SafetyFOCUS 2024


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.

Analytics: A New Approach to Health & Safety

Tuesday, February 13 | Advanced | 0.7 CEUs

Organizations have long used data analysis to drive improved performance. However, the quality of data now being accumulated and the speed at which data are being reported enables organizations to gain valuable insights to improve their overall performance. Explore data points that drive success from an occupational safety and health (OSH) perspective and discover how this information can lead to continuous improvement in critical areas such as preventing workplace incidents and injuries, reducing absenteeism, and increasing productivity.

Instructor(s): Todd R. Hohn, CSP

Learning Objectives:
  • Determine how your organization can use leading indicators to drive improved outcomes
  • Analyze key success factors to enact system and process change
  • Review how analytics are being deployed to improve safety performance
  • Implement different learning tools to support engagement and implementation
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Applied Ergonomics Risk Assessment

Wednesday, February 14 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

This applied ergonomics risk assessment course gives participants a foundational understanding of an ergonomics program. Participants will receive a set of essential ergonomics risk assessment tools. The participants will learn to use tools for ergonomics hazard identification, analyze and evaluate ergonomic risks, and apply risk reduction concepts.

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

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe ergonomics hazards
  • Use appropriate ergonomics risk assessment terminology
  • Differentiate between fundamental ergonomics hazard identification tools and semiquantitative ergonomics risk assessment tools
  • Evaluate various ergonomics risk assessment methodologies
  • Develop a business case for ergonomics interventions
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Confined Space Assessment, Entry and Rescue

Monday, February 12 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

Master the knowledge and skills to safely assess, enter and perform confined space rescues in this course. Gain insights into air monitoring, ventilation, training requirements, developing a written program, implementing permits, managing contractors and executing effective retrieval methods. Engage in practical learning experiences with a confined space simulator and explore the latest equipment during hands-on demonstrations, ensuring you are well-prepared to handle confined space operations.

Instructor(s): Jay Jamali, CSP, CHMM, CHCM

Learning Objectives:
  • Assess a site to determine if it qualifies as a permit-required confined space
  • Employ safe entry protocols for permit-required confined spaces
  • Use safe rescue procedures to extract workers from permit-required confined spaces
  • Develop a site-specific confined space entry and rescue program
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Creating, Implementing and Sustaining Respiratory Protection Programs in Healthcare

Monday, February 19 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

Expand your knowledge and build the skills you need to establish and maintain comprehensive respiratory protection programs in a healthcare setting. It is critical to protect all workers, including those in facility services, from respiratory hazards such as airborne pathogens, occupational exposures, surgical smoke and antineoplastic drugs. Course topics include source capture and control, total body exposure, hazard-specific respiratory protection, and important standards and certifications that address these gaps — including requirements from OSHA, The Joint Commission, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory. You will also gain new insight on HAZWOPER requirements for the hospital emergency response team, with a focus on first receivers. By implementing best practices and aligning with key standards, you will be better equipped to ensure the safety and well-being of healthcare workers and create a culture of protection and care.

Instructor(s): Dennis A Terpin, Ph.D., OHST

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify key administrative components of a healthcare respiratory protection program in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.134(c)
  • Review the interplay and alignment of requirements between The Joint Commission, CDC, NIOSH and OSHA
  • Apply an all-hazards approach to develop a risk-based healthcare respiratory protection program that addresses various occupational risks in a healthcare setting
  • Recognize the limitations of respirators used in healthcare workplaces to support informed decision-making and appropriate selection of respiratory protective equipment
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Electrical Safety I: Basic Principles & Engineering Controls

Tuesday, February 13 | 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 (2020 edition) and other NFPA electrical safety standards.

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

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
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Electrical Safety II: Electrical Safe Work Practices with Application of NFPA 70E (2024 Edition)

Wednesday, February 14 – Thursday, February 15 | 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 2024 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 (2024 edition).

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

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 2024 edition of NFPA 70E
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Machine Safety Risk Assessment and Job Hazard Analysis

Monday, February 12 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

Learn to use the task-based risk assessment methodology specified in Robotics Industry Association standard TR R15.306-2016. This course will empower you to conduct any machine safety assessment, going beyond robotic systems. Master the job hazard analysis process to identify and mitigate risks, improving safety performance.

Instructor(s): Gary J Garrahan, CHMM

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify machine safety hazards and recognize potential risks
  • Analyze the concept of risk and apply clear criteria to determine both initial risk levels (prior to considering safety features) and residual risk
  • Evaluate the design and integration requirements for safety-related parts of control systems, ensuring the selection of appropriate risk-reduction measures
  • Prioritize risk-reduction measures when faced with existing machines and multiple hazards
  • Perform a job hazard analysis using a methodology aligned with machine safety risk assessments
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Managing Risk, Not Safety

Monday, February 12 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

Transition seamlessly from a hazard-based safety program to a risk-based approach with this comprehensive course. Discuss the evolution of risk management and delve into concepts such as acceptable risk and residual risk that play a pivotal role. Gain valuable insights into the effective utilization of risk management strategies and processes, equipping you to navigate challenges

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

Learning Objectives:
  • Analyze the changing role of the modern safety professional
  • Apply risk management techniques in the context of occupational safety
  • Assess the impact of safety professionals’ expanded responsibilities
  • Differentiate between regulations and risks, understanding their distinct roles in shaping safety practices
  • Examine the relationship between a safety management system, the application of controls and safety culture
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NFPA 70E Policies, Procedures and Programs for Electrical and Mechanical Contractors

Wednesday, February 21 | Intermediate | 0.4 CEUs

Enhance your understanding and proficiency in implementing the policies, procedures and programs required to safely conduct electrical work in various settings. Review key aspects of NFPA 70E and discuss relevant OSHA regulations and consensus standards to help you navigate the complex landscape of electrical safety and better protect team members who perform electrical work.

Instructor(s): Wesley Lamar Wheeler, SMS

Learning Objectives:
  • Explain how adhering to the requirements outlined in NFPA 70E will enable your team to perform electrical work safely and mitigate related risks
  • Identify the specific policies and programs needed to comply with both OSHA regulations and the NFPA 70E consensus standard, including the responsibilities of employers, employees and owners
  • Determine the appropriate training and qualification requirements for workers engaged in electrical testing, commissioning and troubleshooting activities to ensure their competencies
  • List and apply the required steps involved in establishing an electrical safe work condition, including the implementation of absence of voltage testing procedures to verify the absence of electrical energy
  • Understand and perform effective shock and arc-flash risk assessments, employing industry best practices to assess and mitigate potential hazards associated with electrical work
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Prevention Through Design

Thursday, February 15 – Friday, February 16 | Intermediate | 3.0 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. Your registration includes a copy of ANSI/ASSP Z590.3-2021 Prevention through Design Guidelines for Addressing Occupational Hazards and Risks in Design and Redesign Processes. This course is the second in a three-course series for obtaining ASSP’s Risk Management Certificate.

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

Friday, February 16 | Beginner | 0.7 CEUs

Learn the fundamentals of machine hazards and control methods while participating 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. Learn how to interpret code requirements as they apply to machine hazard situations.

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

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
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Risk Assessment and Management for Safety Professionals

Tuesday, February 13 – Wednesday, February 14 | Beginner | 3.0 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. This course is the first in a three-course series for obtaining ASSP’s Risk Management Certificate.

Instructor(s): Bruce K Lyon, P.E., CSP, CHMM, ARM, FASSP

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"
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Risk-Based Incident Investigation

Tuesday, February 20 | Intermediate | 0.4 CEUs

Develop essential skills and techniques to effectively analyze incidents, uncover root causes and prioritize risk mitigation measures. By integrating risk-centric thinking with causal factor analysis and the five whys method, you will gain practical experience via scenario-based exercises designed to help you identify successes and failures in hazard identification and control. Following the proven eight disciplines (8D) approach, you will navigate through eight comprehensive steps, culminating in the identification of root causes and the implementation of effective management systems. Other topics include the significance of categorizing and trending loss data by hazardous energies and control failures, and effective ways to distinguish between fatal or serious incidents and significant incident frequencies.

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

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the most impactful risk-based data to determine causal factors and root causes
  • Implement a systematic methodology to determine immediate, corrective and preventive actions following incident investigations
  • Effectively trend incident data over time to identify patterns, weaknesses in management systems and opportunities for improvement
  • Quantify incident data inputs and outputs to establish strategic leading metrics
  • Qualify incident data to accurately classify work incidents and enable appropriate resource allocation
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