Lewistown SafetyFestMT 2018

Lewistown SafetyFestMT

Pre-Registration is closed

Although registration is closed you can still attend as a walk-in.  Just arrive roughly 20-minutes before the class you would like to take is scheduled to start.  That will give you time to fill in a walk-in registration form and get your packet.  

Please note that the First Aid/CPR/AED & Fire Extinguisher Safety Classes are full and you may not get in unless there are no-shows.

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Tuesday 8/14

8am - 5pm
First Aid/CPR/AED Session A
OSHA 10-Hour Construction (Class continues from 8am - 12pm on Wednesday)
OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Class continues from 8am - 12pm on Wednesday)
MSHA Blue Card Train the Trainer (This class will fill your schedule through Thursday)

8am - 10am
Ag/ATV Safety
Fire Extinguisher Safety
MSCA: Record Keeping & Reporting

10:30am - 12pm
Air Quality 101
MSCA: New Employee Orientation & Annual Refresher Training

11am - 1pm
Suicide in Montana

12:30pm - 2:30pm
MSCA: Accident Investigation & New Employee Orientation
Stop the Bleed: BCON 101

1pm - 2:30pm
Electrical Safety

1:30pm - 3pm

3pm - 5pm
OSHA Update: What's New for 2018?
Public Sector Update: What's New for 2018?

3:30pm - 5:30pm
Employee Engagement

4pm - 5pm
Personal Protective Equipment

5:30pm - 7:30pm
What You Need to Know About Being an Independent Contractor
What You Need to Know About Unemployment Insurance

Wednesday 8/15

8am - 5pm
First Aid/CPR/AED Session - B
HAZWOPER 8-Hour Refresher

8am - 12pm
OSHA 10-Hour Construction (Continued from Tuesday)
OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Continued from Tuesday)

8am - 9:30am
Sitting is the New Smoking

8am - 10am
Work Comp 101

10am - 12pm
What You Need to Know about Unemployment Insurance (Repeat)

10:30am - 12pm
Stay at Work/Return to Work

11am - 12pm
Rigging Safety

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Active Shooter
Excavation Overview
Safety Orientation for Employees a Win Win for All Those Involved

1pm - 5pm
Defensive Driving

3pm - 5pm
Forklift Safety
Managing Safety & Health Programs
Radon & Asbestos in Montana

5:30pm - 7:30pm
How to Lower Your Work Comp Costs

Thursday 8/16

8am - 12pm
MSHA Part 46 Train the Trainer

8am - 10am
Accident Investigation
Confined Space - Lock Out/Tag Out
Job Safety Awareness
Preventing Distracted Driving

10:30am - 12pm
Arc Flash
Machine Guarding
Worker Injuries & Fatalities in Montana

What a Safety Coordinator Does

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Fall Protection
Handrails, Harnesses & Scaffolds

Class Descriptions

Fred Miller, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Thursday    8am – 10am    Moccasin Mountain

Accidents do not “just happen”. They are caused by an underlying uncontrolled hazard. The key to accident investigation is discovering that hazard by analyzing the sequence of events leading up to the incident without casting blame. Different techniques will be discussed to determine the real causes of accidents and to develop corrective actions that will prevent them in the future.

Kirk Smith, Montana State Fund
Tuesday        1:30pm – 3pm     Sapphire Room B

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

Patrick Hoy, PJJH Survival Perspectives
Wednesday    12:30pm – 2:30pm    Sapphire Room A

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

Jim Larson, Montana Farm Bureau
Tuesday        8am -10am     Chokecherry

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 foot wear.  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
Tuesday        10:30am – 12pm    Chokecherry

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.    

Jason Venn, Victory Insurance
Thursday     10:30am – 12pm    Moccasin Mountain

An arc flash is an electrical phenomenon where electric current leaves it intended path and travels through the air from its source to another conductor.  Unfortunately, humans are often the “other conductor” to which the electricity flows causing serious injury or even death.  Additionally, electrical issues regularly comprise one of OSHA’s Top Ten Most Cited Standards.  To assist both employees and employers this class will explore the causes of, how to protect against, and OSHA compliance issues pertaining to the occurrence of arc flash.

Tim Barth, MCCF
Thursday        8am – 10am    Gypsum

This class enables participants to control safety and health hazards associated with permit required confined space entry.  Technical topics include recognition of confined space hazards, basic information about instrumentation used to evaluate atmospheric hazards, and general permit space ventilation techniques.  The class features workshops on confined space classification permits and program evaluation.

Montana Department of Administration, Risk Management & Tort Division
Wednesday    1pm – 5pm    Sapphire Room B

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.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday        1pm – 2:30pm     Sapphire Room A

This examination of the 1926 Subpart K Construction Safety Standard will discuss the most common electrical violations found on construction sites along with practical solutions. It takes in extension cord vs fixed wiring requirements, what types of extension cords are permissible in construction and prohibited uses, grounding requirements, GFCI’s, assured equipment grounding conductor programs and what to do when accidental contact is made with overhead or underground power lines.

Kirk Smith, Montana State Fund
Tuesday        3:30pm – 5:30pm         Sapphire Room B

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.

Kirk Smith, Montana State Fund
Wednesday    12:30pm – 2:30pm    Moccasin Mountain

Most people are familiar with seeing heavy equipment on the construction site (or ranch, or farm or city/county/state project).  Once the blade or bucket breaks open the ground, it becomes an excavation – and OSHA has developed a set of standards for safely digging into the ground with heavy equipment.  For instance, did you know that fall protection is a very important part of the excavation process?  This class will provide an overview of the excavation safety standards and why it is so important that they be followed.  

Rob Sperle, Montana State Fund
Thursday    12:30pm – 2:30pm    Moccasin Mountain

This Fall protection presentation explores OSHA’s 1926 Subpart M Fall Protection Safety Standard for the Construction industry. It discusses when fall protection is required in construction, guard rail and safety net specifications and requirements as well as the commonly misunderstood standards for personal fall arrest including, maximum allowable free fall distance, deceleration distance and anchor point strength requirements. At the completion of this segment participants will have a more complete understanding of what constitutes a “legal tie off” for a personal fall arrest system.

David Fox, Fox Safety LLC
Tuesday        8am – 10am    Sapphire Room B

OSHA states that if your employer has fire extinguishers in your workplace, and if you will be using an extinguisher to put out a fire, you must be trained on the use of that extinguisher and hazards of incipient stage firefighting…
•    What IS the incipient stage of a fire?
•    What type of fuel(s) may be feeding the fire?
•    Are there different classifications of extinguishers?
•    Can this extinguisher REALLY put out fire???
•    When is training and refresher training required?
•    These questions and more will be answered during a classroom presentation that is followed by live action extinguisher training using a state-of-the-art digital trainer.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday        8am – 5pm    Snowy Mountain
Wednesday    8am – 5pm     Snowy Mountain

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.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday    3pm – 5pm         Sapphire Room A

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

David de Fer, DLI Safety & Health Bureau
Thursday     12:30pm - 2:30pm     Sapphire Room A

This class focuses on fall protection requirements and walking and working surfaces including scaffolds.
Included will be what constitutes a legal guardrail, a legal tie off and trigger heights for when they are required in both construction and general industry..

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

This class meets OSHA requirements for 8 hours of annual refresher training and is designed for 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.

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

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

David Fox, Fox Safety, LLC
Thursday     8am – 10am    Judith Mountain

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

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

David de Fer, DLI Safety & Health Bureau
Thursday     10:30am – 12pm     Sapphire Room A

This class focuses on when and what equipment must be guarded according to OSHA Standards. It will also cover the means of guarding for both construction and general industry.

Fred Miller, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday    3pm -5pm    Moccasin Mountain

OSHA says developing a strong safety culture has the single greatest impact on injury reduction of any process. Studies have shown that a strong injury prevention program will identify and reduce hazards before workers get hurt. Effective Safety Management yields numerous benefits: lower work comp costs; increased efficiency and profitability; protecting employees; less OSHA violations. This class uses the Montana Safety Culture Act as a guideline for creating safer workplaces.

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

This session will highlight the reporting, investigating, and taking corrective action on all work-related incidents as well as safety committee requirements of the Montana Safety Culture Act for the public sector. This class will cover different topics and ideas for the required documentation to fulfill these elements. Additionally, attendees will participate in an accident investigation that will give them an idea on how to report, investigate, and take corrective actions of work related incidents.  

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday        10:30am – 12pm    Judith Mountain

This class details these three elements required under the Montana Safety Culture Act. Safety Compliance Specialists from the Montana Department of Labor and Industry will explain numerous options and ideas for completing the required trainings to fulfill the requirements of these elements. Additionally, the instructors will cover the employer documentation requirements.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday        8am – 10am    Judith Mountain

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

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

The purpose of this course is to fulfill the requirement to become an MSHA approved (blue card) instructor. You must satisfactorily demonstrate that you have the knowledge and ability to teach. Candidates for MSHA approved instructor must have relevant mining experience and/or education related to the mining industry. At the end of the course students will be able to distinguish the difference between regulations pertaining to Part 46 & Part 48, navigate and use the 30 CFR, and discuss training plan requirements according to the 30 CFR. Students will also be able to identify and discuss the 5 elements of Part 48 training programs as well as complete 5000-23 forms to properly record training when given various scenarios.
As part of this course, each student will be required to develop and present no more than two 5-minute safety presentations and one final 15-minute presentation.

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

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

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday (8am – 5pm) - Wednesday (8am -12pm)        Sapphire Room A

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.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday (8am – 5pm) – Thursday (8am – 12pm)    Moccasin Mountain

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
Tuesday     3pm – 5pm    Chokecherry

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    Snowy Mountain

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 including:
•    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.

David de Fer, DLI Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday        4pm – 5pm    Sapphire Room A

This class will look at when PPE is required, what PPE is necessary and training requirements.
It also covers who is responsible for providing and maintaining PPE in both construction and general industry.

Montana Department of Administration Risk Management and Tort Defense Division
Thursday    8am – 10am     Sapphire Room B

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

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday        3pm – 5pm    Judith Mountain

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

John Podolinsky, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Wednesday     3pm – 5pm    Judith Mountain

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.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday    11am – 12pm    Sapphire Room A

This class will examine OSHA's rules on rigging components such as slings, chains and hardware inspection and documentation criteria for both construction and general industry (1926 Subpart H) as well as teach you simple "rule of thumb" methods of calculating working load limits for wire rope and "sling stress".

Bob Winston, Victory Insurance
Wednesday    12:30pm – 2:30pm    Judith Mountain

Employers oftentimes overlook employee safety orientation.   However, an effective orientation should begin at the time of hire.  It is an excellent opportunity on behalf of the employer to emphasize the importance of safety and loss control.  Employers should take this opportunity to clearly define the company’s safety policy, rules and regulations.  As well, it allows the employer to share their values as it relates to promoting and enhancing on-going safe work practices.  As employers, it is imperative that we clearly define expectations on behalf of our employees.  Through initial safety orientation employees will have a better understanding of what is expected on their behalf as it relates to safe work practices.  This presentation will address safety orientation practices that will benefit the company as well as the employee.  Truly, a win win practice for all those involved with the process.

Lance Reesor, Bighorn Physical Therapy
Wednesday     8am – 9:30am    Sapphire Room B

Class description coming soon....

Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau
Thursday    10:30am – 12pm     Judith Mountain

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.

Chris Benton, Billings Clinic
Tuesday        12:30pm – 2:30pm     Chokecherry

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

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

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

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

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

Stormy Tuffield, Montana Department of Labor & Industry
Thursday    10:30am - 12pm      Sapphire Room B

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.

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

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
Tuesday        5:30pm – 7:30pm     Judith Mountain
Wednesday    10am – 12pm        Sapphire Room B

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 Labor & Industry’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau
Wednesday    8am – 10am    Judith Mountain

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.

Julia Brennan, DLI Workers’ Compensation Bureau
Thursday     10:30am – 12pm    Judith Mountain

Workers, employers, and other stakeholders must actively work every day to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. At this presentation, you will learn about recent trends in a variety of worker health & safety issues in Montana, as well as prevention strategies targeted at reducing worker deaths. Major topics include: transportation-related worker deaths, farm and ranch safety issues, health care industry highlights, and overall occupational health trends in Montana

Instructor Bios

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

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

Montana Contractor Compensation Fund

Beartooth Billings Clinic
Chris is an Emergency and Acute Care Rural Nurse and Trauma Coordinator with Beartooth Billings Clinic.  With 22 years of experience, Chris has a passion for trauma medicine and serves on various committees including: The Eastern MT Rural Trauma Advisory Committee, Montana State Trauma Care Committee, Montana STCC Education Committee and the Montana DPHHS Hospital Trauma Designation Reviewer.  In addition to Stop the Bleed, Chris teaches Outdoor Emergency Care and Trauma Nursing Core Courses.  He also co-founded Slide Safe + Dress Smart – Injury Prevention Program for students K-12.

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).
Prior to joining the State of Montana, he retired from Peabody Energy Company (largest coal company in the US) with 33 years of service in management and worked in numerous positions in the coal mining field and worked and trained at all their operations thru the years. 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.
Gordon brings both a bachelor of science (Environmental and Safety Management) and masters’ degree (Environmental Safety Management) to the Safety and Health Bureau and has taken many other engineering classes from other universities.

Montana Department of 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.

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 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.

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

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

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

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Dave started his career in 1974 at 16 years old working for a large engineering firm and the city of Sparks, Nevada as a civil 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 Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
David was born and raised in Montana and has recently earned a M.S. in Industrial Hygiene and a B.S. in Occupation Safety and Health from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. Through his education and work experience David has gained safety knowledge in a variety of different industries including construction, mining and general industry. David also has experience in the industrial hygiene field conducting many different types of exposure assessments including aerosol sampling and noise monitoring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Unemployment Insurance Division collects unemployment taxes paid by Montana employers and distributes benefits to claimants.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
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 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.

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

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

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Jake 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.

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
Bio coming soon…

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.

Victory Insurance
Jason has long experience with combining safe work practices with high stress environments.   He spent twelve years as a wildland fire engine captain for the Bureau of Land Management and followed that with five years of supervisory experience with the oilfield service company Sanjel USA.  For the last two years he has been working with employers all over the state of Montana as a Safety and Loss Control Consultant for Montana’s only private workers compensation carrier Victory Insurance.  He hopes that his sole focus on safe work practices combined with his previous operational experience will bring a unique perspective to the world of safety.

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

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

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

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

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

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau
Cindy Zimmerman is the Program Manager for the Stay at Work/Return to Work program, and graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor’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.