Aug

28-30

Safety Summit (Aug 28-30)

Safety is a paramount issue within the utility industry. Safety professionals work tirelessly to manage risk, avoid incidents and ensure safety through a variety of programs and initiatives geared toward employees and consumers. This summit is designed for gas and electric utility safety professionals, and spans across three unique, topical tracks: Safety Strategy + Policy, Electric Safety Work Methods, and Gas Safety Work Methods. Content is designed to promote safety culture through discussions related to the education and training that can influence utility operations, as well as address some of the challenges and successes associated with developing strategy.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Mike L'Heureux, EPCOR - Electric Safety Work Methods
    Kelly Beller, NW Natural - Gas Safety Work Methods
    Nancy Blevins, Salt River Project - Safety Strategy + Policy

    • Program Location
    • Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa
    • 900 Newport Center Drive
      Newport Beach, California 92660
    • Who Should Attend
    • •    Electric Safety Work Methods – Managers, trainers, supervisors, safety advocates and team leads responsible for safe work methods and practices among employees. Service company delegates are encouraged to attend.
      •    Gas Safety Work Methods – Operations managers at 1st or 2nd level supervision of employees at local distribution or gas pipeline companies, managers responsible for safe work practices among their employees or who implement training on natural gas operations work methods and safety advocates and team leads interested in learning how to best promote safety. Service company delegates are encouraged to attend.​
      •    Safety Strategy + Policy – Senior management level safety professionals from both electric and natural gas who are responsible for developing and maintaining safety policy, culture, and standards. Participation is restricted to senior leaders of utility companies.

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $549 USD
    Regular: $1,199 USD

    Registration prices increase $100 after August 13, 2018. Registration includes comprehensive conference materials and food events. Guest passes are available for $100 and allow a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event. Guest registration includes all meals and receptions, and all program materials.

    For vendor registration options, please see the Vendor Displays tab.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public.

Agenda

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Agenda

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Optional Tour of Southern California Gas Company’s Pico Rivera Employee Safety Training Facility
Please see Networking tab for registration fee and further details.

6:00 – 7:30 pm
Hosted WEI Reception
Dinner on your own.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast and Registration

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Welcome

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Keynote Speaker
Speaker: Corrie Pitzer, CEO and founder, SAFEmap International
Corrie Pitzer is a specialist in behavioral safety and strategic safety management and is a leading consultant in this field throughout Australia, North America, South America and South Africa. He was an underground miner, an infantry platoon commander, a skydiver, a motorcyclist and a rally car driver. As a result, he became a risk expert, not a safety one. He has honors degrees in Industrial Psychology and Business Management, an MBA and a professional qualification in Education, but he values his underground blasting experience as his highest academic accomplishment.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Break with Vendor Displays

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Individual Track Sessions
Break out into Gas Safety Work Methods, Electric Safety Work Methods, or Safety Strategy + Policy tracks. GSWM and ESWM are open to everyone. SS+P participation is restricted to senior management level energy company members.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch with Vendor Displays

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Individual Track Sessions
Break out into Gas Safety Work Methods, Electric Safety Work Methods, or Safety Strategy + Policy tracks. GSWM and ESWM are open to everyone. SS+P participation is restricted to senior management level energy company members.

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Break with Vendor Displays

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Individual Track Sessions
Break out into Gas Safety Work Methods, Electric Safety Work Methods, or Safety Strategy + Policy tracks. GSWM and ESWM are open to everyone. SS+P participation is restricted to senior management level energy company members.

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Hosted Reception with Vendor Displays
Dinner on your own.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Individual Track Sessions
Break out into Gas Safety Work Methods, Electric Safety Work Methods, or Safety Strategy + Policy tracks. GSWM and ESWM are open to everyone. SS+P participation is restricted to senior management level energy company members.

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Panel

Meet the Program Development Team.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Optional Tour of Southern California Gas Company’s Pico Rivera Employee Safety Training Facility
Please see Networking tab for registration fee and further details.

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Hosted WEI Reception
Dinner on your own.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast and Registration

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Welcome

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Keynote
Speaker: Corrie Pitzer, CEO and founder, SAFEmap International

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Break with Vendor Displays

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Safety Moment and Introductions

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Unforeseen Field Risks and Incidents: Mitigation Strategies
Speaker: Mike L’Heureux, Senior Manager, HSE Services, EPCOR Distribution and Transmission, Inc
Your field crews walk into all kinds of unknown situations. What are some of the unusual hazards that your teams encounter? Ticks and Lyme Disease, needles in vaults, and bears to name a few. Let’s share stories and lessons learned.

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
The Benefits of Electronic Tailboards
Speakers: Derek Johnson, Safety and Work Methods Manager, FortisAlberta
Mark Taylor, Field Resource Development Director, ENMAX Power Corporation
Fortis Alberta and ENMAX Power Corporation will show 2 different types of electronic tailboards and the benefits of having electronic tailboards. They are capable of showing hazards identified/mitigated, incident reviews, and auditing from anywhere. They will also provide an overview of data collected.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch with Vendor Displays

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Breakout sessions

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Apps at Work
Speaker: Jeff Wilding, Manager of Safety Improvement and Employee Qualification, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Today it seems that there is an App for just about everything. What Apps are you using at work? In this session PG&E will provide a high level demonstration of several Apps that they are using to help facilitate work. Categories include Mobile Vehicle Incident Reporting (MVIR), Corrective Action Program (CAP), MAPS +, Safety Net, and OISOMT Mobile which is an outage management App. During this session we will ask for input from the group about what Apps are being used in your company.

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Apps Roundtable
Speaker: Jeff Wilding, Manager of Safety Improvement and Employee Qualification, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Dive deeper into the apps introduced above and share yours so the group can compare and contrast what is available to utilities.

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Break with Vendor Displays

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Breakout sessions

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
What to Expect When You Sign Up for Mutual Aid

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
FortisAlberta’s Worker Competence Assessments
Speaker: Manny Albert, Director, Safety and Health Services, Arizona Public Service
Just because an apprentice is qualified on paper does not mean they are fully competent. Learn how FortisAlberta has instituted different programs like the “Show Me Program” to test and qualify Apprentices and Journeymen.

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Hosted Reception with Vendor Displays
Dinner on your own.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Drones
Speaker: Lyle Probst, CEO & Co-founder, DataSight

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Wrap Up Roundtable
This is the space and time to continue previous discussions that were stopped for time, reflect on lessons learned from the conference, and suggest topics for the next conference that build upon what was learned or are up and coming topics that you would like to see included next year.

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Panel

Meet the Program Development Team.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Optional Tour of Southern California Gas Company’s Pico Rivera Employee Safety Training Facility
Please see Networking tab for registration fee and further details.

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Hosted WEI Reception
Dinner on your own.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast and Registration

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Welcome

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Keynote
Speaker: Corrie Pitzer, CEO and founder, SAFEmap International

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Break with Vendor Displays

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Breakout Sessions

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Safety Moment and Introductions

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM
NW Natural Training Town for Employees
Speaker: Andrew Woolsey, Technical Training Supervisor, NW Natural
NW Natural will be presenting on the active use of their emergency response training facility, known by NW Natural as “Training Town.” NW Natural will focus on the quarterly and annual use of the facility and what impacts the training provides to employees.

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
How to Assist Employees Working in Remote Areas Roundtable
Facilitator: Mike MacDonell, Safety Manager, Pipeline & Liquids Global Business Unit, ATCO Gas

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch with Vendor Displays

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Vehicles Hitting Stationary Objects Roundtable
Facilitator: Jeff Bailey, Safety Consultant, Puget Sound Energy
Striking fixed objects with moving equipment or vehicles is common within the utility industry and every year utilities spend a vast amount of time and resources in an effort to reduce this type of preventable accident.  Striking fixed objects is 100% avoidable and it is important to take the time and energy to properly eliminate or mitigate the chance that fixed objects are struck. Attendees are encouraged to come prepared to discuss their organization’s initiatives and best practices.

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM
Annual Site Safety Audits Roundtable
Facilitator: Ruben White, Administrator Occupational Health & Safety, Southwest Gas

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Break with Vendor Displays

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Dirty Dozen: Evaluating the Ergonomics of New Tools
Speaker: Will Hart, Field Operations Supervisor, NW Natural
NW Natural found that the best way to identify and mitigate the ergonomic challenges our workers were facing was to ask them what the issues are and involve them in the process of identifying and implementing solutions. The Dirty Dozen Taskforce focuses on improving tools, equipment, materials, machinery, vehicles and work practices that can decrease ergonomic risks and increase employee awareness so that we might reduce soft tissue injuries. In this session we will present how we developed the Dirty Dozen Taskforce and how they get things done.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Exploring Leading Indicators
Speaker: Harish Shukla, Safety and Health Manager, Southern California Gas Company
We are all familiar with tracking lagging safety indicators, but we must turn the corner and start establishing and monitoring leading safety indicators to help enhance our safety culture in a proactive way. Come to this session to brainstorm what some of the meaningful leading safety indicators are and learn a few examples of such indicators from a handful of companies who have begun their journey. Come prepared to share in an informal roundtable session where your company is on this emerging challenge!

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Hosted Reception with Vendor Displays
Dinner on your own.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast

8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
FR Clothing and PPE Roundtable
Facilitator: Mike MacDonell, Safety Manager, Pipeline & Liquids Global Business Unit, ATCO Gas

9:20 AM – 10:15 AM 
Serious Injury Lessons Learned Roundtable
Facilitator: Ruben White, Southwest Gas

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM
Wrap Up

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Panel

The Safety Strategy + Policy track is open to senior management level energy members only.

Meet the Program Development Team.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Optional Tour of Southern California Gas Company’s Pico Rivera Employee Safety Training Facility
Please see Networking tab for registration fee and further details.

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Hosted WEI Reception
Dinner on your own.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast and Registration

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Welcome

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Keynote
Speaker: Corrie Pitzer, CEO and founder, SAFEmap International

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Break with Vendor Displays

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Safety Moment
Speaker: Wallace Rawls, Director of Safety and Wellness, Southern California Gas

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Leading Indicator Data Collection Mid-Year Summary
Speaker: Mark Maguire, Safety Program Administrator, Eugene Water & Electric Board
What does the initial data tell us? How is collection and reporting going? Let’s understand where our successes are, where the holes are, and what are the next steps going into 2019.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch with Vendor Displays

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
FortisAlberta’s Worker Competence Assessments
Speaker: Manny Albert, Director, Safety and Environment, FortisAlberta
Just because an apprentice is qualified on paper does not mean they are fully competent. Learn how FortisAlberta has instituted different programs like the “Show Me Program” to test and qualify Apprentices and Journeymen.

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
The Relationship Between Employee and Public Safety
Facilitator: Phil Smithers, Director, Safety and Health Services, Arizona Public Service

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Break with Vendor Displays

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Vehicular Incident Best Practices
Speaker: Chuck Trujillo, SAZ Management and Safety, Southwest Gas

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Roundtable discussion on Safety Management Systems with regards to ISO 45001
Facilitator: Phil Smithers, Director, Safety and Health Services, Arizona Public Service

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Hosted Reception with Vendor Displays
Dinner on your own.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Safety Moment
Speaker: Manny Albert, Director, Safety and Environment, FortisAlberta

8:45 AM – 10:00 AM
SRP’s Safety-Driven Assistance to Puerto Rico
Speaker: Nancy Blevins, Manager, Safety Services, Salt River Project

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Wrap-Up
Speaker: Nancy Blevins, Manager, Safety Services, Salt River Project

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Panel

Hotel + Travel

  • Surround yourself in luxury and convenience at Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. Enjoy easy access to California's most pristine beaches, affluent areas including Corona del Mar, popular attractions such as Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Balboa Island and premier shopping and dining at Fashion Island. Slumber in style in our Newport Beach hotel's spacious guest rooms and suites featuring sweeping Pacific Ocean views, chic decor, plush furnishings and expansive marble bathrooms. Our unique Newport Beach conference venues are ideal for productive meetings and unforgettable weddings. Treat yourself to tranquility at Pure Blu, our full-service spa offering private cabanas, a saltwater lap pool and state-of-the-art fitness center. Savor exquisite dining at Sam & Harry's, our renowned steakhouse serving fresh seafood, prime filets and an extensive wine list. Indulge in a specialty beverage and fresh pastry from our Starbucks. Experience the authentic SoCal lifestyle at Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa.
  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please use the reservation link or contact the hotel directly at (800) 228-9290 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $169 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until August 13, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.

Networking

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Optional Tour of SoCal Gas’s Pico Rivera Employee Safety Training Facility
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Registration Fee: $75 USD per person
Capacity: 20

Join Western Energy Institute and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), the largest natural gas distribution company in North America, on a private behind the scenes tour of their Pico Rivera employee safety training facility focused on operations, distribution, customer service. Our host Lea Petersen, SoCalGas Public Affairs Manager, will be your guide through their employee safety training facility.

SoCalGas operates and maintains over 100,000 miles of pipeline serving over 21 million customers through almost 6 million meters within more than 500 communities with a service territory of over 20,000 square miles. Learn about SoCalGas’s incident command protocols for activation of their regional Emergency Operations Centers and how they play key roles allowing SoCalGas crews and first responders time to plan, allocate resources and take effective action mitigating leaks caused by unauthorized construction dig-ins, geologic conditions and other physical impacts.

Petersen will lead you through “Situation City”, a working small-scale model town complete with pipeline infrastructure demonstrating how outages occur and pipeline repairs are safely performed. We’ll hear from speakers covering topics on employee safety training best practices, pipeline safety enhancement programs, compliance requirements and emergency services. Learn more how SoCalGas continues to address the safety and reliability concerns of the Porter Ranch community regarding the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas storage field, the second largest field of its kind in the US.

The tour includes lunch and round trip transportation from hotel. The bus will depart from the hotel at 10:00 AM and return to the hotel at approximately 4:00 PM. WEI Reserves the right to cancel networking tours if a minimum number of participants is not met. Space is limited.

This tour is open to everyone, including guests.

Vendor Displays

Registration Options
Member Vendor Display Only: $649 USD
Regular Vendor Display Only: $1,599 USD
Member Conference Registration + Vendor Display: $849 USD
Regular Conference Registration + Vendor Display: $1,799 USD
+ Vendor Assistant: $200 USD
+ Guest Pass: $100 USD

Registration prices increase $100 after August 13, 2018. Registration includes one Vendor Display representative, one skirted Vendor Display table for Wednesday Display Events, and Wednesday food events. Conference attendance is not included. Vendors that wish to attend conference sessions should purchase Conference Registration + Vendor Display which includes all Gas Safety Work Methods and Electric Safety Work Methods sessions, comprehensive meeting materials and all food events. The Safety Strategy and Policy track is not open to service companies.

Vendor assistant passes are available for $200 once the main vendor registration is complete and includes access to join Wednesday Display Events only.

Guest passes are available for $100 and allow a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event.

Vendor Display Schedule
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Set Up: 6:00 AM
Display Times: 7:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Break with Vendor Displays: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Lunch with Vendor Display: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Break with Vendor Displays: 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Hosted Reception with Vendor Displays: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Tear Down: 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Vendor Display Map

Meet The Speakers

Corrie Pitzer

SAFEmap International

CEO and Founder
Learn More

Corrie Pitzer is the CEO and founder of SAFEmap International.

He consults to major companies globally including Boeing Defence, Southern California Edison, BHP, Umicore, International Paper, Santos and many more.

He was an underground miner, an infantry platoon commander, a skydiver, a motorcyclist and a rally car driver. As a result, he became a risk expert, not a safety one.

He has honours degrees in Industrial Psychology and Business Management, an MBA and a professional qualification in Education, but he values his underground blasting experience as his highest academic accomplishment.

Andrew Woolsey

NW Natural

Technical Training Supervisor

Will Hart

NW Natural

Construction Field Supervisor

Manny Albert

FortisAlberta

Director, Safety & Environment
Learn More

Manny Albert currently holds the position Director of Corporate Safety and Employee Development Centre. He has a total of 31 years in the electrical industry. Manny started his career as an apprentice power linemen and has taken on a number of leadership roles through his career. Most recent roles have been as Operations Director then taking Corporate Safety role in the fall of 2012. Manny has been married for 24 years with two girls and enjoys all outdoor and sporting activities with the family.

Wallace Rawls

Southern California Gas Company

Director of Safety & Wellness
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Wallace Rawls is the Director of Safety & Wellness at Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas). He began his career at SoCalGas in 1989 as a field employee. Since then, Wallace has held various management positions within Gas Operations with increasing span of control and responsibility. He has worked for SoCalGas for over 25 years. The majority of his career at SoCalGas has been in gas distribution. Wallace will continue to provide leadership, vision, and strategy towards the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to our customers. Employee development is his top priority as well as the safety and wellbeing of our employees and customers.

Wallace holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Business Administration from the University of La Verne and a Masters of Business Administration from Azusa Pacific University School of Business and Management. Wallace has supplemented his work experience with education. His leadership style was formed and developed during his military career.

Prior to joining SoCalGas, Wallace served in the U.S. Army and the California National Guard. His National Guard unit was activated during the Gulf War and the L.A. Riots. Wallace will continue to seek opportunities within SoCalGas with increasing levels of responsibility. He will also want to broaden his experience and learn more about the exciting opportunities in the Energy sector. Wallace is a family man and he currently resides in Bellflower, California with his wife of 23 years and his two daughters.

Mark Maguire

Eugene Water & Electric Board

Safety Program Administrator
Learn More

Employed:
– International Paper – Nursery Superintendent (12 years)
– University of Oregon – Occupational Safety Officer & Construction Project Manager (16 years)
– EWEB – Safety Program Administrator (9 years)

Major Projects:
– Create, revise, distribute and implement organizational wide safety manual
– Create community based educational program focusing on construction /maintenance worker safe approach distances to high voltage line
– Vehicle incident reduction program
– Design and implement field and office staff ergonomic assessment program
– Create a behavioral based incident free safety culture involving all levels of the organization

Phil Smithers

Arizona Public Service Company

Director, Safety & Health Services

Chuck Trujillo

Southwest Gas Corporation

Administrator, SAZ Risk Mgt and Safety

Nancy Blevins

Salt River Project

Manager, Safety Services

Lea Petersen

Southern California Gas Company

Public Affairs Manager