Safety Leadership Conference

The Construction Association of Michigan has teamed up with the Greater Detroit Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) 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 8, 2017
Oakland Community College
2900 Featherstone Rd.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326-2845

Join us on December 8th, in Building F, for only $150 per person – EARLY BIRD SPECIAL OF $125 IF REGISTERED BY NOVEMBER 11! 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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2017 Conference Schedule

   7:00 a.m.  Check in
   7:30 a.m. Breakfast & Keynote Speaker
   8:45 a.m.          Morning Breakout Sessions (details and registration below)
   12:15 p.m. Lunch
   1:00 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Sessions (details and registration below)
   2:15 p.m. Leadership Panel Discussion
   5:00 p.m. Networking Reception (2 drink tickets and entree)
Exferimentation 7 N. Saginaw St., Pontiac, MI 48342


Keynote Address

Presenter:  SangHyun Lee, Ph.D.

University of Michigan, Civil and Environmental Engineering Associate Professor

Topic of Discussion: Emerging Construction Safety Practices: From Wearable Sensing to Social Norms

Executive Track

8:45 a.m. MRS and the Business Network Division

Presenters: Angela Blanchard, MRS Occupational Therapist and

Amy Hayes, MRS Occupational Therapist

Michigan Rehabilitation Services Business Network Division

Description: Occupational therapists from Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) Business Network Division (BND) will provide an overview of services offered to our dual customers: individuals with disabilities seeking to obtain/retain competitive employment, and businesses through the state of Michigan. Attendees will receive information regarding the vocational rehabilitation process, promoting safety culture and injury prevention, as well as how MRS/BND can assist with the disability management process. Items explored include job analysis of physical demands, essential functions of a position, the accommodations process for individuals with disabilities, to cognitive and psychological challenges. This presentation is intended to be both informational and interactive, allowing attendees to ask questions centered around industry-specific challenges.

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10:00 a.m. Leading Indicators: Industry Trends and Predicting Tomorrow

Presenter: Zach Hansmann, MS, CSP, CHMM,

Contractor Safety Manager, Michigan State University,

Facility for Rare Isotope Beams


Description: Traditionally, lagging indicators such as recordable incident rates and experience modification rates have been used to evaluate contractors and measure safety performance. They unfortunately tell very little about what’s to come. This presentation will highlight current industry practices, review criticism of indicators, and cover pros and cons of both lagging and leading indicators.

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11:15 a.m. Seven Best Practices for Keeping People and Your Business Safe

Presenters: John Lankford, CEO, Premier Executive Forums

Julie Kowalski, Leadership Consultant

Description: Few construction leaders would argue the notion that it makes good business sense to make creating an accident-free environment a priority for your business. But how do you make that happen? Explore seven best practices for creating a culture where every employee understands and uses safe work practices.

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1:00 p.m. Safety Director: Are You Hiring the Right Person for Your Company?

Presenters: Blake Hess, ASHM, Safety Director, Oscar W. Larson Co.

Description:  Based on industry trends and the American Society of Safety Engineers’ 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 a best-in-class safety program, all while keeping employees’ safety a top priority. Learn how to hire the right safety professional for your organization.

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Construction Track

8:45 a.m. Update on Asbestos Issues During Construction

Presenter: Kary S. Amin, President, Nova Environmental, Inc.

Description: General information on the asbestos-in-construction industry. Discussion will focus on a recently released EPA letter that clarifies requirements to conduct asbestos inspections and testing on components that will undergo renovation and/or demolition, EVEN ON NEWER BUILDINGS. Many facility representatives believe that buildings constructed after the early 1980’s are not subject to the various asbestos inspection requirements. However, the EPA has recently clarified that, regardless of the age of the building, if planning renovation and/or demolition, those impacted components must be tested for asbestos, regardless of asbestos-free documentation they may have.

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10:00 a.m. Top 25 MIOSHA Violations in Construction

Presenter: Bryan Renaud, MIOSHA CET Division 

Description:  This presentation of the Top 25 serious safety and health violations is designed to provide us an opportunity to identify and address the most prevalent conditions that exist in the construction industry in Michigan. Certainly we would like to eliminate and prevent all safety and health hazards in our workplaces. Not only do these hazards jeopardize our most important resource, our human resources, but they also pose threats to our productivity, quality, and overall business model.

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11:15 a.m. Hispanic Workforce in the Construction Industry

Presenter: Daryl Gallant, Assistant Director

Michigan Laborers’ Training & Apprenticeship Institute

Description: This presentation will cover the statistical data, root causes of the of the higher injury and fatality rates, and current solutions to these problems for the Hispanic workforce. Participants will also discuss communication, training, injuries and safety followed by an open forum to share industry practices, which when dealing with other ethnicities could be incorporated as best practices. The session will include some audience participation, so please be prepared to engage in a data walk, problem-based learning scenarios, and a fun interactive quiz game to measure your level of learning in the workshop.

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1:00 p.m. Foundations for Safety Leadership

Presenter: Corey Lindros, Safety Director, Tooles Group

Gordon Wall, Wall & Associates

Description: Everyone, from the company owner to the experienced foreman and new trainee/apprentice, needs to own safety and be a safety leader. The Foundations for Safety Leadership presentation is designed to introduce construction personnel, particularly those with supervisory responsibilities, to safety leadership principles and give them the skills to be a safety leader who can help create and sustain safe and productive jobsites. This presentation will explain the importance of safety leadership, describe five essential safety leadership skills, and discuss a case scenario that emphasizes these skills.

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General Industry Track

8:45 a.m. Fleet & DOT Safety

Presenter: Brian McConn, Senior Risk Engineering Consultant

Description: Participants in the program will gain an understanding of the current state of fleet safety and safety on the roadways, understand the different types of fleets that they may have, and understand when they may be subject to DOT regulations and what regulations they may have to follow. The session will conclude with a discussion on safety programs and moving a fleet safety program from good to better and beyond.

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10:00 a.m. MIOSHA Part 451: Respiratory Protection

Presenter: Kristin Osterkamp, MIOSHA CET Industrial Hygienist

Description: This session will provide an overview of MIOSHA’s occupational health standard Part 451: Respiratory Protection. During this session, participants will learn about the required components of an effective respiratory protection program, learn about assigned protective factors (APFs), and how this standard relates to other MIOSHA standards.

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11:15 a.m. Developing an Electrical Safe Work Practice Program

Presenters: Bob Nicholson, NFPA-70E (CESCP), JDRM Engineering, Inc.

Description: Developing an Electrical Safe Work Practice program for a company can be a daunting task. This session is an easy road map to success that will help protect qualified electrical employees with job scopes involving energized electrical systems to meet MIOSHA Part 40: Safety Related Work Practices and MIOSHA Part 33: Personal Protective Equipment. This program will include an overview of major changes in the NFPA-70E 2018 Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, and participants will be provided access to a Safety Program Evaluation Excel spreadsheet which can be used to determine where their internal safety program currently stands in relation to the regulations.

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1:00 p.m. Lockout and Alternative Methods ANSI/ASSE Z244.1

Presenter: Jessica Jannaman, Regional Manager for EH&S

Dura Automotive Systems

Description: This presentation will provide an overview of the changes to the ANSI/ASSE Z244.1 standard for The Control of Hazardous Energy Lockout, Tagout and Alternative Methods and will explain how this standard works in conjunction with the OSHA regulations. Participants will learn about the sections of a lockout/tagout program, what should be included in an ideal program. Also expect to discuss the communication of a process using case examples. This program is suited for supervisors, maintenance workers, and operators who have responsibility for working with or managing an effective lockout/tagout program.

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Sponsor Spots for 2017 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.



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.

Break Station Sponsor: $500
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