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OSHA Safety Day

February 15, 2024 | Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road

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 2024.

Registration Coming in 2024

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


2023 Agenda

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Conversation with Ohio OSHA Area Directors  |  8 a.m. to 9 a.m. - Ballroom

Larry Johnson - Columbus Area Director, OSHA

Howard Eberts - Cleveland Area Director, OSHA

Todd Jensen - Toledo Area Director, OSHA

Ken Montgomery - Cincinnati Area Director, OSHA

ANSI Z359.14-2021: A New Standard in Fall Protection  |  9:10 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. (Track 1)

Matt Hohman (Fall Tech) - There is a new ANSI Standard for Fall Protection and it may impact the industry more than you think. Learn about the new Standard and how it is going to change the Fall Protection you use.

Best Practices When Working With Temporary Workers  |  9:10 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. (Track 2)

Ken Saunders (Messer) - Discussion on best practices when using temporary workers.

Everything You Need To Know About Respirators  |  9:10 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. (Track 3)

Ashley Griesenbrock (Safex) - Not every respirator is the same. Learn differences, training requirements, fit testing facts, cleaning, procedures, written programs, OSHA compliance, and more.

Developing a Safety Culture at a Construction Company  |  9:10 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. (Track 4)

Tony Cardamone (Zurich) - This session will discuss the philosophy of and thought behind developing and maintaining a successful safety culture within an organization in the construction industry. 

Excavation, Soil Dynamics, and Protections  |  10:20 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. (Track 1)

Ed Hammond & Dan Fenney (George J. Igel Construction) - In this session, we will review the basics of excavation safety, soil dynamics (the forces at work), and protective systems.

For the Record: Acing Your 300 Logs  |  10:20 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. (Track 2)

Karen Basso (Mid-America OSHA Education Center) - In this session, we will review OSHA recordkeeping requirements and common errors and omissions by employers. We will also cover special issues such as "what is first aid," temporary workers, and exceptions to recordability.

Healthcare Regulatory Challenges in Construction: Infection Control & Prevention | 10:20 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. (Track 3)

Justin Smyer, Zachary Orsborne, Adam Gurevitz (Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center)

For this presentation we will discuss the regulatory challenges during construction associated with infection prevention and control. The session will include a discussion on transmission dynamics in air and water quality. Our presenters will also discuss updates to the accreditation and regulatory standards related to construction and infection control. Join us for a dynamic presentation involving industry trends and lessons learned!

Hazard Assessment Panel | 10:20 am to 11:20 am (Track 4)

Brandon Herdman (Turner Construction Company); 

John Boley (Safety Management Group);

Keith Snead (Limbach) - Has your company updated its hazard assessments lately? If you want insight on the hazard assessment trends, opinions from industry trend setters, or just have questions on how to get started, this session is for you.


Lunch and Networking | 11:30 am to 12:15 pm - Ballroom 

General Session - "Intel on Intel" | 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm - Ballroom

Betsy Goldstein, Director Business Development (MA Design)

The Industry Impact on National Security, Staffing & Supply Chain and How You Can Be Prepared

Silica and Dust Control  |  1:10 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. (Track 1)

Daniel Schultz & David Diersing (Hilti) - We will review silica dust training on jobsite safety standards including the dangers of silica dust and how it impacts the worker. We will also cover Table 1 and the Hilti tools that can be used to stay compliant.

What OSHA Standards Apply? - Temporary Workers  |  1:10 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. (Track 2)

Ken Saunders (Messer) - Panel discussion on best practices when using temporary workers.

OSHA Representative (TBD)  

NIOSH Total Worker Health Approach in the Construction Sector  |  1:10 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. (Track 3)

Douglas Trout, MD (NIOSH Office of Construction Safety and Health) - This session will present an overview of the NIOSH Total Worker Health (TWH) program which emphasizes both the protection from work-related safety and health hazards and the promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts to advance worker well-being.

BWC Programs, Resources and Services | 1:10 pm to 2:10 pm (Track 4)

Jeff Little (Ohio BWC) - This session will focus on a review of the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation programs and services available to Ohio employers. Attendees will learn the various safety programs, resources, and available grants that can assist employers in managing their workers' compensation exposure.

OSHA Electrical Standards  |  2:20 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. (Track 1)

Barry Smallwood (ESI Electrical Contractors) - The session will discuss OSHA and NEC electrical standards, as well as hazards associated with temporary power in the construction industry.

Demoing Near Occupied Spaces?  Know What is Required | 2:20 p.m. to 3:20 p.m (Track 2)

Ken Saunders (Messer) - This session will review requirements and best practices to use when planning work inside occupied building and spaces.

Mental Health in Safety: Create a Safer Environment with a Caring Culture  |  2:20 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. (Track 3)

Paul Lawson (Mid-City) and Chris Sanders (Valley Interior Systems) - Construction has the second-highest rate of suicides of any industry in America. Because of that fact, suicide prevention needs to be the next frontier for safety. We will look at data and go over resources our companies can take to build a culture of care, wellness, and suicide prevention.

Registration Coming in January 2024

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

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