OSHA Safety Day

OSHA Safety Day - February 17, 2022

The Ohio State University and the Columbus OSHA office, in conjunction with the Central Ohio chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals, are please to present OSHA Safety Day 2022.



Ohio State staff or students - register by emailing Cathy Black.


2022 Agenda

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Links to the Bonus Sessions will be emailed to attendees after the event.  The links will be good for 30 days.

Welcome and Keynote Address  |  8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Welcome - Kristin Poldemann RA AIA, Associate Vice President of Facilities Operations and Development, Design and Construction group, The Ohio State University - Oversees a $3.5 billion portfolio of university construction projects.  Registered Architect, LEED professional, with a bachelors and masters in Architecture.  Recognized as Business First's Power 100 Member.

Introduction of Keynote Speaker - Larry Johnson, Columbus Area Director, OSHA

Keynote Speaker - John W. Drebinger

Effective Communication Skills for Safety Leaders  |  9:40 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.

John Drebinger - Communication is not complete until the desired result is achieved. As a safety leader, you do not want to see anyone injured in the workplace. The challenge is communicating this information effectively at safety meetings. John will take you beyond just teaching safety to developing new effective communication skills that will help you reach employees immediately to realize new levels of success.

How are You Addressing Mental Health & Addiction?  |  9:40 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.

Rick Gehlbach (OhioHealth) - This training focuses on trends in safety-sensitive workplaces with regard to addiction and the links to employees’ mental health needs. Learn warning signs of mental health and addiction symptoms and ways to initiate productive dialogue with employees to proactively address this worsening trend.

Rigging Class  |  9:40 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

Collins Cranmer CHST, NCCCO and Ed Hammond CHST, CSS, CDT, NCCCO - Participants will receive a certificate of attendance (must attend all 4 hours). Limited seating. Fundamental to any training program is the need to make it dynamic. Teaching something as critical to safety as rigging and signaling requires trainers to find ways in the classroom to simulate real-world experiences and receive confirmation of understanding. Learn how two local safety professionals approach the topic of rigging and signaling. Attend this four-hour class to watch simulations, participate in case studies, and test your knowledge “live” through electronic testing. Using scaled rigging equipment, you will learn the importance of providing a variety of learning techniques to increase the competency of employees while you pick up some knowledge in an area that impacts so many areas of construction.

OSHA Programs - What's New  |  10:50 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Charles Shelton (Cleveland OSHA), Larry Johnson, Melissa Linton (Columbus OSHA) - OSHA will provide an update and answer questions about OSHA initiatives, emphasis programs, and OSHA regulations.

Personal Protective Equipment Advances  |  10:50 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Daniel Braker & Barry Gullickson (3M) - Learn about the latest industry advances in personal protective equipment. Keep safety your top priority.

Trenching Safety - 1926 Subpart P Excavations  |  1:10 p.m. to 2:10 p.m.

Greg First (Conie Construction) - Greg will share basic elements surrounding trench safety and a personal experience with an Ohio 2016 trench fatality.

Generational Safety Culture  |  1:10 p.m. to 2:10 p.m.

Kelsey Kohler (Ohio CAT), Johel Woodliff (Messer Construction), Mary Logan So (Igel & Co.), Fred Bothwell (Speer Mechanical, ret.) - Join the discussion with safety professionals about how the overall safety culture has changed throughout the years, what has worked and what hasn’t when trying to change a culture, and more.

How to Handle Workplace Accidents  |  2:20 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.

Douglas Suter, Esq. (Taft Stettinius & Hollister) - Learn what to do in the event of a fatality or accident on the job, including media response, interacting with OSHA, investigations, incident reporting, and more.  Handout.

Crane Safety & Lift Plans  |  2:20 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.

Collins Cranmer CHST, NCCCO and Ed Hammond CHST, CSS, CDT, NCCCO - You only need to see the Columbus skyline to recognize how much growth the city is experiencing. In the city and the suburbs, crane activity is on the rise. Learn from two NCCCO Lift Directors how to ensure your crane picks are safe, from the moment you survey the area, plan the crane size, and develop a lift plan that sets the tone for a successful project.

Leading Safety Metrics - Measure by Accomplishment  |  Bonus Session Online

Cary Usrey (SafetyStratus) - Safety and health performance are traditionally measured by lagging indicators that rely on injury and illness statistics. Unlike processes such as production, safety is consistently measured by failure instead of accomplishment. A new approach - focused on tracking safety and health performance through leading metrics and tying these back to lagging metrics - is needed. But what leading indicators should you examine? Learn about a safety leading indicator process that will drive continuous safety improvement.

So You Have a Claim - Now What?  |  Bonus Session Online

Stacy Harrington (Ohio BWC) - As a safety professional, claim prevention is key. But when a claim does occur, there are things you need to know to help your company manage it appropriately. This presentation will provide an overview of the BWC claim process, recommended policies, claims management strategies, ratemaking, and BWC rebate programs.

Safety and Health Services for Ohio Employers  |  Bonus Session Online

Ranzy Brown (OSHA On-Site Consultation Program) - An overview of no-cost safety and health services available to Ohio employers through BWC’s Division of Safety and Hygiene.

Avoid STKY Situations  |  Bonus Session Online

Keith Snead (Limbach Company) - We have been taught that a lot of minor injuries will result in major injuries, and a few major injuries will result in a fatality. Learn how SIFs (Serious Injuries or Fatalities) can be defined, categorized, and controlled. You can be exposed, successful, and lucky … or you can be prepared!


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2022 Keynote Speaker

“Safety for Effective Leaders - Empowering People to Work Safely”  John W. Drebinger Jr, C.Ht., CSP

In a fun and engaging magical message, international safety speaker John Drebinger will help you celebrate your safety successes and provide you with the tools to communicate and empower your people to work safely. John shares how to help people take personal responsibility for their own safety and feel confident in approaching others in a safe and comfortable way when conveying their safety concerns. You will leave the session with new tools, energy, and passion to communicate your next safety message in a way that gets people to work safely and prevent injuries!



Ohio State staff or students - register by emailing Cathy Black.

Please direct questions to oshaosusafetyday@gmail.com.

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