – 2:30pm    Room 206

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.

Ron Wenzel, NAEMT (National Assocation of EMT's)
Session A:  Monday    12:30pm – 2:30pm     Room 209
Session B: Wednesday    3pm – 5pm        Room 209

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.

Phil Quigley,
Wednesday    12:30pm – 2:30pm    Room 144

Safety is far more than protecting people on the job. Sure, insuring their physical health and security at work is job #1. But there’s another kind of safety...psychological safety...the kind that prevents bullying, harassment and intimidation in the workplace.  The kind that makes it safe for people to play to their strengths, deliver top flight performance, and contribute their utmost to the success of the organization.
The good news is that getting the best from your people is not all that complicated. In this high energy workshop, we’ll explore what it take to build a safe, secure and healthy working environment, one that keeps folks performing at the top of their game, achieving the team’s goals, and having fun in the process.
Combining rich discussions, role plays, case studies, team activities and success stories from the some of the world’s most successful organization, here’s what we’ll cover:
•    Building a culture of accountability, contribution and collaboration
•    Understanding what drives millennials; how to keep them engaged
•    Unleashing people’s inner generators—movement vs. motivation
•    Delegation: the leaders high leverage development tool
•    Eight leadership tools you can apply immediately
True, most of what we’ll explore is common knowledge—our goal is make it common practice!

Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational & Environmental Health
Tuesday        8am – 5pm    Room 207

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

Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Thursday    12:30pm – 2pm       Room 207

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

Dallas Cox, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Independent Contractor Unit
Tuesday        5:30pm – 7pm       Room 209

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

The Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Unemployment Insurance Division
Wednesday   5:30pm - 7:30pm   Room 207
Thursday    8am – 10am     BC 118

The presentation from Unemployment Insurance (UI) is designed to give both new and established employers, accountants, bookkeepers, human resources professionals & lawyers a better understanding of the UI program.  The following topics and how they apply to unemployment are covered: Employment and wages subject to UI tax, Employer account types, Employer UI tax rates, Filing and payment requirements and methods. Claimant monetary eligibility and base period of a claim, from employment with an overview of documentation the agency may request, is also covered. Other topics covered include:
•    Electronic communication with employers (SIDES),
•    Ways to minimize benefit charges and protect your tax rate,
•    Claimant Eligibility Requirements,
•    Types of Separations,
•    Appeal rights,
•    How to prevent fraud 

Montana Department of Administration Risk Management and Tort Defense Division
Session A:  Wednesday    10am 12pm    Room 209
Session B: Wednesday    3pm – 5pm    Room 209

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

Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau
Wednesday    8am – 10am    Room 206

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.

Matt Chambers and John Pavao, Montana Department of Administration
Wednesday     3pm – 5pm    Room 144

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!

Lorri Deplazes, RN CHSP CSSBB
Monday        12:30pm – 2:30pm    Room 206

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

Instructor Bios

Kalispell Regional Medical Center
Dan is a Physical Therapist and Board Certified Ergonomist with Occupational Health Services in Kalispell, MT. He graduated from the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, Program in Physical Therapy in 1984, and has been a resident of the Flathead Valley, and employee of Northwest Healthcare, since 1986. He specializes in on-site consulting, training, and education, and has worked with companies throughout Montana providing injury prevention services in ergonomics, body mechanics, stretching programs, and return to work issues. He is in charge of the Ergonomics and Post-Offer Employment testing programs at Northwest Healthcare, where employee injuries have been reduced by over 90% since 1992. His work with employees from “hire to retire” creates a safer, more productive, and positive workplace.

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

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

Roy Boespflug is currently the Compliance Assistance Specialist for the Billings Area Office, a position just recently backfilled. Prior to this position, Roy has been the Assistant Area Director for the Billings Area Office of OSHA for two years. He has been with OSHA for the past ten years. Roy retired from the Montana Army National Guard after 26 years of service in 2003 reaching the rank of Master Sergeant. Prior to working with OSHA, Roy has worked as a school teacher, motor carrier services officer, and a drilling crew member in various capacities in oil field operations and safety of dam investigations for the federal government.

Roy is a graduate of Montana State University-Billings.

Flathead County Sheriff’s Department
Deputy Bruyer is the Community Resource Unit Coordinator for the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office, where he has worked for the last 16 years. Prior to working for the FCSO, Bruyer worked for the Helena Police Department and the U.S. Coast Guard. In addition to his regular duties, he coordinates public safety education courses, the community watch program and is the law enforcement liaison for school officials. Bruyer is also the author of The Legal Survival Guide for Students a guide designed to help students and their families understand the legal ramifications of risky and illegal behavior commonly committed by youth.

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.

Montana State Fund
Herb has pursued his career in the insurance loss control field within Montana since the early 1990’s.  This has included experience with Lumbermen’s Underwriting Alliance, Argonaut Insurance Company, and CIGNA Property and Casualty.  Herb began his career at Montana State Fund in 1999 as a Safety Management Consultant based in Helena.  He received his Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Organizational Communication, Magna Cum Laude, from Central Michigan University.  He is professionally designated as an Associate in Loss Control Management (ALCM), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), Associate in Risk Management for Public Entities (ARM-P), and Associate in Insurance Services (AIS) by the Insurance Institute of America.  He has widely consulted for a range of organizations including the following industry sectors:  Human Services/Charitable Organizations, Governmental Entities, Construction, Manufacturing, Retail, Education, Religious Organizations, Forest Products, Transportation, Vehicle Dealers, and Health Care.  Herb emphasizes the behavioral nature of occupational accidents and advocates the creation of a safety culture within an organization as the most effective means to foster safe behavior.

Montana Rockworks
Cyndee is an accomplished human resource, environmental, health and safety professional with over 15 years of experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of safety and health programs in general industries, mining and manufacturing. She has worked in both the corporate and small business environment; she spent 10 years in Utah establishing Business and Education training partnerships.

Currently Cyndee is the Health and Safety Director for Montana Rockworks Inc. in Kalispell, Montana. She is an OSHA Authorized General Industry Outreach Trainer.

Montana Department of Administration
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.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Billy grew up in Missoula where he graduated from Loyola Sacred Heart High School. He then attended Montana Tech, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Occupational Safety & Health. He loves to ski, hunt, and fish.

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

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

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Stephanie graduated from Montana Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health in 2014. She then worked as a safety, health, and environmental specialist at an oil and gas company in Texas for about a year. After missing the Montana lifestyle she was accustomed to, she soon moved back to Butte and became a safety and health consultant for the Montana Department of Labor & Industry.

Stephanie chose this career to help educate, train and ensure workers return home to their families each day. In her spare time, she enjoys spending it outdoors embracing the Montana lifestyle.

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

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Dave started his career in 1974 at 16 years old working for a large engineering firm and the city of Sparks, Nevada as a civil 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 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.

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 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.

Montana State Fund
Kellie was born and raised in Butte Montana.  She earned her B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health and her M.S. Industrial Hygiene from Montana Tech.  Kellie is currently a Safety Management Consultant in the Kalispell/Missoula area for Montana State Fund.  Kellie works with several small business in the western region of Montana.  She previously worked for an Environmental Consulting Firm for 4 years. During that time, she worked on serval small remediation sites.

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
Jennene Lyda is born and raised in Montana. She attended both Montana State University, receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology, and the University of Montana receiving a Master’s of Science in Toxicology. During her laboratory research and involvement in the graduate program at the U of M – Center for Environmental Health Science, department she developed a passion for occupational and environmental exposures.

After graduating in August 2014, she briefly worked at an environmental consulting company before beginning her career as an Industrial Hygienist with the Department of Labor & Industry. She is also happy to have the opportunity to serve on the Asbestos Advisory Council for the Department of Environmental Quality.

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.

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

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

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

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

Montana Department of 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.   

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 Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Marissa Morgan recently completed her M.S. in Industrial Hygiene and received a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health – Science and Engineering. She chose this profession to assist individuals with occupational/environmental health and safety concerns as encountered on the job. Throughout the past several years, she has worked in the oil and gas industry and on an EPA superfund site. The oil and gas field experience included air sampling for benzene, total hydrocarbons, and hydrogen sulfide; additionally, she conducted noise surveys and dosimetry assessments.

During her job site supervision and safety support tasks, Marissa gained the respect of the employees involved. She has conducted field audits for compliance of OSHA, which allowed for field experience in different operations. At the EPA/DEQ superfund site in Troy, Montana, her responsibilities included data collection, field technician supervision, quality control/quality assurance, and data management. Her hard work and dedication has allowed her to fulfill many different experiences, enabling greater responsibilities.

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.

Western Building Center
Chris is the Safety Coordinator for Western Building Centers’ 14 locations; consisting of 12 retail stores and two industrial locations. Chris conducts all the safety training for employees including, forklift-skid steer and fall protection training.Before he was the safety coordinator, Chris was the Safety Officer and Distribution Yard Supervisor for Western Building Center.

In addition to his work at WBC, Chris was the head of security on Big Mountain for three years; he is a licensed locksmith; he is a member of the Kalispell Police Advisory Council; and he and his wife currently own and operate Tonia’s Touch Cleaning in Kalispell. In his spare time, he likes to cater weddings and special events for friends and family.

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.

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 Environmental Quality
Colleen Owen, originally from the Flathead Valley, has returned to work out of the DEQ Kalispell Field Office.  Prior to working for Opencut, she spent time as a project manager for the DEQ state superfund program.  Colleen enjoys traveling to the remote corners of the great state of Montana as a benefit of working for the Opencut program.

Phil Quigley & Associates
Phil honed his talent development, coaching, and cross cultural communications skills in the emerging markets of Hong Kong, Korea, China, Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, Taiwan and India, where he spent most of his 14-year career with Yahoo!
Phil cut his entrepreneurial teeth as Vice President Sales for Axlon, a startup toy venture comprised of veteran Atari engineers and marketers.  At the expense of well-funded, heavily entrenched competitors, he drove sales to the 10 million dollar level before helping to sell the company to Hasbro.

In 2017, Phil moved to Kalispell Montana and established his own talent development consultancy—Phil Quigley and Associates—creating customized learning solutions that support high performance cultures. In this role, he has designed and delivered high impact programs for Zanaco Bank in Zambia, Facebook in Hyderabad, India, and for Zain in Baghdad, Iraq- a major Middle Eastern telecom. In the US Phil has implemented learning programs for Cloudera, Impax Laboratories, Inside View, Risk Management Systems, Keyssa, Proof Research, Pandora, the San Francisco Giants and On 24.

After graduating from Lake Forest College, he spent 5 years in the United States Marine Corps, attaining the rank of Major serving as an Intelligence Officer in Southeast Asia. Phil also assists returning veterans to transition from military to civilian life with series of job search workshops, blogs and individual coaching sessions.

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.

Montana Local Technical Assistance Program
Shawna began her career as an instructor over 25 years ago as a certified Emergency Medical Technician and an American Heart CPR instructor.  She has spent 30 years volunteering her time as an EMT on an ambulance as well as working as a Laborer, flagging and conducting traffic control for 25 years.  She started instructing Safety Training through the Laborers Union, which included flagger certification, Traffic Control Supervisor, OSHA 10, and a variety of other safety classes.  Shawna continues to strive to gain new knowledge and certifications that will allow her to bring knowledge to volunteers, employees, and communities at an affordable price in areas that may not otherwise be served. All of Shawna's certifications are nationally recognized except for Flagging Certification, which is a state-to-state process. With that said, Montana does have a reciprocity agreement for certified flaggers with the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Montana Department of Administration
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.

Gary has over 20 years of experience in ground/explosive safety, industrial and construction safety, and OSHA related matters working the U.S. Air Force (Civil Service). Mr. Petersen brings 20 years of training and experience as an instructor and trainer in occupational safety. He brings his expertise in safety management, accident investigation, permit required confined space, trenching and shoring, scaffolding, and Safety Programs and Supervisors Safety Course. Mr. Petersen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Computer Information Systems from Park College University and an Associate degree in Safety from the Community College of the Air Force.

Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Hoby is the Program Manager for Air Quality Permitting and Compliance Assistance, as well as the temporary supervisor of the Air Quality Field Services Section at DEQ.  Hoby has almost 30 years of experience in the environmental and safety fields, having worked for over a decade in industry in northern Nevada, in the consulting industry with jobs across the United States, and now for almost 14 years at MT DEQ. Hoby is a recognized communicator, and enjoys helping people become more informed and aware about our great state of Montana

CDM Smith
Damon Repine is a certified safety professional with over 14 years of experience in the field of environmental safety and safety management. He currently works for CDM Smith as a health and safety manager and works most closely as the site manager on the EPA’s Libby asbestos superfund project, in Libby, Montana. The CDM Smith Libby Site has been in the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program since 2011. Damon received his B.S. in safety science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has been a professional member of the BCSP since 2008.

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.  

Director of Operations, Loren’s Auto Body
As Director of Operations of Loren’s Auto Repair, Travis manages and oversees the day-to-day operations of the family owned business. Travis grew up working in the family business from a very young age until leaving for college. In 2011 he got the opportunity to move back to Kalispell, help his parents retire and become the second generation owner. Loren’s Auto Repair has been in business over 30 years in the Flathead Valley. In 2017, Travis was awarded the Businessman of the Year from the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce.

Currently, Travis volunteers with Flathead Valley’s Job Service Employers Council (JSEC) and on the state level with the Montana State Employers Council helping bridge the gap between business and industry hiring needs, state resources, and those seeking employment. Travis also serves as a Senior Posse Member with the Flathead County Sheriff’s Posse where he is working towards becoming a Reserve Deputy.

Prior to moving back to Montana with his family, Travis spent the bulk of his career working in Enterprise Services for Hewlett-Packard in San Francisco and Seattle. Travis graduated from Flathead High School and has bachelor degrees in Accounting and Information Technology from DeVry University in Phoenix, AZ. Travis and his wife Sandy live in Kalispell and have two daughters, Cielo age 9 and Isabella age 3.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Jake has received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health. During his career as a safety professional, he has worked in a variety of industries including construction, mining, and transportation. Jake has obtained his Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certificate from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Jake and his wife Sarah reside in the Helena area.

HUB International
Blu Santee is an Assistant Vice President/Senior Risk Consultant for Hub International, where he provides loss control consulting services to organizations across Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota and Idaho.  After serving four years in the U.S. Army, he graduated from Montana Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Health and Safety.  Blu has gained over 15 years of experience as a safety professional in several industries including; industrial construction, mining, manufacturing, secondary education, ski resorts, etc.  Following his work in the private industry as a safety professional, he spent four years as a Safety Management Consultant for the Montana State Fund.  Blu also has several years of experience as a professional speaker, providing training and keynote speaking services to private industry organizations and at conferences across the U.S.  During his career, he has served on several state and national safety committees and advisory boards, including four years as a board member for WorkSafeMT.  Blu currently resides in Kalispell with his wife and three kids.

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

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

Montana State Fund

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.

Tom owned his own sales agency in the Outdoor Recreation Industry for 20 years in the Midwest. Tom has a background in sales and Marketing and worked in the road construction industry for 12 years; three as a driver, and nine years in safety all with Evans Construction in Jackson Hole, WY.

NAEMT (National Association of EMT's)
Ron Wenzel has been an EMT since 1990 and involved in law enforcement for over 25 years; starting as a police communications officer for the Denville Township Police Department (NJ) at age 18. Ron later accepted a position with the Morris County Sheriff's Department and ultimately a position with the Lincoln Park Police Department where he had served as a patrol officer since 1995. Some duties included Patrol, SRT, EMT, ESU, SCUBA Diver, Traffic and Community Policing. Ron retired from the Lincoln Park Police Department in May 2014 with a number of awards and commendations to include two life-saving medals.

Additionally, Ron earned his associates degree in criminal justice, bachelor’s degree in criminal science and a master's degree in human resources development and training.

Dick Anderson Construction
Skyler is a graduate from Montana Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health OSH (Science and Engineering).   He is currently working as Safety Director for Dick Anderson Construction.

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 Safety & Health Bureau
Kristi graduated from Montana Tech with a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health in 2009, and graduated in May of 2011 with an M.S. in Industrial Hygiene.

For three years, Kristi worked as a Health and Wellness Tech at St. James Hospital in Butte and has worked as economic consultant for Conoco at their Thompson Falls facility.

Kristi played Volleyball for Montana Tech and continues to enjoy her lifelong love of athletics by coaching at Butte High School.  She also volunteers for Special Olympics.

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.