SafetyFOCUS 2022 | Health and Safety Plan

SafetyFOCUS Connect

Friday, February 5, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST

Join us for a fun and interactive event, SafetyFOCUS Connect! This is an opportunity to network and learn with your peers in a relaxed virtual environment. You’ll have a chance to participate in several interactive sessions and make meaningful connections, as well as gather new ideas that will help you apply what you’ve learned and improve safety at your organization.

At SafetyFOCUS Connect, you will:
  • Focus on Learning: Interact with a community of like-minded peers to share best practices and discuss real-world solutions, including ask the expert sessions and sponsor-led roundtable discussions
  • Focus on Your Career: Gain advice from ASSP leaders and top employers to enhance your career opportunities, participate in mock interviews and learn best practices for establishing your professional online presence
  • Focus on Fun and Networking: Join us for morning coffee, scavenger hunts, trivia, and a wine tasting, all with fellow OSH professionals
Who Should Attend:
  • SafetyFOCUS Registrants: If you’re participating in SafetyFOCUS courses, you’ll automatically be sent a link to access this event. There is no need to register separately.
  • ASSP Members (Not Attending SafetyFOCUS): Space for this event is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.
SafetyFOCUS Connect will include:
Coffee and Connections

9.00 a.m. - 9.30 a.m.
Chat with fellow OSH professionals while enjoying a morning coffee.

Keynote: A Conversation on Mindfulness and its Relation to Safety

9.45 a.m. – 10.45 a.m.
Anil Mathur
Former President and CEO of Alaska Tanker Company and member of ASSP’s Board of Directors

Ask the Expert and Sponsor-Led Roundtable Discussions

Ask the Expert: COVID-19 on the OSH profession
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Discussion led by ASSP President Deborah Roy, M.P.H., RN, COHN-S, CSP, CIT, FASSP, FAAOHN

Roundtable Discussion: How Amazon has Handled Working During COVID-19
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Discussion led by Cathy Hovde, CSP, CIH and Chris Tanner

Members of the Amazon team will discuss the many procedural/process changes and investments that Amazon has made to address safely working during COVID-19. This will include technological tools such as their Distant Assistant as well as changes to workspaces, allowing for social distancing.

Roundtable Discussion: APR in the COVID Era: Understanding How to Protect Workers
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Discussion led by Mark Heuchert, MIM-MBA and Rebecca Bedell, CSP

In this session, the Drager team will provide a presentation on air purifying respirators, followed by a discussion. The team will discuss how masks work, how effective they really are at filtering out particles (and a virus), review fit testing methodologies, and finally how to calculate a MAPF.

Ask the Expert: Psychological Safety
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Discussion led by Rosa Antonia Carrillo, MSOD

Ask the Expert: Retaining Young Professionals
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Discussion led by Wyatt Bradbury, MEng, CSP, CHST, CIT

Roundtable Discussion: Respiratory Protection: Rules and Alternatives in a Changing World of Finding Protection
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Discussion led by Mike Carroll, GSP and Todd Wheeler, CSP

The Grainger team will cover the challenges of running out of PPE, like N95s, and looking for alternatives. They will also discuss solutions that move organizations up the hierarchy using engineering, administrative controls, etc., which ultimately improve safety outcomes by reducing the probability of exposure to respiratory hazards through PPE alone.

Career Guidance

Mock Interviews with Amazon
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Be paired with representatives from the Amazon team to simulate a real-world interview experience in short interviews. *Registration and resume submission are required to participate.

What Belongs in Your LinkedIn Profile (On-Demand Session)
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

This session will provide tips for completing your LinkedIn profile, developing your network, and best practices for establishing your professional online presence.

Path to Certifications (On-Demand Session)
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Are you ready to take your safety career to the next level? The Board of Certified Safety Professionals team will demonstrate how you can earn certifications and designations to increase your career opportunities. In addition, they will reveal the professional benefits of earning your certification and share valuable tips for success.

Fun and Networking

Chat with fellow OSH professionals while enjoying a morning coffee, show off your competitive side in a game of trivia, and relax with friends while joining our expert sommelier for a lesson on all things wine.

A Lesson on All Things Wine
4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Nicholas Pruitt is a Chicago native that has worked in the service industry for over 10 years expanding his knowledge on beer, spirits, and of course wine. When he started working for a winery, he discovered his passion for wine and began his studies as a sommelier. His goal is to make wine approachable to people of all backgrounds and ages. He believes that there is a wine out there for everyone.

In this session, Nicholas will discuss how to:
  • Take the Intimidation Out of Wine
  • Disprove Wine Myths/ Common Misconceptions
  • Become Comfortable with Common Wine Terms
  • Understand the Breakdown of a Wine Bottle
  • Glassware and Why It’s Important
  • Pairing Food and Wine

Additional Networking Opportunities

Coffee and Connections
February 9, 12, 16 and 19
7:00 – 7:30 a.m. CDT

Before heading into your day of learning, join your fellow OSH professionals for morning coffee and tea.

Trivia Night
February 10 and 17
5:00 – 5:30 p.m. CDT

Have fun connecting with other OSH professionals while showing off your competitive side at our trivia night.

We hope to ‘see’ you there!

Thank You to Our Sponsors


  • amazon


  • Grainger
  • Draeger

SafetyFOCUS is an immersion in safety education with industry leaders who cover a wide range of topics that will help you excel at keeping workers in your industry safe.

Founded in 1911, the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) is the world’s oldest professional safety society. ASSP promotes the expertise, leadership and commitment of its members, while providing them with professional development, advocacy and standards development.

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