Missoula SafetyFestMT 2020

Missoula SafetyFestMT


SafetyFestMT: Missoula 20 is Canceled. 


The Montana Department of Labor & Industry is implementing safety precautions that have been recommended by the CDC to address the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As a result, the Missoula SafetyFest is canceled.

We will try to offer training at a future date in Missoula, please continue to check the website for details.

If you have questions regarding SafetyFest please contact Casey Kyler-West at ckylerwest@mt.gov or 406-444-5267







Select this link to download a printable version of the agenda.

Monday 3/16


8am - 5pm

First Aid/CPR/AED Training: Session A

Flagging Certification
OSHA 30-Hour Construction (This class runs through Thursday)
OSHA 30-Hour General Industry (This class runs through Thursday)
OSHA 10-Hour Construction (This class concludes at noon on Tuesday)
8am - 9:30am
My Story of Living & Dying with Silicosis
8am - 10am
Intro to Hazardous Materials for CDL Drivers
Navigating the Cannabis Controversy: Marijuana Legalization & the Impact on Employers
Workplace Exposures
10am - 3pm
Defensive Driving: Session A
10:30am - 12pm
Hazardous Waste 101
Scaffolding Safety
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Harassment & Hostile Work Environment Prevention Training: Session A
12:30pm - 5pm
OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (This class concludes at 5pm on Tuesday)
3pm - 5pm
Safety in Lifting Operations
3:30pm - 5pm
Slips, Trips & Falls
5:30pm - 7:30pm
How to Lower Your Work Comp Costs

Tuesday 3/17

8am - 5pm
First Aid/CPR/AED Training: Session B
MSHA Blue Card Train the Trainer (This class concludes at 5pm on Thursday)
OSHA 7215 Silica in Construction & General Industry
8am - 12pm
Active Shooter Response Training
8am - 10am
Confined Space
10:30am - 12pm
Updated Training, Certification and Evaluation Requirements for Crane Operators in Construction
12:30pm - 2:30pm

Accident Investigation: Session A

Harassment & Hostile Work Environment Prevention Training: Session B
MSCA: New Employee Orientation & Annual Refresher Training
1pm - 5pm
Traffic Incident Management Response Training
3pm - 5pm
Developing Leaders Through Delegation Session A
MSCA: Accident Investigation & Safety Committees
Preventing Distracted Driving

Wednesday 3/18

8am - 5pm
8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher 
First Aid/CPR/AED Training: Session C
OSHA 7410 Managing Excavation Hazards

8am - 12pm
Defensive Driving: Session B

8am - 10am
Coaching & Confronting the Problem Employee
MSCA: Record Keeping & Reporting
Work Comp 101

10:30am - 12pm
OSHA Update
Public Sector Update

12:30pm - 2:30pm

Developing Leaders Through Delegation Session B
Stay at Work/Return to Work

Supervisory Leadership & Engagement

3pm - 5pm
Internal Safety Audits
Introduction to Implementing a Risk Based Safety Program
What You Need to Know About Unemployment Insurance: Session A

5:30pm - 7pm
Independent Contractor Exemptions in Montana

Thursday 3/19

8am - 5pm
Mental Health First Aid 
OSHA 7405 Fall Protection in Construction

8am - 10am
Ag/ATV Safety
Office Ergonomics
What You Need to Know About Unemployment Insurance: Session B

10:30am - 12pm
An Introduction to Completing Workplace Risk Assessments
Arc Flash
Protection From Discrimination Claims: Knowledge is a Valuable Tool
Rigging Overview

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Accident Investigation: Session B
What You Don't Know About Disability & Retaliation Claims CAN Hurt You!

1pm - 5pm

Defensive Driving Session C

3pm - 5pm
Workplace Violence: Anticipating & Managing Altered Mental Status



Class Descriptions

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Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Session A: Tuesday 12:30pm - 2:30pm Room 122
Session B: Thursday 12:30pm – 2:30pm Room 122
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 develop their own accident investigation technique. 
Alain Burrese, Reflex & Protect
Tuesday 8am – 12pm Room 122
When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. In this interactive class, you will learn things to increase your survivability during that gap between when violence begins, and law enforcement arrives. Topics include gun-disarms, barricading techniques, dealing with knife attacks, ambush techniques, working as a team, stop the bleeding, understanding cover vs concealment, disaster response psychology, combat breathing, developing a survivor’s mindset, and other critical tactics, techniques and strategies to save lives. 
Jim Larson, Montana Ag Safety Program
Thursday 8am – 10am Room 235
Making safety a priority on the farm and ranch can save both lives and resources by preventing accidents, injuries and lost time. According to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day, 243 agricultural workers suffer lost-work-time injury. Five percent of these injuries result in permanent impairment. This class will teach agricultural workers how to keep an eye out for potential hazards to avoid injury. Because ATV’s are now an essential tool on the farm/ranch, this class will also cover the basic rules of ATV riding, including wearing a helmet, gloves, and protective footwear.  It will also cover using a machine that is age appropriate and why having more than one rider on one machine is dangerous.
Jason Venn, Victory Insurance
Thursday 10:30am – 12pm Room 234
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.
Bethany Williamson, Associated Employers
Wednesday 8am – 10am Room 340
When performance problems and inappropriate behavior are ignored, they do not go away. They turn into bigger problems—for you and your organization. You will learn to identify performance problems and various types of behavior problems, and you will learn to confront them in a positive and productive way. Conflict, strife, and opposing points of view are part of the workplace and part of life; you can’t change that. However, you can change the way you react and manage conflict when it does occur.
Participants will be exposed to ideas of how to resolve conflict for positive outcomes.  The coaching process will be discussed as a method to get employees back on track if behavior or performance issues are surfacing on a consistent basis.  Finally, this session will explore the path needed if the employee is not able to correct deficiencies during the coaching process.
Keith Ouzts, Montana Contractor’s Association
Tuesday8am – 10am Room 235
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
Session A: Monday 10pm – 3pm    Room 122
Session B: Wednesday    8am – 12pm    Room 122

Session C: Thursday 1pm - 5pm   Room 234

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.
Tim Barth, MCCF
Session A: Tuesday 3pm - 5pm     Room 340
Session B: Wednesday    12:30pm – 2:30pm    Room 122
We have all been told that to get more things done we need to delegate, but rarely are we told how to do it successfully.  Delegation can be an incredible tool when the right person is given the right responsibility with clear understanding and objectives.  This leads to workers who are engaged in their work which builds a strong culture that is not only focused but safer.  Discussions will focus on stumbling blocks, selecting the right person to delegate the right task to and using a decision matrix to improve your leadership skills. 
Lance Palmer, Key Rentals Group
Thursday 12:30pm – 2:30pm Room 235
This class will give an overview of OSHA’s Excavation Standard 1926 Subpart P, including:
• General Requirements
• Soils Analysis
• Protective Systems
Jim Burrows, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday Session 8am – 5pm         Room 237
Tuesday Session    8am – 5pm        Room 237
Wednesday Session 8am – 5pm Room 237
This one-day 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.  Note: if you are late to class you may lose your spot to someone on the waitlist.
Shawna Page, Montana State University LTAP
Monday8am – 5pm Room 338
This class is a combination of lecture, manuals, video and hands-on problem solving concerning flagging in a work zone. The five parts of Traffic Control Work Zone will be discussed. Montana flagging certification will be issued to all participants who successfully pass the course. Flagging duties and responsibilities will be taught. Safety, uniformity and liability issues will also be covered.
Deanna Keller, Missoula Federal Credit Union
Session A: Monday 12:30pm – 2:30pm Room 122
Session B: Tuesday 12:30pm – 2:30pm Room 340
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.
Rocky Tom, Montana Department of Transportation
Monday8am – 10am Room 122
This course is an introduction into the requirements of training drivers who operate commercial motor vehicles containing hazardous materials and the required training. Topics Covered include:
• Definition of Hazardous Materials
• Definition of Commercial Motor Vehicle
• Who is required to take this training?
• What training is required?
• Training records
Judy Watkins, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Monday10:30am – 12pm Room 235
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. 
Larry Alheim, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Wednesday 8am – 5pm Room 235
This class meets OSHA requirements for 8 hours of annual refresher training and targets workers who remove hazardous waste or who are exposed to hazardous substances or health hazards. Topics include HAZWOPER regulations, safety hazards, air monitoring, medical surveillance, site control, decontamination, and respiratory equipment. This is for those who have completed the 40-hour or 24-hour HAZWOPER training.
Bryan Page, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday5:30pm – 7pm Room 235
Learn how to control your workers compensation cost. This class covers the cost drivers of workers’ compensation and how to control them.
Lisa Brooks, Montana Department of Administration
This two-part course will cover the different aspects of implementing a risk-based safety program for your workplace.
Wednesday 3pm – 5pm Room 232
It’s not enough just to be compliant. Managing risk in the workplace is fundamental to foreseeing and preventing injuries to employees. In this presentation we will outline how to implement a risk-based safety program, understanding what to assess, when to assess, and report building to show your findings.
Thursday 10:30am – 12pm Room 122
Completing a workplace risk assessment will help an organization and its employees understand how to foresee and prevent injuries in the workplace. In this presentation we will go through the steps of a workplace risk assessment, understand what is involved, who should be involved and identifying sensible measures to control the risks in the workplace.
Dallas Cox, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Independent Contractor Unit
Wednesday 5:30pm – 7pm    Room 122
Everything you wanted to know about Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate and Construction Contractor Registration but were afraid to ask.
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday 3pm – 5pm Room 122
This session is intended to provide knowledge of workplace hazards, according to OSHA 1910 General Industry Standards, and recommendation to eliminate them. It will provide guidance on how to conduct a thorough audit of your work environment as well as OSHA mandated safety and health programs.
Nicole Gregerson – Hollenbeck
Thursday 8am – 5pm Room 232
Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illness, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common support. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illness, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia.
Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).
• Assess for risk of suicide or harm
• Listen nonjudgmentally
• Give reassurance and information
• Encourage appropriate professional help
• Encourages self-help and other support strategies
• Must attend full 8-hour course.
• Must pass the test at the end of the course.
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tuesday3pm – 5pm Room 232
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
Tuesday12:30pm – 2:30pm Room 232
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
Wednesday 8am – 10am Room 232
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 201
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. 
Kelly Trudgeon, Montana State Fund
Monday 8am – 9:30am Room 122
Participants will learn the general overall physical properties of silica and what it does to the lungs.  The instructor will share her personal story of her father passing from silicosis.  She will talk about her experience with his illness and his passing, as well as what she learned after he passed.
Bethan Williams, Associated Employers
Monday 8am – 10am Room 340
The following objectives will be covered in the course:
• Marijuana & Impairment – impacts in the workplace
• State legalization of marijuana – recreational use – medical use and limited medical use
• Federal laws regarding marijuana use – DOT, ADA, FMAL and other alphabet soup acronyms
• Drug & Alcohol policies
• Marijuana and the duty to accommodate
• Lawful off-duty conduct statutes – duty to provide a safe workplace
• Practical considerations – making good decisions
Ron Veilleux, MT Ergofit
Thursday 8am – 10am Room 122
The class covers a quick history of ergonomics and then turns our attention to the office environment.  Topics include: Risk Factors in the Office, Office Ergonomic Assessments, Key Principles that Employees can keep in Mind to Prevent Injury, Office Stretches, Types of Workstations, and products from small to large that reduce risk factors in the office.
David Evans, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday (8am – 5pm) Tuesday (8am - 12pm) Room 232
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.
Monday (12:30pm – 5pm) Tuesday (8am – 5pm) Room 234
Billy Chilton, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
This training is designed to educate every worker on hazard recognition and avoidance. Topics include personal protective equipment, flammable and combustible liquids, machine guarding, preventing slips, trips and falls, and more. Also includes an introduction to OSHA’s industry standards and requirements of the more frequently referenced and cited standards. Students receive an OSHA 10-hour card upon completion.
Berke Brown, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday – Thursday 8am – 5pm Room 449
This class teaches safety awareness and hazard avoidance to those responsible for workplace safety: workers, Foremen and supervisors. It includes 30 hours of training that apply toward the 30-hour Construction Industry class completion card. The class is comprised of 25 sections each one or two-hours in length. Preventative measures for workplace accidents, use of personal protective equipment, fire protection, and hazards with working in or around excavation sites are included. In addition to certificates of attendance, OSHA 30-hour cards are issued upon completion.  
Fred Miller Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday – Thursday 8am – 5pm Room 445
This class is designed for supervisors, foremen and business owners. It teaches safety awareness and hazard avoidance to those responsible for workplace safety. Topics include: Slips, Trips & Falls; Material Handling; Ergonomics; PPE; Managing Safety & Health; Exit Routes; Safety Accountability; OSHA Recordkeeping; Electrical. Participants who attend the entire class receive an OSHA 30-hour General Industry card. 
David de Fer, Rocky Mountain OSHA University of Utah
Tuesday 8am – 5pm Room 338
This course covers the development and implementation of controls and strategies to prevent or mitigate silica exposures in construction, maritime, and general industries. Course topics include describing the requirements of OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica standards and recognizing the hazards and risks, assessment options, and exposure control measures associated with silica exposure. Minimum student contact hours.
David de Fer, Rocky Mountain OSHA University of Utah
Thursday 8am – 5pm Room 338
This one-day course provides information on identifying, evaluating and preventing exposures to fall hazards at construction sites. The goal of the course is to provide small business owners, trainers, supervisors and employees with information on recognizing potential fall hazards at their work sites and suggest ways to avoid, minimize, control and prevent these hazards whenever possible. The course focuses on falls to a lower level rather than falls resulting from slips and trips. Topics include identifying fall hazards, analyzing fall hazards, and preventing fall hazards, as well as OSHA resources that address fall hazards.
David de Fer, Rocky Mountain OSHA University of Utah
Wednesday 8am – 5pm Room 338
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 end of this course, the participant will understand the importance and duties of a competent person towards excavation work and will have the knowledge and skills that are required to perform those duties. 
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday 10:30am – 12pm Room 234
This course targets employers and employees in the private sector and will cover OSHA’s latest Emphasis Programs
Montana Department of Administration Risk Management and Tort Defense Division
Tuesday 3pm – 5pm Room 122
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.
Stacy Weldele-Wade, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Human Rights Bureau
Thursday 10:30am – 12pm Room 237
This session provides an overview of what constitutes illegal discrimination and harassment in today’s world. By understanding the perimeters of the law and how it relates to the day to day operations in the workplace, this session provides valuable insight in how to prevent claims and protect your business from expensive and time-consuming litigation.
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Wednesday 10:30am – 12pm Room 232
This geared towards participants who work in the public sector.  Attendees will be able to learn more about the Department of Labor & Industry’s Compliance Unit and ask question of the compliance officers.
John Podolinsky, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Thursday 8am – 10am Room 234
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. 
Ted Patterson, Northwest Industrial Supply
Thursday 10:30am – 12pm Room 235
This session is an overview that covers the fundamentals of rigging.
Coleridge Hand & Nathan Bundy
Monday 3pm – 5pm Room 235
Using a crane or any other lifting device can be very handy on the jobsite but without proper safeguards in place, incidents can happen.  To minimize the chances of having an incident, this class will cover a few key things to perform a lift safely. In the class we will cover topics like crane and rigging limitations, using load charts for specific lifting devices, inspecting rigging tags, and when to retire rigging from service.  We will also discuss how important communication is in all aspects of lifting. For instance, how pre-job discussions, using a spotter, and proper signaling relate to a safe lifting operation. In addition to, how to handle multi crane picks in a job. A big part of the session will be a brief overview of new and old OSHA regulations that pertain to lifting.  We will cover the importance of jobsite setup, staging of crane and material, personnel, electrical hazards and the benefits of taglines and push-Pull sticks.  We look forward to your participation and any level of lifting experience is welcome.
Keith Ouzts, Montana Contractor’s Association
Monday 10:30am – 12pm  Room 234
This class focuses on the safety aspects of scaffolding and current OSHA requirements. The participant is introduced to the basics of scaffolding operations from installing to dismantling. The class will also cover the qualification and responsibilities of the competent person.
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday 3:30pm – 5pm Room 122
Slips, trips and falls are one of the leading causes of accidents, both in and out of the workplace. As a result, they are a significant problem both to the general public and the workplace. This class will cover practical methods to reduce slips and falls.
Cindy Zimmerman, Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau
Wednesday 12:30pm – 2:30pm Room 234
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.
Bob Winston, Victory Insurance
Wednesday 12:30pm – 2:30pm Room 340
The creation of a genuine safety partnership between management and employees is fundamental to achieve excellence in safety.   Creating a safety partnership requires management and employees to jointly work toward achieving common and clearly understood safety goals.  This can be achieved thru effective safety leadership.  Leadership that recognizes safety as a social activity where everyone is involved and works together is essential.   This session will address leadership at the supervisory level where if not taken seriously, positive change cannot occur.  
Tuesday 1pm – 5pm Room 235
The National TIM Responder Training Program was developed by responders for responders, and was designed to establish the foundation for and promote consistent training of all responders to achieve the three objectives of the TIM National Unified Goal (NUG): 
• Responder Safety 
• Safe, Quick Clearance 
• Prompt, Reliable, Interoperable Communications 
John Olaechea, OSHA
Tuesday          10:30am – 12pm       Room 235
This presentation will review the recently issued final rule on crane operator certification under 29 CFR 1926.1427. The discussion will also include current OSHA enforcement policy requirements and Q&A.
Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Human Rights Bureau
Tuesday 3pm-5pm Salon Room 235
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.
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Unemployment Insurance Division
Session A: Wednesday 3pm – 5pm Room 234
Session B: Thursday 8am -10am Room 237
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  
Cindy Zimmerman, Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau
Wednesday 8am – 10am Room 234
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.
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Monday 8am – 10am Room 234
This session is intended to provide knowledge on anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of workplace exposures, according to OSHA 1910 General Industry Standards. It will also provide guidance on various and diverse methods to protect employees from these exposures.
Lorri Deplazes, RN CHSP CSSBB
Thursday 3pm – 5pm Room 122
This class is geared towards those that work in healthcare and will cover the following topics:
• 4 Types of Workplace Violence
• What is Altered Mental Status
• What is Normal and Abnormal Behavior
• What is Escalation and De-Escalation
• What is Verbal and Non-Verbal De-Escalation
• The Continuum of Calm to Aggressive/Violent
• Anticipatory Risks and Behaviors for Escalation
• Triggers of Escalation
• Case Studies using above tools
• Brief Discussion on:
o Weapons
o Code Grays/Mr. Muscle and Restraints
o Policies related to Workplace Violence
o What facilities should do for associate involved in WPV event
o Associate responsibilities for prevention of WPV



Instructor Bios



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
Ethan was born and raised in Great Falls, MT. He graduated from Montana Tech of the University of Montana with a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health in 2017. Throughout his college career, he has gained safety and health knowledge through education, surface coal mining and underground metal mining in Wyoming, North Dakota, and Michigan. He currently is a Compliance Specialists for the Department of Labor and Industry.  Ethan enjoys spending his free time with family and friends; fishing, boating, and hiking/backpacking. 
Montana Contractor Compensation Fund
Tim Barth is the Safety Consultant for the Montana Contractor Compensation Fund who helps contractors train employees in hazard recognition, improve safety cultures and find workable solutions to workplace hazards.  Tim has worked in the heavy and highway construction industry for almost thirty years.  For the past ten years, he has focused on changing how safety is viewed and how doing work safely can not only keep employees from being injured but makes them more skilled in their work and allows them to complete work more efficiently with a high-quality outcome.  Tim has a degree in Construction Engineering Technology and is an OSHA Outreach Trainer for the Construction Industry.
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Matthew was born and raised in Butte, MT. He graduated from Montana Tech with a B.S. in Occupational Safety & Health in 2016. Matthew joins the Compliance team after three years of working in the commercial construction industry throughout Wyoming & Colorado. In his free time, Matthew enjoys watching/playing sports and spending time with friends and family.
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Breeinna is a native Montanan and earned her B.S. in Occupational Safety & Health with an option in Applied Health from Montana Tech of the University of Montana.  Throughout the past years, she gained knowledge and experience while working in the construction and mining industries.  With the desire to strengthen the safety culture within the workplace and ensure that workers can return home to their families each day, Breeinna became a Compliance Specialist for the Montana Department of Labor & Industry. In her spare time, Breeinna enjoys any adventure that the breathtaking state she is proud to call home has to offer.
Montana Department of Administration, Workers Comp Management Bureau
Lisa joined WCMB as the safety program officer in March 2016. Prior to this, she held safety positions in the UK for both national and global organizations within food manufacturing, oil and gas, logistics and the airline industry. Her experience includes accident investigation, developing safe systems of work, training, hazard identification, risk assessment, strategic development and continuous improvement. Her emphasis is on implementing and improving safety programs to create a safety culture established and maintained by all employees.
Nate has lived in the Frenchtown area his whole life. He grew up around many levels of construction and heavy equipment. Whether it was large mining equipment or backhoes to masonry tools, he has used or operated most. Nate started in the Oil & Gas industry about 10 years ago as a roustabout in North Dakota. He quickly pursued specializing in cranes and rigging and within two years he was running my own crane and small rigging crew. Nate worked his way into the crane group field supervisor and oversaw a fleet of cranes and the crews that manned them. 
In 2014 he started a new job in Alaska on the north slope for Arctic Slope Regional Corporation as a crane operator. From there Nate was able to further his experience and pursue more training and enhance his crane and rigging knowledge. Nate spent the last year pursuing a long-time goal of mine of acquiring his NCCCO Lift Director certification, and through a long series of certifications and trainings was able to do so. Currently he is the first NCCCO certified Lift Director on the north slope and was chosen for a new Lift Coordinator position that is designed to assist critical lift planning and safety for his company. 
Reflex Protect
Alain Burrese, J.D., is the Director of Active Defense Training for Reflex Protect and the author of Survive A Shooting: Strategies to Survive Active Shooters and Terrorist Attacks. He is a former U.S. Army Sniper, a fifth-degree black belt, and a certified active shooter response instructor (Safariland Group). He is the author of 8 books, 11 instructional DVDs, and numerous articles. He’s appeared on various radio and television shows discussing safety and active shooter response, including the PBS Documentary: Active Shooter: Are Montana Colleges Ready? 
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Berke is a native Montanan. He was born in Helena and was raised in the Laurel area. Berke has worked for Stillwater Mining Company, where he learned rules and regulations. Berke has applied his knowledge & experience to work for Mine Safety & Health Administration and the State of Montana, Safety & Health Bureau as mine trainer/inspector. Berke is currently an authorized OSHA Outreach Construction trainer for the State of Montana, Safety & Health Bureau. Berke now has 14 years of safety experience. Berke and his wife resides in Billings with their children and stepchildren.
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.  
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
Darby was born and raised in Butte, MT. She graduated from Montana Tech with a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health in 2019. During college she gained safety and health experience through multiple internships at Colstrip Power Plant. Darby enjoys skiing, camping, hiking, and hunting in her free time.
Mountain West OSHA Education Center, University of Utah.
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 worked for the Montana Department of Labor and Industry Safety and Health Bureau as an Occupational Safety & Health Specialist and Trainer, before joining Mountain West OSHA. David is an authorized OSHA Construction and General Industry instructor.
Montana Nurses Association
Lorri is currently the Associate Safety Coordinator for SCL Health/Saint James Healthcare.  She has worked in healthcare safety and prevention for the past ten years.  During the past 7 years, she developed and implemented a highly successful workplace violence prevention program, safe patient handling program and is active on all major safety initiatives for SCL Health’s System Initiatives that also include Sharp Injury Prevention and Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention.  Lorri is a Lean expert and lends this skill to all areas of hospital safety. Prior to this, Lorri worked as Risk Manager/Patient Safety, Lean Sensei and both LPN and RN in Telemetry and Critical Care.
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
David was born and raised in Montana and 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
Nicole Hollenbeck is a Human Resources Professional with over 18 years of experience. 
She completed her bachelor’s in education and master’s Work in Behavior Analysis.  She has spent time working in Corrections, Education and Human Resources. 
During the past five years Nicole has devoted her time to providing education about mental health and suicide; spending the last 3 ½ years teaching Mental Health First Aid around Oregon and Montana.  Nicole is certified in youth, adult and Law enforcement modules and enjoys providing this interactive class and information to all those whom are willing to listen. She is passionate about education people to help make our communities better for everyone. 
Nicole currently resides in Lolo Montana. 
Coleridge has lived in Troy, Montana since he was young and recently moved to Missoula. He worked in the oil and gas industry as a roustabout in Alaska for ten years.  During that time in oil and gas, he primarily worked as a maintenance technician. Coleridge has worked with mobile cranes and rigged / lifted various objects throughout that time.  In the past two years he has been pursuing his goal of becoming a safety specialist. Coleridge currently has his CHST and will receive his Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety, in addition to, his GSP and CSP early next year.
Montana Department of Labor & Industry
CJ was born and raised in Montana. He earned his B.S. in Occupational Safety & Health from Montana Tech of the University of Montana in 2017 and his M.S. in Industrial Hygiene from Montana Technological University in 2019. CJ gained his safety & industrial hygiene knowledge by interning in the mining industry for the Eagle Mine in Michigan and Rio Tinto Minerals in California. He also interned for Northwestern Energy. CJ enjoys outdoor activities like fly fishing, hunting and snowboarding.
LMG Security
Dr. Keller is the Training Coordinator/Content Developer for LMG Security, 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 training and education for LMG Security. 
Montana Ag Safety Program
Jim is a Montana Ag Safety Program leader. He travels the State giving presentations on Farm Safety and ATV Safety. He developed a Family Safety Intervention for Farms and Ranches plan with Lester Graham.
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Jerry received his Bachelor's degree in Occupational Safety and Health - Science and Engineering from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. During his career as a Safety Professional, he has worked in a variety of industries ranging from construction, pulp & paper, power generation, cement manufacturing, mining and public sector. Jerry has obtained his Certified Safety Professional certificate from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Jerry and his wife (Britani) reside in the Helena area.
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Fred worked more than 12 years as a commercial insurance agent in Helena and Great Falls, specializing in workers’ compensation. He also worked seven years as a journalist in Lewistown, Havre, and Great Falls. He currently is a Safety Specialist with the Montana Department of Labor and Industry Safety and Health Bureau, helping workers and businesses understand the importance of workplace safety. He earned the Associate of Risk Management and Associate of Underwriting designations from the Insurance Institute of America and is an OSHA-authorized General Industry outreach trainer. He received his bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College.
The Risk Management & Tort Defense Division provides training programs designed to assist state agencies to reduce their risks and prevent exposure to claims/losses
The Unemployment Insurance Division collects unemployment taxes paid by Montana employers and distributes benefits to claimants.
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.  
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 LTAP
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 one’s 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.
Northwest Industrial Supply
Ted is the rigging training coordinator for Northwest Industrial Supply – Missoula.  Ted has completed The Crosby Group ASME/OSHA Rigging Trainer Development Course and various rigging courses.  He is a native Montanan growing up in the Bitterroot Valley.  Ted attained a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Regis University in Denver, CO.
Key Rentals Group
Lance has more than 32 years in the Construction Equipment Rental Industry. Twenty-seven of those years have been focused on Trench Safety, Confined Space, Pipe Testing, Training and other related products. In 2018 Lance open Key Rentals with Brenton Euler in Belgrade, MT. As an independent dealer their team is focused on providing the best service in the state of Montana and surrounding states. 


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.  Before 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.  
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tyler Sanders was born and raised as a Montana kid. He attended Capital High throughout high school and went on to graduate from Montana Tech In 2018 with a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health while also being a 4-year starter on the football team. Tyler gained his hands-on safety knowledge by interning in industrial construction as well as underground coal mining throughout his previous internship in New Mexico. Tyler enjoys all the outdoor activities that Montana has to offer such as hiking, fly fishing, hunting, and skiing.
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Drew grew up in Lolo and then attended high school in Missoula, MT. He later attended the University of Montana and received a B.A. in Biology. After a few years away from school, Drew went back to school at Montana Tech and earned a M.S. in Industrial Hygiene in 2014. Drew worked as an Industrial Hygienist and Safety Engineer in the semiconductor industry for three years in Idaho, focusing on chemical safety and risk assessment. Drew returned to Montana to work in the Consultation Program with the Department of Labor and Industry as an industrial hygienist in 2018.  On the nights and weekends, Drew enjoys spending time on the rivers and in the woods; specifically rafting, camping and snowshoeing throughout Southern and Western Montana. 
Montana Department of Transportation
Rocky is a hazardous material instructor for State of Montana and National Training Center.  He has spent more than 20-years as a DOT motor vehicle inspector and compliance specialist. Prior to working for MDT, Rocky worked as a diesel mechanic.
Montana State Fund
Kellie joined State Fund in 2016. Kellie’s passion for safety started at an early age after her father’s coworker was killed on the job. She started her safety career at Montana Tech working in the Environmental Safety and Health department as the intern for two years and later going on to Copper Environmental Consulting in Anaconda where she managed safety on remediation management sites in Nevada and Colorado. Kellie holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety & Health and a Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene both from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. While at Montana Tech, Kellie was the president of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) student chapter. She is currently the Professional Development Coordinator for the Big Sky Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP).  Kellie focuses on risk assessment and hazard identification.  Kellie holds the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. 
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.
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.   
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.
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 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.

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