Safety + Health

Meet the Program Development Team

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
I Own It
Speaker: Chris Grajek, Director of Safety, Allteck Line Contractors Inc.
Get double the value from this session! Not only will you hear a presentation from an award-winning safety expert, you’ll get to participate in a moderated panel exploring perspectives on safety from the field to the C-Suite.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Drug Use in the Workplace
Speakers: John Vanacor, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Majid Karimi, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
This session will explore the impact of substance use on safety at work. We will look at employers’ policies in dealing with employees with substance use issues, and programs available to assist employees.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Mental Health in the Workplace
Speakers: Julie Lockwood, Engineer, ATCO Gas
Jenny Haykn, Integrated Leaves & Accommodations Program Manager, Puget Sound Energy
Employee health and safety is a core value in our workplaces, but often times the focus lands on our physical health. The reality is that our mental health is just as important and needs to be promoted and supported as such. This presentation explores the benefits of a mentally healthy workplace and looks at how organizations are breaking down stigmas and encouraging people to support both themselves and their coworkers who may be facing mental health challenges.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Are You Ready? Emergency/Rescue Preparedness
Speakers: Jay Jewess, Director, Business Continuity & Emergency Management, Portland General Electric
Tarek Morgan, BC Hydro
Jack Carmichael, BC Hydro
Mike Barnett, Dominion Energy
Utility Workers are a special breed. Whereas most people tend to run away from fires, explosions, or natural disasters, Utility Workers run towards disasters, intent on getting the lights back on. Utilities need to have Emergency & Rescue plans in place to affect a response that will protect workers while they are responding to an emergency.

Portland General Electric will share PGE’s disaster response plans, integrating learnings from the Japan and Cascadia earthquakes. Dominion Energy will share what they have done to prepare for active shooter situations, taking learnings from the Columbine and other mass shootings. And BC Hydro will discuss substation fire and SF6 response plans and how it will protect utility workers, first responders, and the public.