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2017 Rocky Mountain Safety Conference Registration is Now Open!



Join us October 19- 20, 2017 and elevate your safety career to the next level!  You will enjoy power-packed programming with industry leaders covering what’s new for leaders in safety, how to manage new developments and compliance, and what advances in technology will help you rise to the top! You’ll also get fresh ideas from our exhibitors with top-of-line safety products and services.


Conference Schedule:


Thursday, October 19, 2017


7:30am - 8:30am: Registration, Exhibits and Breakfast


8:30am - 9:30am: Opening Session


Create a World Class Safety Program: Protect Employees from Injury & Illness

James Stanley - FDR Safety, LLC


Jim Stanley, the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA,will walk you through a more effective way to drive a world class safety program. The three key elements are: full commitment by senior management to safety, making safety a part of the culture, and employee involvement through demonstration and practice, not directives.


10:00am - 11:00am: Breakout Sessions


  • Negligent Entrustment...What You Don't Know Could Drive You Out of Business
    Tim Batz - IMA, Inc.
    Rick Zellen - Zurich Services Corporation

    This session will introduce attendees to the topic of Negligent Entrustment and the potential significant impact it could have on your organization.You will leave with a plan on how to evaluate your own fleet safety program and the standards which they should meet or exceed.
  • Using Risk Assessment Techniques to Improve Risk Management
    Trish Ennis - Holmes Murphy

    Learn how risk assessment is playing an evolving role in the risk management process. Attendees will leave being able to identify core competencies needed to effectively perform risk assessments including: risk management principles and guidelines, terminology, how to identify appropriate techniques and understanding elements of Enterprise Risk Management.
  • OSHA Update
    Herb Gibson - Denver OSHA Area Office
    Dave Nelson - Englewood OSHA Area Office

    Join us for an in depth look into the direction the agency will be heading in 2018. Topics covered will include: the status of the reporting requirements of fatalities and sever injuries, local enforcement statistics, current emphasis programs, outreach activities and safety and health management guidelines.


11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch Session


Occupational Health & Safety in the Marijuana Industry

Roberta Smith - Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment


With the legalization of recreational marijuana and the subsequent new industry it launched; occupational safety and health professionals have struggled to develop and implement safety and health practices as the federal government does not support the industry. This presentation will describe the process used by the CDPHE and it's partners to develop and implement a new worker safety and health program. Although this guide was developed for the marijuana industry specifically, the process can be applied to other emerging industries as well. 


12:45pm - 2:30pm: Plenary Session


Crisis Management: Lessons Learned from the Aurora Theater Shooting
Batt Chf. Matthew Chapman - Aurora Fire Rescue, Office of Emergency Management

Lt. Sam McGhee - Aurora Police Department

Battalion Chief Chapman and Lieutenant McGhee will address the complexity of the Aurora Theater shooting and what lessons were learned from responding to that incident. They will discuss the importance of thinking critically, and training personnel to make quick decisions in a time of crisis. In addition, they will address the benefit of having a crisis management plan that includes employee training and practice drills in order to respond to a crisis effectively.

2:45pm - 3:45pm: Breakout Sessions


  • Change Acceleration Process
    Dan Klimek - Klimek Consulting Inc.

    The change acceleration process is structured so that employees learn about their organization as a whole while developing a business case for issues that concern them. This process helps employees understand the many considerations involved in making business decisions at all levels. Attendees will leave with a step by step guide on how to implement the change acceleration process at their company; including how to get all levels of management involved, responses to potential opposition and real world examples from companies that have implemented this process.
  • Getting Started with Social Media: The Do's and Don'ts of Social Media Etiquette
    Kimberly Werner - Small Giants

    Your firm is on board with social media - now what? Where do you start? What do I post? Am I doing it right? This session will get all of your questions answered from getting started to demonstrating results that align with your firm’s goals.


  • Worker Fatigue Management
    Joseph Balas - Human Factors Safety

    The impacts of human fatigue due to poor sleep cost industries $1.9 Million per year. Employees in these industries are exposed to long or irregular work hours, rotating shifts, after hours on-call duties or are subjected to poorly designed work schedules.  These conditions, if left unmitigated, create unwanted workplace safety hazards for employer and employee alike. This session will address individual and operational fatigue issues and its ill effects while offering practical coping strategies.



Friday, October 20, 2017


8:00am - 9:00am: Registration, Exhibits and Breakfast


9:00am - 10:00am: Opening Session


Understanding Risk and Developing a Resilient Mindset

Julius Rhodes - MPR Group


What is risk and how do we respond to the potential threat it poses? This presentation will teach you how to address risk from a proactive and reactive standpoint and will teach you how to become familiar with the traits of a resilient mindset and people that are essential in addressing the issues of risk. 


10:30am - 11:30am: Breakout Sessions


  • OSHA Under the Trump Administration
    Patrick J. Miller. - Sherman & Howard L.L.C.

    This session will provide an overview of OSHA under the new Trump Administration and explore their approach to new regulations and enforcement. It will outline the current rule making agenda and provide an update to the status of many standards disseminated under the Obama Administration. 
  • Advancing HSE Professionals in Business
    Julius Rhodes - MPR Group

    Join our keynote presenter as he examines the critical leadership skills that HSE professionals must display on a consistent basis in order for them to be seen not just as leaders withing their field but as business leaders capable of successfully operating throughout the organization. 
  • Opioids Impact on Safety in the Workplace
    Rick May - RxAssurance-OpiSafe

    Opioid use and misuse is an ongoing crisis for U.S. employers and in order to respond to this new opioid-filled world effectively employers need to understand the scope of the problem, how workers' comp injuries magnify the issue, and how physicians both contribute to and help address opioid abuse. In this session you will learn what savvy employers are doing today to protect their employees and their business. 


11:45pm - 12:45pm: Lunch Session


Stories from the Media

Kyle Clark - 9News


Join Kyle Clark, Anchor/Reporter with Denver's 9News as he recaps some of his most memorable interviews with local Colorado companies. His keynote will feature a "what not to do" when your company is in the spotlight, as well as tips and tricks to make the most of the interaction. 


1:00pm - 2:00pm: Breakout Sessions


  • Do's and Don'ts of Hiring and Firing
    Kristin R.B. White - Jackson Kelly PLLC

    This session will cover the hiring process and the legal recommendations for hiring a good employee through interviews, background checks, and exams. You will leave with specific steps to us to avoid legal problems during this process, as well as specific tips for discharging an employee.
  • Keeping Safety Relevant in the C-Suite
    Mark Hansen - Colorado Springs Utilities

    Attaining the top position in your company is challenging in the career of a safety professional and even more challenging to stay in the position once obtained. This presentation will address strategies to becoming a trusted member of the C-Suite team, an influencer and a collaborator to effect sustained safety performance improvement. 
  • Is Zero Deaths Really Possible?
    Amy Ford - Colorado Department of Transportation

    Last year over 600 people lost their lives on Colorado roads.  Why, what is happening and why are predictions suggesting that we will exceed over 800 in the next few years? The Colorado Department of Transportation is focusing on this crisis; not only working with today's solutions, but also how we harness the technology of tomorrow to start saving lives today.


2:15pm - 3:15pm: Closing Session


Laughter is the Best Medicine

Brad Nieder, MD -The Healthy Humorist


Get ready to laugh as you learn why laughter really is the best medicine...for combating stress, feeling better and living longer. Dr. Brad always dispenses his wellness advice in an entertaining manner unlike any other doctor you've encountered. 


3:15 pm: Closing/Prize Drawing


Registration Information:


Full Conference (2 Days)


Member/Alliance Member:*

  • Until October 1- $450.00
  • October 2 and After - $515.00
  • ASSE Members, Please call Rachel at 303-373-1937 for the MemberDiscount


Non-Member:* $515

Fee includes admission to all program sessions, meals, breaks and entrance in door prize drawings.


*Group Discounts Available- When registering three (3) or more employees at the same time call Rachel Massman for discounted pricing at 303-373-1937. Discounts are available for both members & non-members.



One Day (Thursday or Friday)


Member/Alliance Member:*

  • Until October 1- $310.00
  • October 2 and After - $370.00
  • ASSE Members, Please call Rachel at 303-373-1937 for the Member Discount


Non-Member:* $370

Fee includes admission to all program sessions, meals, breaks and entrance in door prize drawings.


*Group Discounts Available- When registering three (3) or more employees at the same time call Rachel Massman for discounted pricing at 303-373-1937. Discounts are available for both members & non-members.


Location & Lodging Information:


Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows

10345 Park Meadows Drive

Lone Tree, CO 80124


Phone: 1-800-228-9290 or 303-925-0004

Rate: $115 single standard room


When making your reservation please make sure to request the room block for the Rocky Mountain Safety Conference. The cutoff date for this discounted rate is October 4, 2017.


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