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2018 Rocky Mountain Safety Conference Registration is Now Open!



Join us in Colorado Springs September 25- 26, 2018 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:


Tuesday, September 25, 2018


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


9:00am - 10:00am: Opening Session


The Science of Engagement: How to Create Best Day Ever Experiences

Steve Spangler, Steve Spangler, Inc


Steve Spangler was the science teacher you always wanted in school… because the fire department showed up twice a year. Without warning, things would fizz, pop and explode and the next thing you know his students were chanting “best day ever”! But something else happened… students engaged at a higher level, listened with greater intention and were eager to build connections and create their own experiences. Best Day Ever is more than just a feeling or an emotion, it’s a powerful principle that helps people uncover strategies for building connections that increase engagement, and ultimately turn into unforgettable experiences.


10:30am - 11:30am: Breakout Sessions


Connecting the ZZZ’s: The Effects of Sleep on Wellness, Safety and Performance

Ellen Sarvay, Pinnacol Assurance


Sleep deprivation and disorders can have a significant impact on the safety and performance of your employees. Since sleeping isn’t something that typically happens at work you probably have no idea how your employees fare. In this session, you will learn about the impact of sleeping and fatigue on your employees’ safety and wellness, and how often it is compounded by shift work, extended work days and other health conditions. Like many other workplace risk factors, the sleep health of your employees can be managed. This session will help you identify ways to improve those ZZZ’s for your employees and your bottom line.


Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS): What You Need to Know
Trish Ennis, Colorado Safety Association

The new international standard on OHSMS, ISO 45001 was released in March 2018. This standard joins the group that includes OHSAS 18001, ANSI Z-10, and the OSHA recommended practices for safety and health programs. So which resource is the best for you? It can be easy to look at an international standard and think that none of it will apply to your organization. This session will highlight key provisions, and compare the various resources. Attendees will gain an understanding about how they can use these publications to enhance their organization's health and safety programs.


OccSafe 2040: Smart Technologies and The Future of Work

Timothy R. Amidon, Ph.D, Colorado State University


From wearable technologies and the internet of things to predictive analytics and big data, humans work and live in a world that is increasingly connected by networked digital technologies. In this session, participants are invited to envision the year 2040, exploring how emergent technologies might impact occupational safety and health programs over the next two decades. Broadly, participants will consider how smart technologies already in use and being developed for future workplaces will create new opportunities for understanding occupational safety and health trends and designing interventions to improve safety and health outcomes. More specifically, this session offers participants a discussion of insights gleaned through an ongoing set of collaborative research projects involving industry and academic partners who have sought to adapt a physiological monitoring platform and wearable for use in the fire service. Overall, participants will anticipate and discuss the types of ethical, legal, cultural, and technical challenges that might arise through integrating smart technologies within occupational safety and health programs used in their own organizations.


11:45am - 1:00pmLunch Session


The Ins and Outs of Preserving Privilege:  How and When Attorney/Client Privilege Protects Your Investigative File 

Robin Repass - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.


Is your accident or incident investigation process putting your organization at risk? Safety professionals are frequently called upon to conduct incident investigations when there is a loss in an organization. How can an organization protect the investigation process to ensure that the information gathered will not be used by its adversaries? As an employer there are steps you can take to mitigate risks posed by your investigations to limit exposure to OSHA and potential third-party civil lawsuits. Attendees will learn how information should be collected and shared, and guidelines for protecting the investigation through an “attorney work product privilege” arrangement.


1:30pm - 2:30pmPlenary Session


Opioids Impact on Safety in the Workplace
Rick May - RxAssurance-OpiSafe

Opioid use and misuse is an ongoing crisis for U.S. employers. A few shocking facts to consider: opioid prescriptions have increased over 400% in the last 20 years; nearly 2 million Americans are abusing prescription opioids; opioid abuse costs U.S. employers $18 billion in extra sick days and medical expenses, and about $10 billion from absenteeism and presenteeism annually. Opioids likely contribute to many workplace injuries, although the exact number is unknown. 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 issues, and how physicians both contribute to and help address opioid abuse. In this session we will discuss what savvy employers are doing today to protect their employees and their businesses.

2:45pm - 3:45pmBreakout Sessions


Safe Driving is No Accident

Dan O’Neil, Cartasite


Driving is one of the most dangerous things you and your employees will do every day. Even though vehicles are safer and more technologically advanced than they have ever been, we’ve recently seen the biggest year-over-year increase in traffic fatalities in nearly 50 years according to the National Highway Safety Administration. Smart sensors and predictive analytics can provide insights and risk assessments that have proven effective in assessing the chance that an individual might get into a crash. As the Internet of Things has given us more insights into driving safety the past ten years, we have also been reminded just how challenging it can be to affect human behavior. In this presentation, Dan O’Neil will discuss real world experiences that have resulted in a 60% reduction in motor vehicle crash rates in the upstream oil and gas industry. He will also share details about how the same methodology has now been embraced by some of the nation’s largest workers’ compensation insurance companies to save lives.


Don’t Be the Slowest Zebra – Understanding and Responding to Cybersecurity Risks

Eric Whytsell, Jackson Kelly PLLC

Carl Livitt, Bishop Fox


Making smart decisions about effective management of data security risks and compliance with related requirements requires not only a good understanding of the applicable rules but also an appreciation of the context in which such risks arise. This presentation will address the motivations underlying the various types of data security threats, the primary types of rules that may apply, and practical steps you can take to begin to manage the risks your company faces.


Health Links: Partnering with Small Business to Improve Worker Health, Safety and Wellbeing 

Erin Shore, University of Colorado


The majority of workers are employed by small enterprises; however, small enterprises face many barriers to building and maintaining cultures of health and safety. This presentation will describe preliminary data from the evaluation of an existing community-based Total Worker Health (TWH) intervention - Health Links plus c-suite leadership training - which aims to build small business capacity around health, safety and well being policies and programs as well as strengthen organizational climates.  Attendees will leave with ideas for effective strategies for small businesses and resources on continued learning and involvement.


Wednesday, September 26, 2018


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


9:00am - 10:00am: Opening Session


Searching for Safety – Supporting Sources of Resilience in Your Organization

Ron Gantt, Reflect Consulting Group


In safety we spend a lot of time focusing on things that go wrong – accidents, incidents, errors and violations. But most days your organization likely doesn’t have any accidents. Do you know why? We would like to think it’s because of the work we have done: the training, the procedures, and the equipment. But how do you know? This presentation will review simple ways managers and safety professionals can begin to demystify what happens when “nothing” happens in your organization. By learning from everyday work, you can not only identify what’s working (and what’s not working) in your safety management system, but also identify factors that are creating safety in your organization that you were not aware of. Not only does this allow you to make your safety programs more resilient, but also builds trust and employee collaboration in your organization.


10:30am - 11:30am: Breakout Sessions


Appreciative Learning – Investigating When ‘Nothing’ Happens

Ron Gantt, Reflect Consulting Group


Building on the keynote presentation, this presentation will focus on methods organizations can use to engage in appreciative learning, i.e., learning from everyday work. Attendees will learn about two methodologies to being appreciative learners: gemba walks and learning teams. These proven methods increase an organization’s operational intelligence, allowing leadership to identify unknown risks, unmanaged performance variability and sources of resilience. Attendees will also learn how to micro experiment with these tools to prove their value to leadership and begin the process of proactive organizational change.


OSHA Update

Herb Gibson, OSHA Denver Area Office

Dave Nelson, OSHA Englewood Area Office


In this session you will learn about the direction the agency will be heading in 2019. You will also hear about local enforcement statistics, current emphasis programs, outreach activities, safety and health management guidelines, plus a regulatory agenda update.


Understanding Lean Construction Safety

Paul J. Miller, Katie Page & Nathan Russell, GE Johnson Construction Company


Lean principles, also known as the 5S process, have been implemented for years to improve quality and efficiency in the manufacturing industry. The 5s’s are Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize and Sustain. As the construction industry has adopted Lean in the design and build process, they have added a sixth S – Safety. GE Johnson has worked to implement a Lean Culture on multiple large projects and has seen unique ideas that have developed and positively impacted the safety and health on jobsites.  The team will share an overview of how they cultivated the Lean Culture, describe what ideas were developed and how these have impacted the jobsite. 


11:45am - 1:00pm: Lunch Session


Putting Your Own Back “Back In”

Peter Guske, PT,  The Back Saver System


The largest portion of all health/safety costs for any employer are directly attributed to only 3 maladies: 1) Diabetes/Fatigue, 2) Low Back and Neck Pain, and 3) Heart Disease. This engaging presentation narrows its focus on the single most costly issue; low back and neck pain.  In sharp contrast to the traditional approaches used by industry, this is a unique, new approach to dramatically reducing expenses associated with the most common musculoskeletal injury in the nation. In this session, Peter challenges the long-held beliefs that aerobic exercise, generalized fitness, core/strengthening, or even teaching correct lifting have been effective, since none of these have demonstrated cost savings or reductions in back injuries. He outlines a low-cost, highly effective approach that can be utilized by anyone, in all work settings, with any age group, with no equipment and in a fraction of the time needed for the typical gym workout exercise routines. No abstractions, generalities or “fluff”. This presentation is loaded with real, immediately usable information and will also include an actual demonstration on how attendees can put their own back, "back in", after they have "put their back out".


1:15pm - 2:15pm:  Breakout Sessions


Workplace Violence: Steps an Employer Can and Should Take Ahead of Time

Mark Ashby, LEADit

Kristin R.B. White, Jackson Kelly PLLC


The presenters will discuss the warning signs that employers should be aware of and respond to, in the hopes of preventing a workplace violence incident.  They will talk through real-world scenarios and how to respond in the heat of the moment.  Additionally, they will offer recommendations for your policies, procedures, and employee training.

Safety Leadership: Are Your Leaders Walking the Talk?

Kelly Schulp, Garlock Sealing Technologies


If you think your company’s safety culture is stagnant or is slow to change, your company’s leaders unintentionally could be holding the culture back.  In order to build a world class safety culture, people in formal leadership roles must walk the talk. They must be in tune with how they feel about safety and ensure that they are facilitating an environment that makes safety a core value. In this presentation we’ll discuss safety as a core value vs. a priority, what is safety ethic, and how leaders can get the feedback from others as to whether they are truly walking the talk. You will also learn Safety360, a tool used by EnPro to get anonymous, candid feedback on safety leadership and safety ethic.


Handling an OSHA Inspection:  Practical and Legal Considerations

Patrick J. Miller, Sherman & Howard L.L.C


This discussion will explore the various aspects of an OSHA inspection, including issues related to the exercise of the employer’s rights, evidence preservation, management interviews, and more.  It will provide guidance to employers as to when to seek legal assistance and what practical considerations commonly arise during inspections. 


2:30pm - 3:30pm: Closing Session


Best Practices Round Table


During our closing session we invite attendees to come together to discuss best practices and brainstorm ideas on emerging trends in health and safety. Attendees will be able to select from a number of subject areas, as each table will host a different topic. We will have three rounds of 15 minute discussions lead by a facilitator with thought provoking questions to get the group started. Bring your ideas, best practices, frustrations and successes and share them with your peers. You will leave this session with useful information to bring back to your companies and new ideas to implement.


3:30pm: Closing/Prize Drawing


Registration Information:


Full Conference (2 Days)


Member/Alliance Member:*

  • Until September 9- $450.00
  • After September 9 - $515.00

Military/Government Rate:

  • Until September 9- $485.00
  • After September 9 - $515.00 


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 (Tuesday or Wednesday)


Member/Alliance Member:*

  • Until September 9 - $310.00
  • After September 9 - $375.00

Military/Government Rate:

  • Until September 9- $345.00
  • After September 9 - $375.00 

Non-Member:* $375

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.


General Information:

·         A confirmation will be emailed to you. If you do not receive a confirmation, you are not registered.

·         Substitutions can be made at any time.

·         Only one badge will be issued per registrant.

·         Badges may NOT be exchanged between personnel within a company.

·         Name badges will be color-coded to differentiate between two-day & one-day registrants.

·         Please be prepared to show identification to pick up your name badge.

·         Plan to stay until the end each day for fun prize drawings.


Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations received on or before September 18, 2018 will be refunded the full amount minus a $50.00 service charge. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after September 18, 2018.

Location & Lodging Information:


Antlers Colorado Springs

4 S. Cascade Ave

Colorado Springs, CO 80903


Phone: 719-955-5600 or 866-299-4602

Rate: $134+/night for single standard room

Reservation Deadline: September 4, 2018


When making your reservation please make sure to request the room block for the Rocky Mountain Safety Conference. Room rate is available on a first come first serve basis. Please reserve your rooms early as you can always cancel up to 48 hours prior to your arrival with no penalty.


Questions? Email or Call Rachel Massman at or 303-373-1937


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