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View the agenda below to see seminar topics including 30+ hours of utility safety education.

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SAMPLE Live Education Schedule – Fall 2020

All times are Eastern Time (ET)
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020

    9:30 am – 10:45 am ET Kickoff and Keynote: Safety Management System
    Great safety performance is the result of a great safety process. It is not hit or miss – it is strategic, deliberate, repeatable and sustainable. In his keynote address, Bob McCall will introduce attendees to the Safety Management System and discuss the components from which every successful safety program has benefited. The Safety Management System is a comprehensive model used to communicate an organization’s strategic direction. It will help those who invest in it to gain budgetary and other resources as well as buy-in from every level of the organization. If you want to take your safety program to the next level, be sure to join Bob in this informative session.

    Bob McCall
    12:00 pm – 1:15 pm ET

    Partnering with Fleets to Safely Achieve Better Safety Results

    Sustained safety in fleet and equipment operations has three key elements with equipment integrity being the most obvious followed by operator safety and public safety: failing machinery puts bystanders and operators and property at risk. Equipment failure can come from ineffective design, improper use, inadequate maintenance and overuse and combinations of all of these elements. This presentation will focus on how safety and fleet professionals can craft an integrated and effective approach to build strategies to counteract the principal reasons for workplace safety breakdowns.

    • Holistic equipment design engaging SME (subject matter expert) stakeholders
    • Cultural shifts in the workplace to build habitual safe operating practices and processes into the actions of the team of equipment users and maintainers.
    • Understanding when and how to leverage your partners from all elements of the team: safety professionals, equipment designers, and equipment operators and maintainers.
    George Survant
    2:30 pm – 3:45 pm ET Train the Virtual Trainer: Three Principles You Should Know

    Virtual meetings and trainings have become integral parts of safety programs. Consequently, there is a need for competent and effective virtual trainers. This presentation – derived from the Train the Virtual Trainer Workshop offered by the Incident Prevention Institute – will focus on how to make virtual meetings and trainings effective, with an intense focus on the roles of the trainer. The course will be led by a certified, experienced, sought-after trainer and include three principles every virtual trainer should know. It will benefit anyone who plans, leads or participates in virtual meetings and trainings – which means you!

    Session objectives are to:

    • Define training as a form of communication that must result in mutual understanding.
    • Explain how to make training focused on learners.
    • Discuss the roles effective trainers have in training.
    • Present practices, principles, strategies and tips that can be used by trainers.
    David McPeak, CUSP, CET, CHST, CSP, CSSM
    4:30 pm – 5:45pm ET Personal Protective Grounding in Substations
    Grounding for personal protection in substations has unique challenges created by the ground grid and continuous sources of current including induction. Learn what the OSHA requirements are for grounding and learn how to keep your workers safe by recognizing, understanding and mitigate the hidden risks.
    Jim Vaughn, CUSP
    6:00 pm – 7:00pm ET Virtual Networking Event!
    Join us for a virtual networking event and get to know your fellow attendees and the iP Utility Safety Virtual Conference & Expo Staff. Turn on your video and join us! 

    Do you have old utility photos showing the way work used to be done? Are you a 2nd or 3rd generation utility worker? Send in an old photo to share with fellow attendees and learn how far utility safety has come and then join us for this fun networking event where you can share stories, make valuable connections and learn from each other!

    And to add some more fun to the event, be sure to wear your favorite sports team gear to the event (hats! Shirts! Jerseys!). A little friendly fan competition never hurt anyone!

    But wait there’s more! We will randomly select someone from our Virtual Networking Event to win an Amazon gift card!

    We may not be able to network together in person, but that’s no reason to avoid valuable industry networking and connections! We can’t wait to “see” you there!



    *Schedule subject to change
     
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020

    9:30 am – 10:45 am ET Lead to Win

    Leadership is like a hurdle; the better your run up, the easier it is to get over the hurdle. In this fast paced, entertaining, interactive, and action-item packed program, we will discuss your leadership run up for hurdles like change, coaching, communication, conflict resolution, developing relationships, feedback, mentoring, training, and work planning. The program will cover proven leadership principles and strategies along with attitudes, behaviors, and characteristics required for leadership  It will also challenge you to maximize your potential by enhancing your leadership skills. Anyone with positional authority or personal influence (you!) should attend. In Lead To Win, you will learn how to lead with a winning attitude along with how you can practice and improve your leadership skills. Specific topics covered will include:

    • What leadership is and where it comes from
    • Common leadership challenges and pitfalls specific to the construction and utility industries
    • Proven leadership principles and strategies
    • Attitudes, behaviors, and characteristics required for effective leadership
    David McPeak, CSP, CHST, CIT, CUSP, CSSM
    12:00 pm – 1:15 pm ET

    Left Brain/Right Brain: Implications for Safety Training

    Do you wish you could just say no to boring, forgettable safety trainings? If so, this fun and interactive session will provide you with techniques to improve worker engagement and total safety performance. When you know how information gets into the brain, how it is prioritized and processed, and how the brain hemispheres interact, you can design and deliver safety training that is both better absorbed and applied by trainees. This session includes a self-assessment exercise and a build-a-brain group application.

    • State the channels of human information acquisition.
    • Explain how humans process and prioritize information.
    • Differentiate between left-brain-dominant and right-brain-dominant information processing patterns.
    Chip Darius, CUSP, OHST, CIT, CSHO
    2:30 pm – 3:45 pm ET 5 Ways To Know If Your Company is NFPA 70E Compliant

    This session will provide an overview of common gaps in electrical safety programs. Participants will develop an understanding of the requirements of NFPA 70E and OSHA 1910 Subpart S as they apply to the work environment. Real-world examples will be used to help illustrate successful approaches and techniques for planning and performing electrical work while preventing arc flash and shock injuries. This session is geared toward attendees with advanced electrical safety experience or program oversight responsibility.

    Learning objectives include:

    • The purpose of NFPA 70E, arc flash concepts and the hazards of electrical work in the industrial environment. 
    • The five key aspects of an effective electrical safety program.   
    • Tools to observe and analyze how a company and its electrically qualified workers are implementing the NFPA 70E safe work practices.
    • Methods of assessing the effectiveness of a company’s electrical safety program and work planning and control procedures, including the energized electrical work permit system.
    David Paoletta, CUSP, CSP
    4:30 pm – 5:45 pm ET Managing Crews in the Field

    In this session, facilitator Danny Raines will compare the complexity of managing today’s crews to the relative simplicity of managing crews years ago. He will also explore the differences in accountability between crew foremen and crew members, as well as offer insight into the regulations and other resources that provide direction to today’s crews. Most hazards on the job haven’t changed at all over the years – but the work methods and tools now available have changed how much a crew can accomplish and how those tasks are performed.

    Danny Raines, CUSP
     
    *Schedule subject to change
     
  • Thursday, November 19, 2020

    9:30 am – 10:45 am ET Building Systemic Culture: Applying HP Principles During Trying Times

    In these unprecedented times – when we are living through a pandemic and dealing with a great amount of uncertainty – change hearts and minds and move your safety culture forward by becoming a systemic thinker and adopting human performance principles. Learning objectives of this session include:

    • Identifying systemic drivers that lead employees to lose focus at the task level.
    • Prioritizing the issues employees face so they can be proactive and productive each day.
    • Celebrating creative wins to lower employee stress during times of crisis.
    Doug Hill and Dan Pfeffer
    12:00 pm – 1:15 pm ET

    Electric Power Safety Standards Simplified

    Electric power organizations have high-risk work activities that require robust safety standards. Regulatory and consensus standards play an important role in the design and application of robust safety standards within your organization. Sometimes these standards are hard to read and interpret, so they may not be used to their full value. Facilitators of this session will identify types of electric power standards and offer best methods on how to develop and apply the standards. After attending this session, participants will have the knowledge to:

    • Explain the role of electric power standards within their organization.
    • Describe differences between regulatory standards, consensus standards and industry best practices.
    • Identify applicable electric power safety standards.
    • Use electric power safety standards to develop robust, value-driven safety standards.
    Pam Tompkins, CUSP, CSP, CUSA and Matt Edmonds, CUSP, CIT, CHST
    2:30 pm – 3:45 pm ET Accelerating Contractor Safety

    Leading companies recognize that cultivating a culture of safety and risk management is essential, not just internally but across their contractor workforce as well. A strong contractor risk management program, driven down to the worker level, can help prevent worker injuries, protect the company’s reputation, support compliance with increasingly complex government regulations and avoid unnecessary loss. Join this session, led by facilitator Erik Menard, to learn more about the critical nature of contractor safety in the utility industry, including questions you should be asking to determine what your company is doing well and where improvements can be made.

    Erik Menard
    4:30 pm – 5:45 pm ET Roundtable: Open Discussion
    Join fellow utility safety & operations professionals as we discuss hot topics impacting the utility industry right now. Pandemic preparedness, fit for work, and storm restoration are just a few topics we’ve covered recently. Come prepared to share your questions, challenges, and solutions to common industry issues.
    David McPeak, CSP, CHST, CIT, CUSP, CSSM
     
    *Schedule subject to change 
     

Sample Schedule at a Glance – Fall 2020


All times are in Eastern Standard Time (ET)*

17

November

Tuesday

  • 9:30 – 10:45 AM ET

    Session 1: Kickoff & Keynote

    Break & Virtual Exhibits

  • 12:00 – 1:15 PM ET

    Session 2

  • 1:15 – 1:20 PM ET

    Ergonomics Break

    Break & Virtual Exhibits

  • 2:30 – 3:45 PM ET

    Session 3

    Break & Virtual Exhibits

  • 4:30 – 5:45 PM ET

    Session 4

  • 6:00 – 7:00 PM ET

    Virtual Networking Event

18

November

Wednesday

  • 9:30 – 10:45 AM ET

    Session 1

    Break & Virtual Exhibits

  • 12:00 – 1:15 PM ET

    Session 2

  • 1:15 – 1:20 PM ET

    Fresh Air Break

    Break & Virtual Exhibits

  • 2:30 – 3:45 PM ET

    Session 3

    Break & Virtual Exhibits

  • 4:30 – 5:45 PM ET

    Session 4

19

November

Thursday

  • 9:30 – 10:45 AM ET

    Session 1

    Break & Virtual Exhibits

  • 12:00 – 1:15 PM ET

    Session 2

  • 1:15 – 1:20 PM ET

    Stretch Break

    Break & Virtual Exhibits

  • 2:30 – 3:45 PM ET

    Session 3

    Break & Virtual Exhibits

  • 4:30 – 5:45 PM ET

    Session 4: Roundtable

– Virtual Exhibits open during all breaks –
– Daily prize drawings –

Live & On Demand Educational Sessions to Choose from, including topics such as:

  • Assessments
  • Culture
  • Driver Behavior and Driving Safety
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Ergonomics
  • Fleet Safety
  • Generational Differences
  • Hazard Identification and Situational Awareness
  • Human Performance
  • Impairment in the Workplace
  • Incident Investigation
  • Incident Prevention
  • Leadership
  • Operations Strategies
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Regulatory Standards
  • Technology Trends
  • Telematics
  • Training
  • Workplace Violence
  • AND MORE!
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