Missoula SafetyFestMT 2017

Missoula SafetyFestMT

National Speaker Wylie Davidson to Kick Off SafetyFest with "Safe 4 the Right Reasons".
Getting employees to value safety and safe behavior are the constant challenges faced by today's
companies. “Safe 4 the Right Reasons” explains why we behave this way and can be used as the
foundation of how to work with employees in avoiding accidents and to value safety. Safe 4 the Right
Reasons is a basic understanding of human behavior and why we do the things we do. This program
Motivates employees in avoiding accidents and to value their own safety and addresses how to get
Employee’s to adopt and value safe behavior. It offers a fresh approach and makes the message
personal for every employee which is the key to its effectiveness. The ability to incorporate audience
participation, fun, humor, real world situations that everyone can relate to and the ability to uncover
each and every attendee’s personal motivation for safety has made this presentation a national favorite.

To see the full agenda for this year's SafetyFest just click on one of the links on the right. We've got 49 topics to choose from so there's something for everyone!  Once you've chosen your classes you can register here.

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Agenda

 

Monday
7am – 6pm
HAZWOPER 40-Hour Training (All Week)  Class is Full

8am – 5pm
OSHA 10 – Hour Construction (Continues Tuesday)
OSHA 30 – Hour Construction (All Week)
OSHA 30 – Hour General Industry (All Week)

8am – 9:30am
Safe 4 the Right Reasons

10am – 5pm
Fall Hazard Awareness for Construction OSHA 7405
First Aid/CPR/AED   Class is Full

10am – 12pm
OSHA Update: What’s New in 2017
Public Sector Compliance Update

12:30pm – 2:30pm
Suicide in Montana

2pm – 4pm
Preventing Distracted Driving

3pm – 5pm
Meth Awareness

Tuesday
8am – 5pm
First Aid/CPR/AED   Class is Full
Managing Excavation Hazards OSHA 7410

8am – 12pm
Defensive Driving
OSHA 10-Hour Construction (Continued from Monday)

8am – 10am
Sexual Harassment & Hostile Work Environment

10:30am – 12pm
Requirements for a Respiratory Program

12:30pm – 5pm
OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Continues on Wednesday)

12:30pm – 2:30pm
Fleet Safety
Preventing Discrimination in the Workplace

3pm – 5pm
Cargo Securement
What You Don’t Know About Disability & Retaliation Can Hurt You!

Wednesday
8am – 5pm
First Aid/CPR/AED    Class is Full
HAZWOPER 8 – Hour Refresher   Class is Full
OSHA 10 – Hour General Industry (Continued from Tuesday)

8am – 10am
Confined Space Rescue Considerations
Work Comp 101

10:30am – 12pm
How to Gauge Your Safety Programs Effectiveness
Stay at Work/Return to Work

12:30pm – 5pm
Back Safety

1pm – 3pm
Winter Driving

3pm – 5pm
Situational Awareness: Respond to Threats in the Workplace

5:30pm – 7pm
Record Keeping

Thursday
8am – 12pm
Accident Investigation

8am – 10am
Ergonomics & Aging
Forklift Safety
Montana Safety Culture Act: Documentation & 300 Log
Radon, Asbestos & Meth in Montana

10:30am – 12pm
Hazardous Waste 101
The Ins & Outs of Drug Testing in the Workplace
Montana Safety Culture Act: Task & Refresher Training
Record Keeping (Repeat)

12:30pm – 2pm
Air Quality Regulation in Montana


12:30pm – 2:30pm
Montana Safety Culture Act: Self Inspection & Audits
What You Need to Know About Montana’s Labor Laws
Sex Trafficking

1pm – 5pm
Reasonable Suspicion for Supervisors

2:30pm – 4pm
Water Quality 101

3pm – 5pm
Crisis Management: Business Continuity
Self Defense & Awareness


 

 

 

 

Class Descriptions

ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Thursday    8am -12pm      Salon B

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.

AIR QUALITY REGULATION IN MONTANA
Dan Walsh, Montana Department of Environmental Quality Air Quality Bureau
Thursday    12:30pm – 2:30pm    Bitterroot River Room 
   
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.    

BACK SAFETY
Shawna Page, High Country Safety Training
Wednesday    12:30pm – 5pm     Salon F

Class Description Coming Soon

CARGO SECUREMENT
Rocky Tom, Montana Motor Carrier Services, Montana Department of Transportation
Tuesday        3pm – 5pm     Salon G

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

CONFINED SPACE RESCUE CONSIDERATIONS
Steve Ness, Life Rescue
Wednesday    8am – 10am    Salon F

This class includes:
A.    A review of the current regulations relating to rescue
B.    A review of rescue equipment including non-entry rescue techniques
C.    Demo of Permit Space rescue equipment

CRISIS MANAGEMENT: BUSINESS CONTINUITY
Gregory Hintz, Centurions Group
Thursday    3pm – 5pm    Salon B
Preparing for a crisis is critical in any organizational success. The odds are high that your organization will be a victim of disaster or a crisis at some point. Advising your stakeholders, you weren’t prepared is something that leadership doesn’t want to admit. In today’s extreme public and government scrutiny demand that you should of prepared your organization to take on any crisis.

DEFENSIVE DRIVING
Montana Department of Administration, Risk Management & Tort Division
Tuesday     8am – 12pm    Salon G

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.

FALL HAZARD AWARENESS FOR CONSTRUCTION (OSHA 7405)
Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational & Environmental Health
Monday        10am – 5pm    Salon E

This one day course provides information on identifying, evaluating and preventing exposures to fall hazards at construction sites. The goal of the course is provide small business owners, trainers, foremen and employees with information on recognizing potential fall hazards at their work sites and suggest ways to avoid, minimize, control and prevent these hazards whenever possible. The course focuses on falls to a lower level rather than falls resulting from slips and trips. Topics include identifying fall hazards, analyzing fall hazards, and preventing fall hazards, as well as OSHA resources that address fall hazards.

FIRST AID/CPR/AED
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
New Session each day Monday - Wednesday    8am – 5pm    Bitterroot River Room

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.

FLEET SAFETY
Rob Virts & Jeff Gleason, Montana Department of Transportation
Tuesday        12:30pm – 2:30pm    Salon G

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

FORKLIFT SAFETY
Kirk Smith, Montana State Fund
Thursday     8am – 10am    Salon G

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


HAZARDOUS WASTE 101
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Thursday     10:30am – 12pm    Bitterroot River Room
The presentation will provide a basic overview on hazardous waste regulations.  We will cover aspects such as hazardous waste identification, generator types, registration requirements, disposal options, and common noncompliance issues

HAZWOPER 40-HOUR
Montana Department of LABOR SAFETY AND HEALTH BUREAU
Monday-Thursday      7am – 6pm    Salon C

HAZWOPER 40 is required for workers who perform activities that expose or potentially expose them to hazardous substances. This course is specifically designed for workers who are involved in cleanup operations, voluntary clean-up operations, emergency response operations, storage, disposal, or treatment of hazardous substances, or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. Topics include protection against hazardous chemicals, elimination of hazardous chemicals, safety of workers and the environment, and OSHA regulations.

HAZWOPER 8-HOUR REFRESHER
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday     8am – 5pm    Salon G

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.

HOW TO GAUGE YOUR SAFETY PROGRAM’S EFFECTIVENESS
Wendy Forgey, Montana State Fund
Wednesday    10:30am – 12pm     Salon F
Is your Safety Program struggling?  Do you know how effective your safety programs really are?  Do you know how to measure safety?  If you ever grapple with these or similar questions…this class will provide you with some answers.  A lot of businesses struggle with creating and maintaining effective safety programs.  Come learn how to determine if your program is as effective as it could be, and how to increase its effectiveness if need be. 

HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Det. Guy Baker, Missoula Police Dept.
Thursday 12:30pm - 2:30pm Salon G

Detective Guy Baker will discuss current trends involving the crime of Sex Trafficking and the efforts by local law enforcement to address this issue in our community. Most people think of modern day slavery as a crime occurring in other countries or in large cities in other states, but its happening in Missoula and other cities across the state of Montana. Baker’s presentation will educate the attendees about the unfortunate realities faced by victims of this terrible criminal epidemic that ranks second; only to the illegal drug trade, as the largest international crime industry in the world.

MONTANA SAFETY CULTURE ACT: DOCUMENTATION AND 300 LOG
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Thursday    8am – 10am    Salon E

This session will highlight the record keeping 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 SAFETY CULTURE ACT: SELF INSPECTION & AUDITS
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Thursday    12:30pm – 2:30pm    Salon E

This session will highlight the MSCA requirements and importance of thorough periodic self-inspections. We will touch on available tools to assist Public & Private Sector employers with the process and provide a chance for participants to review scenarios and identify hazards.

MONTANA SAFETY CULTURE ACT: TASK & REFRESHER TRAINING
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Thursday    10:30am – 12pm     Salon E

This session will highlight task-specific and refresher training in the workplace. Provisions of the Montana Safety Culture Act and various OSHA requirements will be examined. The second half of this session will provide employers with a sample training program that can be adapted to their specific workplace.

METH AWARENESS
Tiffany Ott, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday        3pm – 5pm    Salon F

Methamphetamine is a major concern in our communities across the state. Topics covered in this course include; introduction of methamphetamine, health effects of use, impacts in the community, and structural contamination. This course is geared toward 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.

OSHA 10-HOUR: CONSTRUCTION
Monday (8am – 5pm) Tuesday (8am -12pm)    Salon B
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

This training is designed to educate every construction worker on the recognition and avoidance of the top four hazards in your work environment. Topics include fall protection, personal protective equipment, health hazards, and more. It also includes an introduction to OSHA’s construction industry standards and requirements of the more frequently referenced and cited standards. Students receive an OSHA 10-hour card upon completion.

OSHA 10-HOUR: GENERAL INDUSTRY
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday (12:30pm – 5pm) Wednesday (8am – 5pm)   Salon B

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

OSHA 30-HOUR: CONSTRUCTION
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday – Thursday    8am – 5pm    Clark Fork River Room

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 either one or two hours in length, and includes preventative measures for workplace accidents, use of personal protective equipment, fire protection, and hazards with working in or around excavation sites. In addition to certificates of attendance, OSHA 30-hour cards are issued upon completion.  

OSHA 30-HOUR: GENERAL INDUSTRY
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday – Thursday    8am – 5pm    Salon A

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.  

OSHA UPDATE: WHAT’S NEW FOR 2017?
Bryan Page, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday        10:30am – 12:00pm    Salon F

This course is geared towards the private sector and will cover OSHA’s latest Emphasis Programs.  

PREVENTING DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE
Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Human Rights Bureau
Tuesday     12:30 – 2:30     Salon F

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

PREVENTING DISTRACTED DRIVING
Montana Department of Administration Risk Management and Tort Defense Division
Tuesday        2pm – 4pm     Lewis & Clark

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

PUBLIC SECTOR COMPLIANCE UPDATE
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday        10:30am – 12:00pm    Salon G

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

RADON, ASBESTOS, AND METH LABOS IN MONTANA.
John Podolinsky, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Thursday     10:30am – 12pm    Bitterroot River Room

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

REASONABLE SUSPICION DRUG AND ALCOHOL SUPERVISOR TRAINING
Samantha Morris, the Chemnet Consortium
Wednesday    1pm – 5pm    Salon F

This training event meets the DOT requirements for Supervisors on Drugs, Alcohol, and Reasonable Suspicion. In this course you will learn what reasonable suspicion is and how to handle situations where you have reasonable cause to have an employee tested. Topics include: DOT Prohibited Conduct & Rule Violations, Signs, Symptoms and Effects, Physical, Performance, and Behavior Indicators, and How to make a Reasonable Suspicion Determination will all be covered.

RECORD KEEPING
John Olaechea, OSHA
Wednesday    5:30pm – 7pm        Salon F
Thursday     10:30am – 12pm    Salon G (repeat)

This class will cover the new updates to OSHA’s Record Keeping requirements that go into effect January 2017.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A RESPIRATORY PROGRAM
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday     10:30pm – 12pm     Salon F

This class covers the requirements needed in order to have a respiratory program.  This class does not include fit testing.

SAFE 4 THE RIGHT REASONS
Wylie Davidson, Dival Safety
Monday     8am – 9:30am        Salon D

Getting employees to value safety and safe behavior are the constant challenges faced by today’s companies.  “Safe 4 the Right Reasons” explains why we behave this way and can be used as the foundation of how to work with employees in avoiding accidents and to value safety. Safe 4 the Right Reasons is a basic understanding of human behavior and why we do the things we do. This program motivates employees in avoiding accidents and to value their own safety and addresses how to get Employee’s to adopt and value safe behavior. It offers a fresh approach and makes the message personal for every employee which is the key to its effectiveness. The ability to incorporate audience participation, fun, humor, real world situations that everyone can relate to and the ability to uncover each and every attendee’s personal motivation for safety has made this presentation a national favorite.

SELF DEFENSE & AWARNESS
Master Dennis Forleo, Vitality Wellness Center
Thursday    3pm – 5pm    Salon E

This class teaches boundary setting skills and also assertive verbal skills for dealing with the majority of verbal confrontations. From bullying to workplace disputes, jerks on the road to domestic violence situations – confrontation happens in our lives practically every day. This training will teach you how to deal with the emotions that often accompany confrontation. The #1 factor in effective self -defense is dealing with the fear and adrenaline rush that naturally arises in a stressful situation. This class will provide you with the tools you need to be successful in many conflict scenarios.

Sex Trafficking
Thursday    12:30pm - 2:30pm    Salon G
Det. Guy Baker, Missoula Police Dept.
Detective Guy Baker will discuss current trends involving the crime of Sex Trafficking and the efforts by local law enforcement to address this issue in our community. Most people think of modern day slavery as a crime occurring in other countries or in large cities in other states, but its happening in Missoula and other cities across the state of Montana. Baker’s presentation will educate the attendees about the unfortunate realities faced by victims of this terrible criminal epidemic that ranks second; only to the illegal drug trade, as the largest international crime industry in the world.     

SEXUAL HARASSMENT & HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT
Deanna Keller, Missoula Federal Credit Union
Tuesday        8am – 10am    Salon F

This session will include learning about what is sexual harassment and hostile work environment, how they differ from one another, and how to identify the behavior.  Time will also be spent on intent versus perception, the reasonable person standard, and the third person standard.   Participants will also learn about workplace bullying and how it can differ from harassment.

SITUATIONAL AWARENESS: RESPOND TO THREATS IN THE WORKPLACE
Mark Puddy, Missoula Police Department
Wednesday    3pm – 5pm    Salon D

Program describes situational awareness, levels of awareness, various types of threats and a response to armed intruder which includes three simple actions, RUN/LOCK/FIGHT.

STAY-AT-WORK/RETURN-TO-WORK PROGRAMS
Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau
Wednesday    10:20am – 12pm    Salon E

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.

SUICIDE IN MONTANA
Karl Rosston, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
Monday     12:30pm – 2:30pm    Salon F

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

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

THE INS & OUTS OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING
Samantha Morris, Chemnet Consortium
Thursday    10:30am – 12pm    Salon F

This informational class addresses Drug and Alcohol Testing in the workplace. We will provide answers to the following questions and more: why should your company have a Drug and Alcohol testing program; What is the difference between DOT required testing and non-DOT testing; What items need to be in place to start a Drug & Alcohol Testing program; What are the employer responsibilities in managing a testing program; and What is the testing process?

TRENCHING (OSHA 7410: MANAGING EXCAVATION HAZARDS)
Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational & Environmental Health
Tuesday        8am – 5pm    Salon E

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

WATER QUALITY 101
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Thursday    12:30pm – 2pm       Bitterroot River Room

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

WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT DISABILITY & RETALIATION CAN HURT YOU!
Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Human Rights Bureau
Tuesday     3pm-5pm    Salon F

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

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MONTANA’S LABOR LAWS
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Labor Standards Bureau
Thursday        12:30pm – 2:30pm    Salon B

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

WINTER DRIVING
Montana Department of Administration Risk Management and Tort Defense Division

Wednesday    1pm – 3pm    Salon E
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.

WORK COMP 101
Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau
Wednesday    8am – 10am    Salon E
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 Bios

Detective Guy Baker
Missoula Police Department (FBI Task Force Officer)
Detective Guy Baker is a twenty-seven year veteran of the Missoula Police Department who has been a detective for sixteen years. Prior to becoming a detective, he worked uniform patrol for five years and then spent over five years assigned to the Street Crimes Unit. Baker primarily works violent crimes; including homicide, robbery, assault, rape, prostitution and sex trafficking and has been lead investigator on over 800 state and federal criminal cases. Baker has been a Task Force Officer assigned to an FBI Safe Streets Task Force (Montana Regional Violent Crime Task Force) for the last six years targeting the criminal activity committed by violent offenders and gang affiliates. Baker has investigated numerous adult and minor sex trafficking and child sexual exploitation cases resulting in successful prosecutions in state and federal court and he is also a member of the United States Attorney’s Human Trafficking Task Force for the District of Montana. Baker has made a concerted effort to educate the public about sex trafficking and has trained hundreds of law enforcement officers on Sex Trafficking Investigations as a P.O.S.T. certified instructor at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy. Baker is Senior Vice President of the Northwest Gang Investigators Association, a past President of the Montana Violent Crime Investigators Association and he was a Vice President of the Mountain States Tactical Officers Association during a portion of the fifteen years he served as an operator and Assistant Team Leader on the SWAT team. During his career, Detective Baker has been recognized as Missoula Exchange Club’s Officer of the Year, Missoula Family Violence Council’s Domestic Violence Officer of the Year and the recipient of the Missoula Police Department’s Life Saving Medal, Meritorious Achievement Medal and two Meritorious Service Medals.

GORDON BRANNON
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Gordon is a Certified Mine Safety Professional and has his surface and underground training designations from MSHA. He has his Coal Mine Foreman Papers from Colorado and Montana. He is also a certified trainer by Medic First Aid in CPR/First Aid and AED. Gordon is currently an EMT-I (Nationally and State certified).

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’s 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.

WYLIE DAVIDSON
DiVal Safety
Wylie Davidson is the Training and Culture Specialist, as well as a Motivational speaker and Presenter for DiVal Safety Equipment, Inc. located in Buffalo, NY. DiVal Safety is an International leader in safety supplies & training.

Wylie has been the featured speaker at numerous national and regional accounts that include John Deere, Orbital ATK, Xcel Energy, Arkema, Mortenson Construction and UGI Utilities, as well as several local and regional Safety Associations. As a Training and Safety Culture Specialist at DiVal Safety, Wylie has played an integral role in the growth and development of DiVal Safety’s training division.
Throughout his 18 years of safety and management experience, he has visited and toured hundreds of manufacturing plants and job sites that include virtually every aspect of industry, construction, municipality and utility. His ability to interact with a variety of work force cliental, coupled with his dynamic personality and humor has allowed him to become a favorite among presenters. As a motivational speaker and safety trainer, Wylie has impacted thousands and has a unique ability to effectively deliver his message so it is relevant and personal for each attendee. Wylie is a Member of National Safety Council and is a certified trainer with the NSC.

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

WENDY FORGEY
Montana State Fund
Wendy joined MSF as a safety management consultant in 2006. Before this position she was a safety professional with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. Wendy graduated from Montana Tech of the University of Montana with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Occupational Safety & Health. Wendy focuses on injury reduction in the workplace by emphasizing: effective hiring practices, new hire orientation, employee education, management accountability, establishing written safety guidelines, and the effective use of a safety committee. Wendy prides herself on providing employers practical, cost effective solutions to their safety problems.

JEFF GLEASON
Montana Department of Transportation
Jeff Gleason has been employed by the Montana Department of Transportation for the past 30-years; he started in the fall of 1986 as a call-out for winter maintenance, was hired full-time in 1987 on McDonald Pass where he operated all equipment related to highway maintenance until 2004. He was then promoted to the Equipment Bureau as an Equipment Reviewer in charge of writing equipment specifications and equipment operation training in 2009 he became the Equipment Bureau Chief and was in charge of all aspects of the Equipment Bureau as well as the State Motor Pool.

GREGORY HINTZ
Centurions Group
Greg Hintz is the owner, and serves as a trainer/consultant for the Centurions Group, LLC. Previous to that he served 37 years in law enforcement, his last position held was Captain of Detectives and Chief Deputy Coroner for the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office.

Greg is a creative and innovative leader who has initiated and developed many organizational programs locally and state-wide through collaborative efforts. He is a proven communicator committed to developing and delivering training programs to both private and public sector organizations. Greg is a graduate of Yakima Valley Community College with a degree in Police Science, attended the University of Montana, graduate of the FBI National Academy, the National Sheriff’s Institute, developed the Montana Sheriff’s Institute and a graduate of the North West Traffic Institutes SWAT Commanders Course, and the Southern Police Institutes Homicides Management Course. Greg also served on the board of directors for the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association for 24 years, and was appointed to the POST Council and Montana Law Enforcement Advisory Council.

Lisa-Kay Keen
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Lisa-kay Keen works for the Montana DEQ Water Protection Bureau as a water quality compliance inspector.  She has worked for the Department for the past 10 years.  Prior to the Montana DEQ, she worked for the State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection for 10 years dealing with surface water issues. She has a BA in Environmental Science, and a BS in Zoology, both from University of Maine system. She also has obtained her Montana 3C Operator in Training Certificate.

DEANNA KELLER
Missoula Federal Credit Union
Dr. Deanna Keller, Corporate Training Director at Missoula Federal Credit Union (MFCU), is a University of Louisiana at Monroe graduate with a Doctorate in Education, Curriculum and Instruction.  She has a combined 20+ years of experience in military, education, and professional development.  Deanna is veteran of the U.S. Navy and was responsible for the training of personal on the F/A-18C Hornet.  She has worked in the public school system teaching 8th grade through 12th grade in Montana and Virginia.  Prior to moving to Missoula, Deanna was a faculty member and administrator at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.  She is currently responsible for overseeing the Corporate Training Center and the continued professional development of MFCU employees.

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

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

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

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

MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR & INDUSTRY LABOR STANDARDS BUREAU WAGE & HOUR DIVISION
The Wage and Hour Unit enforces provisions of the Montana Wage Payment Act, minimum wage and overtime law, Public Contracts/Prevailing Wage Law and the State Child Labor Standards Act. As part of its function the unit processes claims from employees who did not receive wages in a timely fashion or pursuant to their employment contract. The claims can be for such items as minimum wage, overtime, vacation pay, commissions, earned bonuses, etc. The unit also provides assistance to the public by answering labor related phone inquiries and by providing presentations informing employers and employees of their rights and responsibilities under Montana law.

STEVE NESS
Life Rescue Inc.
Steve has been a professional firefighter for the past 23 years and a member of the Snohomish County Technical Rescue team for the past 20 years.  He has served as the team coordinator, lead trainer and technical expert in Confined Space Rescue and High Angle Rescue.  Life Rescue Inc specializes in industrial safety consulting, Confined Space Rescue staffing, training and equipment sales.  Steve has been a co-owner with his wife of Life Rescue since 1999.  He has worked as a safety consultant at industrial facilities across the west including pulp & paper, petro-chemical, power generation and ship yards.  He has conducted rescue training in all of the same facilities.  He was recently invited by Washington State Labor & Industries to present to all of the State enforcement officers and staff on Confined Space Rescue issues.  Steve is pursuing his Bachelors in Health & Safety with just a few classes to go.  He has an associate degree in Fire Science and has studied technical rescue consistently over the past 20 years. In his spare time, he enjoys mountain bike riding, skiing, snowmobiles and traveling.

JOHN OLAECHEA
OSHA
John Olaechea is the Compliance Assistance Specialist for OSHA in Region VIII.  He provides outreach and information about safety and health hazards and OSHA policies and regulations to employers, trade associations, unions, the public and other organizations.  Prior to this position, John worked for eight years as an industrial hygienist and compliance officer for the Englewood Area Office of OSHA.  John also served in the United States Peace Corps and graduated from Wright State University (Ohio) with a degree in environmental health science.  

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

SHAWNA PAGE
High Country Safety Training, LLC
Shawna began her long career as an instructor over 25 years ago. As a certified Emergency Medical Technician, she knew that bringing this life saving knowledge to others in her very rural area of Montana would save lives. Through the success of bringing valuable knowledge to others, Shawna has learned that although basic health care classes are crucial, there are many on the job safety issues that can also play a critical role in the safety of ones employees. 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 reciprocal agreement for certified flaggers with the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

GARY PETERSEN
ROCKY MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
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.

JOHN PODOLINSKI
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
John’s has been with the Department of Environmental Quality for just over 24 years.  He’s worked in the Underground Storage Tank Program, Petroleum Tank Release Compensation Board, Asbestos Control Program, Federal Superfund Program, and now the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program where he also runs the Radon Control Program.  Previous 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.  Today he’s going to present information on radon, the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.  Please welcome John!

MARK PUDDY
Missoula Police Department
U.S. Navy Veteran, 23 years law enforcement experience in Oregon and Montana. Past assignments include survival skills instructor, firearms instructor, SWAT, use of force instructor, gang enforcement, detective, traffic safety, critical incident stress management, crisis intervention, field training officer, ethics instructor, scenario based training instructor, reserve coordinator, response to armed intruder instructor, and currently assigned as Safety and Security Officer for Missoula County Public Schools.  Past awards include award for valor, officer of the year 2013 & 2015, and meritorious award.

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

He 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.

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

JASON SWANT
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau
Jason has more than 17 years’ experience with social engineering for cultural change. Jason applies his experience with social norms change to improve Montana’s safety culture. Jason’s efforts are focused on encouraging the development and implementation of comprehensive stay at work/return to work programs. He is employed by the Department of Labor and Industry.

ROCKY TOM
Montana Department of Transportation, Motor Carrier Services
Rocky is a safety Investigator/HM Compliance Specialist for the Montana Department of Transportation’s Motor Carrier Assistance Program.  Rocky has more than 16 years of experience working as a Compliance Officer; previous to that he worked for 15 years as a truck builder and mechanic for Kenworth.


RON VIELLEUX
MT ErgoFit Inc.
Ron is the owner of MT ErgoFit, Inc. and a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist. He provides ergonomic consulting, assessments, and specialty products specifically for the office environment.

ROB VIRTS
Montana Department of Transportation
Rob Virts is currently the Bureau Chief of MDT's Occupational Safety and Health Bureau and supervises employees in all five districts as well as in Helena. Rob has been a safety and worker's compensation professional for over 20 years and has been the recipient of the Governor's Award for Safety as well as the National Association of Homebuilder's Safety Program of the Year. Rob has worked for MDT since October 2013 and has previously been employed with the Helena Public Schools, Montana Building Industry Association, Department of Administration and DPHHS.

DAN WALSH
Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Bureau
Dan is the Field Services Section Supervisor for DEQ’s Air Quality Bureau.   He is originally from Butte, MT, and received his B.S in Environmental Engineering from Montana Tech in 1995.  His first job out of school was that of an air quality stack tester.  After a relatively brief stint in stack testing, he joined the Montana Department of Environmental Quality as an air quality permit engineer in 1997.  While at DEQ, he switched from air permitting to air compliance in 2004.  Dan has been the supervisor for air compliance activities at DEQ since that switch in 2004.     

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