SafetyFOCUS 2023


Risk assessment and management skills will help you better identify risks and take preventive action in advance of incidents. Learn from globally recognized risk experts in these courses.

Accident Investigation Techniques: Best Practices for Examining Workplace Incidents

Monday, February 20 – Tuesday, February 21 | Intermediate | 1.4 CEUs

In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of investigating incidents in the workplace and how to respond to your findings. You will learn why investigations are necessary, who is responsible for carrying out investigations, when and where investigations should take place, and how to complete effective investigations, including determining recommended actions and plans for continuous improvement. Discover how to select and apply causation models, the competencies that are required for investigators and more.

Instructor(s): Peter Sturm, E.M.B.A., CRSP, CHSC

Learning Objectives:
  • Define accidents, incidents and investigations
  • Demonstrate the purpose and practice of incident investigation, including the use of cause analysis
  • Choose and implement the most effective incident investigation process and program
  • Summarize the leading investigation principles to be used before, during or after an event
  • Prepare effective and detailed incident reports and follow-up activities

Beyond Safety: Diagnosing and Treating the Barrier to Safety Performance Excellence

Wednesday, February 22 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

Numerous barriers, both tangible and intangible, can significantly impact organizational safety and health performance. These barriers often are not safety and health issues, but rather organizational issues that you must address to improve safety and health performance.

Instructor(s): Samuel J. Gualardo, M.A., CSP, FASSP

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify how organizational barriers can prevent safety performance excellence
  • Discuss ways to identify and analyze these barriers with your organization
  • Review various methodologies for overcoming these barriers
  • Outline a strategy based on global best practices for influencing the safety culture to prevent these barriers from resurfacing

Bow-Tie Analysis

Tuesday, February 21 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

ISO 31010, Risk Assessment Techniques, describes bow-tie analysis as a simple diagrammatic way of describing and analyzing the pathways of a risk from hazards to outcomes. To conduct a bow-tie analysis, practitioners review controls using the logic of a fault tree, analyze the cause of an event and analyze the consequences using an event tree. If you’re looking for more rigor in your risk assessment process — a process where you can link causal relationships in high-risk scenarios — then bow tie may be for you.

Instructor(s): Paul A. Esposito, CSP, CIH

Learning Objectives:
  • Implement a bow-tie risk assessment methodology
  • Determine and calculate escalation factors
  • Determine control strategies for prevention and recovery
  • Integrate the hierarchy of controls to semi-quantitatively verify risk reductions

Deploying OSH Management Systems for Risk Reduction and Injury Prevention

Thursday, February 23 - Friday, February 24 | Intermediate | 1.4 CEUs

What are the key performance elements of an effective safety and health management system? Explore a combined set of elements from current voluntary standards and the successful practices used in global manufacturing operations. Gain insight based on the instructor's experience providing consultative services for over 10 years to four global organization in plastics, rubber products, medical devices and logistics. Develop new understanding of best practices these organizations have used to reduce risk and minimize injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

Instructor(s): Fran Sehn, M.S., CSP, ARM

Learning Objectives:
  • Recognize the elements of an effective OSH management system
  • Use the elements to evaluate your organization's current OSH process
  • Deploy techniques to enhance the coordination of safety management and employees
  • Discuss effective ways to align voluntary and regulatory standards for safety process improvement

Electrical Safety I: Basic Principle & Engineering Controls

Tuesday, February 14 | Beginner | 0.7 CEUs

Develop knowledge of the fundamental principles of electrical safety, specifically the engineering controls required to protect workers to voltages greater than 50 Volts. Discuss OSHA's top 10 electrical safety violations and review the National Electrical Code (NEC 2020 edition) and other NFPA electrical safety standards.

Instructor(s): Paul Zoubek, CSP, CIH, CESCP

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe engineering design requirements and safeguards necessary to protect workers
  • Discuss the basic principles of electricity, including basic circuitry and electrical units
  • Identify hazards of electricity to the human body
  • Mitigate electrical hazards based on OSHA's leading citations for electrical safety

Electrical Safety II: Electrical Safe Work Practices with Application of NFPA 70E (2021 Edition)

Wednesday, February 15 – Thursday, February 16 | Intermediate | 1.4 CEUs

Participate in an in-depth, comprehensive review of electrical safe work practices, procedures, risk assessment and risk-reduction techniques outlined in the revised 2021 edition of NFPA 70E. Develop knowledge to interpret code requirements as they apply to energized electrical work situations.

Your registration includes a copy of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace (2021 edition).

Instructor(s): Paul Zoubek, CSP, CIH, CESCP

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify NFPA 70E as a best practice standard
  • Evaluate worker protection measures in accordance with the hierarchy of controls
  • Use safety-related work practices for energized systems
  • Implement risk assessment procedures outlined in the 2021 edition of NFPA 70E

Leveraging HOP to Operationalize Serious Injury & Fatality Prevention

Monday, February 13 – Tuesday, February 14 | Advanced | 1.4 CEUs

Through real case examples, learn how organizations use principles of the new view of safety to address their most serious events. This shift in thinking will begin your journey to understanding how verification and validation processes are successfully applied to working conditions. When properly designed and deployed, this effort will positively impact the complexity around serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs). This process is based on the principle that more rules will not make workers safe because the work is complex. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, and it is impossible to identify and track everything that can fail. That’s why safety professionals should manage controls, not react to incidents.

Instructor(s): Todd Hohn, CSP & Cary Usrey

Learning Objectives:
  • Explain why traditional methods of addressing industrial incidents do not apply to SIFs
  • Describe how essential controls are established and verified in the field
  • Illustrate scenarios to shift thinking from “stop work” to “start when certain”
  • Demonstrate current trends within the industry
  • Identify barriers to existing methodologies that often prevent long-term improvement
  • Discuss solutions you can use to address SIFs

Managing Risk, Not Safety

Monday, February 13 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

Many challenges arise when switching from managing a hazard-based safety program to a risk-based program. Gain fresh insight into the concepts of acceptable risk and residual risk and develop a deeper understanding of a seven-step process you can use to manage risks. Through exercises based on real-world examples, discuss expanding metrics you will need, review how to use risk assessment matrixes to quantify risk and understand the need to interface with management to determine what constitutes acceptable risk within your organization.

Instructor(s): C. Gary Lopez, M.S., CSP, FASSP

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss the differences between managing risk and managing hazards/standards
  • Review the role of the OSH professional in any organization
  • Determine acceptable risk
  • Describe ways to build a safety culture by managing risk

Mandatory Respiratory Program Administrator: Professional Level [29 CFR 1910.134 (c)(3)]

Thursday, February 23 – Friday, February 24 | Advanced | 1.4 CEUs

According to 29 CFR 1910.134(c)(3), employers must establish and maintain a written respiratory protection program. An administrator who understands that program’s complexities must manage it. Develop the knowledge and skills you need to design, develop, implement, or administer a respiratory protection program that complies with all state, and federal regulations and be based on the complexity of the program.

Instructor(s): Dennis Terpin, Ph.D., OHST, EMT-P

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the administrative components required to establish a respiratory protection program in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.134(c)
  • Describe the steps involved to set up an employee occupational risk-based respiratory protection program
  • Identify medical requirements and precautions for wearing a respirator
  • Explain recordkeeping requirements and define how to meet training requirements
  • Identify concepts necessary to make your respiratory protection program more cost-effective
  • Discuss how to apply appendixes A, B, C and D of 29 CFR 1910.134 to a specific industry

Mandatory Respiratory Protection Program Requirements For Law Enforcement

Monday, February 20 | Intermediate | 0.4 CEUs

First responders — and especially law enforcement agencies — implement respiratory protection programs when the hazards are unknown or incidents are escalating. During their responses, many OSHA standards interact. This course will help you identify the elements necessary for compliance and maintain an agency-specific respiratory protection program based on 29 CFR 1910.134.

Instructor(s): Dennis Terpin, Ph.D., OHST, EMT-P

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe how to properly implement and maintain an agency-specific respiratory protection program based on 29 CFR 1910.134 and other OHSA standards
  • Identify key elements necessary to properly develop an agency-specific hazard and risk evaluation program
  • Explain what is required of a respiratory protection administrator

Prevention Through Design

Wednesday, February 15 – Thursday, February 16 | Intermediate | 1.4 CEUs

Gain practical guidance on how to apply prevention through design (PTD), a core methodology for reducing risk. As defined in ANSI/ASSP Z590.3-2021, a widely used voluntary national consensus standard, PTD provides a framework and process for implementing risk assessment concepts in the various phases of a system’s life span — from initial concept and design to use and then decommission. Review the various risk assessment tools and methods identified in the standard and discuss the PTD hierarchy of risk treatment. Practice applying PTD methods and concepts to real-world incidents as you work through modules that include short videos, scenarios, interactive tools, and assignments. Engage with your instructor and other participants via live virtual meetings and discussion board conversations.

Instructor(s): Georgi Popov, Ph.D., CSP, ARM, SMS, QEP

Learning Objectives:
  • Review the role of prevention through design in the risk assessment/ management process
  • Develop deeper understanding of various tools for PTD interventions and product design
  • Assess the PTD hierarchy of risk treatment
  • Practice applying PTD methods and concepts to real-world examples
  • Discuss effective ways to align safety and health interventions with business goals and objectives
  • Develop a PTD implementation plan

Principles of Machine Safeguarding: A Risk Based Focus on ANSI B11 Standards

Friday, February 17 | Beginner | 0.7 CEUs

Principals of Machine Safeguarding introduces the safety professional to the fundamentals of machine hazards, control methods, and allows attendees to participate in hands-on activities. The course focuses on control methods and recommendations outlined in ANSI B11 Machine Guarding Standards with an emphasis on risk assessment. The course focuses heavily on ANSI B11.0, Safety of Machinery (2020 edition), and the interpretation of code requirements as they apply to machine hazard situations.

Instructor(s): Paul Zoubek, CSP, CIH, CESCP

Learning Objectives:
  • Recognize machine hazards
  • Apply contents of the ANSI B11.0 Safety of Machinery standard to your overall machine guarding program
  • Explain the need for risk assessment of machine hazards
  • Describe the basic options for safeguarding machinery
  • Apply machine safeguarding risk assessment principles

Risk Assessment and Management for Safety Professionals

Monday, February 13 - Tuesday, February 14 | Beginner | 1.4 CEUs

An effective risk assessment and management process helps you identify potential hazards and reduce risk to an acceptable level. Review the risk management process — which includes establishing risk criteria and context, risk identification, risk analysis, risk evaluation, risk treatment, risk monitoring and reporting, and risk communication.

Your registration includes a copy of ASSP TR-31010-2020 Technical Report: Risk Management - Techniques for Safety Practitioners.

Instructor(s): Georgi Popov, Ph.D., CSP, ARM, SMS, QEP

Learning Objectives:
  • Implement the risk management process
  • Demonstrate the need for management to support risk treatment plans and efforts
  • Apply risk assessment tools, techniques, and methods
  • Measure the effectiveness of the risk management process to support your organization’s objectives

Risk Based Incident Analysis

Wednesday, February 22 | Intermediate | 0.4 CEUs

To effectively apply risk-centric thinking to analyze incidents and identify root causes, you can analyze causal factors using techniques like the 5 whys. Practice applying this technique to exercise scenarios to identify both hazard and control success and failures. Exercises follow eight disciplines model for completing the analysis, ending with a management system’s end point for root cause. Discuss the benefit of categorizing and trending loss data by hazardous energies and control failures and gain guidance on how to identify a fatal or serious incident.

Instructor(s): Paul A. Esposito, CSP, CIH

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify what risk-based data is most impactful in identifying causal factors and root causes
  • Develop a standard methodology to determine immediate, corrective and preventive actions
  • Analyze meaningful incident data, over time, to identify management system and risk assessment weaknesses and improvement initiatives
  • Qualify data to generate rates for fatal and serious incidents
  • Quantify data input and output for strategic leading metrics

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