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EHS CONFERENCE

SESSION DETAILS

Learn from industry experts in 3 Keynote Presentations and 21 Breakout Sessions, all focused on sharing updates, best practices, resources and solutions in the areas of Environmental, Health and Safety.

Day 1 - Tuesday, Sept. 24th

Registration Open from 7:30AM - 5:00PM

7:30AM - 9:00AM

Breakfast 

8:30AM - 9:15AM

Dr. Dominic Cooper

Opening Keynote:

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An award-winning author, Dr. Dominic Cooper pioneered the use of behavioral safety in the UK construction industry on behalf of the British Health & Safety Executive (HSE) while obtaining his Ph.D. in the School of Management at the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (UMIST). He went on to develop B-Safe®, an award-winning behavioral safety process, and founded BSMS Inc, a global safety consultant firm focusing on behavioral safety. A testament to his safety process can be found in one of his projects in the Middle East (from 2006-2007), which led his client to achieving the lowest lost-time incident rate in the entire global Oil & Gas Industry.

9:45AM - 10:45AM

Environmental Track

Practical Sustainability in Manufacturing

Session description coming soon.

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Doug Neidigh, Sustainability Unit Manager | Missouri State University

Doug Neidigh is the Sustainability Coordinator for Missouri State University. He has over 25 years of experience in environmental management, energy management, and sustainability. Over his career, Doug has worked in private manufacturing, state and local government, consulting, healthcare, and academics. Doug is a Registered Environmental Manager (REM) with the National Registry of Environmental Professionals (NREP), and a Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) with the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).

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Dr. David R. Perkins IV, Assistant Professor | Missouri State University

Dr. David R. Perkins IV is an assistant professor of geography and sustainable tourism in the Department of Geography, Geology and Planning at Missouri State University. His research and outreach foci include sustainable tourism to promote community development, tourism climatology and human-weather interactions in business strategy contexts. Perkins leads curriculum development, teaching and student advising at Missouri State in sustainability curricula: sustainability minor, minor in sustainable tourism development, sustainability graduate certificate and a major in geography and sustainability (focus in sustainable development). His most recent outreach projects include collaborations with community leaders to create sustainable community development goals for the Ozarks region and developing participatory engagement strategies for sustainable tourism development in rural coastal communities in Jamaica. Perkins is published in a variety of interdisciplinary academic journals, such as International Journal of Biometeorology, Weather Climate & Society, Atmosphere, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Physical Geography, International Journal of Cardiology and forthcoming in Governance for Sustainable Development Review. He has formally presented academic research at more than 30 conferences throughout the United States, and internationally in Sweden, Cuba, New Zealand and Canada.

Health Track

Investing in and Implementing Job Fitness Screenings

Session description coming soon.

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Mark Heidebrecht, Owner | ErgoMethods, Managing Partner | Ergonomics International

Heidebrecht has more than 20 years of experience and has provided forensic and expert witness services in the areas of biomechanics, human factors, ergonomics and work physiology. He has testified in more than 65 State Court and US Federal Court cases including the Federal OSHA hearing regarding the National Ergonomic Standard. Heidebrecht is a certified Ergonomist/Human Factors Professional and board-certified Exercise Physiologist. His expertise includes the implementation of ergonomic risk reduction processes, biomechanical analysis, upper/lower body ergonomic assessments, human factors analysis, physical demand analysis, job matching, work physiology and job specific functional testing.

Safety Track

Confined Space Entry - Demonstration Unit

There are many potential dangers for workers operating in tightly enclosed areas, including falls, gases, and improper ventilation. Make sure your crew is ready to tackle the obstacle of working in a confined space. Mid-America Safety & Environmental's Confined Space Training Trailer simulates scenarios that may be encountered by your employees in the event of an actual confined space emergency. Confined spaces incidents aren’t the most common, but can be the deadliest because the hazards are often misunderstood or underestimated. Many confined space fatalities involve not one, but two victims: the worker and the rescuer. OSHA’s Permit-Required Confined Spaces Regulation was created to help prevent these incidents.

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Russ Hinds, President/CEO | Mid-America Safety & Environmental

Russell owns Mid-America Safety & Environmental a leading safety consulting and training company located in Springfield, MO. With over 250 active clients covering 25 states, safety management and OSHA compliance is his expertise. He holds several Safety Training Certificates and Professional Qualifications. In his spare time Russell enjoys golfing and traveling with his wife. He is a member of the various organizations including Gate of the Temple Lodge #422, Abou Ben Adhem Shrine, Governing Board Member – Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, Former Board Member – Good Samaritan Boys Ranch, North American Safety Professionals, and the American Society of Safety Professionals.

10:55AM - 11:55AM

Environmental Track

Material Recovery Programs

Session description coming soon.

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Speaker coming soon | SCS Engineers

Tia Jeter, PE, is a Senior Project Manager with over 25 years of chemical and environmental engineering experience. Her expertise lies in her experiences providing high-level air quality compliance and permitting strategy and troubleshooting, as well as landfill gas system performance evaluation and design. Tia has a demonstrated depth of technical expertise with ambient air dispersion modeling analysis, New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) compliance, Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) applicability and analysis, air planning and permitting, environmental auditing and reporting, landfill gas control system planning, and environmental compliance. Ms. Jeter is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Kansas, Missouri, and Iowa.

Health Track

Developing Workplace Drug Policies and Procedures

At the end of this session, attendees will:

  1. Be able to identify steps for development and implementation of a drug and alcohol testing policy

  2. Know recent trends in substance misuse

  3. Understand options in drug and alcohol testing methodology

  4. Learn an employer’s responsibility for compliance with state and federal regulations, as applicable

  5. Be able to define training requirements for employees and supervisors

  6. Recognize the potential impact and benefits of a Drug-Free Workplace

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John Throckmorton, Senior Training Consultant | Tomo Drug Testing

John Throckmorton is a Senior Training Consultant with Tomo Drug Testing. He has been with Tomo since December 2000, serving as a collection technician, field manager, breath alcohol and drug collection trainer, operations manager and account executive. Often referred to as “JT”, John has assisted businesses with the development and implementation of substance misuse testing programs as well as program reviews for compliance with State and Federal regulations. As a Senior Training Consultant, John annually conducts over 100 educational training seminars and webinars. John is a graduate of Baptist Bible College where he met Carol, his wife of 44 years. They have two grown children and three grandchildren. John has been involved in public speaking for over 45 years.

Safety Track

Building an Accurate Emergency Response Plan

Session description coming soon.

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Chris Koester, Safety Instructor & Consultant/Owner | Priority One Safe-T

Chris Koester is the owner of Priority One Safe-T, LLC, an emergency response safety training and rescue services firm for industrial and manufacturing companies. Chris has over 25 years of experience as a rescuer and is an internationally recognized expert in confined space entry and rescue. In addition to providing standby services and emergency response planning & consulting to his industrial clients, Chris and his team of active and retired firefighters conduct Confined Space Entry and Rescue, Hazmat Technician, Rope Rescue, Tower Rescue, Wind Turbine Rescue, globally. They provide instructor-led classroom courses and hands-on technical training at the six-story Rescue Training Center located in Pryor, OK and at customer sites for employers from across the world. Priority One Safe-T,LLC is a Petzl Technical Partner and considered one of the premier rescue companies in North America.

12:00PM - 1:00PM

Lunch Keynote Day 1

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Learn about new and updated OSHA regulations and requirements to ensure your employees are protected and your company is compliant.

1:30PM - 2:30PM

Environmental Track

EPA Regulatory Compliance & Environmental Justice

Session description coming soon.

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Speaker coming soon | Environmental Protection Agency

Speaker bio coming soon.

Health Track

Safety Managers & Mental Health: How to Navigate Facility Programs Without Going Crazy

In this session, attendees will learn about:

  • Signs and Symptoms of Mental Stress

  • Tools for Minimizing Stress for Safety Management

  • Support Teams / Mentors / Networks and How They Can Help

  • Organizational Tools such as Online Platforms / Compliance Calendars and Their Importance of Tracking for Stress Release or Prevention (Free Tools / Database provided by Employers Health & Safety)

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Steve Bell, Owner | Employers Health & Safety

With over 28 years’ experience in the Environmental Safety & Health field, Steve and his company have a proven history in helping companies achieve lower incident rates, reduced litigation liabilities, as well as minimizing / eliminating any OSHA, EPA Compliance Citations. Steve also promotes working with all state and local agencies to achieve total compliance for his customers. “The success of my company comes from working at all levels of the organization to help each and every team member to understand their personal need for following all Environmental Health & Safety Rules and Regulations to help improve the processes of the company as well as to help improve their quality of life for their future.”

Safety Track

Creating a Proactive Incident Management System

Don't wait for an injury to occur before making changes. Learn how to be proactive with your safety program by discussing:

  • The importance of incident reporting

  • Characteristics of an incident management system

  • Leading and lagging indicators

  • How to determine the most effective controls or corrective actions

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Shane McAnally, Project Safety Technician | SMC

Safety professional Shane McAnally is employed by SMC in Springfield MO, managing safety projects, training, and developing safety content. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety from the University of Central Missouri, he started his career as a safety intern at a cement manufacturing facility in Eastern Oregon where he would work his way to becoming the Plant Safety Manager. In this position, he became comfortable with the MSHA handbook and was trained as a part 46 certified miner. These experiences have shaped his areas of focus into OSHA/MSHA interpretation, training, program development, incident investigation, and physical inspection.

3:00PM - 4:00PM

Environmental Track

Environmental Regulations: An Attorney's Perspective

Session description coming soon.

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Julie O'Keefe, Environmental Attorney - Partner | Armstrong Teasdale

Julie O’Keefe’s niche practice spans both environmental and occupational safety and health, which sets her apart from other lawyers, who typically handle one or the other, but rarely both. Governmental agencies she routinely deals with include, among others, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and state counterparts, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state counterparts. She has represented businesses in regulatory matters in virtually every state in the U.S. For non-governmental transactional matters, Julie’s regulatory experience allows her to understand environmental risks and eliminate non-issues. When dealing with governmental agencies, Julie asserts positions that are effective, yet will not needlessly antagonize the agency. She respects her client’s goals. She usually knows the personality and priorities of the regulator on the other side of the table. Julie knows that governmental officials often do not respond to litigation tactics in the same way as private litigants. Julie has been recognized several times on the list of Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers Top 50 Women, which is based upon peer review. For businesses, Julie is the face of the company when dealing with the EPA, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Illinois EPA and other state environmental agencies in matters involving laws such as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), Clean Air Act, FIFRA, California Proposition 65, Clean Water Act and the negotiation and performance of remedial investigation/feasibility studies and engineering evaluation/cost analyses. She advises clients in matters involving site assessments, remediation activities, compliance violations, contracts and due diligence during sale or acquisition of real estate, asset sales and stock sales. She also handles CERCLA cost recovery actions and California Proposition 65 actions. As an OSHA practitioner, Julie counsels companies in willful, serious and repeat citations and criminal investigations. Julie has tried many OSHA cases at the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and state administrative tribunals. Well-versed in environmental and OSHA issues, Julie frequently presents seminars to clients, trade associations and industry groups.

Health Track

The Evolution of Work Comp: What a Sports Medicine Approach to HealthCare Can Bring to the Table

Any successful sports medicine program leverages 2 key components: time and access. To efficiently return an athlete to their sport requires a model of care that both expedites access to the needed providers and addresses multiple factors that can manipulate the time component. This has been the model of success from high school to the professional level of sports. Why should the industrial athlete be stuck in an antiquated model of care?

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Brandon Hetzler,  | Mercy Occupational Medicine

Brandon is an Athletic Trainer for Mercy Health Systems in Springfield, Missouri. He currently serves as the Clinical Coordinator for Sports Medicine where the collaborative focus is on the complete care of pediatric/adolescent athletes, as well as the general public. Prior to this role, he served as the Manager of the Sports Medicine facility where he led both the clinical therapy team, as well as the sports performance team. Brandon received his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine from Missouri State University, and his Master’s Degree in Human Performance from Oklahoma State University. After his formal education, Brandon completed a Fellowship at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Additionally, he holds several additional certifications and advanced credentials in the fitness and sports medicine fields. In 2019, Brandon founded Outlaw Movement Systems LLC as an educational resource for those in the movement/healthcare industry.

Safety Track

Utilizing State Programs to Improve Your Safety Program

In this session, Daniel Stark, Assistant Director / Program Manager for MO On-Site Consultation Program and Erick Hall, Region VII SHARP Association President will discuss the benefits of certification in the Missouri Safety and Health Achievement and Recognition Program (SHARP)  and how to get involved. Discussion will cover what is MO Onsite and SHARP? How to apply for the program? And what resources are available to assist with certification requirements?

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Daniel Stark, Assistant Director/Program Manager | Missouri On-Site Consultation Program

Daniel Stark is the Assistant Director and Program Manager for the Missouri Division of Labor Standards' On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program. In his role with this program, Daniel assists companies in making their workplaces safer and helps avoid costly penalties imposed by OSHA. The program is designed for small employers (less than 250 employees on-site, no more than 500 employees nationwide) in high hazard industries, including manufacturing. Daniel and his team provide an OSHA-type "mock inspection at the workplace, for free and without assessing any fines, penalties or communications with OSHA. The employer sets the scope of the visit, so the consultation can include the entire workplace or it can be limited to a specific area or phase of the workplace. The only obligation to the employer is to correct the hazards identified by the consultant.

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Erick Hall, Region VII Association President | Missouri SHARP

Erick is a dedicated Environmental, Health, and Safety Manager for Kemin Nutrisurance, with responsibilities for the Kemin facilities and teams in Verona, Missouri and Sarcoxie Missouri. He is excited to bring many years of EHS, as well as wide ranging manufacturing and project management experience to this role. Erick’s singular focus and priority is the safety and well-being of the Missouri Team. Kemin will achieve world class safety performance through strategic training, proactive risk management, and everyday embodiment of servant leadership principles by each member of the team. Prior to joining the Kemin family, Erick’s work history included over 23 years working for EFCO. In his time with EFCO, he developed skills performing many general labor and management/coordination support functions for various departments before moving into roles as a Safety Coordinator and later Safety Training Specialist. More recently, he performed duties as a Lead Field Service Representative and Technician. These roles included project management, materials procurement, scheduling, and leadership of field teams. Erick brings his experiences working with customers and contractors, and skills absorbed during these roles to any new endeavor.

5:00PM - 7:30PM

Reception, Dinner, Keynote & 2024 Safety Awards Presentation

Join us for a reception and dinner while we hear more from our Opening Keynote speaker, Dr. Dominic Cooper. He will share stores from his 30+ year career in Industrial Safety & Psychology, highlighting works and what doesn't.

Following dinner, we will have a short presentation of the 2024 MAM Safety Awards, recognizing the "Top Ten", "Leader of the Pack", and "Safety Innovation of the Year"!

To learn more about the awards, click here.

Reception Sponsor

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Dinner Sponsor

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Safety Awards Sponsor

2023 Leader of the Pack Recipient

EaglePicher Technologies (Joplin, MO)

Day 2 - Wednesday, Sept. 25th

7:00AM - 8:30AM

Breakfast 

8:30AM - 9:30AM

Environmental Track

PANEL – Sustainable Alternatives Available in Missouri

Session description coming soon.

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Debbye Beam, Account Manager | Formall

Speaker bio coming soon.

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Speaker coming soon | Didion Orf Recycling

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Speaker coming soon | EnviroPAK

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Health Track

The Total Worker Health (TWH) Movement

Session description coming soon.

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Speaker coming soon | Healthier Workforce Center for the Midwest

Speaker bio coming soon.

Safety Track

Leveraging the "OSHA Top 10" to Improve Your Safety Program

Session description coming soon.

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James Small, Principal Consultant/President | GETYASOME Safety

James is a results-driven, highly motivated, and competent safety professional with 30 years of experience designing effective safety programs, monitoring safety compliance, and providing guidance to management. He has proven expertise in numerous industries: integrated paper and paperboard mills, plating and coating operations, metal fabrication, meatpacking, manufacturing of industrial and agricultural machinery, computer assembly and mechanical power press operations.

9:45AM - 10:45AM

Environmental Track

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Speaker coming soon | Constellation

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Health Track

Hearing Conservation Programs

Staying compliant with OSHA is tough for any company. There are several pieces that must come together to make a successful, OSHA-compliant safety program including; inspections, audits, training programs, recordkeeping, and so much more. It is easy to unintentionally neglect certain areas of a safety program. 

One area of a successful safety program that cannot be neglected is hearing conservation. Hazardous noise can harm and individual's quality of life and become a chronic health condition if gone unchecked. But noise is around us every day - so what exactly is considered "hazardous noise"? 
 

In this session, we'll define what qualifies as "hazardous noise", how to address this challenge for production workers, and the steps required to develop and implement a Hearing Conservation Program.

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Shane McAnally, Project Safety Technician | SMC

Safety professional Shane McAnally is employed by SMC in Springfield MO, managing safety projects, training, and developing safety content. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety from the University of Central Missouri, he started his career as a safety intern at a cement manufacturing facility in Eastern Oregon where he would work his way to becoming the Plant Safety Manager. In this position, he became comfortable with the MSHA handbook and was trained as a part 46 certified miner. These experiences have shaped his areas of focus into OSHA/MSHA interpretation, training, program development, incident investigation, and physical inspection.

Safety Track

Ergonomic Processes: A Look into Bass Pro Shops' Operations

Session description coming soon.

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Mark Heidebrecht, Owner | ErgoMethods, Managing Partner | Ergonomics International

Heidebrecht has more than 20 years of experience and has provided forensic and expert witness services in the areas of biomechanics, human factors, ergonomics and work physiology. He has testified in more than 65 State Court and US Federal Court cases including the Federal OSHA hearing regarding the National Ergonomic Standard. Heidebrecht is a certified Ergonomist/Human Factors Professional and board-certified Exercise Physiologist. His expertise includes the implementation of ergonomic risk reduction processes, biomechanical analysis, upper/lower body ergonomic assessments, human factors analysis, physical demand analysis, job matching, work physiology and job specific functional testing.

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Speaker coming soon | Bass Pro Shops

Speaker bio coming soon.

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Environmental Track

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Health Track

Mental Health Claims in Workers' Compensation

This session will discuss mental health and the legal framework around this issue. We will also discuss types of mental health claims, return-to-work policies, exceptions, case law examples, and best practices for managing mental health in the workplace.

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Brooke Smith, Managing Partner | Vessell Bridges Murphy

Brooke grew up in the small town of Carthage, Missouri. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kansas in 2004, where she graduated with a certificate in International Trade and Finance. She has represented the interests of employers and insurance companies in Missouri Workers' Compensation matters in the Southwest Missouri area for most of her career. Brooke is active in the Springfield community. She currently serves on the board for Harmony House. She previously served on the board for the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools and has been active in the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of Second Baptist Church.

Safety Track

PANEL - Best Practices from 2023 MAM Safety Award Winners

Session description coming soon.

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Speaker coming soon | EaglePicher Technologies

Speaker bio coming soon.

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Connor Kimzey, Safety Manager | Wintech

Connor Kimzey has been Wintech’s EHS Manager for over five years. His valuable insight has allowed Wintech to enjoy its longest and safest record in the company’s history. Promoting Retention & Behavioral Skill safety training in the manufacturing world, Connor believes the best safety device you can provide someone is inspiring them in reimagining decisions and having a voice for safety excellence. Becoming Vice President of Missouri’s SHARP Association in 2023, he loves both the new challenge and joy to influence further within the state in promoting safety cultures that are organic and stick.

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Faron Morris, Safety Manager | Morris Packaging

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