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2020 Conference Schedule

The 2020 Rocky Mountain Safety Conference is Going Virtual!
August 27-28, 2020
Daily from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm


Conference Schedule


August 27, 2020

Conference Welcome and Keynote Address (8:00 am to 9:30 am)

The Champion’s Code: Building Relationships Through Life Lessons of Integrity and Accountability from the Sports World to the Business World

Ross Bernstein, CSP
Ross Bernstein Speaking

Ross' program is about the DNA of what makes champions in sports so unique and how that relates to business and safety.  It’s based on a series of books he wrote in which he was able to interview more than 1,000 professional athletes and coaches that all had one thing in common — they were all members of championship teams.  In his research he concluded that the same metrics and characteristics that were common among champions in sports, were also common among peak performers in business.  There are reasons certain teams win consistently, whereas others don't... and Ross explains why.


Meet the Exhibitors (9:30 am to 9:50 am)
Step into our Virtual Exhibit Hall for a visit.

Breakout Sessions (9:50 am to 10:30 am)

Transform Your Job and Your Company with Data
Tom Carson
President and CEO
Sospes EHS Software

Embracing data leverages your skills and experience for personal and professional success.

Advances in the technology of data-driven decision-making are everywhere, but where is the practical guide to implementing them in your business?  And really – does this matter now when you are dealing with uncertain markets and employee work issues?  Yes, it matters.  Yes, the time is now.  The tools for collecting, analyzing and acting on data have become faster, cheaper and more intuitive, to the point that they are accessible to us all.  More than ever, companies understand that safety risk is organizational risk, organizational risks are more costly than they have ever been, and safety leaders need to use every tool available to leverage their skills and experience.  This session will provide specific examples of how data management changed companies, specific steps that you can take to get started and why there is urgency in doing so – safety systems are not just about safety anymore.

Pandemic Plans:  The Tightrope between Recommended and Required
Kristin R.B. White
Fisher & Phillips, LLP

Over the past few months, employers have been inundated with best practices and recommendations for pandemic preparedness plans.  This presentation will discuss when recommendations have really become requirements, and the consequences for ignoring “recommendations” to the detriment of your employees and your business.  Attendees will leave the presentation will a better understanding of what best practices should be carried forward as we revise our pandemic plans.


Safety and Wellness: Cultural Legitimacy
J. Nicholas Williams
Director of Operations
Absolute Caulking and Waterproofing Inc.

Tanya Chapman
Training & Safety Consultant
Colorado Safety Association

Company culture determines the future of our organizations.  Safety culture success comes directly from the top.  We will discuss the tools and techniques to establish a meaningful safety culture from your annual budget to the Holiday party and anywhere in between.  Come ready with challenges and questions, we have the experts to help you craft a solution!

Meet the Exhibitors (10:30 am to 10:50 am)
Step into our Virtual Exhibit Hall for a visit.

General Session and Closing Comments (10:50 am to 12:00 pm)

Assessing Your Safety Culture

Rick Pollock, CSP, ASP
Rivendell Safety Consulting, LLC
Having a positive and supportive workplace culture (safety culture) is a key factor in overall safety performance.  The process for assessing and measuring safety culture is complex, and to get at the heartbeat of the organization the assessment might include senior management discussions, worker focus group, behavioral observation data, systems audits, and a safety maturity evaluation. Each of these methods provide data points that can be compared and analyzed.

This interactive session will provide a historical perspective on how we tend to look as safety management systems and the process of injury prevention.  We will explore common biases and existing cultural elements that get in the way of our attempts at improvement.  In the end we will define key elements of a positive safety culture, how organizations are assessing and bench marking their culture against others and introduce a system for measuring their cultures.

August 28, 2020

Welcome and General Session (8:00 am to 9:20 am)

ISO 45001: Understanding and Implementing the Standard
Ed Foulke, Jr.
Fisher Phillips Safety Solutions LLC and
Former Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health from April 2006 to November 2008

In March 2018, after a five year process involving more than 70 countries, a new international Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) standard, ISO 45001, was published. The standard seeks to set a new benchmark in global OH&S and will result in companies significantly reducing their workplace injuries and illnesses while dramatically improving employee productivity and quality which will led to increased profitability.  ISO 45001 provides a framework to significantly improve organizational safety and health performance through a risk management system, while increasing operational excellence and positively impacting a company’s sustainability and social responsibility programs. This discussion will examine the benefits of becoming ISO 45001 certified and provide a detailed overview on how to achieve this status.

Meet the Exhibitors (9:20 am to 9:40 am)
Step into our Virtual Exhibit Hall for a visit.

Plenary Session (9:40 am to 10:40 am)

How to Refocus on Important Work: A Conversation with Deanell Sandoval

Deanell Sandoval
Vice President
Empowering Performance, Inc.

With all of the distractions in our workplace and the world today, people are finding it hard to focus on important work. A recent study shows that focusing on what matters is difficult, and may only be about 60% effective.  This engaging interview and talk will address how to increase effectiveness and get re-focused on important work in turbulent times.

Networking and Virtual Exhibits (10:40 am to 11:10 am)
Connect with Attendees, Exhibitors and Sponsors.

Breakout Sessions (11:10 am to 12:00 pm)

A Proactive Safety Approach to the New COVID Workplace
Mark Ashby
LEAD Impairment Training

Michael Hayden CSP, CRM
Safety Services Supervisor
Pinnacol Assurance

COVID has placed numerous distractions and stressors upon the workplace that many of us are unaware/unprepared to properly react to.  Stress has manifested into preventable and dangerous situations.  The increase of aggressive driving incidents, substance abuse and the potential for workplace violence should have all of us concerned.  We will discuss best practices for minimizing the harm from these concerns while maximizing the health of those working remotely.  Advice will be provided on how to properly react to claims, with indicators of what you should be prepared to report.  Resources for you will be provided for future use.


Are You Prepared?  Risk Management Skill Sets for the Future
Andy Giza, CSP, CRIS, CHST
Vice President, Sr. Loss Control Consultant
Lockton Companies

As organizations ask more and more of each of us, we must learn and develop the skill sets we need to respond.  Do you know risk management is a vital partner with safety?  Do you realize the Total Cost of Risk (TCOR) far outweighs any potential regulatory fines?  Can you speak “the language of your senior leadership?”  Do you know the financial ramification of a single $500 employee injury to the ultimate bottom line?  This session will answer these questions by providing key points to help safety professionals play a larger role within their organizations.

Getting a Seat at the Table- Transforming Safety into a Trusted Business Partner
Fran Sehn
Principal Consultant
FxS Risk and Safety Consulting

The role of the safety and health professional continues to change. For the OSH professional to effectively impact any organization, big or small she or he must be speaking to management on a regular basis. This session will explore how the OSH professional should

  • Influence the relationship between safety and leadership
  • Communicate safety data in a manner that will gain C-Suite buy-in
  • Find the best areas for continual safety improvement process
  • Balance the business side of safety and the human side
  • Deploy a robust safety process to prevent injuries and illnesses

Plan to join us and participate in this session to enhance your goal of becoming a trusted business partner.

Conference Wrap Up (12:00 pm)

General Information

  • For registered participants: An email will be sent prior to the event with your conference log-in information.
Looking for Pinnacol Safety Group Credits?
The conference is approved for 2 safety group credits.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received on or before August 20, 2020 will be refunded the full amount minus a $50.00 service charge. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after August 20, 2020.  Substitutions can be made 24 hours prior to the conference


Questions? Call 303-373-1937