Safety Leadership Conference

The Construction Association of Michigan has teamed up with the Greater Detroit Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and Oakland Community College to provide a one-day conference specifically designed for leaders with a responsibility for employee safety. Company owners, top executives, safety managers, and human resource personnel will all find value in the diverse range of topics available. This world-class collection of qualified presenters offers the best talent this area has ever seen.

Friday, December 7, 2018
Oakland Community College
2900 Featherstone Rd.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326-2845

Join us on December 7th, in Building F, for only $150 per person – EARLY BIRD SPECIAL OF $125 IF REGISTERED BY NOVEMBER 1st! Registration includes breakfast and lunch, an exciting opening keynote session, your choice of four workshops, a lively panel discussion with safety leaders representing all industries, and a networking reception. Register online below or download the event registration form here.

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2018 Conference Schedule

   7:30 a.m.  Check in
   8:00 a.m. Breakfast & Keynote Speaker
   9:15 a.m.          Morning Breakout Sessions (details and registration below)
   11:30 p.m. Lunch
   12:30 p.m. Door Prize Drawing (see registration table for results)
   12:45 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Sessions (details and registration below
   3:15 p.m. Leadership Panel Discussion

Keynote Address

Presenter:  Chris Eckert, PE. CMRP- President Sologic

Root Cause Analysis

Description: While the old adage “You can’t drive by looking out of your rearview mirror” is true, if we don’t occasionally look backwards, we miss opportunities to understand and correct symptoms of much larger problems that may be sneaking up from behind.  By taking a closer look at where you have been, underlying, systemic patterns are revealed which are hidden opportunities for avoiding larger problems on the road ahead.   Proactively preventing future incidents (that you don’t even know are lurking around the next corner), can be made simpler, once you know what to focus on in your rearview mirror.

Executive Track

9:15 a.m. Hiring the Right Safety Professional

Presenters: Blake A. Hess, ASHM- Oscar W. Larson Company

Description: Based on industry trends and the American Society of Safety Professionals hiring guide, this program will illustrate safety professionals in today’s modern times. It will list some of the demanding requirements and job functions while also exploring how safety has evolved since the term “Safety Professional” first came about. From meeting stringent customer requirements, to managing best-in-class safety programs, all while keeping employee’s safety a top priority. Learn how to hire the right safety professional for your organization.


10:30 a.m. Suicide in the Construction Industry

Presenter: Dave Opalewski, President- Grief Recovery Inc.

Description: Suicide has become a major cause of death for people in the construction industry. This presentation will cover promoting awareness as a prevention measure, recognizing signs and symptoms of a suicidal crisis, dealing with a person in suicidal or suspected suicidal crisis, and developing a protocol for suspected or apparent suicidal incidents.


12:45 p.m. Active Shooter and Workplace Violence

Presenters: Gino Soave, Safety Director- Niles Industrial
Al Shenouda, Managing Partner- City Shield Security Services


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2:00 p.m. Opioid Cirsis in Construction

Presenters: Robert Kirkby, CIH- Michigan State Police

Description: Since 1999, drug overdoses accounted for 500,000 deaths in the U.S. and are not the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. The primary driver in overdose deaths is a class of drugs known as opioids which includes heroin and many therapeutic pain-relievers. In addition to the risk of an overdose, use of these drugs contributes to significant impairment of the user. This presentation will provide an overview of the drug crisis and its impacts on communities and employers.


Construction Track

9:15 a.m. Hazardous Waste and Liquid Industrial By-product Characterization and Generator Status

Presenters: Jeanette Noechel- Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Duane Roskoskey- Michigan Department of Environmental Quality


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10:30 a.m. Wearable Technology in Construction

Presenter: Tony Marulli, Sales Manager- Michigan CAT



12:45 a.m. MIOSHA 2017 Construction Fatalities

Presenter: Bryan Renaud- MIOSHA Senior CET Consultant


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2:00 p.m. 2017-2018 Construction Standards Update

Presenters: Lisa Macauley, Owner- Proficient Training
Jason Anglin, Safety Director- Christman Constructors
John Pike, CSP, CHST, CET, Sr. Safety Manager- The Walsh Group



General Industry Track

9:15 a.m. Respirable Crystalline Silica for General Industry

Presenter: Greg Zigulis, CIH, CSP, President- Sixth Sense Safety Solutions

Description: The new OSHA respirable crystallin silica standard for General Industry became effective on June 23, 2018. This presentation provides some background about the hazards of silica and the evolution of the standard, and most particularly provides an emphasis on practical considerations that employers need to work through when implementing a program including exposure assessments, exposure control plans, the feasibility of engineering controls, and human resources related issues.

10:30 a.m. MIOSHA 2017 General Industry Fatality Presentation

Presenter: Brenda Cani- MIOSHA Senior CET Consultant



12:45 p.m. Robotic Lifting and Exoskeletons

Presenters: Chase Beach, Director of Sales- suitX



2:00 p.m. MIOSHA Part 2: Walking-Working Surfaces Update

Presenter: Tammy K. Clark, Owner- Tammy K. Clark Consulting


Sponsor Spots for 2018 Are Available!

Attendees have multiple opportunities to interface with conference vendors.  The Opening Session, Lunch, Panel Discussion, and Networking Reception activities – a combined total of 5 hours! – will all take place in the vendor space.

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Event Sponsor: $525

Includes: Includes two admissions for lunch, tabletop display at event, half-page brochure ad (4″ H x 7.5″ W), signage in registration area, sponsor logo on screen in session rooms, sponsorship mentioned by the emcee during the program, and sponsor logo on pre-event marketing materials.

Lunch Sponsor: $400
4 Available

Includes: Includes two admissions for lunch, signage at break station, half-page brochure ad (4″ H x 7.5″ W), sponsor logo on screen in session rooms, and sponsorship mentions by the emcee during the program.

Networking Reception Sponsor: $300
4 Available

Includes: One admission for lunch, signage in the meeting area, half-page brochure ad (4″ H x 7.5″ W), sponsor logo on screen in session rooms, and sponsorship mentioned by the emcee during the program.

Tabletop Display Sponsor: $250

Includes: Tabletop display at event, one admission for lunch, business card display ad (2″ H x 3.5″ W), opportunity to provide door prize for lunchtime raffle, and access to 150+ safety professionals.

Conference Program Advertising Opportunities:

  • Business Card Ad: $75 (2″ H x 3.5″ W)
  • Half-Page Ad: $125 (4″ H x 7.5″ W)
  • Full-Page Ad: $250 (8.5″ H x 7.5″ W)


Jason Griffin

(248) 972-1141