Sep

01-02

Safety Summit – Virtual (Sep 01-02)

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)
Leonard Rondeau, Salt River Project – Electric Safety Work Methods
Rob Richardson, ATCO Gas – Gas Safety Work Methods
Phil Smithers, Arizona Public Service Company – Safety Strategy + Policy

Program Location
Virtual Event
No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time. Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided to the attendee before the program.

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: $199 USD
Regular: $299 USD
Member Promotion: $149 USD (see details below)

Registration includes virtual access to all agenda items and digital program materials.

WEI Member Promotion
WEI members can receive a rate of $149 each when registering 3 or more from the same company on the same order if registered on or before Friday, July 23, 2021. Learn more and register your group today.

General Cancellation Policy
To best serve WEI members and program participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, WEI will be waiving its standard cancellation policy for this virtual program. Registrants can receive a full refund should they need to cancel their registration up to the day before the program begins.

Cancellation Policy for WEI Member Promotion
The promotional registration rate of $149 per person for 5 or more from the same company is non-refundable, but registrations can be transferred to another person from within the company up to the day before the program begins.

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. Recording is not permitted for any portion of the event.

For more information contact Jessica Grant, Program Manager at (971) 303-2032.

Agenda

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All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Virtual Help Desk + Technology Check
The room will open early with optional time for participants to get familiar with the virtual platform, test their audio and webcam, or ask questions about the agenda before we begin.

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Welcome

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Keynote Speaker

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Breakout Sessions
Gas Safety Work Methods
Electric Safety Work Methods
Safety Strategy + Policy
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 – 1:00 PM
Breakout Sessions
Gas Safety Work Methods
Electric Safety Work Methods
Safety Strategy + Policy
GSWM and ESWM are open to everyone. SS+P participation is restricted to senior management-level energy company members.

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Break

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Breakout Sessions
Gas Safety Work Methods
Electric Safety Work Methods
Safety Strategy + Policy
GSWM and ESWM are open to everyone. SS+P participation is restricted to senior management-level energy company members.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Social Time

Thursday, September 2, 2021

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Breakout Sessions
Gas Safety Work Methods
Electric Safety Work Methods
Safety Strategy + Policy
GSWM and ESWM are open to everyone. SS+P participation is restricted to senior management-level energy company members.

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Break

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Breakout Sessions
Gas Safety Work Methods
Electric Safety Work Methods
Safety Strategy + Policy
GSWM and ESWM are open to everyone. SS+P participation is restricted to senior management-level energy company members.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Chair Panel
Since no one can be in three places at once, join the Safety Summit leadership to hear what was discussed in each of the breakout sessions and how some of these learnings can be applied moving forward. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the conversation.

Program Sponsors

Thank you to our Premier Sponsor!

Meet The Speakers

Marc Yeston

Marc Yeston

Safety Consultant
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Over the course of his thirty-five year career in public safety, Marc Yeston has worked as a flight paramedic, a federal and state law enforcement officer, a firefighter, a ski patroller, a National Park Service Chief Ranger, a wilderness guide, an educator and a pilot. The bulk of his career was spent leading emergency and search & rescue operations at the busiest inland search & rescue venue in the country—Grand Canyon National Park.

Over those years, Marc has had daily opportunities to practically apply the principles of High Reliability and New View Safety in high-intensity environments.

Now a retired chief ranger, Marc serves as a presenter, instructor and consultant in Human & Organizational Performance, Safety Differently, Operational Learning and Wilderness Emergency Medicine. He has provided training to companies and organizations involved in high-hazard, high-value work ranging from high-voltage utility workers, mariners at sea, production floor employees, aviators, managers, supervisors and even astronauts. Marc works regularly with leaders in the field including Dr. Todd Conklin of Los Alamos National Laboratory Bob Edwards the “HOP Coach” and Andrea Baker the “HOP Mentor.”

Marc engages workers and leaders with dramatic stories from his world of high-hazard work. Participants come away with a new appreciation for the complexities workers face every day but more importantly, they come away with a new vocabulary and fresh insights relevant to making their own worlds safer, more productive and so much better.

John Coggins

Salt River Project

Associate General Manager and Chief Power System Executive
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John Coggins is the Associate General Manager and Chief Power System Executive of the Salt River Project. SRP provides sustainable, reliable, and affordable water and power to more than 2 million people in central Arizona and has annual revenues over $3 billion. John is responsible for the operation of SRP’s power system including renewable, hydro, nuclear and fossil generation, a high voltage transmission system, and an extensive electrical distribution network. John has over 35 years of experience in the energy industry. He currently serves on the board of RMEL and is a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Electric Power Research Institute. He is also Vice Chair of the Large Public Power Council Operating Executive Work Group. John is active in the local community and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Heard Museum in Phoenix and is also a board member for the O’Connor Institute for American Democracy.