Miles City SafetyFestMT 2018

Miles City SafetyFestMT

Miles Community College   May 15 - 17, 2018

Registration is Closed.

We are excited to bring SafetyFestMT back to Miles City!  We are in the process of finalizing the agenda, but you can click on the links on the right to see the classes and their descriptions we have so far.  You can also download the agenda here

Thank you for your support of SafetyFestMT and we hope to see you in Miles City!








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Tuesday 5/15

8am - 5pm
First Aid/CPR/AED Session A
MSHA Blue Card Train the Trainer (This class will fill your schedule for duration of SafetyFest)
OSHA 10-Hour Construction (Tues 8am - 5pm & Wed 8am - 12pm)
OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Tues 8am - 5pm & Wed 8am - 12pm)

8am - 10am
Ag/ATV Safety
Montana Safety Culture Act: Record Keeping & Reporting

10:30am - 12pm
Confined Space - Lock Out/Tag Out
Fall Protection
Montana Safety Culture Act: New Employee Orientation & Annual Refresher Training

12:30pm - 2pm
Electrical Safety

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Montana Safety Culture Act: Accident Investigation & Safety Committees

1pm - 5pm
Defensive Driving

3pm - 5pm
Hazardous Waste 101

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

Wednesday 5/16

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

8am - 9:30am
Excavation Overview

10am - 12pm
Preventing Distracted Driving

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Job Safety Awareness
Safety Orientation for Employees A Win Win Practice for All Those Involved

1pm - 2:30pm
Forklift Safety

3pm - 5pm
Managing Safety & Health Programs
Public Sector Update: What's New in 2018
OSHA Update: What's New in 2018

5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ag/Shop Safety
What You Need to Know About Becoming and Independent Contractor in Montna
What You Need to Know About Unemployment Insurance

Thursday  5/17

8am - 12pm
H2S Certification
Part 46 Train the Trainer

8am - 9am
Stairways, Ladders & Scaffolds

8am - 10am
Fire Extinguisher Safety
Work Comp 101

9am - 10am
Rigging Safety

10:30am - 12pm
Arc Flash
Compliance with the New Silica Standard in General Industry & Construction
Stay at Work/Return to Work

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Accident Investigation
Active Shooter
Management of Technologically Enhanced Radioactive Materials (TENORM) in Montana
Radon & Asbestos in Montana

Class Descriptions

Fred Miller, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Thursday 12:30pm – 2:30pm Room 322

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.

Patrick Hoy, PJJH Survival Perspectives
Thursday    12:30pm – 2:30pm    Room 317

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 Room 106

Making safety a priority on the farm and ranch can save both lives and resources by preventing accidents, injuries and lost time. According to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day, 243 agricultural workers suffer lost-work-time injury. Five percent of these injuries result in permanent impairment. This class will teach agricultural workers how to keep an eye out for potential hazards to avoid injury. Because ATV’s are now an essential tool on the farm/ranch; this class will also cover the basic rules of ATV riding, including wearing a helmet, gloves, and protective 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.

Kris Miller, Montana State Fund
Wednesday 5:30pm – 7:30pm Room 317

Safety of our family and friends is our top priority on the farm and ranch.
This course will also be beneficial to maintenance shops, auto shops, truck shops, city/county shops, etc., and will cover:
• Basics of shop/yard safety
• Discuss common safety problems with photos and rule discussions.
In addition to improving safety, this course may help reduce monetary loss/exposure in the case of an OSHA inspection.

Jason Venn, Victory Insurance
Thursday 10:30am – 12pm Room 317

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.

Roy Boespflug, OSHA
Thursday 10:30am – 12pm Room 107

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.

Keith Ouzts, Montana Contractor’s Association
Tuesday 10:30am – 12pm Room 106

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

Montana Department of Administration, Risk Management & Tort Division
Tuesday 1pm – 5pm Room 106

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 12:30pm – 2pm Room 317

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.

Keith Ouzts, Montana Contractor’s Association
Wednesday 8am – 9:30am Room 106

Most people are pretty 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.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday 10:30am – 12pm Room 317

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
Thursday 8am – 10am Room 107

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 Room 110
Wednesday 8am – 5pm Room 110

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 1pm – 2:30pm Room 317

There are more than 100 fatalities and nearly 100,000 injuries annually due to unsafe forklift operations. This training covers general safety rules, per-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

Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Tuesday 3pm – 5pm Room 107

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.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday 8am – 5pm Room 107

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
Tuesday 5:30pm – 7pm Room 107

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

Larry Alheim, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Thursday 8am – 12pm Room 106

Hydrogen Sulfide Certification is designed as a safety awareness program to familiarize students with the dangers associated with working in an H2S environment. The class is appropriate for entry-level through supervisory level employees. This class meets the ANSI/ASSE Z390.1-2006 (R2010) Accepted Practices for Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Training Programs standard.

The course should be taken by employees needing to meet the requirements of OSHA’s 29 CFR 1910.1200 which specifies mandatory requirements for the training of personnel working with or around hazardous chemicals. It is also highly recommended and/or required for all employees who have the potential to be exposed to H2S or need their annual refresher training.

David Fox, Fox Safety, LLC
Wednesday 12:30pm – 2:30pm Room 322

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.

Ed Thamke & Rick Thompson, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Thursday 12:30pm – 2:30pm Room 107

This class covers what TENORM is and isn’t.  It also includes considerations as Montana Develops proposed TENORM waste management rules.

Fred Miller, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday 3pm -5pm Room 322

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 Room 107

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 Room 107

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 Room 107

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 Room 316

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) Room 317

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) Room 322

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
Wednesday 3pm – 5pm Room 106

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 Room 110

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.

Montana Department of Administration Risk Management and Tort Defense Division
Wednesday 10am – 12pm Room 106

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
Wednesday 3pm – 5pm Room 317

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 12:30pm – 2:30pm Room 106

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
Thursday 9am – 10am Room 317

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 Sub part 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 Room 106

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.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Thursday 8am – 9am Room 317

This class will briefly examine OSHA's rule on safe setup and use of stairs and ladders (1926 Subpart X) and scaffolding (1926 Subpart L) as they pertain to the construction industry.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau
Thursday 8am – 10am Room 322

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.

Dallas Cox, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Independent Contractor Unit
Wednesday 5:30pm – 7pm Room 110

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 106

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
Thursday 8am – 10am Room 317

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.


Instructor Bio's

Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Larry Alheim is the Safety Director at the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). He has been working at DEQ for over 17 years in both safety and enforcing environmental statutes.  Larry was in the U.S. Coast Guard for 22 years, retiring as a Marine Science Technician Senior Chief (E-8). He was the Environmental Response Section supervisor in New York, NY, Boston, MA, and Mobile AL supervising Incident Commanders / Federal On-Scene Coordinators and responding to major oil and hazmat releases.  As a Coast Guard Marine Inspector, he inspected Ultra Large Crude Carrier tankships, offshore oil drill rigs and various oil/chemical ships and barges.   Larry is a graduate of University of the State of New York.

Montana 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 schoolteacher, motor carrier services officer, and a drilling crewmember 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.

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 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 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.

Montana State Fund
Kris Miller’s focus is providing Leadership in developing Safe Workplaces through Positive, Proactive Strategies.  Kris is a Safety Management Consultant with Montana State Fund.  She travels throughout eastern Montana providing Safety Services to Clients.  Kris has over 20 years’ experience in Workplace Safety and Health Leadership, Education and Positive Culture Implementation.  She has been on both sides of compliance.  Kris was a Senior OSHA Investigator in Minnesota.  She has also been responsible for leading the Implementation of Safety programs in Construction, General Industry and Government.

Kris has conducted many Fatality and Serious Injury Investigations.  She has seen the impact these catastrophic events have (not only the injured worker).   However, she has also seen the severe impact that these events also have on the wife/widow (husband/widower), family, coworkers, and community.

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 Contractor’s Association
Keith is the Training and Education Director for the Montana Contractors’ Association. He travels around Montana teaching classes on everything from communications to safety, erosion control/storm water management to concrete field testing and finishing. He spent 22 years in the Marine Corps retiring in 2005. He is a Marine Corps Master Instructor, received a Trainer Certification from UNC-Wilmington, and is a Master Trainer for the National Center for Construction, Education, and Research.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Bryan is the Bureau Chief of the Montana Department of Labor and Industry Safety and Health Bureau. He came to Montana as a safety consultant for Liberty Northwest’s Helena office after working as safety director of Dome Technology in Idaho. Prior to joining the Safety and Health Bureau, Bryan was a safety consultant for Montana State Fund. He received his MS in Safety and Health from the University of Idaho in 2000, and earned the Associate of Risk Management from the Insurance Institute of America.

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 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.

Rick Thompson
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Twenty five years of RCRA Subtitle D regulatory and permitting experience.  Supervisor of the Montana DEQ Solid Waste Section for the past 15 years, with oversight of three statutorily mandated waste management and materials management programs for the state of Montana.  Solid Waste\Materials Management member of the Association of Territorial and State Waste Management Officials (ATSWMO), currently serving on the Radiation Task Force.  From 2002 to 2006 served on the Interstate Technology Regulatory Council (ITRC) Alternative Landfill Cover, Bioreactor, and Landfill Post Closure Care Evaluation teams.

Prior to my current tenure at the MT DEQ, I was an environmental health specialist with Ravalli County in south west Montana for two years.  My duties with the county included solid waste regulatory oversight and ground water monitoring and site evaluations for subdivisions and new residential construction.

I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Bio-Geography and completed one year of graduate level in work Rural, Urban and Town Planning, Hydrology Emphasis, at the University of Montana.

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

Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Judy Watkins is an Environmental Science Specialist with the Department of
Environmental Quality (DEQ).  She has worked with hazardous waste rules since 1989 and been with DEQ since 2011.  She is the region 8 representative on the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Task Force within the Hazardous Waste Subcommittee of the Association of State and Territorial Sold Waste Management Officials. Currently, she covers the eastern part of Montana for DEQ visiting hazardous waste generators to ensure compliance of the management of hazardous waste and used oil rules.   

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

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

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

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

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

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