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Day 1 - September 24, 2024

7:30 - 8:30AM


8:30 - 9:30AM

9:45 - 10:45


9:45 - 11:45AM

10:55 - 11:55AM

Noon - 1:15PM

1:30 - 2:30PM

1:30 - 2:45PM

3:00 - 4:00PM

4:15 - 5:00PM


Registration, Exhibitors & Breakfast Open


Opening Session

OSHA: Updates and Issues  -  Karena Lorek, OSHA KC Area Dir.

Karena Lorek is the Area Director for OSHA's KC Area Office, which covers the

western 2/3 of Missouri. Prior to becoming and Area Director, she was the Assistant

Regional Administrator for Region VII OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program.

Karena has also served as the Acting Deputy Director of the Directorate of

Enforcement Programs in Washington DC. Karena started her career with OSHA

in Cleveland, Ohio, and has worked with OSHA for over 17 years.

Morning Sessions I

Panel: Identifying, Implementing and Maintaining Sustainability Initiatives (Moderator: Randy Niederer, Cambridge Air Solutions; Panelists: Doug Neidigh, Missouri State University; Glyn Strong, Solarus;

   Carl Kicklighter, Vital Farms)

Ergonomic and Human Factor Applications of AI Technology: Misconceptions, Current and

   Future Applications (Mark Heidebrecht, Ergonomics International & ErgoMethods)

3M Fall Protection Demonstration Truck (Emery McReynolds, 3M)  Special Session from 9:45 - 11:45AM

Morning Sessions II

Arc Flash Hazards and Mitigation (Shane McAnally, SMC)

Serious Injury & Fatality Prevention in Manufacturing (George Bower, DEKRA)

Lunch Keynote 

Wolves Can't Fly - Dan Meers, KC Wolf from the Kansas City Chiefs

Dan Meers is widely known as KC Wolf, the official mascot of the

Kansas City Chiefs. Back in November of 2013, Dan was practicing

a stunt involving a bungee cord and a zipline when he fell from a

height of 75 feet into the stadium seats. Despite suffering serious

injuries, Dan kept his spirits high through recovery and now shares

his experience with hundreds of groups each year. The main

takeaway from his story? Well, you'll have to join us to hear that!

Afternoon Sessions I

Leading with Safety (George Bower, DEKRA)

Use of Technology in Your Fleet Safety Management and Positioning Your Safety Program to

   Control Operation Costs (James Lombard, Higginbotham Insurance & Financial Services)

Reasonable Suspicion: Recognizing 'Under the Influence' (John Throckmorton, TOMO Drug Testing)

Afternoon Sessions II

Root Cause Analysis & Accident Investigation (Steve Bell, Employers' Health and Safety)

Connected Worker: The Industry 4.0 Missing Link in Achieving Productivity While Reducing Risk

   (Aaron Johnson, MākuSafe)

Physical Demand Analysis v. Risk Analysis: Understanding the Difference (Mark Heidebrecht,

   Ergonomics International & ErgoMethods)

Hound Labs Special Presentation

The Advantages of Breath Testing for Identifying Recent Cannabis Use 

   (Aaron Atkinson, Hound Labs)


EHS Conference Reception & Safety Awards

Reception Sponsor:

KC Wolf

Day 2 - September 25, 2024


7:30 - 8:15AM


8:15 - 9:15AM

8:15 - 9:30AM


9:45 - 10:45AM

10:55 - 11:55AM


Noon - 1:30PM



Registration, Exhibitors & Breakfast Open

Morning Sessions III

OSHA Update for the Manufacturing Industry (Elizabeth Morales, OSHA)

Understanding the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act (Todd Sieleman, Todd Safety Consultation)

Industrial Hygiene: The Path to Protecting Worker Health (James Browning, Insperity; Dylan Romo,

   John A. Jurgiel & Associates) Special Session from 8:15- 9:30AM

Morning Sessions IV

Confined Space: Issues and Clarification of OSHA Confined Space Rescue (Chris Koester, 

   Priority One Safe-T, LLC)

Environmental, Health and Safety Compliance Strategies (Julie O'Keefe, Armstrong Teasdale)

Injury Prevention and the Aging Industrial Athlete (Mercy Occupational Therapy)

Morning Sessions V

What to do About OSHA! How to Prepare for an OSHA Visit and What to do to be

   OSHA-Compliant (Russ Hinds, Mid-America Safety & Environmental)

Building Up Safety by Building Your Brand (Abby Ferri, Insurate)

Regulatory Updates and Highlights from Environmental Compliance Audits 

   (Tia Jeter, SCS Engineers)

Lunch Keynote

3 Ways to Shape Your Safety Culture 

David Galloway, Continuous MILE Consulting

David Galloway is the Founder and President of Continuous MILE Consulting.

He has over 39 years of manufacturing experience, with leadership roles in

Operations, Research, Quality, Engineering, Strategy and Safety. David is the

author of the bestselling Industrial Safety book, Safety WALK, Safety TALK. 

He is also the creator of the Pocket Guide for a Safety Conversation™ and

the Safety Conversation Guide PRO application. 



Agenda, conference session topics and speakers subject to change.

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